The Cincinnati Reds rallied for five runs in the 8th inning as they came from behind to beat the New York Mets on Saturday evening. Their win evened up the series and sets up a winner takes the series for Sunday.

Final R H E
New York Mets (2-6) 6 11 2
Cincinnati Reds (5-3)
9 8 1
W: Pagan (1-0) L: Ramirez (0-1)
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

Cincinnati got their offense rolling a bit in the 2nd inning. Jeimer Candelario led off with a double and scored when Elly De La Cruz hit a hard grounder to a a drawn-in Jeff McNeil and had it bounce off of his glove for an error. A single and two walks would follow to bring in another run and give the Reds a 2-0 lead.

That’s where the game remained until the top of the 4th when Nick Martinez ran into trouble. The Mets put together a rally that included two singles, a walk, a hit batter, and a double that put New York ahead 4-2 before the inning was over. They would add to their lead in the top of the 5th when Tyrone Taylor doubled in Starling Marte.

The Reds would put together a 2-out rally in the bottom of the 6th that began with a walk by Elly De La Cruz and was followed up when Spencer Steer was hit by a pitch. Stuart Fairchild cashed in his opportunity with a single to plate one run. He then stole second and the Mets tried to throw him out, didn’t, and Spencer Steer scrambled home to score the second run of the inning to make it 5-4.

In the bottom of the 8th inning the Reds put together a big rally that started with a walk by Jeimer Candelario, who was pinch run for by Bubba Thompson. He took second base on a wild pitch and then scored on a single by Elly De La Cruz on an excuse-me check swing that bounced past a drawn-in infield – which extended his hitting streak to 13 games. That tied the game up. Spencer Steer then reminded the Mets that he’s one of the hottest hitters int he game and crushed a 3-run homer to give his team the lead. Back-to-back singles were followed by a walk to load the bases and Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit a sacrifice fly to cap off a 5-run inning and put Cincinnati up 9-5.

Alexis Diaz came out of the bullpen for the top of the 9th inning and walked Brandon Nimmo to start the inning. He was replaced at first when Pete Alonso grounded into a force out. He then moved up to second on defensive indifference and scored when Brett Baty singled. That was all the Mets could manage as Cincinnati held on for a 9-6 victory and evened the series up.

Key Moment of the Game

The 8th inning 3-run homer from Spencer Steer that broke a 5-5 tie.

Notes Worth Noting

Spencer Steer hit the only home run of the game. It was somehow only the 10th hardest hit baseball of the game. He’s now hitting .448/.529/.897 with 12 RBI through eight games to begin the year.

Stuart Fairchild and Elly De La Cruz both stole their third base of the season in the game. Fairchild, who came off of the bench to pinch hit for Nick Martini and serve as the designated hitter, went 2-2 on the day.

The Reds pitchers only walked two batters in the game.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

New York Mets vs Cincinnati Reds

Saturday April 7th, 1:40pm ET

Sean Manaea (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Andrew Abbott (0-0, 3.38 ERA)

100 Responses

  1. Melvin

    “He’s now hitting .448/.529/.897 with 12 RBI through eight games to begin the year.”

    Steer is impressive. So far he’s keeping his team MVP title from last year for sure. 🙂

  2. Mark Moore

    I was more than a little nervous. We kept the game on while prepping and cooking tonight’s burgers. The MLB.tv feed on my Roku barfed as Steer’s ball went over the wall, but we knew what had happened (and quickly got the feed back).

    The Rally Reds indeed!!! Spencer Steer will hit over .400 for his career … I’m convinced of that now.

    • Melvin

      “Spencer Steer will hit over .400 for his career … I’m convinced of that now.”

      I’m gonna hold you to that. 🙂

      • Mark Moore

        I’ll bring my burgers to you if he doesn’t do it. PRomiSe!! 😀

    • Mauired

      Last right handed .400 hitter was 99 years ago. St. Louis Cardinals Rogers Hornsby.

  3. David

    Spencer Steer has the hot bat now. The Reds have enough “good” players that somebody else will get the hot bat soon, as Steer cools off.
    Still, he’s a good guy, good hitter. The Reds are lucky to have him.

