Offense was hard to come by on the night and Cincinnati was the beneficiary of two Red Sox errors that directly led to runs on the night. With that help and a dominant start by Luis Castillo the Reds picked up their first win in Boston since the 1975 World Series.
|Cincinnati Reds (17-31)||2||8||0|
|Boston Red Sox (23-27)||1||4||2|
|W: Castillo (2-2) L: Wacha (3-1) SV: Santillan (4)|
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Neither team was able to get much offense going in the game, but Cincinnati was able to finally break through in the top of the 6th inning. Albert Almora Jr. and Matt Reynolds led off the inning with singles to put runners on the corners. Almora Jr. was thrown out on a fielders choice to third base, though, leaving Cincinnati with runners on first and second base. After a pop up by Brandon Drury, things came down to Nick Senzel. The outfielder got some help as his ground ball was thrown past the first baseman by Rafael Devers, bringing Reynolds in to score and give the Reds a 1-0 lead. That was all Cincinnati would get in the inning.
The Reds threatened again in the 7th with back-to-back 2-out singles put runners on the corners but a strikeout ended the inning. In the 8th inning one of the weirder things of the 2022 baseball season took place as Joey Votto hit a double off of the top of the wall – literally – that bounced back into play for the second time in the game. Yes, two different doubles by Joey Votto landed on top of the outfield wall in the game and both ricocheted back into play. Just like when it happened in the 5th inning, Votto was stranded there.
In the top of the 9th inning Mike Moustakas lined a 1-out single into center and was pinch run for by Alejo Lopez. He moved up to second on a ground out on an outstanding defensive play by Rafael Devers at third base. It looked like it was going to happen again as Matt Reynolds grounded on to shortstop that that Xander Bogaerts caught on a dive, but the throw to first got by Franchy Cordero, bringing Lopez around to score and put Cincinnati up 2-0.
Luis Castillo had never faced the Boston Red Sox before Tuesday night, and if the Red Sox hitters get a say, he never will again. Castillo was dominant on the night, striking out 10 batters and allowing just one hit to go along with three walks over 6.0 shutout innings. Things did get a bit dicey for him in the 6th inning after he walked the first two batters of the inning without throwing a strike, but he got double play and a strikeout to escape the inning without any damage.
Alexis Diaz took over for Castillo in the 7th inning and he picked up right where Castillo had left off, throwing a perfect inning with two strikeouts. He’d return to pitch to the first batter in the 8th and got him out, too, before manager David Bell called on Hunter Strickland. He came in and needed just eight pitches to record the final two outs of the inning and hold onto a 1-0 lead.
With the Reds adding a run in the top of the 9th, Tony Santillan entered the game with slightly more wiggle room as he held a 2-0 lead. He allowed a ground ball single up the middle to start the inning. Rafael Devers followed up with a double off of the wall to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Santillan bounced back against J.D. Martinez, striking him out looking for the first out of the inning. A shallow fly ball to center wasn’t nearly enough to move the runners up. That brought up Alex Verdugo and on an infield single that went off of Joey Votto’s glove, he brought in a run and made it a 2-1 game. Trevor Story had a chance to make some magic happen, but Santillan wasn’t having it and struck him out swinging on a 98 MPH fastball to end the game.
Key Moment of the Game
The final out of the game as Tony Santilla struck out Trevor Story with the tying run at third base and the winning run at first.
Notes Worth Noting
Since returning from the injured list Joey Votto is hitting .313/.436/.719 in 10 games.
With the Reds win and the Kansas City Royals losing on Tuesday, Cincinnati no longer has the worst record in baseball.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Boston Red Sox
Wednesday June 1st, 7:10pm ET
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