The Reds loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning but failed to push across a run. From that point on they wouldn’t record a hit until Freddy Galvis reached via a bunt single in the fifth inning. Kansas City Royals Starter Brad Keller pitched six scoreless innings while allowing just two hits to earn his second win in as many starts this season. Keller hasn’t allowed a run in 11 innings pitched.
Despite falling into a 5-0 hole in the sixth inning, the Reds came roaring back in the bottom of the sixth, plating four runs to cut the deficit to one. They would advance a runner to third base with one out in the eighth inning and then load the bases with one out in the ninth, but couldn’t tie the game in either opportunity.
The Royals won 5-4 to move to 8-11 on the season while the Reds fell to 8-10. The Reds will remain at Great American Ball Park for a four game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates beginning tomorrow evening at an early first pitch time of 5:10 p.m. Eastern Time. Anthony DeSclafani, who has yet to allow a run in his 11 innings on the mound, will take the ball against Trevor Williams of the Pirates.
Salvador Perez is on Fire
Salvy the baseball
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— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 13, 2020
I hate to begin this recap with a shoutout to a Royal, but veteran Catcher Salvador Perez is absolutely raking at the plate right now. After going 3-5 with a Double, a Home Run, and 3 runs driven in this evening, Perez is now 18 for his last 42 (.429 batting average).
Perez also extended his hitting streak to 10 games this evening. As a fun fact, the Royals catcher who has spent his entire Major League Career in Kansas City, is one of only five Catchers in baseball history to earn five or more Gold Glove awards at the position.
Royals Bullpen Struggles
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 13, 2020
Despite holding on for the win, it still feels good as a Cincinnati Reds fan to see another bullpen besides our own struggle. The Royals, who have one of the best bullpens of the 2020 season, allowed all four Reds runs this evening. After Brad Keller exited after six innings of shut out baseball, Ian Kennedy entered and didn’t record an out in the top of the seventh inning.
Jesse Winker got the inning started with a solo Home Run as he extended his hot steak to now hitting in 13 of his last 22 at-bats with three Home Runs. Nick Senzel then drew a walk and was brought home by a Freddy Galvis Home Run to bring the score to 5-3.
Kansas City changed pitchers after the three batter minimum and went with Scott Barlow who immediately gave up a Home Run to Josh VanMeter to give the Reds back-to-back Home Runs in consecutive games. The bomb for VanMeter was his first hit of the season and brought Cincinnati within one run, 5-4 in the seventh inning.
Despite having a runner at third base with one out in both the eighth and the ninth inning, the Royals were able to escape with a victory thanks to Josh Staumont and Trevor Rosenthal pitching out of jams.
Reds Walk Too Many
The Reds never allowed more than one run in an inning, but it was still a frustrating performance on the mound. Starter Wade Miley, who was returning from the Injured List, survived just 1 2/3 innings for his second straight start this year and walked two batters in that time while giving up a run. Then, the bullpen would allow a combined six bases on balls and hit one batter. For the game, the Reds allowed nine free bases by a walk or hit by pitch. That is simply too many for a team that operates with a low margin of error to begin with.