The Cincinnati Reds got another nice start from Chase Anderson in September and used a 3-run 5th inning to grab a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as they picked up a 5-1 victory and earned a split of the short 2-game series with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
|Boston Red Sox (72-76)
|Cincinnati Reds (59-90)
|W: Anderson (2-3) L: Seabold (0-3) SV: Diaz (8)
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Cincinnati’s only hit in the first two innings was when Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch. But they were able to string together two singles in the 3rd inning with Jonathan India’s 2-out single bringing Stuart Fairchild in to score to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Reds Sox tied the game up in the next inning, but the Reds got back to work in the 5th. Fairchild started things with another single and moved to second on a walk by TJ Friedl. India came through with an RBI single to give Cincinnati a 2-1 lead. He would then steal second base before Kyle Farmer blooped a single into the outfield for a 2-run single that broke an 0-18 slump he had been in. Three innings later it was Donovan Solano playing add on with a solo home run that extended the lead to 5-1.
Chase Anderson hit Tommy Pham with a pitch to lead off the game. He was the only baserunner that the Red Sox would get until the 4th inning, but that’s when Boston would put together a little rally. Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts had back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners to lead off the inning before Alex Verdugo followed up with a sacrifice fly to tie the game up at 1-1. Anderson would strike out J.D. Martinez and then Chuckie Robinson threw out Bogaerts as he attempted to steal to end the inning. Anderson returned for an easy 5th inning before turning the game over to the bullpen.
Fernando Cruz and Reiver Sanmartin made it look easy in the 6th and 7th innings as they held onto a 4-1 lead. Derek Law tossed a scoreless 8th inning before returning for the 9th. That’s when things go dicey as he allowed back-to-back 1-out singles to Devers and Bogaerts, resulting in David Bell going to the mound and calling on Alexis Diaz to come into the game and try to get out of the jam. He did just that as he got Alex Verdugo to ground into a game-ending double play.
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Milwaukee Brewers vs Cincinnati Reds
Thursday September 22nd, 6:40pm ET
Brandon Woodruff (11-4, 3.26 ERA) vs Hunter Greene (4-12, 4.97 ERA)