The Cincinnati Reds used a big 5th inning that included a grand slam by Jonathan India to bust out of a team-wide offensive slump. But the offensive outburst wasn’t all the club did in the contest as Stuart Fairchild made yet another highlight reel catch in center to take runs off of the board as the home team picked up a win to open up the 3-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Final R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers (33-20)
6 11 0
Cincinnati Reds (21-30)
9 6 0
W: Ashcraft (4-3) L: Ramirez (0-2)
Box Score | Game Thread

Cincinnati didn’t take much time to get their offense moving in the right direction. Stuart Fairchld and Jeimer Candelario drew walks and then Spencer Steer hit a 3-run home run that landed in the first row of seats in left-center. It was Steer’s first home run since the 1st of the month.

The lead didn’t last very long. Los Angeles put together a rally in the top of the 2nd inning that started with a leadoff walk. Chris Taylor would hit a 2-run double to get the Dodgers on the board. Mookie Betts then drove in the tying run on a ground-rule double. Shohei Ohtani capped off the inning with an RBI ground out that put the visiting club on top 4-3.

The offenses would go quiet until the 5th. That’s when Will Smith crushed a solo home run to extend the Dodgers lead to 5-3.

Cincinnati’s hitters got the memo and Stuart Fairchild led off the bottom of the inning with a home run of his own. The Reds then put together a 2-out rally thanks to some help from the Los Angeles pitchers. James Paxton walked Spencer Steer and was then replaced on the mound by Yohan Ramirez. He entered the game and hit Tyler Stephenson, walked Santiago Espinal, and then hit Nick Martini to bring in the tying run. For the second time in the inning the Dodgers went to the bullpen. It didn’t work. Alex Vesia came in to face Jonathan India and India unloaded the bases with a line drive that landed about three rows into the seats down the left-field line to put Cincinnati up 9-5.

Two innings later Buck Farm was called out of the bullpen and after giving up a leadoff single, Will Smith crushed a ball to center but Stuart Fairchild tracked it down and made a highlight reel grab at the wall – likely saving at least one run in the process.

In the top of the 8th inning the Reds turned to Lucas Sims. He would strike out Andy Pages to begin the inning, but gave up a single to pinch hitter Jason Heyward and then walked Mookie Betts on four pitches. Sims would get Shohei Ohtani to pop up to shortstop for the second out, but got himself right back in trouble as he hit Freddie Freeman to load the bases. Manager David Bell opted to stick with Sims and he got Will Smith to hit a soft liner to Jonathan India to leave the bases loaded.

Brent Suter came out of the bullpen for the Reds in the 9th looking to hold onto their 4-run lead. He wasn’t able to quite do that as he gave up a leadoff home run to Teoscar Hernandez that brought the Dodgers within three runs. Suter would get the job done from there as he sealed the 9-6 win to start the weekend in Cincinnati.

Key Moment of the Game

Jonathan India’s grand slam that broke open a ballgame that was tied up in the 5th.

Notes Worth Noting

Jonathan India went 3-3 with a walk, double, and a grand slam. His OPS on the season jumped from .599 to .653 during the game. His two extra-base hits in the game matched the number of extra-base hits he had in his previous 21 games.

The Reds batters drew nine walks in the game. They only had six hits, but half of those hits were home runs.

Buck Farmer lowered his ERA on the season to 2.19.

The nine runs scored by Cincinnati is the most that they have scored in a game since April 14th when they scored 11 against the Chicago White Sox.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds

Saturday May 25th, 7:15pm ET

Walker Buehler (1-1, 4.05 ERA) vs Hunter Greene (2-2, 3.22 ERA)

70 Responses

  1. Melvin

    “Notes Worth Noting”

    All good points.

  2. Rednat

    Seem to be more dodger than reds fans tonight. Dont remember this being a major phenomenon at riverfront amd crosley. Glad the reds sent them home dissapointed.

    • Doug Gray

      Technology makes things like this possible. If you could watch 162 games of any team you wanted to from anywhere in the country you get stuff like this. When you had to go buy a ticket to see a team play or radio was about the only option, it was far more difficult to develop fandom for a team outside of your town.

      • Daytonnati

        For years, the lowly Atlanta Braves were “America’s Team” because of their games being televised nation-wide on most cable outlets via TBS. Thanks Ted Turner 🙂

    • Grand Salami

      I was there. I’d say 65/35 Reds to Dodgers.

      • JayTheRed

        I was going to say it still looked more like 70 Reds 30 Dodgers or 75 Reds 25 Dodgers fans.

    • TR

      Visitors to Cincy are always welcome except the usual Cubs brigade.

  3. Harry Stoner

    Yikes.
    Fairchild wacked pretty hard into that column out there in left center field.
    What’s that thing doing in the outfield wall anyhow?
    It looks like it’s ‘padded’ but SF sure knocked his knee into it.

