Entering the game you knew it would be tough for Cincinnati as they faced off against Shane Bieber. And that’s exactly what it was as he picked up 13 strikeouts and allowed three runs over 8.0 innings while getting three home runs from his teammates as Cleveland avoided the sweep on Sunday afternoon against the Reds.
|Cincinnati Reds (9-6)
|W: Bieber (2-1) L: Miley (2-1) SV: Clase (4)
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Cincinnati’s offense didn’t get much going early on. In the 1st inning Joey Votto singled, but he was stranded. The next inning saw a pair of walks, but Shane Bieber struck out the side to work around them. In the 3rd inning Joey Votto hit a ball down the third base line for a double, but he was once again stranded.
The best opportunity of the day to that point was in the bottom of the 5th when Mark Payton and Jesse Winker led off the inning with singles – with Payton going to third on the play and Winker moving up to second on the throw to third base. After Nick Castellanos grounded out to third base, it was Joey Votto time once again and he came through with his third hit of the day. Votto crushed a double into right field off of the wall to drive in two and cut into the Cleveland lead, making it 4-2.
The offense went quietly in the bottom of the 6th inning, and the same thing held true in the 7th. Tyler Naquin came through in the 8th with a long solo home run – his 6th of the season – to cut into the Cleveland lead, making it 6-3. But Shane Bieber struck out the other three hitters he faced in the inning, sending the game into the 9th.
Tucker Barnhart led off the 9th inning with an infield single and will henceforth be known as “Wheels” Barnhart. But pinch hitter Nick Senzel, Jonathan India, and Jesse Winker all struck out to end the game.
Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run in the top of the 1st inning against Wade Miley – the 1st run he had given up all season – to put Cleveland up 1-0. Miley settled in from there for a bit. He allowed just a single to the next 10 hitters he faced. But with two outs in the 4th inning, Cleveland put together back-to-back singles, including an infield single to extend the inning. Roberto Perez followed up with a 3-run homer that made it 4-0. Miley came back out for the 5th inning and worked around a walk with a double play to end the inning. That also ended his day, finishing with five innings, four runs, one walk, and five strikeouts on the day.
Sal Romano took over in the 6th inning with the Reds trailing 4-2 and hoping to keep it that way. And he did just that, working around a ground-rule double with a shutout inning. He came back out for the 7th and took a come backer off of his glove before recovering and getting the first out of the inning. The next batter, Yu Chang, hit a blooper into shallow left field. Jesse Winker overran the ball ever so slightly, allowing Chang to grab second base. After striking out Shane Bieber, Jordan Luplow homered to make it 6-2. A walk followed and that was all for Romano as manager David Bell turned things over to Cionel Pérez who got the final out of the inning very quickly. He did more of the same in the 8th, going 1-2-3 through the Cleveland order. Carson Fulmer took over in the 9th and picked up a strikeout in a perfect inning.
Key Moment of the Game
In the top of the 4th inning an infield single on a diving stop by Kyle Farmer with two outs put two runners on with two outs. Roberto Perez came through with the key moment in the game, slugging a 3-run homer to center field to make it 4-0.
Notes Worth Noting
Wade Miley was ejected from the game in the bottom of the 7th inning when he said something from the dugout after Jesse Winker was rung up on a strikeout where replay showed he fouled the pitch off. He had already been removed from the game.
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