Veteran sluggers were the difference today as the New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 7-4, in 10 innings before 41,374 at Great American Ball Park.

Final R H E
New York Yankees (28-20) 7 13 0
Cincinnati Reds (19-26)
4 5 0
W: Holmes (2-2) L: Gibaut (3-1)  SV: Weber (1) 
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Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo combined for six hits and six RBI for the winners. Judge, who batted 4-for-4, lined an 0-2 pitch from Ian Gibaut for a single to left to score “free runner” Greg Allen for a 5-4 Yankee lead in the top of the 10th. Then, Rizzo followed with his second home run in two days against Gibaut, and his 24th career homer at GABP, to essentially put the nails in the Reds’ coffin on this day.

The Offense

Jake Fraley got the home team on the board first, dropping an RBI single to center in the opening inning to score Matt McLain, who had walked and advanced to second on a balk by Yankees starter Jhony Brito.

In the third inning, Brito walked the bases loaded with two outs, and Spencer Steer followed with a grounder into the hole at shortstop which Anthony Volpe could not get to second in time for a force-out. It went as an infield hit and an RBI for Steer. But Tyler Stephenson’s struggles continued when he struck out swinging with the bags full to leave the score 2-1 Reds after three.

In the fourth inning, Jose Barrero reached on an infield hit with two out, followed by a two-run homer to left field by Luke Maile for a 4-1 Cincinnati lead. But that was all for the Reds offense on this day, as the Yankee relievers dominated.

The Pitching

Luke Weaver got off to a suboptimal start, allowing rocket base hits to Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge. But he righted things quickly. He got Reds-killer Rizzo to ground into a 4-6-3 double play, then got D.J. LeMahieu looking at strike three for the final first-inning out. New York then tied it in the third on a double by catcher Ben Rortvedt and a 115.1-mph RBI single by Judge.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a solo homer with one out in the fifth, which was the first of six straight Yankee hits total (four off Weaver), and the end of the day for the starter after 4 1/3 innings. Alex Young relieved Weaver and the hit parade continued with hits by Rizzo and LeMahieu, but on Rizzo’s hit, Judge was thrown out at home on a relay from Wil Myers to Jonathan India to Maile. That was the key to keeping the score tied at 4-4 after four and a half innings.

Buck Farmer came on in the top of the sixth to stop the bleeding, retiring the Yankees in order on seven pitches. He then retired the first two hitters in the Yankee seventh, when Manager David Bell opted to replace Farmer with Lucas Sims to face Judge.

After Judge walked, Rizzo grounded out on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning. Sims then retired the Bronx Bombers in order in the top of the eighth, as did Alexis Diaz in the top of the ninth, preceding Gibaut’s difficult 10th.

What’s news

While batting in the ninth inning, India fouled a ball off his left knee and had to leave the game after finishing the at-bat. His status for tomorrow’s game was not yet clear when this game recap article was published.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

New York Yankees at Cincinnati Reds

Sunday, May 21, 11:35 a.m. ET

Luis Severino (first appearance of the year) vs. Hunter Greene (0-3, 4.60 ERA)

52 Responses

  1. Tim

    Appropriate title. This is where a Rizzo and a Judge make a ton of difference. Clutch.

    • Ron S

      We got two guys in Louisville that could be clutch CES and EDLC.One of them should have been here today before the season slips away.Oh well Scrooge Bob and his son Phil are too busy counting gate receipts to pay attention to the product on the field.

      • Melvin

        CES with two more hits tonight including a HR. He now has 24 RBI in 24 games. McLain is learning already with several Ks but he’s still productive today with two BB and a run scored. DLC said he’s “ready”.

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep those two together probably make about the entire Reds payroll

  2. J

    I’m not quite ready to drop this. In a tie game, bottom of the 6th, Stephenson leads off with a walk. And the reason you don’t pinch run for him in that situation and try everything you possibly can to manufacture a run is…?

    a) You can’t lose Stephenson’s very crucial bat in the middle of the lineup
    b) You’re afraid you might make Stephenson sad
    c) Runs in the 6th inning don’t really matter

    • Ron S

      Even a better question why not walk Rizzo in the tenth knowing his history against Reds pitching.They give up walks so easily when they need to walk somebody they won’t do it.

      • J

        Oh, there are plenty of other good questions. Why pull Farmer when he was cruising? Why was Fairchild subbed in as a defensive replacement? Why not allow Diaz to at least start the 10th? And why no intentional walks to either of the two guys who keep killing you? But none of those things matters if you score a run in the 6th and don’t allow any runs in the 7th-9th. They got the second part of that equation right, but it didn’t matter because they ignored the first part.

