The Cincinnati Reds faced an opponent that wasn’t themselves for the first time since March on Tuesday night. Things didn’t start out well, with the Tigers taking a 5-0 lead in the top of the second. But the Reds went to work from there, battling back behind five home runs as they came back for a 9-7 win. You can see the entire box score for the game right here.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tigers 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 12 0
Reds 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 9 8 1
W: Strop | L: Burrows | SV: Iglesias

Good Reds Observations

Nick Castellanos was in the lineup. After being hit in the back by a Tyler Mahle fastball over the weekend, he was still feeling a bit sore. Manager David Bell said that he expected him to be fine, and Castellanos himself said he was ready to go on Monday. Still, it was good to see him out on the field Tuesday night.

Tucker Barnhart absolutely unloaded on a home run in the 3rd inning. Major League Baseball is using a new tracking system this year, with Hawk-Eye replacing Trackman, and there have been a few hiccups early on from the new system – but if the tracking was correct tonight, Barnhart’s home run was 432 feet. In 2019 the longest home run hit by Barnhart went 415 feet.

Freddy Galvis had a big night, homering in the 2nd inning to get the Cincinnati comeback brewing. He would later draw a walk and finished 2-3 on the day. He was also a part of a relay in the top of the 8th to cut down what would have been at the time a go-ahead run at the plate.

Shogo Akiyama crushed a 2-run homer to dead center field in the 5th inning to tie the game up at 6-6. He finished the night 2-5, though that second hit won’t be in the box score as the Reds hit in the bottom of the 9th despite leading 9-7. Everyone needs to get their work in, so they played the half-inning despite the fact that it wouldn’t have happened in a normal circumstance.

Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez joined the home run parade in the bottom of the 8th inning. Suarez got it started with a go-ahead 2-run homer into the upper deck. Winker would come up later in the inning and crush a laser 434 feet near the top of the seats in right field.

On the pitching side of things, Amir Garrett tossed a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Nate Jones did the same thing later on in the 7th inning. Tyler Thornburg tossed a hitless inning with a walk and two strikeouts of his own. Pedro Strop worked around a walk and a hit to toss a shutout 8th inning. Raisel Iglesias gave up an absolutely blast to former Red Brandon Dixon – 433 feet on the solo homer – but also struck out the other three batters he faced on the night.

Tejay Antone was the only reliever to go more than an inning, allowing a run in 2.0 innings with a strikeout. He showed off his new gains in velocity, sitting 95-97 in his first inning of work before coming back out for his second inning sitting a MPH lower.

Things that didn’t go as planned

Prospect Nick Lodolo struggled. He got through the 1st inning unscathed, needing just 12 pitches. But in the 2nd inning the Tigers touched him up for three homers and he only recorded one out before exiting the game. In total he allowed eight hits in 1.1 innings.

Something to keep an eye on

As we mentioned above, Amir Garrett threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts. But his velocity was also just 93.5 MPH on the day. Only one time last year, Opening Day, did Garrett throw a fastball in a game and average lower than 94 MPH. He averaged 96 MPH last year according to Brooks Baseball. Could mean nothing, but it’s worth watching when the games start to count.


7 Responses

  1. MBS

    It was as close to real baseball as we’ve seen since last season. I am looking forward to Friday, with the real rotation taking over.

  2. Doug Gray

    The baseball situation will certainly be interesting to see.

    There hasn’t been too much talk about it yet among the players, at least publicly. The little that I’ve seen, though, has been a bit of a split on how the baseballs feel versus how they are coming off of the bat.

    One interesting thing was from Eno Sarris of The Athletic who talked to Joey Gallo about it, and he thought the ballpark there was super pitcher friendly (new ballpark) – only to find out that they had been using the old baseballs.

  3. GreatRedLegsFan

    If there’s a weak area in this year’s roster is the LH bullpen, I hope they manage to keep it afloat. It’s a short season, though. On a different note, the middle IF looks much more solid this year with Galvis, Blandino and Moustakas from the beginning.

  4. rex

    I think AG takes a huge step back this year

    it was clear in the second half last year that batters have learned to ignore his slider that ends up a ball most of the time

  5. Indy Red Man

    I can’t wait!!! Picked up 2 props for the Reds:

    Shogo Over .270
    Castellanos Over 30.5 rbis

    I think its almost beyond belief that Nick could hit 58 doubles, 3 triples, and 27 HRs and only pick up 73 rbis last year? Tells you how bad Detroit really is! Reds need a sweep or 3-1 in their 4 total games!

  6. JayTheRed

    Things I hope for.

    1. Lodolo not pitching like he did last night.
    2. Galvis has a surprisingly good season in the short season. (Looked good last night)
    3. Iggy doesn’t give up a home run every 9th inning he pitches in. The final results were fine.
    4. Castellanos learns how to use the corner outfield better than what he showed last night.
    5. Akiyama has a great season and Senzel has a good season where he can stay healthy.
    6. Votto continues to walk and pitchers have to throw good pitches to get him out otherwise he clobbers them.
    7. Jones looked pretty good lets hope he can continue that.
    There is much more I hope for but based on what I saw last night these were a few things that jumped out to me.

  7. MK

    Brooks Raley looks to be another left handed bullpen option. Garrett should be OK. Baseball is a series of adjustments and the best players make them I think that is what is going on with Amir and he will be fine.