The late, great Hanover College Baseball Coach Dick Naylor used to always say “sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you.” Tonight, the proverbial bear got the Reds.
The battle for the Ohio Cup moved up I-71 from Cincinnati to Cleveland for two games beginning this evening and the Reds seemed to have left their bats back at Great American Ball Park. The offense produced just three hits on their way to being shut out 2-0.
Mike Clevinger was sharp to begin the game for Cleveland sitting down the first three batters he faced in just eight pitches. He would end up seeing the pitch count rise as he allowed five walks in his 5 2/3 innings of work, but only surrendered two hits and no runs. The Indians bullpen then cruised through the next 3 1/3 innings allowing just one hit while striking out five batters and walking only one.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 6, 2020
Tejay Antone got his first Major League start on the mound for the Reds and threw 4 1/3 very solid innings of baseball before Manager David Bell called to the bullpen. With a runner on second base, Michael Lorenzen entered and proceed to walk his first batter on four pitches. Then, Cesar Hernandez pushed an RBI single between the Third Baseman and Shortstop to get the Indians on the board. The second run would come from some excellent base running by Oscar Mercado who scored from second base on a 6-4 Fielder’s Choice. Mercado never stopped running as he hit third base and extended the lead to 2-0.
— Indians Beisbol (@IndiansBeisbol) August 6, 2020
The Reds did threaten a little bit in the top of the 2nd inning when they had runners on first and second with one out. After a wild pitch in the dirt from Clevinger, Jesse Winker advanced to third base but Nick Senzel fell down halfway between first and second and was thrown out. The inning ended with a called third strike to Josh VanMeter.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only base running mishap for the Reds. In the top of the 6th inning Nick Castellanos drew a leadoff walk but was picked off first base when Indians Catcher Sandy Leon threw behind him. It was a bad call despite being held up after review, but the damage was still done.
There isn’t a whole lot else to say about this one honestly. The Reds pitching staff allowed six walks and both of the Indians runs tonight in the bottom of the 5th inning were scored by players that reached via a base on balls. At the plate, Cincinnati could only collect three hits and failed to take advantage of drawing six walks of their own. Along with the two base running errors, the Reds left seven runners on base this evening.
The final game of the Ohio Cup will be played tomorrow evening at 6:10 p.m. Eastern Time at Progressive Field. The Reds will turn to Luis Castillo on the mound to break their two game skid, while the Indians will feature veteran right-hander Carlos Carrasco.