The Cincinnati Reds managed just two hits in a pitchers duel loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday, 2-1. The loss also meant a series loss for Cincinnati.
|Cincinnati Reds (71-61)
|Miami Marlins (55-76)
|W: Luzardo (5-7) L: Mahle (10-5) SV: Floro (7)
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Jonathan India began the game with a double. Tyler Stephenson followed up with a walk and things were looking good. And then they weren’t. Nick Castellanos struck out. Joey Votto also struck out, though the called third strike was very questionable. Kyle Farmer grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning and Cincinnati went nowhere. The only baserunner to reach from there over the next five innings was on an error as Jesús Luzardo and his ERA over 9.00 entering the game with Miami just mowed through the Reds lineup.
With Luzardo still on the mound to start the 7th, he hit Joey Votto with a breaking ball. It was his 94th and final pitch of the game. Kyle Farmer followed up by grounding into a double play. Eugenio Suárez took a called strike three to end the inning and was ejected afterwards. It’s not clear if he was ejected for tossing his bat 40 feet towards the dugout or if he said something as he did so, but the result was the same and he was out of the game and replaced by Max Schrock in the field when the bottom of the inning began.
Cincinnati got another leadoff runner in the 8th when Tyler Naquin walked. After Aristides Aquino struck out pinch hitter Asdrúbal Cabrera was called on against a right-handed pitcher. Cabrera, as was noted two days ago when he was picked up on waivers, has hit .152/.224/.229 against righties since the beginning of June. He grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the 9th the Reds had the top of the order due up against former Cincinnati reliever Dylan Floro. Jonathan India started the inning with a walk. Tyler Stephenson then followed up with a high chopper on the infield and the third baseman couldn’t come up with it in time to make a throw and it resulted in an infield single and two men on. Nick Castellanos hit a weak grounder to first, moving the runners up a base, but resulting in the first out of the inning. Joey Votto followed up with a sacrifice fly to deep center to make it a 2-1 game, but pinch runner Shogo Akiyama couldn’t tag up to get to third on the play.
With Kyle Farmer at the plate he took a called strike two at the knees and David Bell did not like the call and came out to argue and was promptly ejected from the game. Farmer struck out swinging on the next pitch, stranding the tying run at second as the Reds lost the game and the series in Miami.
The Marlins put together a 2-out rally in the bottom of the 1st inning. Jesús Aguilar singled and was followed by a Jesús Sanchez homer that put Miami up 2-0. Miami was rather quiet from there, but may have had something brewing in the bottom of the 5th after Magneuris Sierra led off with a single. The Reds defense got together for a great double play, though, as the pitcher laid down a sacrifice bunt. Sierra, however, tried to go 1st to 3rd on the play, thinking that he could beat *anyone* on the team to third base on the play. He was wrong as Jonathan India came up firing from first base to a covering Tyler Mahle who laid down the tag for a double play. Mahle cruised from there, finishing with 7-innings of 2-run baseball that included six strikeouts. Lucas Sims came out for the 8th and needed just 10 pitches to retire the side in order and keep the game at 2-0 and give the Reds one last chance to try and tie the game up or take the lead. They couldn’t quite do it.
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