Sonny Gray and the Cincinnati Reds fell behind 2-0 early, but it didn’t spell doom on this night. Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto each homered to help the Reds win their third consecutive game. The Reds have gone from 2-5 to 5-5 in a span of less than 36 hours.

Final R H E
Cleveland Indians (5-6) 2 5 0
Cincinnati Reds (5-5) 3 4 1
W: Gray (3-0) L: Plesac (0-1) S: Iglesias (1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Joey Votto’s 2-run home run with 0 outs in the 6th inning, giving the Reds a 3-2 lead. That play increased the Reds probability of winning by 26.6% (from 46.9% to 73.5%).

Positives

Joey Votto crushed a 2-run home run to give the Reds a 3-2 lead in the 6th. Votto is now tied with Tony Perez for third on the Reds all-time home run list.

The NL player of the week Nick Castellanos just continues to rake. He now has 5 home runs and a 1.374 OPS through his first 10 games with the Reds.

It took Sonny Gray some time to settle in, but once he got going he was the ace he is. Gray struck out 5 in a row at one point and ended up with 8 (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR).

Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect 7th inning. That is very encouraging. Nate Jones also had a scoreless 8th. Jones has looked pretty good so far with some nasty stuff.

Raisel Iglesias has faced 7 batters over the last two days and retired all of them (4 strikeouts). That is a very, very, very, very good thing.

Tucker Barnhart did a remarkable job behind the plate throwing out both Francisco Lindor and Cesar Hernandez on a pitches in the dirt. The latter came in a big spot with the Reds up 3-2 and runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out.

Negatives

Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker continued their ice colds starts to 2020. They are a combined 5 for 58 at the plate.

Christian Colon went 0 for 3 as the Reds DH (?) tonight. Nick Senzel was scratched after jamming his left hand yesterday on a slide. Colon DH-ing and Senzel being hurt are both very bad.

Not so random thoughts…….

I wish every game started at 8:40. Anyone who has little kids and is a night owl knows what I am talking about.

I am forced to watch the Indians broadcast since I live in Cleveland. I had no idea that Shogo Akiyama tried to steal on the Votto home run until I saw the Reds broadcast highlight later. That’s one of those weird 2020 things with no road broadcasters at the park.

Up Next:

Reds vs Indians
Tuesday, 6:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Tyler Mahle (4.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB) vs Shane Bieber (14.0 IP, 0 R, 27 K, 1 BB)

22 Responses

  1. CallowayPost

    Great to see the team NEARLY in lock after 10 games…once everyone is on at the same time, watch out. That kind of winning will he very contagious and will only build this teams confidence.

  2. Indy Red Man

    Wow what a nice swing by Joey! He wants the ball out over the plate, but everyone knows that by now. Hopefully we can start getting more guys on and pile up some runs! The pitching can be very good, but they need some room for error. Glad their gift run in the 2nd didn’t cost us tonite!

    They’re big favorites tomorrow with Beiber vs Mahle, but Beiber doesn’t have overwhelming stuff and Bell should have Antone available as a 2nd starter. If Mahle gives up a couple of runs early then get’em out of there. You have a 30 man roster so use it!

    • RedsGettingBetter

      I think Bell/Johnson could have Antone as starter candidate for thursday game

  3. Cubano

    Regardless of what happens this season- tomorrow, even- I’m feeling really grateful to have been able to watch Sonny Gray pitch the last two years. He’s an absolute ace, and it’s been a total joy watching his pitching and his dedication

  4. Tom Reeves

    Not sure if you all are seeing Charlie Walker broadcasting the pre/post game show with Sam LeCure. This kid has an extremely bright broadcasting future in front of him.

    Oh, and great game! Most complete game I’ve seen the Reds play this year.

    • RedsFan11

      yeah who is this Charlie Walker guy?

  5. VaRedsFan

    Super recap Nick. With almost no offense, they scratched out a win, by doing all of the little things. The bullpen came through like you would draw it up. Galvis catching that horrific hop, or it’s 1st/3rd and no outs. Tucker’s play in the 7th, was as big as it gets. Votto pulling the ball in the air, and he will be a bigger producer than they were counting on. Can’t remember when the last time he hit a late inning, go ahead HR.

  6. DaveCT

    This team is different. The newer guys are very, very competitive, and it shows. Castellanos, Moose, Plus Senzel, Gray, and of course Bauer. Votto, Tucker, and Shogo, too. All great competitors. As is Garret. Now seeing a little fire from Iglesias, Lorenzen.

  7. GreatRedLegsFan

    Other than Votto, Castellanos and Moustakas, the bats have been ice cold so far. I wasn’t expecting much from guys like Senzel, Akiyama, Galvis and Barnhart/Casali, but Suarez and Winker/Ervin/Vanmeter have been just awful, and that’s excluding outsiders Davidson and Colon. The Akiyama, Senzel & Castellanos lineup is the best OF so far, the DH spot is up for grabs.

  8. Mark Moore

    I’m an “old man” with no kids at home, so the late broadcast ultimately means I turn in later or I miss the ending. And I wasn’t going to miss THAT ending last night.

    We got it done on several fronts. A few still look like lost puppies (I’m talking to you, Geno) but Mikey found his groove, Jones worked through some troubles, and Iggy did what we need him to do.

    Got to love Castellanos … even if it will just be for this year.

    Now to take 2 or 3 of the Ohio Series and get this train on the track!

  9. Hotto4Votto

    Glad to see the Reds right the ship quickly after digging an early hole. The starters have largely been excellent led by Gray. Nice to see the bullpen deliver. Keep racking up the W’s.

  10. CFD3000

    That’s a really good win. Felt like the kind of game the Reds might have let slip away last year, but they got a couple of clutch hits, Sonny Gray found his groove, the bullpen did its job and it adds up to a win. Talks should be happening NOW to extend Bauer and Castellanos. Nice to see Votto back and making the big difference in the game. His post game interview shows how much he cares about the team and this season. If he continues to hit with power and Geno finds his stroke the Reds offense could be awfully good. In just a day and a half this season just got fun. Go Reds!

    • Roger Garrett

      I agree about Bauer and Castellanos but I just don’t see them here next year.I don’t know how they feel about playing for the Reds but I think they can find more money elsewhere on a winning team.

      • Michael Smith

        @roger

        Bauer might be gone but I dont think Castellanos is opting out into what is going to be a depressed free agency market.

      • Jefferson Green

        I believe the Reds could tag them both to keep them next year (Bauer as he hits FA for the first time, Nick if he opts out). And Bauer has been on record for years that he will only sign one year deals.

      • Old-school

        I let Bauer play it out. He’s on record saying he will go year to year. With no guarantee of fans and profits and a looming strike, Bauer might sign with the Reds at $25 million for 1 year.

        Castellanos will have a hard time beating 3/48 the Reds are on the hook for after this year. Reds could buy out his 2021 opt out and 2022 opt-out at say $6 million each and make it a simple 3/60 for 2021/22/23.

        Reds are in their winning window. Spend the money.

  11. Klugo

    3 in a row. What? What?! I almost felt a little groove last night. When’s the last time we saw a Reds team hitting on all cylinders around here. Been a while. This team can be fun if they can find their groove.

  12. docproc

    I know you like later starts, but you have tonight’s start time as 6:40, when it’s actually 6:10. Wishful thinking on your part. 🙂

    • Doug Gray

      Jumped in real quick and fixed it. Thanks for the heads up!

      • RedsFan11

        check out the new Doug Gray pic! I personally liked the old one but this one is cool to

    • Nick Kirby

      Thanks for the heads up on this. All these different game times are hard to keep track of!