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Recap: Reds Fall to the Tigers 6-4

Unfortunately, it only took until the second game of the shortened 2020 season to get a taste of the 2019 Cincinnati Reds. After leading 3-1 after 6 innings, Red’s Manager David Bell chose to remove Starting Pitcher Luis Castillo from the mound despite striking out 11 batters and throwing just 91 pitches to that point. What ensued was all too familiar to Reds fans. Robert Stephenson immediately gave up a Home Run in the 7th inning before giving way to Michael Lorenzen who gave the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 lead with a 2-run Home Run off the bat of future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera. 

In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Reds answered with a Home Run from Curt Casali to tie the game at 4 runs a piece. However, against Closer Raisel Iglesias, Tiger’s Center Fielder Jacoby Jones parked a two-run Home Run into the stands to take a 6-4 lead which held to the end.

The Reds fall to 1-1 to begin the 2020 season. Tomorrow afternoon, Trevor Bauer will take the mound at 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time for the rubber match against the Tigers. Right-Hander Spencer Turnbull will have the ball to begin the game for Detroit.

Luis Castillo was Excellent

The Reds may have lost the game, but 2019 All-Star Luis Castillo was certainly not to blame. Castillo went 6 innings while striking out 11 and giving up just 1 run which came in the 1st inning. The star right-hander had his nasty changeup working and was sitting in the upper 90s with his fast ball before being pulled from the game after just 91 pitches and coming off of striking out the side in the 6th inning. Castillo struck out 11 over 6 innings while walking just 1 batter. 

Bullpen Struggles

The theme from 2019 carried over into 2020 with the Cincinnati Reds bullpen letting a great starting pitching performance slip from their grasp. Robert Stephenson quickly gave up a Home Run to Austin Romine in the 7th inning before giving way to Michael Lorenzen who gave up a 2-run Home Run to Miguel Cabrera allowing the Tigers to take a 4-3 lead. Cabrera had stuck out in his first 3 plate appearances against Luis Castillo.

The Reds ended up tying the ball game up in the bottom of the 7th inning thanks to a Home Run off the bat of Curt Casali. However, Raisel Iglesias gave up a 2-run Home Run to Jacoby Jones in the top of the 9th inning to set the final score of 6-4.

Joey Votto Stays Hot

Votto has now gone 2-4 with a Home Run in each of the first two games in this 2020 season. Not only has he produced a .500 batting average, but 3 out of his 4 outs have been absolute rockets sent down the first base line that were only outs due to a runner being on first base. It is crazy to think that a hitter sitting at 4-8 with 2 Home Runs has experienced bad luck, but Votto has definitely hit the ball even better than his production shows.

C.J. Cron Carries the Tigers

After providing Detroit’s lone run last evening via a Home run, First Baseman C.J. Cron went 2-5 while driving in another run for the Tigers in Game 2 of the series. Cron was 1 of 5 Tigers to have double-digit hits in this game.

Rubber Match Set for Tomorrow Afternoon

Trevor Bauer takes the mound for the Reds in the rubber match against Spencer Turnbull. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time. The St. Louis Cardinals are the lone team in the National League Central to claim a 2-0 record after the opening games of the MLB Season. The Reds will look to win their first series tomorrow evening after blowing tonight’s lead heading into the 7th Inning.  


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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

Basketball X's & O's for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @BRamseyKSR

4 Comments for Recap: Reds Fall to the Tigers 6-4

  1. ukkatzfan
    10:30 pm July 25, 2020 Permalink

    StL Cardinals are better team. Just Saying. Rather see you cover u-6 than Cinn. Couldn’t hold that one against you.

  2. panicpat
    11:59 pm July 25, 2020 Permalink

    You’re nuts. The cardinals suck. Unfortunately, so does our bullpen

  3. Ez21
    10:03 am July 26, 2020 Permalink

    I felt like I was experiencing deja vu reading this article. I read the first paragraph then read the same exact thing in the paragraphs to follow.

  4. UKgrad80
    10:23 am July 26, 2020 Permalink

    5 Tigers had double digit hits in this game, really??? That would mean they each had 10 hits or more!!!