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.
|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.