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Recap: Reds Win Opening Day 7-1 over the Tigers

And this one belongs to Reds!!! It might not be Marty Brenneman on the call saying those iconic words anymore, but the win counts just the same. On the back of an outstanding Opening Day outing from Sonny Gray on the mound and 4 RBI game from Mike Moustakas including a 2-run Home Run in his Reds debut, Cincinnati captured a 7-1 victory against the Detroit Tigers. 

Dominant Performance from Sonny Gray

Making his third career Opening Day start, his first in Cincinnati, Sonny Gray went 6 innings striking out 9 batters while allowing just 3 hits to earn the win. C.J. Cron’s Home Run in the 4th inning was the lone run that the Tigers managed all game long. Gray’s 9 strikeouts tie him for the fourth most Opening Day strikeouts in Reds history. Also, Gray set a new Major League record this evening by completing his 34th consecutive start of giving up 6 hits or less.

The Moose is Loose

Mike Moustakas made quite an impression in his debut for the Cincinnati Reds. Batting in the 5th spot in the lineup, Moustakas came to the plate in the 1st inning with the bases loaded and one run already on the board when he blooped a jam-shot single into shallow right field for his first hit and RBI as a Red. Later, in the 3rd inning, he drove in Nick Castellanos with a single up the middle. Finally, in the bottom of the 7th, Moose put one deep in to the empty right field stands for a 2-run Home Run. Moustakas finished the game 3-4 with 4 RBI.

Hot Start for Joey Votto

Joseph Daniel Votto would be the first person to tell you that he was not good enough in 2019. There is no hitter in Major League Baseball that take’s his craft as seriously as the veteran first baseman. 2020 is off to a good start though for Votto as he singled through the left-handed shift in his first plate appearance and then hit a solo Home Run in 5th inning. Votto, who will turn 37 years old in just a couple of months, went 2-4 with a RBI and 2 Runs scored along with his Home Run.

Welcome to Cincinnati, Shogo Akiyama

Though he didn’t earn the start in Left Field against the left-handed pitching Matthew Boyd, Akiyama made his Major League Baseball debut in the bottom of the 6th inning as a pinch-hitter. After falling behind in the count 0-2, Akiyama singled up the middle to collect his first MLB hit and RBI in his inaugural plate appearance. 

Bullpen Shuts the Door

For as good as Sonny Gray was through the first six innings, the bullpen was just as impressive to close things down. Lucas Sims entered to begin the 7th and walked his first batter, but responded with two strikeouts and a pop out to end the inning. That would be the last base runner the Tigers managed though as Nick Jones threw a perfect 8th inning and left-hander Brooks Raley finished the game off with a perfect 9th inning. The Reds pitching staff finished the game with 13 combined strikeouts.

Back in Action Tomorrow

After a fun 7-1 victory at Great American Ball Park, the Reds (1-0) will turn around and face the Tigers (0-1) again tomorrow night at 5:10 p.m. Eastern Time. Luis Castillo will take the ball for the Reds against veteran Ivan Nova for the Tigers. Expect to see a different looking starting lineup against the right-handed throwing Nova tomorrow evening. 

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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

5 Comments for Recap: Reds Win Opening Day 7-1 over the Tigers

  1. westkycat20
    10:10 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Reds suck

  2. danielscott52
    10:33 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    Can you ask Matt his stance on the Yankees and Nationals kneeling for the anthem ? I can guess his answer …. I see valid points on both sides

    • lexattorney
      11:45 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

      They actually took the knee BEFORE the anthem but stood during from what I’ve seen.

  3. City shuffle
    11:54 pm July 24, 2020 Permalink

    If the reds win the World Series, ill eat my socks. Give me some hot sauce and its a deal, you heard it here.

  4. mcp157
    1:09 pm July 25, 2020 Permalink

    Not rooting for any individual or team that takes a knee, at any time for BLM!