|Cincinnati Reds (2-5)
|Detroit Tigers (5-3)
|W: Turnbull (1-0) L: Castillo (0-1)
|Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
Two wins. Five losses. That’s not how anyone envisioned the start to the Cincinnati Reds season in 2020, but that’s exactly where things stand after the first week. The Detroit Tigers are looking unstoppable, the Reds bullpen continued looking terrible, and the offensive struggles returned after a big day on Wednesday night against the Cubs.
Cincinnati didn’t record a hit until the 5th inning and they were trailing 1-0. It was doubles machine Nick Castellanos doing what he does – doubling – to break up the no-hitter that was being thrown by Spencer Turnbull. After a strikeout of Jesse Winker, Nick Senzel followed up with a double of his own to tie the game up. Tucker Barnhart would drive Senzel in later in the inning with a single to put the Reds up 2-1. The Reds bats went silent after that, going 1-2-3 in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings.
The game began well for Luis Castillo as he picked up two strikeouts in the 1st inning of work. In the 2nd inning he needed just seven pitches to get back to the dugout. But the 3rd inning saw a walk to Austin Romine come back to haunt him as a double and sacrifice fly followed to put the Tigers up 1-0. Holding a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 5th and saw two doubles and a single score two runs for Detroit, who grabbed a 3-2 lead. After a scoreless 6th inning the 7th inning saw the Tigers dink and dunk Luis Castillo out of the game. An infield single led off the frame, then a blooper into center kept things going. Austin Romine followed with a single to make it 4-2 and ended the night for Castillo.
Nate Jones came in with runners on the corners and no outs and quickly struck out the first two hitters he faced. A pitch away from getting out of the inning with no further damage, a wild pitch brought in another run to put the Tigers up 5-2. The wild pitch may not have mattered as a single came later in the at-bat that would have scored the run anyways.
Raisel Iglesias came out for the bottom of the 8th inning and things didn’t go well. He gave up a leadoff ground-rule double, a Joey Votto error put another runner on, and then both runners scored on another double. It was 7-2 when the inning was over, and that is all she wrote.
Notes Worth Noting
The game time for Saturday’s game has been moved to 1:10pm ET.
Spencer Turnbull picked up his first ever win at Comerica Park.
The Cincinnati Reds designated hitter spot is 1 for 7 games. Not one hit in seven at-bats, no – they have one hit through seven whole games.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Detroit Tigers
Saturday August 1st, 1:10pm ET
Trevor Bauer (0-0, 1.42 ERA) vs Michael Fulmer (0-0, 13.50 ERA)