The first road series for the Cincinnati Reds didn’t go as planned. After taking the first game of the series the Reds lost the next two in Arizona and fell to 6-3 on the season.
|Cincinnati Reds (6-3)||0||2||0|
|Arizona Diamondbacks (4-6)||7||13||0|
|W: Weaver (1-0) L: De León (0-1)
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Cincinnati’s offense was on fire through the first seven games of the season, but the bats went cold rather quickly over the weekend. On Sunday the team didn’t reach base against Luke Weaver until there were two outs in the 6th inning and Alex Blandino was hit by a pitch. Joey Votto would walk with one out in the 7th inning, too. Eugenio Suárez followed up with a broken-bat single to break up the no-hitter and put two men on for Cincinnati. Aristides Aquino went down swinging in a 3-pitch at-bat, leaving any hopes of a rally to Nick Senzel but he flew out to right field to end the threat.
Down 7-0 in the top of the 8th inning the Reds got to work against newly inserted pitcher Matt Peacock. Kyle Farmer singled and Tyler Stephenson followed up with a walk to put two men on with no outs, but the Reds offense couldn’t come through after a pop up, a force out, and a fly out to right field ended the threat. They went quietly in the 9th as Arizona completed the 2-hit shutout.
After a scoreless 1st inning, things started to go south for José De León. He allowed a run in the 2nd inning, and in the 3rd inning he gave up a long 3-run homer to David Peralta to make it 4-0. The struggles continued into the 4th as a single and a walk began the inning. The next two batters made outs, but Josh VanMeter walked to load the bases for Christian Walker, but De León locked in and got him to strike out to end the threat and the inning. Walking the tight rope didn’t work as well in the 5th, though maybe there was no tight rope involved. David Peralta led off with a double and Eduardo Escobar followed with a homer to make it 6-0.
Cam Bedrosian came on with one out in the 5th inning, replacing De León. He struck out the first batter he faced but then allowed three straight singles before walking Josh VanMeter to bring in the Diamondbacks 7th run of the game. A strikeout of Christian Walker ended the inning with the bases loaded, but Arizona had once again extended the lead.
Carson Fulmer came out of the bullpen to pitch the bottom of the 7th and worked around a single and a walk for a shutout inning. He returned for the 8th and promptly gave up a double to former Red Josh VanMeter, who was 2-2 with three walks on the day. Fulmer buckled down and worked around that double with a strikeout and two ground outs.
Key Moment of the Game
Bottom of the 3rd inning with two runners on and David Peralta at the plate in a 1-0 game. José De León fired a fastball plateward and Peralta turned on it and put it into the pool in right field to make it 4-0. Arizona never looked back from there.
Notes Worth Noting
The Reds are still in 1st place
Milwaukee beat St. Louis and both teams are now 5-4, a game back of the Reds.
Joey Votto is hitting the ball hard
Joey Votto’s hitting laser beams right at fielders.
Joey Votto has hit 10 balls this season better than 98 mph off the bat and 8 of them have been outs
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 11, 2021
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Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants
Friday April 12th, 9:45pm ET
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