The Reds dug themselves an early hole by allowing three Kansas City runs in the bottom of the first inning. Then, at the plate, Cincy didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning. Brad Keller continued his impressive work on the mound to begin the 2020 shortened season for the Royals by throwing 6 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball while allowing just three hits. Keller has now gone 18 2/3 innings in his three starts without giving up a run.
An error by Joey Votto allowed leadoff batter Whit Merrifield to reach safely and he would eventually come around to score after a walk by Hunter Dozier and a double from Jorge Soler. Luis Castillo labored through the inning also giving up a two RBI single to Ryan O’Hearn on his way to a 35 pitch first frame.
Adalberto Mondesi reached via a single in the top of the fourth and stole second before before Castillo was removed by David Bell with one out in the inning. Castillo allowed five hits, four runs (three earned), and struck out five in his 3 1/3 innings. Now 0-3 on the season, Castillo’s ERA rose to 4.44.
Tejay Antone entered in relief and allowed a single to Whit Merrifield, his second hit of the game, that drove in Mondesi to push the Royals lead to 4-0. That run was charged to Castillo.
The Reds didn’t get their first hit of the game off of Brad Keller until Tucker Barnhart blooped a single to shallow centerfield to begin the six inning. Keller immediately bounced back though by inducing a ground ball double play from Joey Votto.
The Reds would get two singles off of Keller in the seventh inning but couldn’t push any across the plate as the Royals beat the Reds 4-0 in the first game of this evening’s doubleheader.
Trevor Bauer will take the ball for the first time since Friday, August 7th in Game Two which begins at 7:55 p.m. Eastern Time. The Reds are now 9-12 on the season.