Four Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers shut out the Cincinnati Reds on four hits, 7-0, before 11,957 at Great American Ball Park.
|Arizona Diamondbacks (27-31)||7||11||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (20-36)
|W: Kelly (5-3) L: Minor (0-2)
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At the outset, the game pitted two teams with lineups that looked largely like their managers were preparing for a Class AAA game. In Cincinnati’s case, it was because two of the team’s hottest hitters — Nick Senzel and Brandon Drury — were scratched due to lower back pain and Achilles pain, respectively. Tyler Stephenson was given a night off by Manager David Bell.
The Diamondbacks won because their pitching and defense were stellar, and the Reds pitchers couldn’t take advantage of the fact that they were facing a batting order with six players entering the game batting .211 or less.
Arizona starter Merrill Kelly was dominant, limiting Cincinnati to a first-inning single by Alejo Lopez in his six innings.
The loss leaves Cincinnati with a 3-4 record on an eight-game homestand against Washington and Arizona — two teams that Reds fans hoped their team would be able to play well against and gain some ground in the standings. But Cincinnati faces the homestand finale Thursday afternoon with an even split being the best they can do.
In the first inning with Alejo Lopez on second base, Joey Votto launched a drive to left-center field which looked promising from a Reds standpoint, but …
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Arizona centerfielder Alek Thomas reached over the wall to rob Votto and the Reds of a 2-0 lead.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 9, 2022
In the bottom of the fourth, Thomas robbed Votto again with a diving catch on a sinking line drive. Tommy Pham was on first after drawing a walk, and Thomas’ second thievery in four innings short-circuited what could have been an offensive uprising.
Votto hit it hard a third time, leading off the seventh against reliever Sean Poppen with a double to right-center. Thomas had no chance on this one. But alas, none of Votto’s teammates could drive him in.
Votto, Lopez, Aramis Garcia, Albert Almora and Matt Reynolds each recorded one hit for the Reds.
Starting pitcher Mike Minor went the first 4 1/3 innings and looked quite good through the first three. But in the fourth, he hit Ketel Marte with a pitch, then served up a fat one high in the strike zone that Christian Walker blasted into the left-field lower deck. In the fifth, Minor again mislocated a changeup high in the strike zone that Josh Rojas deposited over the fence in right. That was it for Minor, with the Reds facing a 3-0 deficit.
It’s clear that for Minor to be effective, he has almost zero margin for error.
Luis Cessa served up a solo homer to Jordan Luplow in his 1 1/3 innings of work, as well as another run.
The Diamondbacks’ beat rolled on against Art Warren, who allowed a run on two hits in his 1 1/3.
Ross Detwiler continued his scoreless streak for this major-league season in the eighth. His second strikeout in the inning brought the team’s total to 11, meaning free LaRosa’s for ticketholders. Hunter Strickland allowed a run in the ninth on a bases-loaded walk.
For the evening, Reds pitchers struck out 12 and walked five — thereby maintaining their slim lead over Washington and the White Sox as the pitching staff issuing the most walks in the majors this year.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds
Thursday, June 9, 12:35 p.m. ET
Zach Davies (2-3, 4.18 ERA) vs. Tyler Mahle (2-5, 5.43 ERA)