A pitchers duel broke out at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night as both Nick Lodolo and Max Scherzer returned from the injured list on the night and took out their frustrations on their opponents. The two combined to give up five hits and struck out 19 batters in 10.2 innings between the two of them.
|New York Mets (50-31)
|Cincinnati Reds (28-52)
|W: Strickland (2-2) L: Lugo (1-2)
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Cincinnati only got two hits against Max Scherzer on the night – a single by Donovan Solano in the 2nd and a single by Tyler Naquin in the 4th. They also didn’t walk against him as they were mostly helpless against him as his absolute dominance at Great American Ball Park continued (His ERA in GABP is now 0.27). The Mets bullpen picked up where Scherzer left off, holding the Reds to a Nick Senzel single over the next two innings.
Entering the bottom of the 9th the game was still scoreless, but the middle of the lineup was due up. Tommy Pham led off the inning with a double down the right field line and then the Mets opted to intentionally walk Tyler Naquin. That brought Donovan Solano to the plate. Seth Lugo walked him, unintentionally, loading the bases. That led to a mound visit before Mike Moustakas stepped up to the plate. He jumped ahead in the count before lining out to center, but the ball was easily deep enough to plate Pham from third base for the winning run.
While Max Scherzer was dominating the Reds offense, Nick Lodolo was doing the same thing to the Mets. The lefty hadn’t pitched since April 24th and it sure didn’t look like he missed a beat as he tossed 4.2 shutout innings while striking out eight batters along the way. Joel Kuhnel came on to finish the 5th inning and he recorded three outs before giving way to Ross Detwiler with two outs in the 6th. He got out of the inning and recorded the first two outs in the 7th before giving up a single to Brandon Nimmo. That led to Jeff Hoffman entering the game and he gave up a single to Starling Marte to put the go-ahead run on second, but Hoffman clamped down and got Francisco Lindor to pop up to catcher Michael Papierski to end the inning and keep the shutout alive. He’s return to fire a shutout 8th inning before giving way to Hunter Strickland. That decision worked out as he made quick work of the Mets, throwing just nine pitches to send the game to the bottom of the 9th in a 0-0 tie. That set up a walk-off win for Cincinnati on a sacrifice fly.
Notes Worth Noting
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