The Cincinnati Reds snapped a 4-game losing streak by beating up on Cade Cavalli in his major league debut on Friday night. Mike Minor put together his best start of the year and helped Cincinnati to a 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals to begin their weekend set in the nation’s capital.
|Cincinnati Reds (49-75)
|Washington Nationals (42-84)
|W: Minor (3-10) L: Cavalli (0-1)
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Cincinnati welcomed Cade Cavalli to the big leagues in a rude way. In the 1st inning they put up two runs on a single by Donovan Solano and a double by TJ Friedl to grab a lead that they would never relinquish. Two innings later a single by Jonathan India was followed by back-to-back doubles from Kyle Farmer and Solano to double up their lead and make it 4-0. Two innings later the bases were loaded when Erasmo Ramirez took over for Cavalli, but that made no difference as Aristides Aquino doubled over the left fielder’s head and cleared the bases to put the Reds up 7-1. Cincinnati wouldn’t score again from there, but they didn’t need to.
It’s been a tough season for Mike Minor, but on Friday night he was able to put that behind him as he put together his best start of the season. He allowed a run on two hits in the 3rd inning as the Reds lead shrunk to 4-1. And then in the 6th inning he allowed a solo home run, but that was all he’d give up in 7.0 innings as he registered seven strikeouts without a walk and his second quality start of the season.
Hunter Strickland took over for Cincinnati in the 8th and allowed a run on two hits and a walk as the Nationals cut into the Reds lead at 7-3. Buck Farmer came out for the 9th and worked around a 2-out walk to seal the win.
Notes Worth Noting
Since being called up back to the big leagues TJ Friedl has hits in 8 of the 10 games he’s played in (and walked one that he didn’t) and is hitting .385/.469/.731 with 3 strikeouts.
Jonathan India extended his hitting streak to nine games as he went 2-3 with a walk and three runs scored.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Washington Nationals
Saturday August 27th, 7:05pm ET
Luis Cessa (3-2, 5.67 ERA) vs Paolo Espino (0-5, 4.31 ERA)