|Cincinnati Reds (68-79)
|Seattle Mariners (60-87)
|W: Romano (1-0) L: Altavilla (1-1)
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The Reds offense got going in the 1st, went silent for the next few innings, then exploded for 9 runs in the 7th and 8th innings as they played long ball to pull away from Seattle and avoid the sweep.
Things started out right for the Reds. Well, sort of. They got a whole lot of help from Justin Dunn, who was making his Major League debut. He walked 5 of the first 7 batters he faced, and the two that he didn’t walk both had sacrifice flies. That put the Reds up 2-0 after the first inning despite not having a hit.
But after that the Reds offense didn’t do much. Joey Votto added a single in the 2nd inning and Phillip Ervin lined a single into left in the 6th inning. But the Reds didn’t do much with either opportunity.
Then the 7th inning happened. Jose Peraza lined out to lead off the inning, but was followed by a Curt Casali single. Then Michael Lorenzen, who was playing center field at the time after taking over for Josh VanMeter in a double switch, lined out. It started to feel like another wasted opportunity. But Joey Votto followed with a single to bring up Eugenio Suarez. He missed tying the game up by a foot or two, doubling off of the wall and bringing in a run to make it 5-3 for the Mariners. Two feet felt like a let down because the game would have been tied, but instead the Reds were trailing with 2 outs. Aristides Aquino worked a walk after a 7-pitch at-bat to load the bases.
That led to the play of the game. After taking a called first strike, Freddy Galvis unloaded on slider at the bottom of the zone for a grand slam deep into the right field seats to put the Reds on top 7-5. The late night Reds weren’t done, though. Alex Blandino singled to lead off the 8th inning and after a ground out erased him but allowed Jose Peraza to reach first, Curt Casali crushed a 2-run homer to extend the lead to 9-5. Joey Votto followed up with a double and then Eugenio Suarez did what Eugenio Suarez does: He homered. His 45th of the year and that made it 11-5.
Joey Votto went 3-4 with a double and a walk. He also stole his 5th base of the year, because why not? Josh VanMeter went 0-1 with a walk and he stole 2 bases before being pinch-hit for when Seattle went to a lefty. Eugenio Suarez went 2-4 with a walk. Freddy Galvis went 2-4 with his grand slam and a walk. Curt Casali added 2 hits in 5 trips to the plate.
The old saying that walks will haunt certainly got to opposing pitcher Justin Dunn. But the saying that home runs will haunt got to Tyler Mahle. He gave up a pair of 2-run home runs and only recorded one out in the 4th inning before being replaced by Lucas Sims. He got through the 4th inning without any damage, but that didn’t extend itself into the 5th inning when he gave up a 457-foot home run to Kyle Lewis, who has now homered in every game of this series (and his career). That put the Reds down 5-2.
Sal Romano came on to finish the 5th inning, recording the final out with a strikeout to strand a runner. The big right-hander came out and worked around a leadoff double by former Reds prospect Shed Long (Sonny Gray trade) with a line out and two strikeouts to keep the score where it was when he entered the game.
Robert Stephenson came in for the 7th and tossed a perfect frame, needing just 15 pitches and recording a strikeout along the way. Matt Bowman came on for the 8th and he did the same as Stephenson before him, recording a perfect inning with a strikeout. With an 11-5 lead he came back out for the 9th, too.
Notes Worth Noting
Eugenio Suarez now has 45 homers on the season, which is 2nd in Major League Baseball and 2 behind the Mets Pete Alonso. The 45 home runs for Suarez are the most for a 3rd baseman since Alex Rodriguez hit 54 in 2007.
The Reds pitchers would have gotten the fans free pizza if they game were at home. They racked up 13 strikeouts, but those poor souls in Seattle don’t get LaRosa’s Pizza. Sucks to be them.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Friday September 13th, 9:40pm ET
Luis Castillo (14-6, 3.21 ERA) vs. Mike Leake (11-10, 4.64 ERA)