    Still, a weird game. Haven’t checked the BATS (that is, Louisville) to see how Lodolo did today, and wondering if he is going to come up tomorrow.

    And who goes…down?

    • David

      Replying to myself (who else will?), Lodolo did not start and pitch today for L-ville. So…maybe tomorrow??

      • Melvin

        Last I heard he’s pitching tomorrow and coming up next Sunday.

      • Mark Moore

        No MiLB games on Mondays. So it would be Tuesday and that puts him in line for Sunday the 14th.

      • Melvin

        Mark Moore – Isn’t tomorrow Sunday? 😉

      • Mark Moore

        Yes, Melvin. Tomorrow’s Sunday. So if Nick pitches, he’s possibly slated for Friday the 12th.

      • Melvin

        Just playin with ya buddy. Was worried about me. lol If I’m not mistaken he’s supposed to come up a week from Sunday.

    • Melvin

      As far as who goes down your guess is as good as mine. DJ in the past has said Antone, as long as he’s healthy, will be up pitching so even though he has options I doubt it’s him.

      • JB WV

        I think Martinez goes to the pen, Cruz gets bumped out when Lodolo comes back. Martinez wasn’t fooling anybody the second time through the order.

      • Melvin

        Oh so he’ll pitch on Friday instead of Sunday. Cool. Yeah I go there through the Reds site although not recently enough obviously. lol Just go to roster and injury updates.

  4. LT

    Steer hit a HR yesterday in a losing effort because it was a solo shot. Guys hitting in front of Steer need to find ways, bunting and somehow getting plunked, does not matter, just get on base so Steer can get them home. That’s the only way the Reds offense can score enough runs to win games now.

  5. LT

    Reds scored a number of runs today off of wild pitch, walk, HBP. The real big hit is Steer HR. He’s carrying the offense right now. Guys in front of him need to find ways to get on base so he cat get them home, score enough runs to have a chance to win games.

  6. RedsMonk65

    I have only one thing to say:

    WOO-HOO!!!!

  7. RP Proctor

    One point of concern- Diaz put 2 men on and allowed a run to score with a 4 run lead. I am telling you something isn’t right with him.

    • Mark Moore

      There do seem to be times when a “closer” doesn’t perform as well if it isn’t a “save situation”, so perhaps a little slack might be in order. However …

      I also think something might be a little off. The Chumpire didn’t help either today.

      • JB WV

        That ump was awful. Inconsistent throughout

    • Rob

      Correct but. The run was due to “defensive indifference” which is similar to an unearned run in my view. I wouldn’t categorize Diaz performance as shoddy or solid. It was no better than OK. Got the job done but certainly didn’t alleviate any concerns some of us have. I will take it but I am still on the fence.

      • Grand Salami

        Defensively, we seem to be more indifferent than most teams late in the game.

    • Ted Alfred

      He hasn’t been the same pitcher since the first half last year. His velocity is down, his control is off and his ball does not have the sharp movement it used to.

    • greenmtred

      Diaz, even when he was really effective, has put guys on, walked the lead-off guy, thrown a wild pitch, from time to time. His velocity and confidence seem to be returning. For the many of you who don’t listen to Sadak, he said that Maile spotted a mechanical issue and DJ worked with Diaz to correct it.

  8. Jason Franklin

    Shouldn’t Steer be batting 3rd by now? That way you get him more guaranteed at-bats during the game? I know he’s killing it batting 7th but he’s too valuable to be there. Wonder what would happen if the Reds would just drop CES to 6th and EDLC to 7th? It may take some pressure off those two guys and be a really scary (potentially) lower part of the order still?

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep…. put Steer hitting 3rd and drop CES down so he can just relax

    • greenmtred

      EDLC batted 7th last night and 6th on Friday. CES seems to be, temporarily at least, a fixture at 3rd in the order. He has made good contact and his BABIP is very low, so maybe he’s getting a bit more time. We’re only eight games into the season, and my recollection is that he got off to a slow start when he first came up.

