Marlins caveat applies to be sure, but Cody Reed followed up his five shutout innings against the Cubs with six more against Miami. Reed is making a strong case for inclusion in the 2019 Reds starting rotation.
Luis Castillo, who used to be in the Marlins system, pitches for the Reds tomorrow night.
Cincinnati Reds 4 (66-88) • Miami Marlins 2 (59-93)
Making his fifth start since returning to the rotation on August 30, Cody Reed struck out six and walked none. He threw 71 pitches, 51 of which were strikes. Reed was pumping fastballs from 92-95 mph and kept the Marlins hitters guessing with his slider that he could spot on both sides of the plate.
Favorite Cody Reed quirk: Turns back on opposing batter when he strikes him out.
David Hernandez pitched a shutout 7th. Jared Hughes gave up two runs, the second of which scored with Raisel Iglesias pitching, cutting the Reds lead to 4-2. Iglesias was not sharp in the 9th, walking two Marlins. But he was saved by an outstanding diving defensive play by Scooter Gennett for the game’s final out.
Scooter Gennett provided the RBIs with a 2-run double in the 3rd inning and an upper deck 2-run home run in the 7th. In the third, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler scored, both of whom walked. In the 7th, Jose Peraza was on base for Gennett’s home run after singling. Both of Gennett’s hits were with two outs.
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