|Cincinnati Reds (51-57)
|Atlanta Braves (65-46)
|W: Wood (1-0) L: Gausman (3-7) S: Iglesias (21)|
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The Reds got going early with a 2-run homer from Joseph Daniel Votto in the 1st inning. And they didn’t look back from there, playing add on at the plate and getting strong pitching from Alex Wood and the bullpen.
Joey Votto crushed a 2-run home run in the first inning to get the Reds rolling. Votto kept things going, too. He went 2-3 with a walk, a stolen base because he’s got wheels, scored two runs, and he drove in three. One of those runs scored by Votto came in the 3rd inning when Josh VanMeter grounded out but got the RBI to give Cincinnati a 3-0 lead. The Reds would add on two more runs in the 4th inning when Jose Peraza raced home on a ground ball to second base by Jesse Winker. The initial call on the field was that Peraza was out, but it was very clear to anyone watching that he was safe. Cincinnati challenged the play and it was overturned. Joey Votto would follow with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0. The offense stalled out from there, not scoring again.
Eugenio Suarez had a strong night, going 2-2 and walking three times. Kyle Farmer went 2-4 and he scored a run.
Making just his second start of the year, Alex Wood put together a quality start and then some. The left-hander allowed 2 solo home runs – the one hit by Ronald Acuna Jr landed on Mars, Statcast confirmed it – in his 6.2 innings pitched. He believed he had gotten a strikeout for the 2nd out of the 7th inning, but the umpires disagreed. He would induce a ground out on the next pitch and then see the bullpen take over. For Wood he would allow four hits, walk one batter, and he struck out five on 93 pitches.
Michael Lorenzen came on for the final out of the 7th, getting Austin Riley to fly out on a full count. He returned for the 8th inning and kept that going by getting a ground out, a strikeout, and a foul ball that Joey Votto caught by reaching into the dugout to end the inning and hold onto a 5-2 lead.
Raisel Iglesias came on for the final inning of work. He went to a full count against Ozzie Albies before getting him to fly out to right fielder Michael Lorenzen – because that’s a sentence we get to type in 2019. Iglesias went to another full count, this time with Freddie Freeman, before striking him out on a 90 MPH change up. The game would end with another strikeout, this time on a 98 MPH fastball blown by Josh Donaldson.
Notes Worth Noting
Eugenio Saurez walked three times in the game. That ties his career high for walks in a game.
Joey Votto’s home run was his first homer at SunTrust Park. This is his 27th Major League park that he’s homered in over his career.
Down in Triple-A, catcher Chadwick Tromp homered for the 5th straight game. He’s now hit SEVEN home runs in 10 games since returning from shoulder surgery late last year.
5 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH A ? FOR CHADWICK TROMP! pic.twitter.com/AmPhclMZGM
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) August 2, 2019
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves
Saturday August 3rd, 7:20pm ET
Trevor Bauer (9-8, 3.79 ERA) vs Dallas Keuchel (3-4, 3.86)