Jesse Winker’s 2-out grand slam in the 2nd inning set the tone for the Cincinnati Reds on the day as they clobbered five home runs in a blowout win over Atlanta that also featured another strong start for rookie starter Vladimir Gutierrez.
|Cincinnati Reds (62-54)
|Atlanta Braves (59-56)
|W: Gutierrez L: Muller
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The Reds wasted a leadoff double and a walk by Joey Votto in the top of the 1st inning as they came up empty. They wouldn’t waste their opportunity in the 2nd as a 2-out rally got started with a Tyler Naquin single, was followed up by a single from pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez, and then a walk by Jonathan India. Jesse Winker came to the plate hitting .170 with four extra-base hits in 116 plate appearances against lefties this season. He was facing lefty Kyle Muller who lefties had gone 3-28 against on the season (.107) without an extra-base hit. There’s a reason they play the games, though, and Winker came through with a grand slam to give the Reds a 4-1 lead.
The next inning the Reds would find some more success against Kyle Muller. Joey Votto led off with a single and after Tyler Stephenson grounded into a force out, Aristides Aquino walked. That was enough for Braves manager Brian Snitker who headed to the mound to make a pitching change and bring in Josh Tomlin to face Eugenio Suárez. Tyler Naquin followed up by clobbering his 14th homer of the year to make it 8-1 and the rout was seemingly on. If anyone doubted it, Jonathan India added an exclamation point with a solo home run to make it 9-1.
After being shut out in the 4th and 5th innings the Reds went back to work. Jesse Winker led off with a double in the 6th. Kyle Farmer, who made an outstanding diving play to end the bottom of the 5th, followed up with a 2-run homer – his 11th of the season. That made it 11-1 for Cincinnati. In the top of the 9th Tyler Stephenson got his cheering section right behind the Reds dugout going with a leadoff solo home run that made it a 12-2 game.
The Hometown Kid.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 13, 2021
Walks will haunt. Or so that’s how the saying and beautiful scoreboard graphics go. Vladimir Gutierrez learned that the hard way in the 1st inning as he walked both Jorge Soler and Austin Riley ahead of a Dansby Swanson, who singled in a run to put Atlanta on the board. A ground out would end the inning and the threat.
After he helped himself with a single to extend the inning in the top half and scored on Jesse Winker’s grand slam, Vladimir Gutierrez breezed his way through the 2nd inning. He’d do the same thing for the rest of his outing, mostly, too. That one run in the 1st inning was all he would allow through six before turning the game over to the bullpen.
Jeff Hoffman came out for the 7th inning and he gave up a 2-out solo home to Ozzie Albies as the Braves cut the Reds lead to 11-2. Hoffman returned for the 8th inning and tossed a perfect frame this time around. Amir Garrett took over for the 9th with a 10-run lead. He had to try and work around an error on a pop up by Eugenio Suárez, but later in the inning a wild pitch would bring that runner in to score and make it a 12-3 game. That was all Atlanta would get as the Reds avoided a sweep with a blowout win.
Notes worth noting
Vladimir Gutierrez lowered his ERA to 3.95 on the season with his quality start tonight. Over his last four starts he’s allowed five earned runs in 25.1 innings (1.78 ERA) with eight walks and 21 strikeouts.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) August 12, 2021
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