|Kansas City Royals (7-11)
|Cincinnati Reds (8-9)
|W: Sims (1-0) L: Staumont (0-1)
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This team can’t make anything easy. After a strong start by Luis Castillo that was plagued by two unearned runs thanks to three errors, the bullpen blew a 5-3 lead. But Lucas Sims locked things down in the 10th inning, setting up a Joey Votto walk-off double in the bottom of the frame to score Nick Senzel to give the Cincinnati Reds (8-9) the win over the Kansas City Royals (7-11).
Joey Votto’s single went to waste in the bottom of the 1st inning. In the 2nd Matt Davidson led off with a walk and was followed up by Jesse Winker continuing to tear things up by lacing a single through the infield. Curt Casali caught a break on what would have been an easy double play, but the grounder hit Matt Davidson, thus making the ball dead – credit Casali for a single on that one in a weird scoring rule – but it only cost the team one out instead two. Christian Colón, however, grounded into a force out at third base to bring Kyle Farmer to the plate. The shortstop to begin the day, Farmer came through with a double off of the wall to put the Reds up 2-0.
Nick Castellanos led off the bottom of the 3rd with a triple past a diving center fielder. After Joey Votto hit the ball 27 feet and Eugenio Suarez struck out it looked liked Castallanos triple would go to waste. But then Matt Davidson took the first pitch he saw 396-feet into the seats in right-center for a 2-run homer to make it 4-1. The offense wasn’t done as Jesse Winker followed up with a 400-foot solo homer of his own to extend the Reds lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the 3rd.
The bats went quiet after that, though. Rookie starter Kris Bubic went 1-2-3 against the Reds in both the 4th and 5th innings as the Royals offense clawed back into the game. Jesse Winker would draw a walk in the 6th, but that went nowhere as he was replaced by pinch runner Travis Jankowski – who was erased on an inning-ending double play. Nick Senzel had a 2-out single and then stole the bag to move up to second, but he was stranded there as Nick Castellanos struck out to end the frame.
After yet another bullpen implosion saw a lead go to waste, the Reds hitters came up in the bottom of the 8th of a tie game with some work to do. Joey Votto walked to lead off the inning, but a strikeout, fly ball to the warning track, and a strikeout followed to send the game to the 9th still tied up. The Kyle Farmer show continued as he lined a 2-out single into left field, but he was stranded at first and the game went into extras.
Nick Senzel, who made the last out of the 9th, began the 10th on second base per the 2020 rules. Nick Castellanos battled for a walk in a 7-pitch plate appearance to put runners on 1st and 2nd for Joey Votto. The Reds first baseman came through with a fly ball off of the center field wall for a walk-off double.
Luis Castillo wasted very little time showing off his full arsenal against Kansas City on Tuesday night, striking out two batters in the 1st inning showing off the fastball, change up, and the slider. Things weren’t as easy in the 2nd as a leadoff single was followed up by a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. The Reds righty battled back, though, getting a strikeout of Aldalberto Mondesi and a fly out of Maikel Franco. But Castillo walked Alex Gordon to load the bases. Nick Lopez worked a 2-2 count before he lined out to second base to strand three runners.
Things didn’t start much better in the 3rd inning, though not all of that was the fault of Luis Castillo. He walked the first batter of the inning, so that one is on him. But he got a weak ground ball on the next hitter only to have Eugenio Suarez bobble it for an error to put runners on 1st and 2nd. The next hitter also hit a weak ground ball, this time to Joey Votto, who also bobbled the ball for an error to load the bases.
Ryan O’Hearn crushed the ball off of the left field wall, but the runners had to wait to see if Winker could make the play (unless he has a 5-foot vertical leap he didn’t have a chance), but questionable baserunning held O’Hearn to a single as everyone else moved up just one base, cutting into the Reds lead to make it 2-1. After a strikeout, Maikel Franko lined the ball to the right field wall, but Nick Castellanos came through with a nice running grab to end the inning. Castillo watched his pitch count jump to 62 after needing to basically get five outs in the inning.
The defense must have decided, for some reason, to make Luis Castillo work on the night. Nicky Lopez had a 1-out double in the 4th and then scored on a single by Whit Merrifield that was bobbled by Nick Senzel, to bring Lopez in to make it a 5-2 game. In the next inning a leadoff single would come around to score after two ground outs and an infield single making it 5-3.
Luis Castillo made quick work of the Royals in the 6th. He struck out Maikel Franco on three pitches, got Alex Gordon to ground out on four pitches, and then saw the inning end two pitches later on a ground out by Nicky Lopez. That put him at 96 pitches on the night, and that last pitch to Lopez would be his last.
Nate Jones came on for the 7th inning and saw the first batter he faced reach on yet another infield ground ball as Whit Merrifield beat the throw to first base by Kyle Farmer who double-clutched his throw. The next hitter lined a single into right field to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Jones came through with a strikeout of Salvador Perez, but against Hunter Dozier a ball in the dirt moved both runners up. Ultimately that wouldn’t matter as Jones walked Dozier to load the bases.
With a lefty coming up, David Bell chose to stick with Nate Jones instead of going to Amir Garrett, and Kyle Farmer bailed him out as a Ryan O’Hearn 103 MPH liner was fielded up the middle and turned into a double play to end the inning and preserve a 5-3 lead.
Amir Garrett came out for the 8th inning and gave up a 1-out single to Maikel Franco and then a game tying 2-run homer to pinch hitter Ryan McBroom. A line out to Nick Castellanos and that was all that was in store for the Reds lefty on the day as Cincinnati went back to the bullpen to bring in Raisel Iglesias, who got the final out of the top of the 8th to give the offense a chance to give him a save opportunity. The offense was not able to come through in the bottom of the frame, but Iglesias took care of his end of the 9th with a 1-2-3 top of the frame.
Lucas Sims took over for the top of the 10th with the new rule of a runner starting at second base waiting to trot home if given the opportunity. Sims wasted no time striking out the first two hitters he saw, but he walked the next batter to put runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs. After falling behind 3-0, Sims worked his way back to a full count before inducing an inning-ending grounder to Joey Votto and keep the game tied up.
Notes worth noting
The Cincinnati Reds have won 6 of their last 10 games.
Jesse Winker is 11-19 over the last seven games.
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