Tyler Naquin homered twice and Vladimir Gutierrez allowed one run over seven innings as the Cincinnati Reds completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins to move to a season best 12 games over the .500 mark.
|Miami Marlins (51-74)
|Cincinnati Reds (69-57)
|W: Gutierrez (9-4) L: Alcantara (7-12) SV: Lorenzen (3)
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Cincinnati didn’t wait long to get on the board as Tyler Naquin hit the 5th pitch he saw in the 1st inning into the seats in section 144 to put the Reds up 1-0. They only had one hit over the next three innings – a single by Nick Castellanos. But Mike Moustakas led off the top of the 5th with a solo home run to break a 1-1 tie and put Cincinnati back in front. The offense went quiet from there until the bottom of the 8th inning. That’s when Naquin connected on an 0-2 pitch and put another ball in the seats to extend the Reds lead to 3-1.
Vladimir Gutierrez took a perfect game through the first three innings before Miguel Rojas singled to lead off the 4th inning. He would later score on a perfectly placed double by Jesús Sánchez down the third base line past a diving Mike Moustakas, tying the game up at 1-1. A pop up to follow ended the inning and threat from Miami. The Marlins had a quiet 5th and 6th innings, but came threatening in the 7th. A 1-out walk and a 2-out error put runners on 1st and 2nd base, but Gutierrez struck out Sandy Leon to end the inning and hold a 2-1 lead. It was the eighth strikeout of the day for the Reds rookie starter. It was also the last batter he would face as he completed another seven strong innings.
Lucas Sims took over in the 8th inning. He went to a full count to the first hitter he faced but came through with the strikeout. Another full count followed, but Sims was bale to get Brian Anderson to fly out to left fielder Tyler Naquin. Miguel Rojas popped up to end the inning as the Reds held onto a 1-run lead. Michael Lorenzen entered for the save in the 9th. After two quick outs he would walk Jesús Sánchez on 10 pitches to bring the tying run to the plate. But Lorenzen got Lewis Brinson to ground out to end the game and seal the sweep for the Reds.
Notes Worth Noting
Vladimir Gutierrez has a 1.86 ERA in his last six starts that have covered 38.2 innings. He’s allowed 31 hits, 10 walks, and struck out 36 batters in that span. Jonathan India might need to look over his shoulder in the Rookie of the Year race if this continues.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) August 22, 2021
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