“The baseball world starts looking in right now on Sonny Gray and this is what we’ve seen all night long. Strikeout after strikeout, for Gray. Well-placed fastballs, snapping curveballs and basically a mismatch right now between Gray and the Mariners’ lineup.” — Chris Welsh, at the start of the bottom of the seventh
Well, the eye’s of the baseball world must have spelled Gray’s demise because to start the seventh, Sonny Gray, who had no-hit the Mariners until that point, went walk, walk, flyout, three-run home run. Both the no-hitter and the lead gone in the blink of an eye. It was Gray’s 105th pitch of the game and his third trip through the lineup. The next hitter also singled and that was all she wrote for Sonny.
|Cincinnati Reds (67-79)||3||5||1|
|Seattle Mariners (60-86)||5||4||0|
|W: Gonzales (15-11) L: Gray (10-7) S: Bass (4)|
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— Sonny Gray’s first six innings were some of the masterful frames I’ve seen a Red toss this year. He was nipping corners with his fastball and flummoxing hitters with his breaking stuff. Gray racked up strikeout after strikeout, untouchable and certainly unhittable. With his nine strikeouts, Gray now sits at 190 for the season, with three starts to do something no pair of Reds have ever done.
— Curt Casali put on a nice bit of situational hitting in the top of the third, singling through the shift and sending Jose Peraza to third with nobody out. After an Alex Blandino strikeout, Joey Votto doubled to put the Reds in the lead. Seems a good a time as any to point out the Reds batted only a single lefty against Marco Gonzalez despite his reverse splits. Oh well, glad the lefty was up at the right time then. Also, this:
Double number 4?0?0? for Joey Votto! ?
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 12, 2019
— Phillip Ervin hit one of those home runs that could tightrope a clothesline without skipping a thread in the top of the fourth. Gonzalez’s pitch came in at the shoulders and about 400 feet later it cruised right over the centerfield fence. If you blinked, I wouldn’t blame you for wondering if Ervin had hit it with a golf driver rather than a bat.
— Sonny Gray’s seventh inning. Just very not good.
Well, Sonny Gray loses his no-hitter on a 3-run home run that puts the Mariners ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th inning.
That feels about right for how the Cincinnati season has gone.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) September 12, 2019
— Kyle Lewis. Nothing against him as a human or anything, but we Reds fans are sad. Can you please just stop hitting homers to break up no-hitters?
— The Mariners iced their lead in the bottom of the eighth with a pair of runs off of Kevin Gausman. Casali ended up bailing out Gausman by catching Kyle Seager stealing third after the Mariners’ third baseman doubled. The Reds have an interesting decision to make with Gausman for next season, as detailed by Matt Wilkes.
NOT SO RANDOM THOUGHTS
— For a second, I really thought I was going to get to write the no-hitter recap. The weight of responsibility had already begun to settle in the crick of my lower back that flares up when I get nervous about something. I was considering Googling Whitman or Shakespeare to add some gravity to the situation. Alas, poor Yorick, the bleeding drops of Red. I write instead on the headline deck, my team has fallen yet again.
— This stat is fun, but yet it is small consolation:
Beginning 8/25/18 and including tonight, Sonny Gray has made 31 straight starts allowing 6 hits or fewer, tying Nolan Ryan’s ML record (5/1/91-6/1/92) & excluding “openers”. In his last 14 starts beginning 6/28, Gray has posted an ERA of 1.75 with 12 quality starts. @EliasSports
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) September 12, 2019
— Funny how throwing a near no-hitter will speed the game up. This West Coast special only lasted 2 hours and 59 minutes.
— Remember when we had this guy in our minor league system? Good times, good times.
Have a g?a?m?e? — wait … have an INNING Taylor Trammell!
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 12, 2019
Reds at Mariners, 10:10 pm EST
Tyler Mahle (2-11, 4.94) vs. Justin Dunn (0-0, 0.00 ERA)