|Pittsburgh Pirates (26-26)||1||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (25-29)
|W: Gray (2-4) L: Keller (0-1)
|FanGraphs Win Probability | No Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
The Cincinnati Reds jumped on Mitch Keller in his Major League debut early, scoring 6 runs in the 1st inning and they never looked back as they salvaged a split in the day/night double header.
The Reds got things going early on. The first three batters of the game reached base. After a strikeout, Yasiel Puig came through with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Jose Iglesias followed up with a grand slam that made it 5-0. Nick Senzel, who scored the first run of the game, then singled in Curt Casali to cap off the inning, making it 6-0. Fast forward to the bottom of the 7th inning and the Reds were holding a 6-1 lead. That’s when MAXIMUM DEREK Dietrich and Yasiel Puig went back-to-back with solo homers to make it 8-1. That score held the rest of the way.
Jesse Winker and Yasiel Puig both had 2 hits in the game. Nick Senzel went 1-3 and drew a walk.
Sonny Gray toed the rubber at the start of the game for Cincinnati and put together a good one. He allowed just one run over 6.0 innings while throwing 102 pitches on the day. He walked 2 batters and struck out 7 more as he lowered his ERA on the season to 3.54. Cody Reed took over in the 7th inning and fired 2.0 shutout innings before handing the game over to Matt Bowman. Bowman did a bit of a rare thing these days – he pitched in both games of the double header. He threw all of 4 pitches in game 1. He needed 12 in game 2 as he tossed a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Notes Worth Noting
Statcast was down for the game, and apparently down for all night games around Major League Baseball as they worked on something behind the scenes around MLB. Kind of a bummer because Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig CRUSHED their homers and we might not get to know how far.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 28, 2019
There is still no announced starter for the game on Tuesday. But it’s the worst kept secret around that it’s going to be Lucas Sims. As reported by Jason Linden 84 years ago (ok, it was two days ago).
Saw Sims getting work in the bullpen today. Threw to some batters even. Asked pitching coach Jeff Fassero. He was “not at liberty to say.” The Reds need a starter for Tuesday, remember.
— Jason Linden (@JasonLinden) May 25, 2019
Update: The Reds have announced it will be Lucas Sims to start tomorrow.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday May 28th, 6:40pm
Lucas Sims vs Jordan Lyles (5-1, 2.81 ERA)