Final R H E
New York Mets (80-74)
2 3 0
Cincinnati Reds (73-82)
3 9 1
W: J. Kuhnel (1-0) L: J. Wilson (4-2) S: Iglesias (34)
Statcast | Gamecast | Game Thread

Ladies and gentlemen, the Reds will not lose 90 games this year. It is now a mathematical fact.

The Cincinnati Reds slid past the New York Mets thanks to some late hitting by an old Mets’ nemesis and some great Reds pitching. Christian Colon delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth that assured the Reds would break the bad streak of 90-plus loss seasons.

Anthony DeSclafani got the no-decision but he pitched masterfully. Four of his six innings were of the clean 1-2-3 variety as he continued his streak of pitching at least six innings and allowing three hits, or less, to five in a row. He has cemented himself as a rotation piece, moving forward, and may have pitched his way into a new extension (possibly). Disco struck out seven Mets on the evening.

That is some good company, am I wrong?

The bullpen also pitched very well. Lucas Sims pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts on just nine pitches. Amir Garrett and Joel Kuhnel then combined to pitch a clean eighth. Raisel Iglesias extended his career-high in saves by striking out the side in the ninth and he had to do it against the four, five, and six hitters in the Mets lineup.

Also, Garrett is a Queen City treasure:

Dude just loves to have fun. Directly following that, Kuhnel was given the ball to face Pete Alonso. Many who eat, sleep, and breath Reds have been clamoring for more innings for him. He showed why as he kept the current MLB home run leader on his heels and forced a groundout to end the eighth. Colon’s clutch hit notched Kuhnel his first career W.

The Reds have a chance to win the season series with the Mets, tomorrow, as Trevor Bauer toes the rubber against Marcus Stroman.

Just once more for the folks in the back 2019 WILL NOT BE ANOTHER 90-LOSS SEASON!

16 Responses

  1. Red

    Why is Colon considered an old Mets nemesis? He only has about 350 mlb at bats.

    • jim walker

      In the 5th and deciding game of the 2015 World series, playing for KC Royals, Christian Colon drove in the tie breaking run against the Mets in the 12th inning then came on around to score a run in a 5 run inning by KC to close out the Mets 7-2. It was his only plate appearance of the series.

      https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN201511010.shtml

  2. RedNat

    Sliotar has to be ecstatic. 73 wins

    • Sliotar

      Yes! Mission Accomplished!

      The Reds lost 90 games for 5 seasons in a row during the Great Depression…. and it would have a baseball depression had it occurred again here in 2019.

      (I really think the Grand Poobahs in the Reds Front Office will push this as “progress” … but that bottom half of the lineup has to get upgraded for me to believe it.)

  3. CI3J

    This result also guarantees the Reds a winning record at home for the season.

    Yes, seriously.

    • RedNat

      I actually think that was an important goal for the year. Getting fans interested in coming to gabp and not just cubs fans lol. I think the most encouraging thing that happened this was the increased crowd sizes at the park. Hope this continues.

  4. TR

    DeSclafani, after some rough times earlier in the season, has moved nicely into fourth position in the starting rotation. And Rasiel Iglesias has come on strong after a tough period a month or so ago. Pitching coach, Derek Johnson, is getting it done. It’s been said before, but pitching is a bright spot in this season.

    • Colorado Red

      You have to put players in correct positions.
      For Iggy it is closing.
      Bell seamed to have a real issue with that.

  5. YorktownRed

    fwiw, I believe they also clinched a fourth place finish in the NL Central. Hoping for much better in 2020.

    • jim walker

      But unfortunately the Reds can’t quite catch the free falling Cubbicles even if they win out and the Cubs lose out. That would have made it almost a great season!

    • TR

      I doubt that trades and moving players around is going to do it. For the Reds to improve in 2020, serious money will have to be spent especially for offense.

  6. Mason Red

    The Reds aren’t miserable anymore! Being just bad is an improvement.

  7. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I believe Disco has secured a place in the rotation next season.

  8. Hotto4Votto

    Disco has turned in a really nice season. It’s glad to have him healthy again for a full season.

    • jim walker

      How the Reds handle Disco in the off season will be a key decision. Do they trust his health for next year and beyond?

      If yes, they probably try to extend him beyond 2020 and do not look for mid rotation depth in the off season. If not they just try to minimize his cost for next year and are in the market for a middle rotation starting pitcher.