The Cincinnati Reds were well on their way to their tenth consecutive loss on Monday evening. Reds starter Keyvius Sampson allowed a three run home run to J.D. Martinez in the first inning. Tigers starter Buck Farmer had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning. And after five innings in the Queen City, it was 5-0 Tigers.

Then the sixth inning happened.

Schumaker began the inning by grounding out. It would be a while before another Reds batter was retired.

Eugenio Suarez homered, 5-1.
Joey Votto walked.
Brandon Phillips homered, 5-3.
Todd Frazier singled.
Jay Bruce doubled, 5-4.
Jason Bourgeois walked.
Tucker Barnhart walked.

The bases were loaded, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. came in to pinch-hit. He struck out, and Skip Schumaker came to the plate for the second time in the inning. Schumaker quickly fell behind 1-2, but was then able to rip a pitch to centerfield to give the Reds a 6-5 lead. But the Reds weren’t done.

Eugenio Suarez doubled, 8-5.
Joey Votto was intentionally walked.
Brandon Phillip tripled, 10-5.

The Reds put together a 10 run, 6th inning. It was the most runs the Reds had scored in an inning in ten years. All it took for the Reds to avoid double-digit consecutive losses was one big double-digit scoring inning.

The Reds bullpen pitched five scoreless innings, and Joey Votto added a moon shot in the 8th inning. Aroldis Chapman finished off a 12-5 win for the Reds.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (52-71) 12 11 0
Detroit Tigers (59-65) 5 11 0
W: Balester (1-0) L: Alburquerque (3-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

WPA Reds Tigers

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Skip Schumaker’s 2-RBI single in the 6th inning with 2 outs, giving the Reds a 6-5 lead (video). That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 34.7% (from 41.0% to 75.7%).

Player of the Game

Eugenio Suarez had a 3-hit game. This guy just continues to hit. Suarez had two big hits in the 6th inning, including a solo home run and a 2-RBI double. It had to feel good for Suarez to beat up on his former team.

Positives

Votto Moon Shot

Joey Votto continues to make Marty Brennaman look like the absolute fool that he is. Votto walked three times (once intentionally), and hit a 2-run bomb in the 8th inning. Votto now has a .999 OPS (it was .863 on July 6th). Votto also now has a 172 wRC+, which ties him with Mike Trout (Angels are off tonight) for the 3rd best in all of baseball.

Brandon Phillips also had a big 6th inning. Phillips hit a 2-run home run, and a 2-RBI triple.

New Red Collin Balester pitched two scoreless innings in relief following Sampson, which allowed the Reds offense a chance to get back in the game.

The rest of the Reds bullpen was great too. Badenhop, Hoover and Chapman each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Negatives

Keyvius Sampson was pretty bad for a second straight start. Pitchers who weren’t good in the minors tend not to have continued success in the majors in the same season, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. Sampson does have some really good stuff, so he should still figure into the fight for a rotation spot in 2016.

Any win hurts the Reds chances of the #1 draft pick in 2016. We will just enjoy the fun win tonight though.

Not so random thoughts………

I like the Bengals, and consider myself a fan. However, I am a strong advocate that Cincinnati is a baseball town first and foremost. It was nice to see the Reds steal the spotlight from many fading baseball fans while the Bengals got their teeth kicked in during a pre-season Monday Night Football game. I’ve always said that I would rather see the Reds win a playoff series than the Bengals win the Super Bowl any year.

Up Next:

John Lamb will get another shot at the Dodgers after pitching pretty well against them last week. The Reds will begin a three game series against the Dodgers tomorrow to finish the homestand.

Dodgers at Reds
Tuesday, 7:10 PM
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
John Lamb (2 GS, 6.35 ERA, 3.30 FIP) vs Alex Wood (24 GS, 3.79 ERA, 3.58 FIP)