The Cincinnati Reds offense never got going as they lost 4-1 to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, losing the series at home, falling to 73-65 on the year.
|Detroit Tigers (65-73)
|Cincinnati Reds (73-65)
|W: Urena (3-8) L: Castillo (7-15) SV: Soto (18)
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Casey Mize had a perfect game through the first three innings of the game. But as the rookie begins approaching his innings limit for the season he was replaced to begin the 4th by Jose Urena. He kept the perfect game going for one batter, but then Tyler Naquin and Nick Castellanos both singled to break things up and threaten the shutout, too. Joey Votto, however, lined into an inning-ending double play that had Naquin picked off at second on the play.
The next inning the Reds got right back to threatening. Mike Moustakas singled to begin the inning and an out later Tucker Barnhart added a single of his own to put runners on 1st and 2nd for Max Schrock. He would ground into a force out at second base, putting runners on the corners for Luis Castillo with two outs. As things tend to go with a pitcher at the plate – it didn’t. Castillo struck out to end the inning and the game remained scoreless.
Cincinnati went quietly in the 6th and 7th, but in the 8th they tried to put together a rally. Max Schrock led off with a 13-pitch walk. Jonathan India then had a 1-out single to put runners on the corners for the Reds. Asdrúbal Cabrera came off of the bench to pinch hit for Tyler Naquin after the Tigers brought in lefty Gregory Soto. A wild pitch during the at-bat brought Schrock home and got the Reds on the board as India also moved up a base. Cabrera would walk to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Nick Castellanos. Soto got Castellanos to chase two pitches out of the zone to pick up the strikeout and leave things up to Joey Votto in a left-on-left match up. It didn’t work out for Votto and the Reds as he also struck out, stranding two runners on and sending the game to the 9th with Cincinnati trailing 4-1.
Needing at least three runs, the Reds sent Eugenio Suárez to the plate to hit for Amir Garrett to lead off the bottom of the 9th. He flew out on the first pitch that he saw. Kyle Farmer saw one more pitch than Suárez did but the result was nearly identical as he, too, flew out to right field. Aristides Aquino came up representing the last chance for the Reds. It wasn’t meant to be as he, like the two hitters before him, flew out to right field to end the game.
Things were going very well for Luis Castillo through five innings. He hadn’t allowed a run and have given up just two hits at that point. But then the 6th inning rolled around and things went south. Akil Baddoo doubled to lead off the inning. A line out followed, but then an error on Joey Votto put runners on the corners for the Tigers. The big blow came next when Jeimer Candelario tripled to put Detroit up 2-0. He would score on a sacrifice fly that followed to extend the lead to 3-0.
The 6th inning was the final one for Castillo as the game was turned over to Luis Cessa to try and hold the game at 3-0. He needed just eight pitches to get through the inning that included a strikeout.
Brad Brach, just off of the injured list today, took over for the 8th inning and walked the first batter he saw. A broken bat single into center with a runner on the move brought in another run, making it 4-0. Jonathan Schoop, however, was thrown out at second base trying to take the extra base on the throw home that was cut off by Joey Votto and fired to second. The next batter struck out and then another single into center turned into an out at second base as Jeimer Candelario tried to extend it to a double.
Amir Garrett took over for Brach in the 9th inning. He would begin the inning with a strikeout and follow it up with back-to-back ground outs to keep the score at 4-1 and give the Reds offense one more chance. The bats couldn’t get going and Cincinnati dropped the series.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs
Monday September 6th, 2:20pm
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