|Chicago Cubs (25-16)
|Cincinnati Reds (20-24)
|W: Luis Castillo (5-1) L: Jose Quintana (4-3) S: Raisel Iglesias (9)|
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The Cincinnati Reds beat those baby bears, taking 2-of-3 from the Chicago Cubs to take a step forward towards the top of the division.
The Reds took their time to get the offense going, but they did get there. They did go. Jose Peraza would get things started in the 5th inning with a solo home run that was launched 341 entire feet to put the Reds on the board. Luis Castillo and Joey Votto both singled in the inning. Then two wild pitches would bring Castillo around to tie the game up. Eugenio Suarez then singled in the go-ahead run, making it 3-2 for the team wearing the Cincinnati baseball caps.
That’s where the score would remain until the bottom of the 7th inning. Nick Senzel, who had two hits on the day, would single to start the inning. He would move to third base on a Joey Votto single and then score on a third straight single in the inning by Eugenio Suarez. The offense stalled out at that point, but that run provided a tad more insurance for the bullpen.
Nick Senzel, Joseph Daniel Votto, and Eugenio Suarez all had 2 hits each. Curt Casali and Jose Peraza each went 1-3 and walked in the game.
Luis Castillo allowed 2 runs in 5.1 innings. Neither of the runs should have happened. A 2-RBI double came on what was a routine ground ball to third base went off of the bag and then over Eugenio Suarez for a double. From there, La Piedra cruised. He struck out 6 batters and didn’t give up another run. With the rain coming down hard he took the mound in the 6th inning, but after the first out was recorded the umpires called the grounds crew to the field to roll out the tarp. After a long rain delay, that would wrap up the night for Castillo. He’s now sitting through 10 starts with 61.2 innings pitched, 34 hits allowed, 25 walks, and 76 strikeouts to go with his 1.90 ERA.
Michael Lorenzen came on to take over after the grounds crew removed the tarp. He worked around 2 hits and recorded a strikeout to finish out the 6th inning and hold onto the 3-2 lead. That led to Amir Garrett coming on for the 7th inning, with the same score, and embarrassing those baby bears by striking out the only three he faced on the night. David Hernandez came on for the 8th inning and he kept it going with another perfect inning that included a strikeout.
That set up Raisel Iglesias for the 9th inning, trying to hold onto a 4-2 lead. He got things started by striking out Daniel Descalso on 3 pitches. It was a little tougher against Javier Baez, but he struck him out on 5 pitches. It took 4 more pitches to dispense of Willson Contreras, who grounded out to Eugenio Suarez to end the game.
Notes Worth Noting
Laura Fay was the honorary bat girl for the game tonight. Laura is the wife of Cincinnati Reds beat writer John Fay. She was chosen as a part of Major League Baseball’s program that’s been around since 2009 as a part of their Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative. Fay is a breast cancer survivor after having been diagnosed in 2017. She actually served as the real bat girl (not to be confused with Batgirl, or Batwoman) for the 1st inning of the game. That made her the first female bat person in Cincinnati Reds regular season history.
Give it up for honorary bat girl and cancer survivor Laura Fay. Laura served as the team’s bat girl in the first inning, becoming the first woman ever to serve in that role for the #Reds during a regular-season game. Humbled I could help capture this for my friend @johnfayman. pic.twitter.com/7ItEvDqtAg
— Kareem Elgazzar (@ElgazzarBLVD) May 16, 2019
The rain delay lasted 1 hour and 51 minutes. Every single minute in there was stupid.
The pitching staff recorded at least 11 strikeouts, and thus giving the ticket-holding fans a free small LaRosa’s pizza, for the 6th time at home this season.
Nick Senzel has 4 stolen bases in 12 games. That’s tied with Jose Peraza for 2nd best on the team. Yasiel Puig leads the way with 7, and I’m sure you’re just as surprised by that as the rest of the entire universe.
Amir Garrett’s slider might be the best pitch in baseball. He dropped his ERA on the season to a ridiculously low 1.47. Michael Lorenzen isn’t far behind him as he lowered his to 1.59 with his 0.2 shutout innings of work.
The Reds are now 8-7 in May and have outscored their opponents 73-52 in that time frame. That’s an average of 4.87 runs per game for the Reds and just 3.47 for the far weaker opponents.
The Cincinnati Reds have beaten the Chicago baby bears 6 of the last 7 times that the two teams have played. LaRosa’s pizza > Giordano’s pizza. It’s science.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds
Friday May 17th, 7:10pm
Rich Hill (0-1, 4.20 ERA) vs Anthony DeSclafani (2-1, 4.17 ERA)