|Cincinnati Reds (5-8)
|Cleveland Indians (8-6)
|W: Carrasco (2-1) L: Castillo (0-2)
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Matt Davidson got to pitch in the game. That’s all you need to know. If you want to know more, there’s about 1000 words below describing the game, but TLDR: It didn’t go well for the Cincinnati Reds (5-8), who lost by nearly two touchdowns to Cleveland (8-6).
The Reds went quietly in the 1st inning. But Jesse Winker led off the second inning with a double to the gap in right-center. Unfortunately a lineout, flyout, and a strikeout followed up and the Reds came up empty. The team extended their scoreless streak to 17 innings by going quietly in the 3rd inning. It went the same way in the 4th. In the 5th inning Carlos Carrasco worked around a 1-out walk to push the Reds scoreless streak to 19.
In the 6th inning the Reds offense started what could have been a 2-out rally. Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez both walked, with Votto making his way to third base on two separate wild pitches. Runners were on the corners for Jesse Winker, but the umpire was bent on making it next to impossible for the Cincinnati offense to come through as he rung up Winker on a pitch nowhere near the strikezone to end the inning.
The third pitch and the sixth pitch were both called strikes. Neither of them were actual strikes and Winker wasn’t happy with either of them. After the strikeout the Reds dugout lost it, and so did David Bell, who was ejected for arguing.
Cincinnati’s scoreless inning streak continued when Cam Hill took over for Carlos Carrasco to begin the 7th as he needed 10 pitches to rack up two strikeouts and a ground out.
After Tucker Barnhart grounded out to lead off the 8th inning, Shogo Akiyama singled, picking up the Reds first hit of the game since Jesse Winker led off the 2nd with a double. Unfortunately, trailing 13-0, Akiyama couldn’t find a way to score a touchdown to make it a close game. He would move to second on a wild pitch but be stranded on the bases as the scoreless streak moved to 22
Eugenio Suarez struck out to begin the 9th, but Jesse Winker line a single for his second hit of the night. The game ended a few pitches later on a double play to mercifully end the game, 13-0.
The first inning saw Jose Ramirez hit a long home run to right-center field to put Cleveland up 1-0 against Luis Castillo. The Reds righty worked around a 2-out walk of Carlos Santana to keep the game there, but it was a 29-pitch inning as he labored to get through the 1st. Castillo struck out the side in the 2nd inning, and he picked up another strikeout in the the 3rd as he went 1-2-3 again. A 1-out walk in the 4th was followed up by a single against the shift to put two runners on for Domingo Santana, but Castillo struck him out on four pitches before doing the same to Oscar Mercado to end the inning.
Cleveland got back on the board in the bottom of the 5th. After the first two hitters went down quickly, Cesar Hernandrez walked after falling behind 0-2, and then Jose Ramirez tripled to make it 2-0. He scored on a single by Francisco Lindor and the Indians extended their lead to 3-0. Castillo then walked Carlos Santana, drawing a visit to the mound from Derek Johnson. He got out of it on a ground out to Joey Votto to end the inning, but the damage was done by that point and his pitch count was at 105 with the bullpen getting loose.
José De León took over for Cincinnati in the 6th and he made very quick work of Cleveland, striking out the first two hitters he saw, then getting a ground out to end the inning with just 11 pitches thrown. The bottom of the 7th wasn’t quite as easy for De León, who gave up back-to-back singles the begin the frame. Acting manager Freddie Benavides had the infield play in to try and prevent a run and Joey Votto got a grounder to him and he came to the plate to get Delino Deshields Jr. for the first out of the inning. But they would then hand Francisco Lindor an intentional walk to load the bases for Carlos Santana. The move didn’t pay off as Santana walked after falling behind 0-2 and Cleveland extended their lead to 4-0.
And then just like the Reds offense can’t buy any amount of luck, the Reds pitching staff can’t catch a break as a weakly hit blooper found grass to bring in two more runs to extend the Indians lead to 6-0. Another single followed to reload the bases, but a strikeout of Oscar Mercado made for the second out of the inning. The struggles on the inning continued, though, as De León walked in another run to put the
Browns Indians up by a touchdown. Another walk, on his 39th pitch of the inning, made it 8-0.
That led to a call to the bullpen to bring in Cody Reed. Cesar Hernandez saw four pitches and the last one was lined down the right field line for a 3-run triple to make it 11-0. Jose Ramirez followed with a 2-run homer to make it 13-0. And then a walk followed. 10 runs with five walks before the inning was over.
The Reds were losing so bad that they were allowed, by rule, to pitch a position player. That meant that Matt Davidson got to take the mound. He had previously been unscored upon in three big league games and one minor league appearance. That streak continued as he locked up Mike Freeman on a 69 MPH curveball for a strikeout before getting Domingo Santana to line out to left field. Oscar Mercado singled on a grounder up the middle, but Beau Taylor popped up on the infield to end the inning.
Notes worth noting
David Bell was ejected for the first time of the season for arguing balls and strikes after a terrible call to Jesse Winker to end a threat and the 6th inning for the Reds.
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