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Recap: Reds Come From Behind, Defeat Indians 3-2

Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

LaRosa’s Pizza, Skyline Chili, and rain delays. After yet another Reds (5-5) game was pushed back two hours thanks to inclement weather, I think it is fair to mention the rain delays with two other Cincinnati staples. Luckily for the Reds, outstanding starting pitching is starting to become a constant as well.

Sonny Gray took the mound for the third time this season and collected his third quality start, and third win, going six innings, striking out eight while allowing five hits and two runs, just one earned. Gray extended his Major League Record streak of allowing six or fewer hits to 36 starts.

For as good as Sonny Gray was once again, he actually fell behind tonight at Great American Ball Park. He was struggling to locate his pitches in the first couple of innings and allowed the Cleveland Indians (5-6) to strike first. In the first inning, Fransisco Lindor connected on a two-out Home Run deep into the Right Field stands. Then, in the second inning, the Indians pushed across an unearned run thanks to some careless baseball. Oscar Mercado led off the inning with a single and then advanced to second base on a throwing error from Sonny Gray trying to pick him off. Gray then threw two wild pitches which allowed Mercado to come around and score to put the Indians ahead 2-0.

It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Reds got on the scoreboard with a Nick Castellanos Home Run. In the sixth inning, Joey Votto would launch a two-run Home Run into the Right Field seats to take a 3-2 lead. From that point, the Indians would threaten in the top of the eighth inning getting runners on first and second with no outs, but reliever Nate Jones shut down that scoring opportunity.

Raisel Iglesias finished off an excellent three innings of work from the Reds bullpen by retiring the side in the ninth inning to earn the save and lift the Reds back to .500 with a 3-2 victory. The Reds are back in action at Great American Ball Park tomorrow evening at 6:10 p.m Eastern Time. Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber will take the mound against Tyler Mahle for the Reds.

Joseph Daniel Votto

The veteran Reds First Baseman had to miss yesterday’s double-header after waking with some potential Coronavirus symptoms, but was allowed to return to the lineup today after testing negative. Votto parked a go-ahead Home Run, driving in Shogo Akiyama, in the bottom of the sixth inning to set the score at 3-2. That two-run blast tied Votto for third all-time in Reds History, with Hall of Famer Tony Perez, on the Home Run list with 287. Votto also passed Dave Concepcion for sixth all-time on the Reds RBI list by driving in his 951st run.

Player of the Week Nick Castellanos

After earning National League Player of the Week honors, Nick Castellanos picked up right where he left off by hitting his fifth Home Run in the last six games. Also, Castellanos has now hit safely in all ten games this season. The Reds Right Fielder is now batting .382 with five Home Runs, twelve RBI, and nine runs scored.

9 Outs from the Bullpen

The collective Reds fanbase holds their breath when the bullpen is called upon. Things have been shaky at best this season after the starting pitchers take a seat and tonight, in a 3-2 ballgame, the bullpen was going to be tasked with recording nine outs and holding on to the narrow lead. In this one, Michael Lorenzen, Nate Jones, and Raisel Iglesias answered the call. 

Lorenzen dominated the seventh inning striking out two batters and inducing a pop-out to the infield. In the eighth, Nate Jones hit the leadoff batter but then got the next Indian hitter, Cesar Hernandez, to ground into what looked like an easy double-play. However, the ball took a crazy hop coming off of the infield grass and Shortstop Freddy Galvis was lucky just to keep the ball in the infield. With runners at first and second with nobody out, Jones struck out the next batter and then got some help from Tucker Barnhart who threw out Hernandez at second base while trying to advance on a wild pitch. Jones then struck out Fransisco Lindor to get out of the jam. Iglesias quickly got the save in the ninth while striking out two batters to bring the Reds pitching staff’s total to fourteen.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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3 Comments for Recap: Reds Come From Behind, Defeat Indians 3-2



  1. light my fire
    7:41 am August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Thank goodness Votto came back, need bin kneeling.



  2. Eddiemcwildcat
    9:43 am August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Go Cards



    • satcheluk
      10:30 am August 4, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah! The Cards are sick! Literally.