  3. JB

    Game is at 11:35 tomorrow morning. I would be surprised if India is in the lineup.

      • Ted Alfred

        I doubt it. I’m sure Bell thinks McClain needs a rest day since he isn’t hitting .350 with 3 home runs already. We’ll likely see Myers, Newman or both

      • Old-school

        Newman Newman Newman

        Bell is over the moon

      • Old-school

        Could also see Newman at SS and McLain at 2b tomorrow

        Bell is in zen mode

  4. Daytonnati

    Tom posted this in the recap:

    Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
    New York Yankees at Cincinnati Reds

    Sunday, May 21, 4:07 p.m. ET

    Luis Severino (first appearance of the year) vs. Hunter Greene (0-3, 4.60 ERA)

    • Mark Moore

      Reds site showing 11:35 AM … and it’s a Poppycock televised game, so no chance for me to watch it.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      That was my mistake on the time. I’ve fixed it.

  5. LDS

    Why does everyone think CES and EDLC can change the trajectory of this team? Arguably, no one was playing better in AAA than McLain and, as we see, he’s going to take some time to adjust (SO rate around 50%). The Reds made zero meaningful investment in pitching this off season. Now their starting pitching staff is band aided together. Myers is starting to look like a total bust. Bell couldn’t manage a lemonade stand. This team was never going to be good. Last place is more likely than the playoffs. Everyone needs to realize losing this year and probably next is just the way it is. Even in a weak division, the Reds don’t have the manpower. When Maile, a 32 yo, journeyman catcher, leads the team in OPS, the team has a problem. So play the young guys: McLain, Steer, Barrero, Stephenson, India, Fairchild, Senzel, Fraley, and even Benson until Friedl returns. Ship Myers off when you can. Let the young guys lose but play everyday. And spend some money. The Reds will never succeed using strictly a grow your own strategy.

    • J

      Even with all the strikeouts, McLain’s OPS currently ranks higher than all but three guys on this team. I suspect the same would be true of ELDC and CES. Replace two of the worst hitters with those two guys, and you’re looking at a a pretty significant upgrade in the offense. It wouldn’t fix the pitching issues, but in a game like today’s, and all the one-run losses, it could very easily be the difference between a loss and a win.

      • LDS

        And hopefully it stays there but I’d not bet on it. There will be time for EDLC & CES, though hopefully a while down the road. Truthfully, I’d like to see Bell gone first but he’ll likely get another extension. The Reds will tolerate mediocre results as long as you drink the KoolAid and work cheap.

    • SteveAreno

      Only play the young guys if they can compete and have success with thier performance. The MLB is not for training wheels. Maile has been performing well, he deserves his playing time. We keep stats to measure performance. Age is not the key stat.

      • LDS

        Age is certainly a key stat if you’re building for the future. The Reds aren’t and they aren’t concerned with winning – only being cheap.

  6. Trainradio

    Bad team. Bad manager. Bad owner. Totally in another universe from the Yankees. MLB is broken.

    • CI3J

      I actually disagree that the team is bad. They are not complete, but a lot of the players they have are not bad players.

      I do absolutely agree that the manager and owner are bad. With a better manager, this team could have an extra 3-4 wins this season alone. And with a better owner, the money would be there to fill the holes.

      I still have some hope that once a lot of money comes off the books next offseason, that’s when the Reds will spend on the big-time free agents they need in order to compete. This season is supposed to be the season to find out WHAT they need. You’re not going to get the answer to that playing Myers and Newman over the kids.

      India, Friedl, and Fraley are good players. Stephenson, Steer, Senzel, and McLain are decent players who have shown flashes of being really good. Let’s see what they can do over a full season. Barrero is still a bit of a mystery, he needs consistent playing time to show what he can do.

      The Reds still need to find answers at 1B and another outfielder. CES looks like the answer at 1B. If EDLC is going to play SS, then McLain needs to move to the OF.

      Myers and Newman are pointless for this team. It was a mistake to bring either of them in, much less both.

    • Rednat

      i totally agree about your last statement. MLB is BORKEN! There is no reason for the reds to be playing the Yankees. I posted this before, we will play the yankees 30 times give or take over the next decade. the over /under for reds wins in these games is what ?…3?….maybe 4? the discrepancy between the powerful corporate teams like the Yankees and the small business teams like the reds are just too drastic to be sustainable.
      the reds purpose basically is to be a place for yankees and dodgers fans to go see their team at a cheaper price. So demoralizing for this old time reds fans

  7. Redsvol

    This team is so close to contention. Just 1 more offensive player and a couple more major league average pitchers. I’m not about to give up on them.

