|Colorado Rockies (25-39)
|Cincinnati Reds (30-31)
|W: T. Mahle (6-2) L: K. Freeland (0-2)
|Statcast | Gamecast Play-by-Play | Game Thread|
This series is about getting well at the expense of Bud Black’s boys. Translated, that means SWEEP.
While Tyler Mahle was living up to expectations early, the bats were going to work. With Winker on in the first inning, Nick Castellanos clubbed his 13th HR. Reds 2-0.
Castellanos just keeps crushing. ? pic.twitter.com/ZYJVLS0yLI
— MLB (@MLB) June 11, 2021
An inning later, Suarez ripped a single and Scott Heineman slipped the surly bonds of earth, a 413 ft. HR that reached the second deck. Reds 4-0.
Castellanos walked in the 3rd and after Stephenson hit a ground ball through the wickets of 3rd baseman Ryan McMahon, Joey Votto got his 1,934th hit of his career—HR—tying him with Tony Perez for 5th most hits in Reds history. Reds 7-0.
Mahle continued to sail through the Colorado lineup, 49 pitches after 4 innings.
Kyle Farmer bullied his way into the fun, tomahawking a ball into the leftfield seats for his 5th HR. Reds 8-0.
In the Reds half of the 5th, Stephenson—you guessed it—found the artificial turf beyond the centerfield wall for his 4th of the year. 9-0.
The top of the 6th saw Mahle either begin to tire or the Rockies hitters simply began to figure him out. Three singles, a wild pitch, and a HR run by McMahon cut significantly into the lead, with everyone in the ballpark looking into the bullpen and gulping. Mahle struggled, throwing nearly 30 pitches in this inning alone, for a total of 95. Reds 9-4.
In the bottom of the 6th, the Reds, determined not let this get interesting, loaded the bases, bringing Votto to the plate. Four pitches later, the score was 10-4. Freeman, too, walked, as Lucas Gilbreath, throwing 8 straight balls, couldn’t find home plate with two hands and a map. The Bally Sports camera cut to manager Black, who gave a look that said “shoot me now.” Reds 11-4.
Tyler Mahle’s final line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 6 K
Tyler was so close to pitching a remarkable game, but those pitches over the plate late …
Ryan Hendrix would pitch a 1-2-3 scoreless 7th, then return in the 8th and give up a solo HR. 11-5.
Art Warren would come on in the 9th and close out the game.
What Barry Said
“One thing that never goes into a slump—speed.”
[ Sigh ]
On a wild pitch Stephenson probably should have gotten to in the 6th that allowed a run to score:
“These are things that Tyler Stephenson will have to pay attention to to get more efficient behind the plate.”
What Did We Learn Today?
Tonight saw something the Big Red Machine never accomplished: a HR in each of the first 5 innings. First time in Reds history. Eighth time in MLB history.
Tonight gave all the Scott Heineman disbelievers out there pause. He made David Bell look very smart tonight with the bat and the glove.
Presented without comment:
Your public is not in a luxury suite, Bob. It does not reside in the press box.
It resides here. In right field. These fans thirst for a parade.
Give it to us. pic.twitter.com/uZvNzHBXJH
— Mo Egger (@MoEgger) June 12, 2021
On Deck for the Redlegs
Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds
Saturday, June 12 at 4:10pm ET