|Detroit Tigers (0-1)
|Cincinnati Reds (1-0)
|W: Gray (1-) L: Boyd (0-1)
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Sonny Gray. Mike Moustakas. That’s the story from tonight. Gray dominated the Tigers lineup for 6.0 innings, giving up one run. Moustakas had a multi-hit game, including a home run that landed somewhere in Kentucky as he made the absolute most out of his Cincinnati Reds debut, going 3-4 with four runs driven in. It was more than enough for the Reds to take home a win on Opening Day, beating the Tigers 7-1 on Friday evening.
It seems strange to complain about jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, but the Reds probably feel like they left some runs out there after loading the bases with no outs and already up 2-0 on a bases loaded hit batter (Nick Castellanos) and Mike Moustakas single. Those two would get together again in the bottom of the 3rd to extend the lead when Castellanos crushed his 1st double of the year into the left-center gap and scored on another Moustakas single.
After Detroit got a run back on a home run in the top of the 4th, Joey Votto put the Reds back up by three with a solo homer of his own. The next inning saw Shogo Akiyama make his Cincinnati debut with a pinch-hit RBI single that brought in Freddy Galvis to make it 5-1. After a walk by Nick Castellanos in the 7th he was pinch run for by Travis Jankowski, who immediately stole second base. It didn’t matter, though, because Mike Moustakas clobbered a 421-foot homer deep into the right field seats to make it a 7-1 game.
Sonny Gray did what Sonny Gray has done since joining the Reds – pitched well. The right-hander needed 90 pitches to get through 6.0 innings. He allowed just one earned run, coming on a long homer by C.J. Cron. Other than that, Gray was quite dominant. He recorded six ground outs and struck out nine batters with two walks.
The bullpen picked up where Sonny Gray left off. Lucas Sims came on for a hitless 7th inning where he struck out two. Nate Jones followed, making his Reds debut, going 1-2-3 with two strikeouts and an outstanding catch in left field by Shogo Akiyama for the assist. Brooks Raley came on for the final inning looking to hold onto a 6-run lead. A pop up was followed by a strikeout of future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera in an 8-pitch at-bat, and was wrapped up with another pop up. Welcome back to the big leagues Mr. Raley.
Notes Worth Noting
Sonny Gray picked up a bunch of strikesouts in the game, but one of them happened to be the 1000th of his Major League career. Gray picked up three more strikeouts to follow and now has 1003 in his career. The start also extended his Major League record of consecutive starts with six or fewer hits allowed to 34. Hat tip to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic on that one.
Shogo Akiyama came on in the 6th inning to pinch hit for Phillip Ervin after a pitching change and officially became the first Japanese player to play for the Cincinnati Reds. He also came through with his first hit and RBI to extend the Reds lead.
It didn’t take long for Mike Moustakas to make his presence felt on the defensive side of things.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 25, 2020
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