|Cincinnati Reds (30-36)||7||9||0|
|Cleveland Indians (34-33)
|W: DeSclafani (3-3) L: Plesac (1-2)
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Back-to-back home runs by Nick Senzel and Joey Votto led off the game and the Reds never looked back as they picked up the win on Wednesday afternoon over Cleveland.
Senzel and Votto’s homers put the Reds up 2-0 in the top of the first, but the team went hitless over the next 3 innings. They held the lead though, then began playing add-on in the 5th. Jose Peraza followed up a Jose Iglesias double with his own to make it 3-1. Each of the next 2 innings saw a solo home run for Cincinnati. Eugenio Suarez crushed one to left in the 6th, and Curt Casali hit one out to center in the 7th. With a 5-1 lead they weren’t done, though. Another double by Iglesias brought in 2 more runs, scoring Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig to make it 7-1.
Jose Iglesias was the only Red to have more than 1 hit in the game, finishing 2-4 with 2 doubles. But Nick Senzel, Eugenio Suarez, and Derek Dietrich all had a hit and a walk during the game.
Anthony DeSclafani fell 1 out short of 6.0 innings of 1-run baseball. He walked 2 and struck out 2 during the game. And most importantly for DeSclafani – he avoided the home run ball that’s plagued him since missing all of the 2017 season. Amir Garrett came on to finish the 6th inning. He did. And then he finished out the 7th inning, too – lowering his ERA to 1.55 on the season. Put him in the All-Star game. Michael Lorenzen allowed a long solo home run to Carlos Santana in the 8th, but that made it 7-2 for the Reds and everything was still quite comfortable for Cincinnati.
The 9th inning saw Zach Duke record 2 outs via the strikeout after walking the leadoff batter. But David Bell chose to go to Jared Hughes with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning and a 5-run lead with 1 runner on. Hughes got the job done, but it wasn’t as easy as it could have been. He induced a ground ball to third base, but Eugenio Suarez pulled Derek Dietrich off of the bag to put runners on the corners. The next pitch resulted in a grounder to shortstop and Jose Iglesias made the play to end the game.
Notes Worth Noting
Joey Votto left the game with mid-back stiffness in the top of the 5th inning. His back has been a recurring issue this season. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go on Friday.
There was a scary moment early in the game when Jose Peraza and Nick Senzel collided in the outfield on a ball that Senzel ultimately caught. Peraza appeared to take a forearm to the head, while Senzel seemed to get his legs rolled up a little bit. Senzel remained down for about a minute or two before getting up and testing out his leg. Both stayed in the game.
Lance McAlister had an interesting tweet during the game, noting that the Reds ave 7-1 in Curt Casali’s last 8 starts behind the plate. Not saying to read into it much, but it was interesting and this is the notes worth noting section.
Nick Senzel and Joey Votto’s back-to-back homers to lead off the game was the first occurrence for the Reds since 2001.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 12, 2019
- Nick Senzel’s home run went 385 feet and was 104.1 MPH off of the bat.
- Joey Votto’s home run went 379 feet and was 103.6 MPH off of the bat.
- Eugenio Suarez’ home run went 402 feet and was 108.0 MPH off of the bat.
- Curt Casali’s home run went 398 feet and was 96.7 MPH off of the bat.
Mo Egger seems to be thinking what the rest of us are with regards to David Bell and Jesse Winker…..
It feels like David Bell would jump in front of a train before he'd allow Jesse Winker to bat against a lefty.
— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) June 12, 2019
If Pittsburgh loses tonight, the Cincinnati Reds will no longer be in last place in the National League Central division. As always, we are rooting for the Pirates to lose. Forever.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Texas Rangers vs Cincinnati Reds
Friday June 14th, 7:10pm ET
TBA vs Tyler Mahle (2-6, 4.21 ERA)