  9. Tom Mitsoff

    I didn’t see any of the game, and only heard some brief moments — including Steer’s homer. I don’t normally second-guess Bell much. But it does seem time to get Steer out of seventh in the batting order against righties. It’s clear Steer is developing into an impact batter, and those guys need to be somewhere in the top four in the order.

  10. Jeremiah

    Spencer Steer really has been great so far. I think the Reds love Steer, but kind of think he’s just kind of an above average solid player, hence him hitting 7th in their lineup against Righties. What if he gets better though? I think people think he’s kind of reached his ceiling, which is pretty good, but not many people think he just might keep getting better which would be awesome! Good team win for the Reds though.

    De La Cruz showing a little more signs consistently offensively of being better which would be huge. Just even the threat of his speed adds pressure to others teams I think even if he’s getting out, if he’s putting the ball in play, and not making lots of errors defensively he’s still an asset most nights.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Steer is showing continued improvement, even over last year when he was great. He doesn’t have any obvious weakness as a hitter.

      • Greenfield Red

        Whe I think back to the trades of 22 (or was it 21) the Mahle trade was the one I didn’t like. Just a couple of years later, it looks like a total fleece by the Reds.

    • TR

      When EDLC can lay down a bunt and use his blazing speed, like he apparently worked on in the offseason, that’s a real up setter for the opposition.

  11. LDS

    Nice comeback. I’d switched out to the Purdue game. Heading to the championship game for the first time in 55 years. I was much younger then.

    As for the lineup? Move Steer to cleanup, move Candelario to either 3rd or 6th, with EDLC/CES occupying 5/7 in some order. Start Stephenson 2 of every 3 games, not that either he or Maile are hitting, but Stephenson has an upside. And start looking for ways to hedge their bets on Espinal, Thompson, and quite possibly Martini. Play Fairchild daily until you get some above average OFs.

    • Oldtimer

      I was 17 then. DYK that Edey averaged 3 points per game in HS? He is the first national scoring leader to take his team to Final 4 since Oscar in 1960.

      • LDS

        You got me by a couple of years(3). I’m not sure how Eddy will fare against CT, but we’ll see shortly. I was somewhat surprised to see him return this year. OTH, many analysts were saying his draft prospects weren’t great. So finishing school was probably a good decision. Sadly, not too many like Oscar.

      • Jim Walker

        55 years ago, I was more than 17 years old. Sounds like LDS and I are very close to the same vintage 😉

        More than my total years, I am wondering where the last 20 or so years of those 55 years since Purdue was at the final four went.

      • Oldtimer

        Yep. Y2K and the end of the world as we knew it was 24 years ago.

        And I was at the Sydney 2000 Olympics 24 years ago this fall.

        Flew by like Haley’s Comet.

  12. Jim Walker

    I agree with the concerns expressed about A.Diaz and that there is likely an underlying physical cause for his control issues, For the good of the team, he is not currently the guy to trust as closer with a 1 or even 2 run late lead.

    For the good of both the team and player, I hope they get to the bottom of things sooner rather than later.

    • JB WV

      After that meltdown I game two, apparently Johnson saw some mechanical issues with Diaz and they put in some extra work. Today he was mediocre but looking much better. Throwing strikes obviously is the issue when he does he’s awesome. Great movement

      • Jim Walker

        He threw enough pitches today that missed by so much and got himself into some really bad counts that it convinced me he doesn’t have any real idea where a pitch is going to end up after it leaves his hand.

        Movement without control/ command is as bad or worse than no movement imo

  13. David

    Just glancing at the Reds’ injury report from today.

    Lodolo was pushed back a day, and will pitch tomorrow (which was also noted above).
    Gibaut seems to be coming around (pitching at High A, maybe move up to AAA when Lodolo returns to the Reds).
    Sam Moll still working on getting strength in his arm and shoulder. Still might be a while
    TJ Friedl’s wrist seems to be healing pretty well. He may be back by May 1st (or at least playing re-hab games in AAA).
    Williamson has not started throwing yet after being shut down with shoulder soreness in Spring Training. I don’t think we will seem him for a while.
    Matt McLain; 4- 6 months before he returns. So probably out for the rest of the season. The soonest back may be August.

