A Joey Votto 3-run home run helped set the tone behind 7-innings of shutout baseball by Tyler Mahle as the Cincinnati Reds topped the Philadelphia Phillies to begin their 3-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
|Cincinnati Reds (63-54)
|Philadelphia Phillies (60-56)
|W: Mahle (10-3) L: Wheeler (10-7)
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There wasn’t much going in the first three innings for the Cincinnati Reds offense. A lone single in the 3rd inning was all they had to show. But that changed in the 4th inning. Tyler Naquin singled to lead things off and then Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch. That brought Joey Votto to the plate and the first baseman hit a 425-foot 3-run homer into the Phillies bullpen to put the Reds on top against Zack Wheeler.
Big phan of Joey Votto. pic.twitter.com/MEbvGArB4U
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 14, 2021
In the 6th inning it was Castellanos that got things going again, this time by crushing a 417-foot solo home run of his own to extend the lead to 4-0. Cincinnati wasn’t quite finished, though, as they got one more home run on the night in the top of the 9th. After Tucker Barnhart singled, Eugenio Suárez pulled a line drive down the line for a 2-run shot to once again extend the Reds lead, making it 6-0.
After getting the first two outs of the 1st inning on fly balls, Tyler Mahle blew a fastball by Bryce Harper for strike three to end the inning in a preview of what was to come. Mahle breezed through the first four innings, giving up just one single along the way. But in the 5th inning a double by former Red Didi Gregorius had the Phillies threatening for the first time all game. Mahle didn’t sweat it as he struck out Andrew McCutchen, got a ground out from Brad Miller, and then saw Ronald Torreyes fly out to end the threat and the inning. The next two innings were more of the game as Mahle completed the 7th inning with a shutout intact, allowing just three hits along the way and picking up seven strikeouts.
Michael Lorenzen took over for Mahle in the 8th and kept the game at 4-0 with a shutout inning of work. For the 9th inning Cincinnati turned the game over to Heath Hembree. Things didn’t start out well as he led off the inning by walking Jean Segura. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto both flew out to Shogo Akiyama in center, bringing up Didi Gregorius as the Phillies last hope. He saw nine pitches and came out the victor with an RBI double to put Philadelphia on the board and make it 6-1. But that was all they would get as a ground out ended the game two pitches later as the Reds picked up their 63rd win of the season.
Notes worth noting
Tyler Mahle had thrown 7.0 innings twice on the season before August began. He’s now done it two starts in a row. His ERA dropped down to 3.58 on the season as his dominance on the road continues.
Nick Senzel went 2-4 for Louisville on rehab on Friday night. His two hits both went for extra-bases as he picked up a double and a triple. Senzel also started the game at shortstop.
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Cincinnati Reds vs Philadelphia Phillies
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