|Cincinnati Reds (35-38)
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|W: Roark (5-6) L: Nelson (0-2)
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FIVE GAMES IN A ROW HAVE RESULTED IN WINS FOR THE CINCINNATI REDS. Pitching. Hits. Hit by pitches. Dingers getting donged. This was a fun game for the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds got things started early. Joey Votto walked, Eugenio Suarez singled to left, and then Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch to load the bases with 1 out. Nick Senzel picked up an RBI with a 5-pitch walk, making it 1-0. Jose Iglesias would cap off the inning with a 2-run single to put the good guys up 3-0 before Milwaukee even had a chance to hit. Iglesias was at the heart of the scoring again in the 5th, following up a Yasiel Puig triple to left-center with a home run that landed on top of the wall before bouncing over it and into the Brewers bullpen. That gave the Reds a 5-1 lead. Cincinnati played add on in the 7th. Dietrich led off with inning with a single to right field. Senzel then took a 94 MPH fastball at the letters and crushed it off of the foul pole in left field to make it a 7-1 game. That was all they would need.
Derek Dietrich was hit by 2 pitches in the game. I haven’t double checked this, but I’m pretty sure he’s now been hit 137 times this season. Nick Senzel, Yasiel Puig, and Jose Iglesias all had 2 hits each, and Senzel also added a walk. Jesse Winker went 1-3, walked, was hit by a pitch, and had the wildest pop-up slide on his triple you’re going to see (video below).
Tanner Roark got the start for the Reds and it was a heck of a start. He made one mistake on the day, serving up a 462-foot home run to Christian Yelich in the 4th inning. But that solo home run was the only run that the right-hander allowed. He gave up just 3 hits, and he hit 3 batters, but walked no one and racked up 7 strikeouts across 6.0 innings for Cincinnati. He left the game to the bullpen while holding onto a 7-1 lead.
Jared Hughes took over in the 7th inning for the Reds. It was quick and easy for Hughes, who then returned for the 8th. He made easy work of that inning, too. Christian Yelich did single against him in the inning, but he was erased as Hughes got Ryan Braun to ground into a double play to end the inning. With a big lead, David Bell turned the bottom of the 9th inning over to Zach Duke. After walking the leadoff batter on 4 pitches he got Yasmani Grandal to ground into a double play. Eric Thames followed with a single, but Travis Shaw popped out to Eugenio Suarez in foul territory to end the game.
Notes Worth Noting
Jesse Winker is a magician and had one of the more wild slide-to-hop-over-the-infielder plays you’ll see as he turned a sure out into a triple.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 21, 2019
Tanner Roark just continued to get it done. His ERA on the season is now down to 3.47. He’s struck out 81 batters with just 27 walks in 80.1 innings on the year. He’s never come close to a strikeout per inning in his career, but he’s doing it this year.
Don’t look now, but three regulars in the Cincinnati Reds lineup now have an OPS over .800 on the season. Jesse Winker is up to .804, Nick Senzel is at .807, and Derek Dietrich is at .939.
Scooter Gennett went 1-5 with a single on his rehab assignment with the Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas tonight.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers
Friday June 21st, 8:10pm
Sonny Gray (3-5, 3.77 ERA) vs Chase Anderson (3-1, 4.05 ERA)