The Cincinnati Reds (47-55) beat the Colorado Rockies (49-56) by a score of 3-1 on Saturday night at Great American Ballpark.The Reds received a pair of home runs, a solo shot from Josh VanMeter and a two-run dinger from Eugenio Suarez, to make up all three of the night’s runs.
Anthony DeSclafani (6-5, 4.01 ERA) tossed five strong innings, allowing the one run in the fourth on a sac fly off the bat of Nolan Arenado. He largely shut down the Rockies lineup, who scored 12 runs the night before, allowing four hits and three walks, while fanning five.
Colorado’s biggest threat came in the sixth when they got the first two batters on base. That chased Disco in favor of Wandy Peralta. Some may have recoiled at that substitution, but Peralta quickly silenced those critics by inducing three-straight unproductive outs to erase the threat. Coming into tonight, Peralta was allowing 35% of his inherited runners to score.
Something that was nice to see, Raisel Iglesias (18 saves) pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts. He looked a lot more like 2018 Iglesias than the 2019 version as he nailed down the final three outs to help the Reds beat the Rockies.
Speaking of nice to see, VanMeter bangs:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 27, 2019
He is a guy who is showing a lot of potential. He now has three homers in three games. There are some who would prefer to see him in the lineup, every single day, and I tend to agree.
Every. Day. pic.twitter.com/L7PF8Ykq3Z
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 27, 2019
Could be interesting to see how VanMeter grabs on to the opportunity ahead of him, given the struggles of Scooter Gennett and Derek Dietrich, of late.
The Reds answered the challenge, after having been soundly beaten the night before, and now look to take the rubber game. Sunday features the 2019 Reds debut of Alex Wood. Many tabbed him as the key acquisition of the offseason, but he has yet to play.
Will he show some sort of trade value at the 11th hour, before the deadline? Or, will he demonstrate his quality to the Reds front office and receive a contract extension to be the final part of the three-headed rotation monster? Sunday is the beginning of these answers.