Final R H E
New York Mets (80-74)
2 3 0
Cincinnati Reds (73-82)
3 9 1
W: J. Kuhnel (1-0) L: J. Wilson (4-2) S: Iglesias (34)
Statcast | Gamecast | Game Thread

Ladies and gentlemen, the Reds will not lose 90 games this year. It is now a mathematical fact.

The Cincinnati Reds slid past the New York Mets thanks to some late hitting by an old Mets’ nemesis and some great Reds pitching. Christian Colon delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth that assured the Reds would break the bad streak of 90-plus loss seasons.

Anthony DeSclafani got the no-decision but he pitched masterfully. Four of his six innings were of the clean 1-2-3 variety as he continued his streak of pitching at least six innings and allowing three hits, or less, to five in a row. He has cemented himself as a rotation piece, moving forward, and may have pitched his way into a new extension (possibly). Disco struck out seven Mets on the evening.

That is some good company, am I wrong?

The bullpen also pitched very well. Lucas Sims pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts on just nine pitches. Amir Garrett and Joel Kuhnel then combined to pitch a clean eighth. Raisel Iglesias extended his career-high in saves by striking out the side in the ninth and he had to do it against the four, five, and six hitters in the Mets lineup.

Also, Garrett is a Queen City treasure:

Dude just loves to have fun. Directly following that, Kuhnel was given the ball to face Pete Alonso. Many who eat, sleep, and breath Reds have been clamoring for more innings for him. He showed why as he kept the current MLB home run leader on his heels and forced a groundout to end the eighth. Colon’s clutch hit notched Kuhnel his first career W.

The Reds have a chance to win the season series with the Mets, tomorrow, as Trevor Bauer toes the rubber against Marcus Stroman.

Just once more for the folks in the back 2019 WILL NOT BE ANOTHER 90-LOSS SEASON!

8 Responses

  1. Red

    Why is Colon considered an old Mets nemesis? He only has about 350 mlb at bats.

  2. RedNat

    Sliotar has to be ecstatic. 73 wins

  3. TR

    DeSclafani, after some rough times earlier in the season, has moved nicely into fourth position in the starting rotation. And Rasiel Iglesias has come on strong after a tough period a month or so ago. Pitching coach, Derek Johnson, is getting it done. It’s been said before, but pitching is a bright spot in this season.

  4. RedNat

    I actually think that was an important goal for the year. Getting fans interested in coming to gabp and not just cubs fans lol. I think the most encouraging thing that happened this was the increased crowd sizes at the park. Hope this continues.

  5. YorktownRed

    fwiw, I believe they also clinched a fourth place finish in the NL Central. Hoping for much better in 2020.

    • TR

      I doubt that trades and moving players around is going to do it. For the Reds to improve in 2020, serious money will have to be spent especially for offense.

  6. Mason Red

    The Reds aren’t miserable anymore! Being just bad is an improvement.