Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (69-79)
4 5 0
Arizona Dbacks (75-73)
3 7 1
W: Castillo (15-6) L: Leake (11-11) SV: Iglesias (30)
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The Reds got two different 2-run home runs to lead the offense and Luis Castillo and the bullpen did enough to help Cincinnati take a 4-3 win over Arizona on Friday night.

The Offense

It’s going to be a shorter recap tonight. Joey Votto’s 2-run home run in the 3rd inning put the Reds up 2-0. Josh VanMeter’s 2-run home run in the 5th extended the lead to 4-1. They were the only two Reds players to reach base twice in the game. Votto went 2-4. VanMeter went 1-2 with a walk and he scored two runs.

Eugenio Suarez missed an inside-the-park-homer by a third base coach decision. I feel confident he could have made it, but he was held up at third base in the top of the 1st inning.

The Pitching

Luis Castillo wasn’t at his best on Friday night, but he wasn’t bad. He allowed two runs in 5.0 innings on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts before turning the game over to the bullpen.

Robert Stephenson allowed a run in the 6th inning that made it a 4-3 game. Michael Lorenzen came out and pitched 2.0 shutout innings with two strikeouts. He then moved into center field after giving the ball to Raisel Iglesias to begin the 9th. Iglesias allowed a double in the inning to Ketel Marte, but worked through it and picked up his 30th save of the year.

Notes Worth Noting

Josh VanMeter channeled his inner Jon Gruden after the game. BOOF!

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Saturday September 14th, 8:10pm ET

Anthony DeSclafani (9-8, 4.06 ERA) vs. Merrill Kelly (10-14, 4.68 ERA)

8 Responses

  1. Aaron B.

    JVM is a very likeable kid who seemingly came out of nowhere, I surely don’t remember seeing his name at all before this season as far as prospects to watch. I literally never heard of him before until mention that he was tearing it up in AAA.

  2. Mason Red

    I would take all 3 in their prime compared to what the Reds have now.

    • Mike

      I agree also. Most I remember about Bruce is a lot of spitting, a lot of taking strike one and two right down the middle and then swinging at a ball two foot outside and missing for strike three.

    • centerfield

      Now why doesn’t Mr. Analytic (aka Davis Bell) know this about Bruce?

  3. centerfield

    The sad state of the Reds is that there are 14 games to go and no one cares. They’ve all moved on to football and futbol.

    • TR

      The Reds fans are still there, we just need something to cheer about, like wins, before August rolls around and it’s play playout the schedule again.

  4. Keith

    Guess the opposing pitchers figured out Aquino. Now let’s see if he can adjust.

  5. Still a Red

    Nice to see an old-fashioned Joey Votto pop-up HR to left center. But I don’t think there’s many of those left. It’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts. If he can hit .280 or above, 20ish HRs, with lots of doubles, I’d take that the rest of the way.

    Looking forward, if Senzel’s shoulder is an long term issue, maybe he’s our Votto replacement.