It was a tough day for the Cincinnati Reds against the best team in the National League. The Mets got on the board early and late as they took a lead in the 5th inning and never looked back as the bullpen struggled to keep them in check. The loss was the Reds 5th in their last six games as they fell to a National League worst 27-52.
|New York Mets (50-30)
|Cincinnati Reds (27-52)
|W: Walker (7-2) L: Greene (3-10) SV: Lugo (3)
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After just one hit in the first two innings the Reds trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 3rd inning, but they got things going. Matt Reynolds was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Aramis Garcia singled to put two men on. Brandon Drury would bring them both in with an opposite field homer that tied the game up.
The offense went quiet from there as Reds only had one hit over the next three innings – a single by Nick Senzel. He would also get the next hit for the Reds, a solo home run in the 7th that made it a 7-4 game. That was the score when Cincinnati came up in the bottom of the 9th. Matt Reynolds would pick up a 2-out single on a grounder up the middle but that was that as Max Schrock grounded out to first to end the game.
The 1st inning was a struggle for Hunter Greene. Brandon Nimmo led off the game with a single, but he was caught stealing. Starling Marte struck out, but then Francisco Lindor was hit by a pitch, Pete Alonso walked, and Jeff McNeil singled to load the bases. Greene was able to get out of the jam on the next pitch, getting a pop up to end the inning.
In the 2nd inning things didn’t work out that way. Mark Canha was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Tomas Nido had a 1-out single. Brandon Nimmo followed up with a 3-run homer. Greene retired the next 10 batters, but a 2-out home run by Francisco Lindor in the 5th inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Mets a lead. He headed back out for the 6th inning and allowed a single and a double around a strikeout before being replaced. Reiver Sanmartin came on and gave up a 2-run double to give New York a 6-3 lead.
In what feels like a daily occurrence, the bullpen just continued to give up runs. Luis Cessa came out for 7th and allowed another run, making it 7-3. Ross Detwiler threw a shutout inning in the 8th after the Reds got a run back. Dauri Moreta entered for the 9th and gave up a double to Pete Alonso that came off the bat at 117 MPH and surprisingly didn’t go through the left field wall when it hit it. Moreta struck out the next two batters before getting Mark Canha to line out and end the inning to give the offense one final chance to come back from a 7-4 deficit.
Notes Worth Noting
Hunter Greene has allowed 22 home runs this season.
With the 2 he allowed tonight, Greene surpassed Johnny Cueto (20) for most HR given up by a rookie prior to the All-Star break since 1947, the inaugural year of the Rookie of The Year Award. pic.twitter.com/qxwJN43JPT
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 5, 2022
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