    • Melvin

      “TJ Friedl’s wrist seems to be healing pretty well. He may be back by May 1st (or at least playing re-hab games in AAA).”

      That would be amazing if he’s back in June at full speed.

      If McLain is back at all this year at full speed I’ll be pleasantly shocked.

  14. RedBB

    Spencer Steer is playing like an MVP and he’s been really solid in LF too. On the other hand Martinez may be moving back to the pen when Lodolo is ready more so because Lodolo has looked really good and it’s gonna be hard keeping him out of the starting rotation.

  15. Indy Red Man

    Nick Martinez hasn’t started well. He was 1 strike away from a 0 in the 4th, but threw a 2-2 fb right down Broadway for a 2 run single by their catcher if I’m not mistaken.
    Hate to see guys beat in crucial situations by less then their best and he’s not a fastball pitcher. It’s going to be easy to swap him out for Lodolo, but he hasn’t forgot how to pitch

    • Reaganspad

      Yup, I see Lodolo in this starters spot as well. Nick will help the pen.

      But someone on this board will look at the 2 Martinez starts and say we have won both games…just like Luke Weaver.

      It doesn’t take much to realize that Hunter Greene at 0-0 (although both starts were Reds losses) with a 2.53 era is having a better season than Martinez who is also at 0-0 (both Reds wins in come back fashion) with a 7.20 era.

      One of these pitchers is emerging as an ace. The other is about to lose his starting gig.

  16. Jason T.

    Nice to see Farmer and Pagan pitch well, especially Farmer.
    Fairchild had some clutch hits off the bench. That was a pleasant surprise.
    Steer. Incredible player. Reds should lock him up. I mean I really only see him getting better. Smart guy, great vision and clutch hitter. What’s not to like about that guy?

    • Melvin

      “Steer. Incredible player. Reds should lock him up”

      He seems to be durable and not injury so you might have something there about “locking him up”.

      • Jason T.

        Economically seems to make sense. Feel like it’s worth a chance to jump on it now versus playing the waiting game where the price will just continue to rise. Fans will come if the quality on the field is there.

      • Tom Noonan

        Definitely the should. He’s their most reliable hitter and he seems willing to play anywhere the Reds ask him to.

      • Rob

        Who do we think is a good Comp for him? Maybe Dansby Swanson type contract and money? Or way too early to go that route?

      • Jason T.

        Rob, maybe I’m ultra hopeful but was thinking along the lines of Corbin Carroll or somewhere along those lines?

  17. Jim Walker

    The April 6 injury report says Lodolo in total has been pushed back 2 days until April 7 and accordingly won’t pitch for the Red until April 12. The April 7 Rehab start will be on 6 days rest. The April 12 MLB start would be on 5 days rest.

    In typical Bellspeak, Bell is quoted as saying Lodolo has not suffered a setback, that they just wanted him to have a couple of more days rest. But if the plan was for the guy to pitch on 5 days rest in rehab but he needs more rest, isn’t that a setback of sorts? And how certain are they he will be ready to go for the Reds on 5 days rest April, 12? And if he can’t go on 5 days rest at MLB doesn’t that impact the stability of the Reds entire rotation and even bullpen if they end up having a “bullpen day” as starting pitcher for a day along the way? But be assured, there has not been a setback.

  18. Old-school

    Great win. Steer is a solid hitter. Get a win today and reds take the first 3 series of the year and thats a great start.

    • greenmtred

      Facing a tough lefthander today. I’m keeping my hopes in check.

      • Old-school

        My daughter got me reds ticket vouchers for Christmas. With the beautiful day, she and I are going. I will enjoy the day win or lose. Hope I can bring home a W!

      • Jim Walker

        OS>> Enjoy the father/ daughter day to the max and hopefully return home with a winning decision.

      • Melvin

        ” Hope I can bring home a W!”

