Final R H E
Cleveland Indians (50-38)
11 18 1
Cincinnati Reds (41-46)
1 4 0
W: Bauer (8-6) L: Mahle (2-9)
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That did not go well dot GIF. The bullpen allowed 8 runs, and allowed 2 more inherited runners to score (charged to Tyler Mahle). Not exactly the way you want to head into the All-Star break.

The Offense

The Indians had all of the offense on the day. They had 18 hits and 11 runs. The Reds had 4 hits and 1 run. That run came on a double by Josh VanMeter in the 5th inning that brought in Jose Peraza who has singled to lead off the inning.Yasiel Puig was the only other Red who had a hit, and he had 2 of them in 4 trips to the plate.

The Pitching

Tyler Mahle got the start, and early on things were going just fine. He held the Indians scoreless through the first 3 innings. But Tyler Naquin hit a solo homer in the 4th to put Cleveland ahead. In the next inning he gave up a leadoff single and then walked Carlos Santana. That would be all that David Bell needed to see on the last day of the first half, with what would seem to be a day where everyone in the bullpen is available.

Jared Hughes got the call from the bullpen. The first batter he saw laid down a sacrifice bunt, and then a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez made it 2-0 for Cleveland. The next batter changed the game, as Jake Bauers crushed a 2-run homer to make it 4-0 Indians. Hughes would retire the next batter to end the inning.

Robert Stephenson came on for the 6th inning and made it an easy 1-2-3 inning that featured 2 strikeouts. He returned for the 7th and things didn’t quite go as well. Greg Allan tripled to lead off the inning. After a strikeout of Carlos Santana, David Bell went back to the bullpen and brought in David Hernandez who gave up a single and a run to Greg Allen. He’d record the next two outs, but the game was now 5-1. Hernandez returned for the 8th and the Indians took batting practice off of him. Roberto Perez, Tyler Naquin, and Bobby Bradley went double, single, double – at 102 MPH off the bat, 114 MPH off the bat, and 110 MPH off the bat.

After Hernandez got a strikeout of Francisco Lindor, Jimmy Herget came on to make his Major League debut, entering the game with a runner on second. Things could have gone better as he allowed 5 hits, including 2 home runs, and 3 earned runs. Matt Bowman pitched the 9th inning, allowing a double, but no runs.

Notes Worth Noting

Nick Senzel leapt at the wall in the 1st inning attempting to make a catch and his cleat got caught in the wall. He remained in the game initially, walking in the bottom of the inning. But he was replaced in the top of the inning. Later on it was announced he had a sprained right ankle.

Jimmy Herget made his Major League debut. Things didn’t go they way he drew them up, probably. This was the first time that he had pitched in a game since June 27th, and only the second time since June 22nd.

Derek Dietrich was hit by another pitch. That’s 17 on the year. We’re at the All-Star break.

Taylor Trammell will be playing in The Futures Game tonight on MLB Network and 7pm. Tune in and see if he can win the MVP Award in the game two consecutive years.

The Cincinnati Reds used FIVE different left fielders in the game. Jesse Winker started there. Then Phillip Ervin, Josh VanMeter, Jose Peraza, and Michael Lorenzen all got their chance to chat with the fans in the left field stands.

Josh VanMeter did a little bit of everything today. He pinch hit, then took over in left field. He then moved to second base, then back to left field, and finally he took over at first base late in the game.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Colorado Rockies

Friday July 12th, 8:40pm

Both starters have yet to be announced