The Cincinnati Reds (27-27) won the game and the series over the Chicago White Sox (34-19). The offense put up a 5-spot in the 4th inning to get things rolling and they never looked backed. Michael Lorenzen had another good spot start and the bullpen was solid, covering the final 4.1 innings of the game.
|Chicago White Sox (34-19)
|Cincinnati Reds (27-27)
|W: Sims (3-0) L: Cease (5-3)
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Dylan Cease walked a tight rope for a while against the Reds offense on Sunday. He had a clean first inning, but walked two batters in the second and hit another one to load the bases with two outs, but got Tucker Barnhart to ground out to strand the bases loaded. In the third inning the Reds drew two more walks off of Cease, but couldn’t pick up a hit to do anything once again, keeping the game scoreless.
Then came the 4th inning. Jesse Winker, Brian Goodwin, and Freddy Galvis all walked to start the inning. That was the end of the day for Cease as the White Sox went to the bullpen. Ross Detwiler came in and got Tucker Barnhart to ground out, but that put the Reds on the board with a 1-0 lead. Aristides Aquino followed up as a pinch hitter and broke his bat on a ground out, but it brought in another run to make it 2-0 despite not yet having a hit. Chicago opted to intentionally walk Nick Castellanos to face Joey Votto with a lefty on the mound. That plan failed as Votto walked to load the bases. Then Eugenio Suárez walked to bring in a run and make it 3-0 without a hit on the board. Mike Moustakas came up big with Cincinnati’s first hit, a 2-run single on a ground ball up the middle to make it 5-0.
After watching the White Sox get two runs in the top of the 5th, the Reds offense went to work in the bottom half. Freddy Galvis led off with a single, and one out later, Aristides Aquino hit the 4th pitch he saw 428 feet into the stands for a 2-run homer to extend the Cincinnati lead to 7-2. That was the last time the Reds scored, but it was all that they needed on the day.
Michael Lorenzen had to work out of a jam in the first inning after an infield single and a blooper into center put two runners on, but he worked his way out of it unscathed. He was cruising from there until the top of the 5th inning. A 1-out walk to Luis Robert and a single by Yolmer Sanchez put two men on. He would strike out Tim Anderson, but manager David Bell went to the bullpen with a 5-0 lead, giving the ball to Lucas Sims to try and get one more out.
It didn’t quite work as planned. Nick Madrigal legged out an infield single for an RBI, and then Jose Abreu doubled in another run to make it 5-2 for Cincinnati. Sims would get the next batter to hold the score there. He came back out for the 6th inning and got the White Sox to go in order and hold onto a lead that was now 7-2. Sims walked the the first two batters to begin the 7th inning before a visit from pitching coach Derek Johnson. The reliever would go on to then strike out the next three batters to strand two on and maintain the lead. After throwing 54 pitches, though, don’t expect to see Sims take the mound for the next few days.
Archie Bradley came out for the 8th inning to try and protect a 7-2 lead. After striking out the first batter of the inning, Edwin Encarnacion took Bradley deep for a solo homer to cut the Cincinnati lead to 7-3. Bradley clamped down and got a fly out and a ground out to end the inning with just the one run surrendered.
Raisel Iglesias took over in the 9th inning. He would get a shattered bat lazy fly out, a quick ground out, and 3-pitch strikeout to seal the Reds 27th win of the season.
Notes Worth Noting
Six games remaining
Sitting at 27-27, the Reds have six games left in the regular season. They’ll welcome in the Brewers tomorrow for a 3-game series and it’s a big one as the two teams are fighting for their playoff lives.
Joey Votto is the king of walks, officially
Joey Votto is now the Cincinnati Reds franchise leader in walks after drawing three of them on Sunday afternoon. He now has 1211 of them in his career.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds
Monday September 21st, 6:40pm ET
Brandon Woodruff (2-4, 3.45 ERA) vs Luis Castillo (3-5, 3.03 ERA)