        I’ll/we’ll be counting on you. 😉

    • Jim Walker

      +1000

      I am hoping Steer doesn’t get jacked around when Friedl returns to keep both Benson and Fraley as starters vs RHP.

  19. Old-school

    Love to look at stats on Sundays. Obviously, Steer’s numbers look like Little League stats and kudos to him for being prepared to hit from day 1.. Jon India though has an OBP of .421 and more walks than K’s at 7:5. Thats rare in MLB. He appears to embrace the leadoff spot and his plate disciple and professional at bats fit well there.

    • Jim Walker

      Some concern here about Benson. He now has just 2 fewer K’s than EDLC. His K rate vs RHP is 36%. His overall OBP is under,300 with a better OBP vs LHP than vs RHP (.333/.280). So, this situation cannot be laid off to him also starting vs LHP. His OPS is still fine only because of his .516 slugging % which is likely not sustainable.

      • Optimist

        Following his return last season after the dismal start, I thought it was a masterful move by the staff to keep him in the 8/9 spot in the lineup. He proved to be one of the, if not THE, best #9 hitters in MLB.

        I understand the desire, and now need, to move him up in the order, and lessen the platoon restrictions, but if Candelario and Fairchild warm up and prove effective enough, Benson should return to the 7/8/9 slot. He’s extremely valuable there, and only moreso if his defense improves with experience.

        They don’t need him to be an all-star, only an effective hitter such that they don’t have any holes in the lineup.

      • Jim Walker

        @Opt>> My concern is mainly what happens when Friedl is back. I don’t want to see Steer jacked around to keep both Benson and Fraley in the “everyday” lineup vs RHP. My druthers would be Steer as the everyday LF versus all pitching; and, the DH spot be utilized to keep Benson and Fraley both in the lineup (if/ when they want them both in it).

  20. Jim t

    Reds facing a lefty today. Steer will bat up in the order and Fairchild will be in the outfield starting.

  21. Mauired

    Bell already giving up on Benson against lefties after 7 at bats?

    • Mauired

      Lineup 7-9 looks like 12 easy outs

    • Jim t

      Bell hasn’t given up on anyone. He is putting the the line up on the field that he feels gives him the best chance against a lefthander.

      • Mauired

        Hmm not sure if Thompson gives them a better chance than Benson just because he bats righty. I’m also not a fan of wholesale substitutions in the lineup. You already have the backup catcher in. Espinal in over Martini which is a downgrade offensively. And same thing with Fairchild instead of Fraley although Fairchild is doing well so far still and inferior bat to Fraley overall. Just seems like he’s unloading the bench all at one time just for the sake of platooning.

      • Jim t

        I think if you check their splits you may come to a different conclusion.

      • Mauired

        Are you still implying Benson can’t hit lefties based on 46 at bats? Roughly 10 days worth.

      • Jim t

        I’m implying he has a history of not doing well against lefties. As does Frayley.

      • Jim Walker

        @Mauired> It is early as they say but as of game time today, Fairchild’s overall OPS is higher than both Benson’s or Fraley’s overall OPS. His strong side OPS is also higher than either of that pair’s strong side OPS. Unfortunately for Fairchild, only about 30% of pitchers are LH.

      • Mauired

        I think it’s a stretch to call 10 days history. It’s more of a small sample.

      • Mauired

        I’m all for Fairchild in the lineup today. He’s been playing great. I have not been a big Fairchild supporter but have to give him credit for playing some great baseball so far.

        My issue is putting bubba in over Benson. I like Bubba and what he brings to the team. But feel like Benson should be given an opportunity to play everyday.

      • Jim Walker

        Fraley’s career OPS vs LHP is .486 (176 PAs). Benson vs LHP career OPS is .409 (59 PAs), I’ll buy small ample size on Benson for now; but, Fraley’s is approaching history even if the PAs are low because given his age, MLB folks appear to have seen enough to decide he is a one way hitter,

      • Mauired

        Yeah Fraley is a platoon bat. I think even going back to his minor league days, he’s always been pretty bad against them. Fraley is what is what he is. A great 4th OF/DH.

