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Recap: Reds Fall to the Tigers Once Again, 7-2

After the Reds vs. Cubs series finale was rained out last evening, it appears that the bats took an extra night off as Cincinnati travelled to Detroit for a three game weekend series. No matter who the Tigers (5-3) trotted out to the mound, the Reds (2-5) were unable to find success at the plate. Starter Spencer Turnbull was excellent in his six innings of work, allowing two runs on just three hits while striking out six batters. Turnbull also struck out eight Reds’ batters in five innings of work in the Tigers 3-2 win last Sunday.

The Reds only collected three hits in the game and they all came in the fifth inning. Nick Castellanos led off the inning with a double to extend his season-long hitting streak to seven games. Nick Senzel then plated him with a rocket down the third base line for a double his own. Then, Tucker Barnhart blooped a two-out single into shallow left field to give Cincy a brief 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth.

After the right-handed Turnbull exited the game the Tigers bullpen was absolutely perfect the rest of the way. Lefty Gregory Soto pitched a clean slate in the seventh inning and then Buck Farmer came in to shut things in the eighth. Bryan Garcia was called upon to close things down in the ninth for the Tigers and he did just that to finish off a perfect three innings for the bullpen.

Unlucky Night for Luis Castillo

Despite being responsible for five earned runs in his six innings of work, Luis Castillo really pitched pretty darn well. He was incredibly efficient tonight in terms of his pitch-count, something that he has struggled with in years past. The Tigers collected eight hits but only had a few really hard hit balls. The hard-throwing righty reached 100 miles per hour in the first inning and was living in the upper 90s with a nasty changeup as he typically does, but the Tigers’ hitters simply were putting the bat on the ball and finding the holes in the defense. Sometimes, that is the way baseball works. 

Bottom of the Order Comes Through for Detroit

The seven, eight, and nine spots in the Tigers lineup absolutely dominated tonight’s game. Those three positions on the lineup card combined to go 7-11 at the plate with five RBI and three runs scored. It was Austin Romine and Jacoby Jones in the eight and nine spots that helped the Tigers retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Romine then drove in another run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Then, Travis Demeritte pinch ran for Christian Stewart (who was 2-3 in the seven hole before coming out) and scored on a wild pitch in the seventh. Demeritte also capped off scoring with a two RBI double in the ninth.

Eugenio Suarez Continues to REALLY Struggle

Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Enquirer

Baseball is a game of hot and cold streaks, but this start to the 2020 season for Eugenio Suarez is ICE cold. A career .264 hitter, who hit .283 and .271 in the last two seasons, Suarez is now 2-25 this year. Tonight the Third Baseman struck out three times to bring his strikeout total to nine through seven games. The Reds’ struggles are certainly not just on Suarez, but for them to reach the preseason expectations he will simply have to be better.

A Change in Tomorrow’s Schedule

If the Coronavirus has taught us anything, especially as sports fans, it is that every situation is fluid and subject to change. The St. Louis Cardinals had a couple of positive tests pop up which caused their game today against the Milwaukee Brewers to be postponed. As for the Reds, it luckily isn’t Coronavirus that is changing the schedule. However, due to expected inclement weather, tomorrow’s game has been moved up to 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time at Comerica Park in Detroit. Trevor Bauer will take the mound for the Reds.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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7 Comments for Recap: Reds Fall to the Tigers Once Again, 7-2

  1. gwhittle
    10:18 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    And the Cincinnati media still refuses to hold David Bell accountable. This team underperformed last season, spent $160 million in the off season, and hasnt improved one bit. It’s obvious that management and coaching is the issue

  2. light my fire
    11:22 pm July 31, 2020 Permalink

    Good, especially for Votto. Take that knee now

  3. Lip Man 1
    12:10 am August 1, 2020 Permalink

    gwhittle: Don’t worry about it. ESPN is reporting tonight and it has been confirmed both inside and outside of baseball that MLB today notified and warned their TV affiliates and partners to have alternative programming ready to go as soon as Monday in the event the season is cancelled.

    Let’s hope so, this is a farce and they can’t control the virus. Games are being postponed at an alarming rate, 15 already the first week and you can’t play DH’s every single day.

    Finally it seems things are getting through to the idiot commissioner.

  4. lecantrell
    6:12 am August 1, 2020 Permalink

    That’s what kneeling does for the team! They deserve it. I personaly hope they don’t win 5 games. Go Cleveland!

  5. Eddiemcwildcat
    6:32 am August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Go Cards

  6. westkycat20
    6:40 am August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha….the Reds suck…again

  7. 2Dogs
    11:27 am August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Hopefully the St. Louis players get healthy so they can all go back to eating a big bag of turds.