Nick Castellanos’ four RBIs and Tyler Naquin’s first career three-double game led the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park.
|Miami Marlins (51-73)||4||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (68-57)
|W: Cessa (4-2) L: Bender (2-2) SV: Lorenzen (2)
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A big crowd of 34,433 saw the home team continue to play with heart, as well as an “I Love the ’90s” post-game concert featuring Vanilla Ice, Naughty By Nature, Tone Loc and Rob Base.
Their third straight win put the Reds 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.
First-place Milwaukee snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the Washington Nationals, 9-6, to maintain the 7 1/2 game lead over Cincinnati.
San Diego’s game against Philadelphia was still in progress as this game wrapup story was posted. Pending that outcome, the Reds have moved 1/2 game ahead of the Padres in the race for the second National League Wild Card playoff berth.
After three Reds batters had come to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, the home team was ahead, 2-0 …
Double deuce! ???? pic.twitter.com/91pc2wfTY1
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 21, 2021
In the bottom of the sixth with runners on second and third and nobody out, Castellanos had a productive ground-out which plated Jonathan India to give Cincinnati a 3-2 lead.
Then with the bases loaded and one out, Bell had Mike Moustakas on deck to pinch-hit for pitcher Luis Cessa. But Bell pulled Moustakas back and instead sent up Tyler Stephenson. In the second of two managerial moves that worked out brilliantly (see below for more on the first) …
Reds rookies >>> pic.twitter.com/hhbAI9DfDh
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 22, 2021
An Eugenio Suarez sacrifice fly to right field capped the six-run uprising, giving the Reds a 6-2 lead after six complete.
In the bottom of the eighth, Castellanos knocked in his fourth run of the ninth with an RBI single, giving the Reds a 7-4 lead.
Tyler Naquin and Kyle Farmer extended consecutive-game hitting streaks to 11 and 10, respectively. With Jesse Winker on the injured list for what looks like for at least most of the rest of the month, Naquin has done his best Winker impression this month. His August batting line before tonight’s game: .358/.433/.642/1.075. Tonight, he doubled three times and walked twice, so those numbers are going to be even more impressive when MLB.com updates their stat database with tonight’s results. Naquin’s August OPS is — if you can believe it — higher than Joey Votto’s.
The wheels fell off for starter Wade Miley in the fifth inning, as he walked three Marlins batters and hit one. Add a single into that mix, and even though batters never advanced more than one base at a time, Miami scored two to tie it up.
With two outs, Bell brought in righty reliever Luis Cessa to face righthanded batting Lewis Brinson with the bases loaded. Shogo Akiyama came in to play center field as part of a double-switch. Rarely has a managerial move proved to be as correct as this one …
SHOGO! What a catch! pic.twitter.com/sdZx6WWMyo
— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) August 22, 2021
Cessa pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to keep the game tied prior to the Reds offensive outburst in the sixth.
Tony Santillan disposed of Miami on only five pitches in the seventh. Then in the eighth, Mychal Givens contracted the walk-itis that has afflicted most of the rest of the relievers at one time or another. He walked the first two batters he faced. After recording one out, he surrendered a run-scoring double to Brian Anderson, bringing Miami within 6-3.
Michael Lorenzen allowed a run-scoring single to Jorge Alfaro on his first pitch, but induced hot-hitting rookie Bryan De La Cruz to ground into the fourth double play the Reds infield turned on the evening to end the inning with Cincinnati ahead, 6-4. Mikey Biceps closed things out in the ninth, finishing the game by getting Miami’s Miguel Rojas to hit into the Reds’ fifth double play of the night.
Notes Worth Noting
In the sixth inning, Joey Votto was walked intentionally, allowing him to reach base for the 3,334th time as a Cincinnati Red. That tied him for second all-time on the Reds list with Barry Larkin. Only Pete Rose has reached base more times as a Red than Votto and Larkin.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Miami Marlins at Cincinnati Reds
Sunday, August 22, 1:10 p.m. ET
Sandy Alcantara (7-11, 3.39 ERA) vs. Vladimir Gutierrez (8-4, 3.87 ERA)