    Rizzo is just so clutch. I wouldn’t pitch to him in that situation. I’d make someone else beat me.

    • Mario

      I like the optimism but man this team is not close to contending. They are close to being on a 100 loss pace. It will get worse with the Cardinals & Cubs coming up.

      McLain/CES/EDLC are not going to duplicate their AAA stats in MLB but they would serve a very good contribution to this team. Myers needs to sit and earn his PT. Stephenson needs more rest not AB’s at DH. Senzel is up to his old tricks – his splits vs RHP are not good.

      Hope HG is up for a good game tomorrow.

    • TR

      Rizzo has usually had the Reds number with the Cubs and now the Yankees.

    • Earmbrister

      Yeah, I’m not giving up on them just because they lost a couple of close games vs the NYYs.

      You don’t have to squint very hard to see your full rotation with a youngster or two coming up (Abbott in particular).

      McLain is here and is solid right out of the gate. The alphabet soup bros (EDLC and CES) will be here before we know it. Adding those 3, plus Friedl to this lineup makes this a completely different team.

      I could care less about making the playoffs this year (they’re not ready to win in the postseason). Get these guys MLB experience and I’ll enjoy watching them.


  8. Mark Moore

    According to the site, Poppycock games aren’t blacked out internationally. That might mean I can watch tomorrow on my laptop if I take a “quick trip” to Canada, Mexico, or the UK. I may try that option.

    • Doug Gray

      Autocarrot got you good on this one, Mark.

    • Jim Walker

      But you may need premium or a free trial. I am not sure because I am subscribed for level needed for all the Pemier League Soccer in real time.

      It is also possible it will be in free in replay.

    • Jim Walker

      Ok see what you mean now. MLBTV will let you watch from Canada. Good luck and happy travels

  9. CFD3000

    This was game two of the annual pilgrimage from Atlanta, and a head scratcher from Bell.

    Why swap Fairchild in for Barrero? That’s not a significant upgrade, and it definitely deletes your bench. When Maile reached in the 9th, that meant pinch running options were Casali and Newman only. Which meant that when India got hurt, Casali had to replace him and Newman had to stay in to play second. Which meant that the speedy ghost runner that should have mattered was Casali, and not Fairchild. But that didn’t matter because Bell pulled Diaz for Gibaut, AND then decided to pitch to Judge and Rizzo instead of walking them. Why? Those two were 6 for 9 on the night with a walk. Those are the two guys in that lineup you can’t let beat you. And that’s without even discussing the option to pinch run for Stephenson in the 6th. This game was winnable. No, the players didn’t hit or pitch really well, but David Bell made it a lot harder to grab the opportunity. Frustrating.

    Hunter Greene tomorrow. Go Reds!

  10. Jessecuster44

    … don’t let the other teams best players beat you.

    The Reds under Bell have yet to learn this lesson.

  11. bug

    Man,..I’m glad to have Benson back. We desperately need another weak stick on the team. We have some of the league’s best players in the minors and refuse to bring them up until the season is over and lost. That Meyers sure is a must have (at .198),..and Fairchild (at .212),..and Barrero,..and all the other K kings. Yep. Let’s leave De La Cruz, Marte, Encarnanciaon-Strand, Abbott, and on and on and all the rest in the Minors,..where they belong. I’m so tickled to get Benson back. We need more like him,… and Myers. And we should send McLain back down, as he can actually hit a baseball. We don’t need him. Amazing!!!

  12. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I don’t care win or lose, there was no reason for Bell to pull Farmer nor Diaz in either situation. In each case, I believe it was actually the wrong move.

    When someone understands Bell theory on bullpen management, please enlighten everyone. I believe he’s using “The Force” or something.

  13. Rednat

    went down to Louisville for friday and saturday game. Sorry, I just didn’t want to be surrounded by a bunch of screaming, derelict Yankee fans.
    CES looks ready. bring him up and let him DH. Stepehnson catches or sits at this point until he gets out of this Rut.
    I still think EDLC needs some more time In AAA. He just looks so raw in the field and even at the plate. He has a slow delivery on his throws to first ( almost a hitch). Not sure SS is the best position for him. seems to be a better fit for right field maybe. Also still chasing the high heaters and striking out a lot (although he is doing better laying off the low pitches).
    Also Alejo LOPEZ has always impressed me every he goes and looked comfortable at the palte. I would rather see him than Newman or Myers at this point.

    • bug

      Might as well forget it. Lopez can hit. Reds don’t like players that can actually hit a baseball. They will always send them back to AAA, so they can only keep the K kings,..ala Meyers, Fairchild, Benson, etc. That’s the Reds organization. Been rooting for them for 6 decades now and ever since Sparky left, that’s been their motto. If you can actually hit a baseball, we don’t need you.