    • Doug Gray

      It’s the post that keeps the fence standing.

      • Tom Reeves

        A key post about a key post is so post modern in its post construction. Thank you to the poster.

      • Richard D Fitch

        @Tom Reeves. I see what you did there. Impressive.

    • VaRedsFan

      A guy from the other team (forgot who) hit that thing last homestand and had to leave the game.

    • Jim Walker

      Stu said in the post game that he hit his knee on the support post which extends back beyond the padding.

    • Harry Stoner

      Yeah, obviously it’s a structural post but my point was why it’s in a spot where someone can run into it?
      Easy enough to move it to another location and frame out that opening without creating a hazard.

      • Doug Gray

        Short of closing off the fence and replacing it with a fully padded wall I don’t know that there’s a solution that is possible where someone couldn’t run into the post.

      • Harry Stoner

        I’m an architect and construction manager and I’m pretty sure there’s a straightforward design solution that an ordinary fan might not think of.

        Cars used to crash into bridge abutments, the ends of guardrails, lampposts etc and folks would say “I don’t know what solution is possible….” until they spent the time and money to find one.

  4. CFD3000

    Love the 9 walks, the 3 home runs, and the 9 runs. Still don’t love just 6 hits (albeit in just 8 innings) or the 11 strikeouts in 8 innings. This offense is still a long way from full capacity but it’s nice to get at least a little positive momentum. How important would it be for morale and momentum to secure a series win tomorrow and play for a sweep of the mighty Dodgers on Sunday? Hunter Greene and at least a little offense could be big tomorrow. Go Reds!

    • DW

      Maybe this will be a little confidence booster and the offense can get some momentum going.

    • Brian

      I’m extremely down on this organization and ownership. I find them to be pathetic and horrendous. Having said that, this was a nice win that was enjoyable to watch.

    • Melvin

      “or the 11 strikeouts in 8 innings”

      There is a definite need to make more contact. Benson leads the league with 72 and EDLC fourth with 68. The Reds as a team are fifth with 479 in 51 games averaging over nine per game. It is no coincidence that they are last in BA, Hits, and third from last in OBP. They are 26/30 in W/L. Still though they are only 4 1/2 out of the last WC spot….if only Krall would make some tough decisions and help them…..and Big Bob would allow him to. The starting pitching is already there.

  5. DW

    Didn’t realize just how good of a defender Fairchild is until this season. He plays an excellent center field. He is worth keeping around as a 4/5th outfielder for his defense, base running, and ability to hit lefties.

    • MBS

      This is his best overall season. I don’t know if the numbers support that comment, but he’s looking like a good option off the bench.

    • Melvin

      An argument could be made that he is more of an ” every day player” than Benson is.

      • Mauired

        I live the speed and defense Fairchild brings to the team and he hits lefties too. But hitting .079 off righties with a .309 ops not going to work everyday.

      • JB

        Agree Melvin. Neither is everyday but I would platoon him with Fraley. I wouldn’t play Benson at all right now.

    • TR

      Centerfield is like shortstop; nothing like having outstanding defense in those positions.

  6. Mark A Verticchio

    Rumors have it that EDLC wants to go to L.A. Well he may some day but the Reds have him for another 5 years. Regardless he still has a lot of growing up to do he is far too inconsistent. I also have to question why he didn’t attempt to steal tonight in the 9th inning, that was a big run to get out of slam range.

    • Melvin

      Yeah. I thought that was being a little too conservative.

    • JayTheRed

      Heard a rumor that every player in baseball practically wants to go to LA where they spend money to buy the best players possible. Unless there is a quote from Elly himself I won’t even shutter an eye to the comment “Rumors have it that EDLC wants to go to L.A”

  7. RedsMonk65

    Obviously, the Reds are capable of beating the Dodgers on occasion. Can they do it again?

    • TR

      A series win could be a positive with two months of the season in the books, and no more west coast road trips. Another positive would be if India can be a team leader, even as a substitute where he’s needed.

    • JayTheRed

      I actually think last season the Reds had a winning record against the Dodgers.

  8. Reddawg2012

    This game made me miss last season. Electric crowd on a Friday night, City Connect jerseys, the offense picking up the pitching staff. I sure do love it when the Reds win.

    On a side note, I think Stuart Fairchild is earning himself a place on this team, even when the roster is healthy again. 26th man. He should never hit against RHP, but he seems to be a quality player.

    • Jim Walker

      Given the way Benson has been trending, I think Fairchild would currently rate higher than him for a final roster spot. SF’s OPS numbers moved by Benson’s tonight. SF is the better defender and baserunner.

