Brandon Drury got his Cincinnati Reds career started off right, crushing a 3-run homer to put the game out of reach for Atlanta as the Reds pitching was mostly dominant on Opening Day.
|Cincinnati Reds (1-0)
|Atlanta Braves (0-1)
|W: Mahle (1-0) L: Fried (0-1) SV: Santillan (1)
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After a quick 1st inning the Reds offense got things going in the 2nd. Tyler Stephenson was hit by a pitch and moved to second base on a Nick Senzel line drive single up the middle. With two outs Kyle Farmer came to the plate and lined an RBI single into right field to put Cincinnati up 1-0. The next inning would see the Reds add to their lead on a Joey Votto bases loaded single and a Tyler Stephenson sacrifice fly that made it 3-0.
After taking a few innings off, Cincinnati’s offense got back at it with a 2-out rally. Mike Moustakas singled and moved up to second base on yet another base hit by Kyle Farmer. That set up a pitching change as the Braves brought in Collin McHugh to replace Max Fried and maybe they should have gone in a different direction because Brandon Drury hit one 378-feet into the stands to make it a 6-1 game.
Tyler Mahle was cruising….. until he wasn’t. After needing just 11 pitches in each of the first two innings, Mahle walked back-to-back hitters with two outs in the third inning before getting to a full count with Austin Riley. He would hit a grounder to third base and Brandon Drury made a nice play to field it, but his throw to first base hit Riley and while the ball only got a few feet away from the bag it was far enough for Eddie Rosario to race home and score to make it a 3-1 game and extend the inning. Marcell Ozuna tried to bring another run in but his 105 MPH line drive back up the middle found Mahle’s glove almost on accident to end the inning. The righty would have only the one unearned run on his line, exiting after five innings with two walks and seven strikeouts and a 6-1 lead.
Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson each threw a hitless inning to hold the lead, but things didn’t go well for Dauri Moreta in the 8th. He walked Matt Olson to lead off the inning then gave up a 2-run homer to Austin Riley on a full count fastball that made it a 6-3 game. Moreta would get a pop up and then strike out Ozzie Albies and Adam Duvall to end the inning and send the game to the 9th. Tony Santillan took over in the 9th and went 1-2-3 with two strikeouts to end the game and ruin Atlanta’s home opener.
The Key Moment of the Game
Top of the 6th inning with two outs, Brandon Drury’s 3-run homer put the game out of reach, giving Cincinnati a 5-run lead at the time.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 8, 2022
Notes Worth Noting
Tony Santillan picked up his first career save in the big leagues.
Both teams struck out 13 times and featured a player who had four strikeouts – Aristides Aquino for Cincinnati and Dansby Swanson for Atlanta.
Cincinnati put up 5 earned runs against Max Fried. That was the most he’d allowed in his last 16 starts dating back to July 5th of last season.
Joey Votto should be mic’d up for every single game.
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