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Recap: Reds Take Game 1, 4-3 over the Tigers

Mother Nature has not been kind to the Cincinnati Reds so far this season. On Thursday evening their fourth and final game of the series against the Chicago Cubs was rained out and then yesterday’s matchup with the Detroit Tigers was postponed even after it was initially moved up five hours to try and beat the inclement weather. Then today, the scheduled double-header was pushed back over two hours thanks to rain showers. 

After the long delay, the Reds (3-5) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Shogo Akiyama drew a leadoff walk and then Nick Castellanos drove a ball into the left-centerfield stands for a two-run Home Run to begin the first inning. Castellanos would go on to hit a solo Home Run to the opposite field in the third inning to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.

However, in typical Reds fashion, things would get very interesting once Manager David Bell decided to make the call to the bullpen to begin the 6th inning. The Tigers (5-4) tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning after Castellanos dropped a fly ball in the gap to allow three runners to score. Luckily for the Reds, and the collective heart health of the fanbase, Freddy Galvis led off the seventh inning with a double and was moved to third after Tucker Barnhart singled. Then, it was Shogo Akiyama who squeaked a ground ball past the second basemen to give the Reds a 4-3 lead.

Reds Can’t Hang on to a Lead

Lucas Sims entered the game in the sixth inning for Anthony DeSclafani. The young right-hander recorded the first two outs of the inning before allowing a two-out single to Miguel Cabrera. Then Sims walked C.J. Cron and hit Christian Stewart with a pitch to load the bases. Next up for the Tigers was Victor Reyes who sent a high fly ball relatively deep into the right-center field gap. As Nick Senzel and Nick Castellanos converged on the ball, Castellanos called for it but never was able to get under the ball and let it bounce off his glove to allow three runs to score and tie the game. Raisel Iglesias entered to record the final out of the inning with Reyes on third base as the potential go-ahead run.

Nick Castellanos Stays Hot

Despite recording the error that allowed three runs to score and temporarily tie the game, Castellanos, a former Tiger, had yet another great game at the plate in his former home. The power hitting Right Fielder has now hit safely in each of the eight games this season. Castellanos is batting .393 with 4 Home Runs and 11 Runs Batted In.

Great Season Debut for Anthony DeSclafani

After beginning the season on the Injured List with a minor pectoral strain, Disco made his return this afternoon in Game 1 of the double-header. In his first start of the season, Anthony DeSclafani was excellent on the mound for the Reds. The right-hander was incredibly efficient throwing just 64 pitches in his five innings of work. Disco gave up a leadoff triple in the third inning to Jeimer Candelario but was able to get out of the inning after retiring the next three batters in order. Again in the fifth inning the Tigers threatened after a couple of singles put runners on first and third with just one out. However, DeSclafani got two batters to hit lazy fly balls and he escaped without giving up a run. Disco allowed just three hits and struck out two in his five scoreless innings of work.

Another Game Coming Right Up

In what is believed to be the first seven inning double-header in Major League Baseball history, the Reds and Tigers will turn around play again at 5:25 p.m. Trevor Bauer will take the mound for Cincinnati in his second start of the young season. The Tigers will send left-hander Daniel Norris to the mound for his first start this year.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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3 Comments for Recap: Reds Take Game 1, 4-3 over the Tigers

  1. satcheluk
    5:23 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    They nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

  2. light my fire
    5:33 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Suarez on a roll. Downhill

  3. satcheluk
    8:12 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Taking 2 games in a double header is not common, especially on the road with half your starters sitting. Impressive!