      Benson is ~2.5 years younger and may still have a higher ceiling; but, based on which one has more to contribute to this team this year, it is a coin flip.

      • Reddawg2012

        I think Benson is my biggest disappointment of the season so far.

      • JB

        Sorry Jim, not a coin flip to me. Right now Fairchild is better and can contribute more. I’m wondering if the season Benson put up last year will just be an anomaly. I know the he only played 28 games for Cleveland but he struckout 19 times in 62 players appearances. He struckout last year 103 times in only 329 plate appearances. Time will tell with him but I don’t like the way he is leaning. Benson has 1 WAR and Stuey has 2.1 . Fraley 2.6. Fraley strikes out way less than Benson. Give me Fraley/ Benson.

      • Tom Reeves

        Benson needs Votto to fix him. He’s lost.

      • Old-school

        @ jim

        Per lance mccalister , stuey is hitting at a .949 OPS with 3 hr in 55 at bats and 9 walks against lefties and is playing some of the best defensive OF we have seen since Duvall and billy H.

        Steer Friedl and Stuey against lefties is a nice OF. Steer is improving on defense… or maybe Im just telling that!

    • JayTheRed

      When I turned the game on and saw the crowd, I was like Woah what’s going on. Is it free jersey night or something. haha… Don’t care if there was around 20 to 30% Dodger fans in the seats was nice to see period.

  9. RedsMonk65

    India demonstrates his value to this team — in a very tangible way.

    Fairchild with yet another outstanding defensive OF play.

  10. Still a red

    Twice the Reds went for sacrifice bunts, including Edlc in the first inning. Trying a little small ball to make something happen?

    • JA

      Glad to see that, because it works, because it’s baseball. Pitchers hate that because makes them move from the mound and stretch them differently.
      Cincy won the game vs their best pitcher

  11. Redsgettingbetter

    I think Graham Ashcraft is the first Red pitcher to win 4 games this season… Abbott and Lodolo have 3 wins
    I read something about the staff decided to go with an opener on Sunday and scheduled Lodolo on Monday followed by Abbott on Tuesday… IDK but I’d rather to have the lefties sandwiching a righty than going back-to-back

    • Oldtimer

      Luke Weaver has similar numbers (to Farmer) as RP for NYY this year. Would you say Luke Weaver for closer?

      I think Farmer is being used best as a setup man.

      • Klugo

        I was really just have (half) kidding. But, really, do you think Diaz is doing an adequate job as the closer? If not, who do you think would be worth trying out with that responsibility? Who could you find out there with similar stats that you could compare him to? Who out there has similar stats to Diaz, btw, that we could compare him to? Would you want that guy closing? On and on we can go.

      • Oldtimer

        I think Diaz deserves to stay as closer for a while.

    • JayTheRed

      agree with Old Timer I think Farmer is in the best position he should be in.

  12. Still a red

    Finally Steer gets a HR! Sounds like he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself to get the offense moving and it’s taken him off his game. Sure hope he gets himself back on track. After a solid and consistent season last year and his nice start this year I thought he was a keeper.

    • JayTheRed

      He is a keeper… Players go through slumps. Look at some of the best players in the game this year are having a horrible time hitting this year. Wonder if it has something to do with the ball they are using this year??? Who knows.

  13. LDS

    The Reds managed to beat the Dodgers. On the other hand, the hyperbole about the Reds breaking their offensive slump seems premature. It’s everywhere this morning. India had a career game yesterday and had half of the team’s hits. And more importantly, the Dodgers walked nine batters. That’s not going to happen with regularity. The Reds still struck out 10+ times. So, let’s hope there’s a spark of life coming back to the team. But last night doesn’t necessarily presage. Cut down on the SOs and plate 9 runs on 15-16 hits would give me a lot more confidence.

    • JB

      I agree. 6 hits isn’t going to cut it. It seems to me they are being a little more patient at the plate and drawing walks though. I believe Sadak said Candy Man had a talk with the players on seeing more pitches a couple of games ago. Time will tell. Good win but build off of it .

    • Little Earl

      My thoughts exactly. Need to see more consistent results.

  14. JB

    10,14,16,21,24. Those are the dates the Reds have won games this month. 10,14,21,24. Brewers matched them with wins on those dates and we’re off on the 16th. The Reds lost 5 1/2 games to the Brewers the rest of the days. They need to win a lot more than just 5 times in a month. Reds play the central 23 out of next 31 games starting Monday. That will decide their fate.

    • Grover

      I’d say their fate is already decided but the next month will seal it.

  15. Mark Moore

    Watched the top of the 9th live last evening and now watching our two scoring innings. As with many, I’m not jumping on any “slump is over” bandwagon. Winning 1 of 3 isn’t cause for rejoicing. Stringing a couple together or winning a couple of series would signal the start of a turn to me.

