Jonathan India led off the game with a home run and fellow rookie Tyler Stephenson clubbed a 2-run pinch-hit homer in the 8th to help lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-4 win on Sunday that also gave them a series win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
|Cincinnati Reds (64-55)
|Philadelphia Phillies (61-57)
|W: Sims (5-2) L: Nola (7-7) SV: Givens (3)
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Jonathan India started off the game with a bang, blasting a solo home run into the first row of seats in left field to put the Reds ahead. One out later, Nick Castellanos and David Bell were both ejected for arguing balls and strikes after the outfielder objected to a called third strike.
Cincinnati’s offense got going again in the 3rd when Sonny Gray and Jonathan India had back-to-back singles. After Jesse Winker flew out, and looked uncomfortable as he headed back to the dugout, Shogo Akiyama came to the plate and doubled to left to bring in both runners and make it a 3-0 game. When the bottom of the inning began, Aristides Aquino took over for Winker in left field.
The 4th inning started out well as a walk to Mike Moustakas, a single by Tyler Naquin, and Kyle Farmer being hit by a pitch loaded the bases with no outs. Things started well but didn’t end well. A fly out was followed by Sonny Gray grounding into a double play to end the inning with no runs scored.
Jonathan India led off the 5th inning with a single – his third hit of the day – but on a pickoff attempt he dove back to the bag and was examined by the trainer. They determined that his shoulder was good enough to remain in the game. Walks to Aristides Aquino and Joey Votto loaded the bases with one out and led to a pitching change to bring in Bailey Falter to face back-to-back lefties. Falter struck out Mike Moustakas, but couldn’t put Tyler Naquin away and walked in a run. Kyle Farmer ended the inning two pitches later on a shallow fly ball into center.
The 8th inning had two outs before you knew it, but then the Reds put things together. Kyle Farmer singled and advanced to second on an error by shortstop Didi Gregorius on replay review. Tucker Barnhart followed up with an RBI double to extend the lead to 5-3. The Phillies went to the bullpen with Michael Lorenzen due up, but the Reds sent Tyler Stephenson to the plate and he unloaded on a 2-0 fastball and sent it into the 5th row of the seats in left field to make it a 7-3 game.
Sonny Gray had held the Phillies to one hit through the first three innings of the day. But J.T. Realmuto tripled to lead off the 4th inning and scored on a Bryce Harper sacrifice fly to cut the Reds lead to 3-1. In the bottom of the 5th inning Philadelphia started threatening again. Two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases for Harper with one out. Gray walked him and the Reds lead shrunk to 4-2. Didi Gregorius followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3 and that was it for Gray as the team called Lucas Sims out of the bullpen. Sims was able to stop the rally with a strikeout of Andrew McCutchen.
Lucas Sims returned for the bottom of the 6th inning and made easy work in retiring the Phillies in order to hold onto a 1-run lead and send the game to the 7th. Michael Lorenzen took over for Sims to begin the 7th inning. He walked pinch hitter Alec Bohm to begin the inning, but followed up by getting a line out and a strikeout. Lorenzen walked Bryce Harper on five pitches to put two on for Didi Gregorius, but the Phillies shortstop flew out to shallow center to end the threat and the inning.
After a 3-run top of the 8th inning to give Cincinnati a 7-3 lead, Luis Cessa came on to pitch the bottom of the frame. After needing just four pitches to record the first two outs of the inning Ronald Torreyes singled in a 6-pitch at-bat and Odúbel Herrera singled on the 4th pitch he saw to put runners on the corners with two outs. Alec Bohm followed up with an RBI double to make it 7-4. Mychal Givens emerged from the bullpen to take over and try to put out the fire. He did just that by getting Jean Segura to fly out to right field and keep Cincinnati up by three.
Still holding a 7-4 lead, Mychal Givens returned to the mound for the 9th to face the heart of the Phillies order. The poor strikezone continued to play in the inning as a called 3rd strike that was easily out of the zone sent J.T. Realmuto back to the dugout. Bryce Harper walked on four pitches to follow. But Didi Gregorius struck out swinging and then Andrew McCutchen grounded out to second base to end the game and give the Reds a win for the day and for the series.
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