        I’m ok with giving Benson a day off. Just wish it wasn’t wholesale. Not a good day for it with Elly batting weak side and Candelario and CES not doing much so far.

    • greenmtred

      Mauired: It could be that this is just a mental health day for Benson–a reset.

  22. Indy Red Man

    I don’t pay a lot of attention to spring training, but it seemed like Stephenson turned on a few HRs instead of inside/out on nearly every swing. I was expecting him to be a major part of the offense with our injuries. Instead he’s platooning and batting 9th. Idk? 2 years ago he hit cleanup. I’d want out if I was him

    • Mauired

      He’s starting 3 out of 5. Seems like Maile is the personal catcher for Abbott and Greene. I think this has more to do with preserving his health than getting Maile in the lineup more.

    • Jim Walker

      Got to keep those catchers well rested; and, it is an early afternoon game on the heels of a late afternoon game. 😉

      More seriously, this is just game 3 of a 13 consecutive game day run.

      FWIW or not, at AAA Louisville Michael Trautwein appears to be considered a developmental prospect at C with 6 starts in 8 games ahead of the defacto MLB 3rd catcher, Austin Wynns who is being paid $330K to be ready just in case.

  23. Mauired

    Yeah at this rate. Stephenson get about 100 regular season starts behind the plate. And even when he’s benched he typically comes in the later innings too. He’s a valuable player and they have to be careful from repeating the 2022 disaster.

    I thought they should have upgraded the backup spot from Maile. He was ok last year but nothing special. He’s also approaching his mid 30s and has a lot of injury history and a .212 batting average. I was extremely interested in Joey Bart who obviously on his way out of San Francisco. Pirates just picked him up after being designated for assignment. Hit a double and home run yesterday in his first game in Pittsburgh. Would be nice to have two starting caliber catchers both in pre-arbitration prices.

    • Mauired

      *before people jump on me for calling Bart a starting caliber catcher. I know he hasn’t proven that in MLB. But I think the recipe is there. Still in his prime 27, former number two pick. Great college and minor league starting catcher prospect.

  24. Rednat

    I wax at the game yesterday. Can anybody tell me what happened with the Bubba Thompson steal of second base? The umpire came out and made some gestures. Looked like he was pointing to the covering ss. It looked like a clean steal but he wasn’t credited with one in the box score. And the reds don’t put the official score decision on the scoreboard anymore

  25. Rednat

    Also good to see Fairchild batting 5th. The had some good at bats yesterday for sure.

  26. LDS

    Steve Carlton was worthy of a personal catcher. Abbott & Greene aren’t there yet. And it’s not like Maile is a great catcher. Stephenson career BA against LH’ers is .290+, while Maile’s is nearly 60 pts lower. His OBP isn’t even up to Stephenson’s BA. Manea’s first start was dominant. The Reds lineup today doesn’t really intimidate. And when a team starts Bubba Thompson, you know they aren’t deep. As someone noted a few days ago, Bubba is a perfectly good 26th man and defensive replacement. I would agree if the Reds weren’t structured as a platoon team. But they are and consequently lack sufficient firepower to sustain a good year. Especially given Bell’s propensity for wholesale lineup changes to accommodate his L/R fetish. Opposing managers know that LRL or RLR will empty the Reds’ bench and it’s smooth sailing, most of the time, subsequently.

    • greenmtred

      It would do you a world of good to follow other teams and see how many other managers share that “fetish.” If a pitcher is more comfortable with one catcher, why shouldn’t he be accommodated? Even if he isn’t Steve Carlton?

      • LDS

        You’re old enough to remember the old saying or variants of “if your friends jump off the roof, are you going to as well?”. That everyone does something, doesn’t mean it’s the best option or even that it’s effective. As for catchers, Maile hit well in ST and nothing so far in the regular season. Stephenson isn’t hitting particularly well either, but noticeably better than Maile. I don’t care if the pitcher is more “comfortable” with one catcher or the other. The question is which catcher delivers results. Thus far, neither Greene nor Abbott have been game changers. Carlton was. Performance brings perks. Mediocrity doesn’t.