|Houston Astros (48-26)
|Cincinnati Reds (33-38)
|W: DeSclafani (4-3) L: Verlander (4-3) S: Lorenze (4)
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Justin Verlander, Justin Schmerlander! Jesse Winker got the game started with a solo home run and the Reds never looked back as they took the second game of the series against Houston.
The game began for the Reds offense with a Jesse Winker solo home run. Joey Votto would follow with a double, and he would score later in the inning on Derek Dietrich’s 18th home run of the season. That made it 3-0. The offense was quiet for a while after that, but they got back on the board again in the 7th inning. Kyle Farmer went upper-deck on Justin Verlander in the bottom of the 7th inning, extending the Reds lead to 4-1. And it turned out that run would be very important.
Outside of the three home runs hit, Joey Votto had two doubles and Tucker Barnhart added a double of his own. No other hits for the Reds in the game. And they only walked once – MAXIMUM DEREK gets credit for that one. But it was enough.
Anthony DeSclafani put together a solid start, stepping up against one of the best starters in baseball and one of the best teams in baseball. DeSclafani allowed just 1 run, coming in the 6th inning, in 5.1 innings pitched on 6 hits and a walk. He also struck out 4 batters before turning the game over to David Hernandez. When he came on there was a runner on base, but he shut things down for the next 1.1 innings to keep the Astros off of the board.
Amir Garrett came on to finish out the 7th inning, and he did just that by getting Josh Reddick to ground out to Joey Votto and stranding a runner at second. But things didn’t go smoothly in the 8th. Garrett walked the leadoff batter and then saw Alex Bregman homer to cut the Reds lead down to 4-3. Raisel Iglesias would come on and strike out the final two batters of the inning to end the 8th and preserve a 4-3 lead. With the pitchers spot due up in the bottom of the inning, David Bell pinch hit for Iglesias. That led to Michael Lorenzen coming out for the 9th inning. Tyler White was the first victim, popping out to Joey votto. Tony Kemp was next, hitting a weak ground ball back to Lorenzen for the second out. Josh Reddick ended the game on a 97 MPH fastball that he grounded to Eugenio Suarez as the Reds picked up their second win in a row over the Astros.
Notes Worth Noting
Joey Votto is now just 3 doubles behind David Concepcion on the Reds all-time list.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 19, 2019
Raisel Iglesias only had the chance to record 2 outs, but his ERA dropped to 2.90 on the season. He’s only been charged with 1 earned run in his last 14 games, dating back to May 8th.
Scooter Gennett did not play tonight in Daytona. And he won’t play on Wednesday morning, either. The field is wet due to rain, and it’s also a field turf, not a grass field. The Reds don’t want to take any risks and Gennett is scheduled to play on Thursday when Daytona hits the road.
The Reds are riding a 3-game winning streak. The last time they won 3 games in a row was May 9-11. They haven’t won 4 in a row since April 9-13th.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Houston Astros vs Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday June 19th, 12:35pm
Gerrit Cole (6-5, 3.67 ERA) vs. Tyler Mahle (2-7, 4.33 ERA)