    Out and about again today (and tomorrow) so any commenting from me will be very limited. Let’s just hope we continue Kick These Pigs over the weekend and demonstrate what we believe we’re capable of producing.

    Enjoy your weekend, all. And for those who have family who have served and paid the ultimate price, I offer my heartfelt gratitude.

  16. Roger Garrett

    Glad to see India come through and loved what he said about turning on the home run.Just as important were his other 2 hits to right field and I hope he can now take off.Fairchild is a regular if he can learn to hit righties and one could argue he is no worse then Benson overall or against lefties.Glad to see some bunt attempts and every reliever got it done but made it really interesting.Game thread said Santillan hit 98 in the minors last night so when will he be up.Nobody in our pen throws even close to that hard.I like Sam Moll and his stuff is really good so is he ready for more?

  17. old-school

    Its a good win and GABP in warm weather might help this offense with some homers. They came back multiple times from huge deficits to beat the Dodgers, braves and others last year. A 6 run inning? Glad to see India hit well, he was due and I root for him. Fairchild playing an elite defensive OF right now. Fun to watch him patrol CF.

  18. Roger Garrett

    Tonight’s game is very important cause I don’t expect we beat the Dodgers again with a bull pen game and the get away day lineup we will see on Sunday.Reds got one game and go for two so lets get it done.

  19. Rob

    Trying to satisfy my curiosity around bringing up Kennedy and his 6.80 ERA and 1-5 record, I scanned the Louisville stats. Santillan, Young, and Spiers appear to be having solid years. Williamson, what is the deal, hasn’t pitched in more than a week.?? He is listed as coming back next week. But Richardson and Phillips are deplorable with as many walks as innings. I would guess their trade bait status has plummeted and are now no more than a throw in. Richardson has been better of late.

    Still don’t understand the Kennedy for Pagán deal. Young is throwing zeroes. And where s Justin Wilson? He hasn’t pitched in awhile either.

    And I can reconfirm there are no offensive prospects down there. Hines and Dunn are hitting 210 ish. Burdock and Soto, waiver wire castoffs are hitting 260 and 315 respectively. Bottom line: If we are going to improve the offense, we better look elsewhere. Hurtubise, Ford, Capel, etc. may represent Louisville’s best for this year. Is that awful or what?

    • JayTheRed

      Hurtubise is starting to come around. Gotta gives players time to warm up in the Bigs. Remember it’s much harder at the big-league level than in AAA.

  20. Indy Red Man

    That was an exciting win with a huge crowd that I wasn’t expecting. LA hit several of Ashcraft’s sliders, but atleast he did have nice downward break. He K’d Freeman on a really nice slider down. Sometimes it looks like he’s just throwing instead of pitching. Brantley on the radio said he K’d somebody on a changeup too….don’t think I’ve ever seen Ashcraft throw a change? Stuey & India were huge. Imo the best thing India can do for the Reds & himself is get hot before the trade deadline and get moved along. Idk why they brought him back because where was he supposed to play if we were mostly healthy? If they could move India for a young flamethrower with closer potential then thats mission accomplished

    Lastly Elly needs to hit lefty full-time. Has he hit 3 balls 100 mph+ vs a lefty this year? He swings over every breaking ball in and generally looks horrible. Lefty he has holes too, but atleast can loop balls over the infield when he’s not driving the ball. I think his #s would go up for sure!

    • JayTheRed

      I am not ready to close the book on A. Diaz as a closer. His brother is not having a good season either. Edwin dominated in 22′ Yes, he was injured last year but he has not looked good at all this year. Alexis has changed his delivery a little and he needs to get back to what he did first half of last year.

  21. DaveCT

    Stuart Fairchild provides professional defense, at bats and base running. He is ideal as a fifth outfielder, vs. LHP only.

    On Friedl’s return, and based on performance, however, Fairchild becomes the de facto backup CF. And, with Benson’s demise, and as suggested above, a platoon for Fairchild in RF with Fraley is appropriate.

    Thus Fairchild will have elevated himself to fourth outfielder and Benson will have demoted himself to fifth outfielder.

    As then paired with Steer, Benson becomes a defensive replacement in LF and spot starter against the Garrett Coles of the world.

    This is a role, of course, that Hurtubise could (and may) fill until if/when Benson re-establishes himself.

    These would be small steps of the account ability so often spoken of here. Being May, with plenty of at bats and on field info, changes in playing time and usage are standard.

    We shall see!

  22. Mark A Verticchio

    Even though Stewie can’t hit right handed pitchers I would still let him play center, move Benson to right, Fraley to DH and send Ford to the bench where he belongs. Truth be told he does not belong on the team and neither does Kennedy.

    • VaRedsFan

      Many would argue that Ford doesn’t belong on an MLB bench.