The Cincinnati Reds had one hit through seven innings and didn’t score until the top of the 9th as they fell to the Chicago White Sox 6-1 on Wednesday night.
|Cincinnati Reds (82-77)||1||4||0|
|Chicago White Sox (91-68)||6||7||0|
|W: Rodón (13-5) L: Gray (7-9)
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A Jose Barrero walk represented the only baserunner that Cincinnati had through the first three innings. Tyler Stephenson doubled to lead off the 4th that deflected off of the glove of a sliding Luis Robert on the warning track in center, but the Reds couldn’t do anything with that. That was the only hit of the game until a 1-out infield single by Jonathan India. TJ Friedl had walked prior to that in the inning, so Cincinnati had two men on but Tyler Stephenson grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Kyle Farmer added a broken bat single in the 9th inning and that was enough to get something started. Delino DeShields added an RBI double into the right-center gap as Cincinnati finally got on the scoreboard. That put some fear into Tony La Russa who went to the bullpen with two outs in the 9th inning with a 5-run lead and a man on. The move worked as Aristides Aquino grounded out to end the game.
The first two innings went quite well for Sonny Gray, but the White Sox got revenge in the next few innings. A leadoff single in the bottom of the 3rd was followed by a long Gavin Sheets home run to put Chicago up 2-0. In the next inning Gray didn’t help himself as he hit a batter and walked a batter, with two singles to follow that saw both of those baserunners come in to score and extend the White Sox lead to 4-0. During the 5th inning it was a 1-out Luis Robert single that was followed by a steal, ground out, and a wild pitch that pushed Robert across the plate and made it 5-0. A walk culminated that plate appearance and spelled the end of the day for Gray.
Jeff Hoffman came on to record the final out of the 5th to hold the score to 5-0. He returned for the 6th inning and sat the White Sox down in order. But in the 7th inning he served up an opposite field homer to Tim Anderson, extending the Chicago lead to 6-0. Dauri Moreta came out for the 8th inning and tossed a perfect inning with two strikeouts.
Notes Worth Noting
Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto got the night off and it showed.
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