Nick Senzel’s RBI single in the 5th inning was the only hit that the Cincinnati Reds could get on Saturday afternoon. Still, they had an opportunity to win the game up in the bottom of the 9th, but a fly ball to the warning track was caught to end the game and left the bases loaded.
|Atlanta Braves (46-33)
|Cincinnati Reds (26-51)
|W: Strider (4-2) L: Mahle (3-7) SV: Smith (4)|
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Cincinnati didn’t have a hit through the first four innings of the game. Kyle Farmer led off the 5th inning and was hit in the hand by a 100 MPH fastball. Farmer exited the game. So did manager David Bell after he was ejected when he came out to talk to the umpire. He went from zero to 100 with a quickness.
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Following the ejection, Matt Reynolds ran for Kyle Farmer and he moved up to second base on a wild pitch. Two outs later he came around to score when Nick Senzel broke up Spencer Strider’s no-hit bid with a single into center that cut the Braves lead in half and made it a 2-1 ballgame.
Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the 9th the Reds got back-to-back 1-out walks from Tommy Pham and Joey Votto to bring the tying run to the plate. Matt Reynolds lined out, leaving the game up to pinch hitter Donovan Solano. He didn’t quite get the job done, but it wasn’t on him as Will Smith hit him on an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Albert Almora Jr. gave the fans a second of hope, but his fly ball on the first pitch he saw died on the edge of the warning track to end the game as the Reds managed just one hit in a 4-1 loss.
Tyler Mahle gave up a leadoff homer in the 2nd inning to Austin Riley and saw Atlanta jump out to a 1-0 lead. The next three batters followed by reachingon a single, walk, and a hit by pitch. The Reds then caught a break when Orlando Arcia tried to check his swing in a 3-ball count and a delayed appeal to the first base umpire led Adam Duvall to trot towards second base believing that Arcia had just walked. The problem as that it was called a strike, and after Mahle got the ball back he fired to first and picked off Duvall who was attempting to get back to first. The free out may have been big as the Braves wouldn’t score again that inning.
Austin Riley led the way as the Braves tacked on another run in the 4th inning after walking and moving around the bases on a double and two more walks as Tyler Mahle continued to struggle to throw strikes. He would get out of the inning with just the one run.
After Mahle pitched a shutout 5th inning, David Bell went to the bullpen and called on Art Warren for the 6th and he came through, getting the Braves out in order. But Bell opted to press his luck and bring him back out for the 7th. After retiring Michael Harris II to begin the inning, he walked Ronald Acuna Jr. and gave up a single to Dansby Swanson before being replaced by Reiver Sanmartin. He’d give up two runs, allowing one on a ground out and another on a double before getting out of the inning as Atlanta stretched their lead to 4-1. Dauri Moreta and Ross Detwiler both tossed a shutout inning to follow, holding the Braves lead to three runs.
Notes Worth Noting
The loss was the 10th straight at Great American Ball Park for the Reds.
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