      • greenmtred

        Lopez has a career OBP of .307, BA in the 260’s and no power. The Reds have a lot of guys with low OBP and little or no power. Lots of comments here during spring training about how good Benson was and hopes that he would make the team. He has actually been doing well lately in AAA, so bringing him up now isn’t non-sensical. They need an outfielder and EDLC and CES are not outfielders at this point.

      • Redsvol

        Lopez has 168 MLB at bats with a .627 ops. Lots of players on current squad would have people on here putting them out to pasture with those #’s.

        Lopez can hit singles and that’s about it. His defense is also sub-par. The other guys at least have the potential to hit with power and ability to play multiple positions.

        Let’s not give up on young players with less than 400 career MLB at bats.

        Now senzel, myers and Stephenson are another story…..

  14. CI3J

    Dating back to the last game of the Marlins series, the Reds have been in a real rut. During that time, they have posted a 1-5 record to tumble out of 3rd place to last place in the NL Central. They are now 7 games under .500.

    However, as bad as that sounds, it’s not all doom and gloom because, despite being in last place, they still remain only 1 game out of 3rd place and 5 games away from leading the division. That’s because the rest of the NL Central has also been in a rut. The Pirates only has 4 wins in their last 15 games. The Cubs have 3 wins in their last 12 games. The Brewers are 4-6 in their last 10. Only the Cards have been playing winning baseball, but because of their horrid start, they are still right with the Reds in last place (although technically ahead on winning %).

    Right now, the NL Central looks like a pretty weak division. But I don’t think the Reds have a realistic shot at winning it this year. They are still too inexperienced and missing too many pieces. They need a first baseman, another outfielder, and another starter. But I do hope by the end of the year, the Reds will have promoted from within and will have filled out all the positions on the field via CES, EDLC, Hopkins, and Robinson, and in the offseason they can either sign or trade for the missing starting rotation pieces.

    That, coupled with the hoped-for continued development this season, should make the Reds serious contenders next season. They could surprise some people this year, but all eyes need to be on next season.

  15. scotly50

    The Reds have assumed the position. Last Place.
    It is good and right. It would be a travesty for this team to be in any other position after the ownership jettisoned the Mlb talent over the winter.

  16. RedsGettingBetter

    On last sunday , Ashcraft was pitching solid thru 4 innings. When the Reds took a 5-0 lead, Ashcraft after 4.1 IP, suddenly he got crushed by Rockies hitters for about many hits in a row tying the game up to 5-5. Now, last night, the Reds take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 4th after Weaver threw well during 4 innings. But Weaver after made the first out (4.1 IP) unexpectedly was pummeled with a streak of 4 hits giving the lead up… It is curious to me this couple of disasters have similarities …

  17. JB

    Well India is Playing today but at DH. Newman will get the start at 2nd.

  18. Rob

    Same comment. If theReds falter over the next 10 days, they are in trouble. Teams like the Cards have the ownership and management to bounce back from being 10-15 games under 500. I wholeheartedly believe that if the Reds continue to stumble in late May, the season will be lost ….meaning playing youth is more important than fixing problems and winning games. 2022 deja vu. With the right trades and the Louisville studs, this team can compete for the Division. Without both, I am afraid we are headed to another year chasing Cards, Cubs, and maybe even Pirates. We are banged up and need to maintain a closeness to 500. I have no value for a spring training redux in August and September while we are fighting for 4th place. That is for losers. The game yesterday was critical to get back to 5 under. The next 4 are just as critical.

    • Reslegs1869

      While I’m optimistic about being more competitive in the future, my money for this season is that we just assumed last place and will remain there for remainder of season. Only getting more and more games back. Roster too thin, too many injuries. Too many underperforming players.

  19. SlippinJimmy

    1. Diaz was used too soon again. He’s a closer, not a bridge for a worse pitcher in a higher-leverage situation.

    2. Tyler Stephenson is WWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAKKKKKKKK!!! Seriously. Come on bro. What are you doing??

    3. The might of “He Who Wields The Lineup Card” is just too much for the Reds to bear. His power is limitless, an infinitely more difficult opponent than the New York Yankees. I hear he drives a big wooden horse to GABP.

  20. Capnhook33

    I honestly was shocked the reds didn’t non tender senzel in the offseason. Now it looks like they are hoping he stays healthy enough to post good enough numbers to flip him at the deadline. Either way he shouldn’t be on the team next year because you have approximately 4682737202947 infielders on this team and need pitching help.

    • Melvin

      I have to challenge your numbers there. Sorry……I think you might be one short. 🙂