|Minnesota Twins (45-62)||7||9||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (56-51)||5||9||0|
|W: Coulombe (2-1) L: Hembree (2-6) S: Colome (3)|
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The Reds offense going rolling in the third inning. Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run to tie the game at 1.
Tucker Barnhart made in back-to-back home runs to the put the Reds on top 2-1.
Tyler Mahle looked to be cruising, but he ran into trouble in the fifth inning. Have gave up a 2-run home run to Mitch Garver, and the Reds were quickly behind 4-3.
The Reds would not let a little deficit bring them down as they’ve shown all year. Jonathan India hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 5th to put the Reds back on top.
Luis Cessa, Michael Lorenzen and Mychal Givens each pitched scoreless innings to get the Reds to the 9th with 5-4 lead. Heath Hembree did not have in the 9th. He walked the first two batters and then allowed a 3-run home run to Jorge Polanco. The Reds brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th, but they could not find a way to get their 30th comeback win of the season.
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the biggest play of the game was Heath Hembree allowing a 3-run home run to Jorge Polanco with 1 out in the top of the 9th, giving the Twins at 7-5 lead. That play decreased the Reds probability of winning by 62.8% (from 71.5% to 8.6%).
Newly minted NL Rookie of the Month, Jonathan India just continues his incredible 2021 campaign. He had two hits, including a go-ahead HR. India’s OBP now sits at .401.
Jesse Winker reached base three times (2 hits).
Aristides Aquino ripped a 102.0 MPH single in a pinch-hit appearance.
Two Reds who have been really struggling of late hit big solo home runs back-to-back. Eugenio Suarez entered play with a 71 wRC+ since June 1st and Tucker Barnhart entered with a 72 wRC+ over the same span.
Michael Lorenzen and Luis Cessa each pitched very solid innings of relief. Mychal Givens also pitched a scoreless inning, but he did walk two batters before getting a double play.
Tyler Mahle looked really good at times tonight, but ended up with a lackluster final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Mahle’s struggles at home continues as he still only has 1 quality start at home all year. It should be noted the Reds as a team have not pitched nearly as well at home. The Reds entered play with a team 5.13 ERA at home vs 3.90 on the road. Some notable other Reds that have struggled at home this season: Antone (5.56 ERA), Sims (7.36) and Gray (5.23).
Heath Hembree has struggled with command of late. He has walked 5 batters in his last 3 appearances (3.0 IP). Hembree has a fantastic 14.79 K/9 this season, but he certainly can not keep pitching in the 9th or any other high leverage spots if his command is this shaky. His BB/9 is now up to 3.99. His career is 3.43.
Not so random thoughts………………….
This was a really tough loss. If you were looking at this week, you would have expected this to be the toughest matchup against Maeda. The Reds of course scored 5 runs off him, so you would have really liked to take this one. The Reds obviously need to rebound and play well the rest of the week.
Twins at Reds
Wednesday, 12:35 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Luis Castillo (22 GS, 4.22 ERA/3.88 FIP) vs Charlie Barnes (1 GS, 1.93 ERA/6.16 FIP)