Hunter Greene was dominant once again against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday as he allowed just one run over six innings. The bullpen fired off three hitless innings of relief and the offense scraped together enough to give the Cincinnati Reds a 3-1 win on Saturday night.

Final R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers (33-21)
1 5 0
Cincinnati Reds (22-30)
3 9 0
W: Greene (3-2) L: Buehler (1-2) SV: Diaz (9)
Box Score | Game Thread

The Cincinnati Reds 1st inning could have gone better, but it wasn’t entirely wasted. Jacob Hurtubise led off with a line drive single into left field, but he was erased on the basepaths on a groundball double play off of the bat of Elly De La Cruz. Spencer Steer then followed with a solo home run – his second in as many days that landed in the first row of seats – that put Cincinnati up 1-0.

In the top of the 2nd inning the Dodgers got to Hunter Greene. They loaded the bases with no outs thanks to two singles and a walk. That led to a visit to the mound. Whatever was said out there worked, but a run did score on a fancy double play that saw Jonathan India scoop and flip the ball with his glove to Elly De La Cruz who barehanded the toss, stepped on the bag, and then fired to first. Another groundout followed and Greene limited Los Angeles to just one run, but did throw 32 pitches as his pitch count ran up.

The game didn’t remain tied for very long. With two outs in the bottom of the inning Will Benson took a 96 MPH fastball and hit it 411 feet into the seat in left-center for his 7th home run of the season to put the Reds up 2-1.

That’s where the game remained as both Hunter Greene and Walker Buehler cruised for the most part through five innings. Greene got himself into trouble in the top of the 6th when Shohei Ohtani hit a 1-out triple, but he got out of the jam with a shallow fly out and a pop up – ending his day with six innings of 1-run baseball.

Buehler’s 6th inning didn’t go as well as Greene’s. Jacob Hurtubise led off with a double off of the base of the wall in right field after fouling off four straight pitches in an 8-pitch at-bat. Elly De La Cruz only saw one pitch but he lined it into center for an RBI to extend the Reds lead to 3-1.

Cincinnati turned things over to the bullpen to start the 7th and saw Fernando Cruz and Sam Moll each toss a hitless inning. After Cincinnati stranded two runners in the bottom of the 8th, Alexis Diaz entered the game to try and pick up the save. The Reds closer made easy work of the middle of the order, needing just seven pitches to pick up his 9th save of the year and seal a 3-1 victory. The win guarantees a winning series for the first time in 10 series for Cincinnati and they can go for a sweep Sunday afternoon.

Key Moment of the Game

The RBI single in the 6th inning by Elly De La Cruz. Giving the team an extra run to work with against an offense as good as the Dodgers run out there felt big, even if they didn’t end up needing that run by the end of the game.

Notes Worth Noting

The Reds have a winning streak of two games. It’s the first time they’ve done that in a month. Their last winning streak was also two games and it took place on April 23rd and 24th.

Hunter Greene lowered his ERA to 3.06 on the season. In his last six starts he’s thrown 37.0 innings, walked 14 batters, struck out 35, and he’s posted an ERA of 1.95 during that stretch.

41,880 people bought tickets for this game. That’s the most for a game this season at Great American Ball Park outside of Opening Day.

Sunday’s game time has been moved up. First pitch is now scheduled for 12:10pm ET.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds

Sunday May 26th, 12:10pm ET

Yoshinobu Yamamoto (5-1, 3.17 ERA) vs Bullpen Day

65 Responses

  1. Melvin

    “Hunter Greene lowered his ERA to 3.06 on the season. In his last six starts he’s thrown 37.0 innings, walked 14 batters, struck out 35, and he’s posted an ERA of 1.95 during that stretch.”

    Showing signs of reaching his potential.

    • Jason Franklin

      I agree, but he has more potential if he can unlock a reliable offspeed pitch. Great start by him though. I am afraid this two pitch type arsenal won’t keep on working forever. What will he do once his fastball velocity drops?

      • Harry Stoner

        Greene got Ohtani twice using his splitter.

        Apparently threw it 12 times which was >12% of the time.

      • Jason Franklin

        @Harry. That is awesome. I just keep wondering how dominant he would be out there with a changeup or a curve. I know it’s not automatic for a lot of pitchers to learn those pitches, but maybe someday.

      • SHOW OPS

        Struck out Ohtani twice with the splitter. Making progress.

    • CI3J

      Still walking too many, which is getting his pitch count up early as a result.

      Still, it’s progress. I saw he’s using his splitter about 12% of the time now, which is a definite improvement.

      He’s still a few steps away from the finished product.

  2. Rednat

    Greene looked strong again. You have to wonder how many more starts he will have with the reds? He likely has the highest trade value pf anyone in the organization. Will we be sellers,at the trade deadline this year?

    • JB WV

      You don’t trade cornerstones of a young, talented team.
      This was arguably the best pitched game this year. Hunter fought through tough situations that often went the other way last year. Bullpen was nails.

      • TR

        It’s tough for the opposition to beat that kind of Red’s starting and relief pitching.

    • Jason Franklin

      Curious as why you want to trade him? He has a reasonable contract for an ace/number 2 starter in your rotation. You are right, he would probably have the highest value for a trade, but Krall would want an established ace for him plus (at least) a couple other full time players, etc.

    • Rob

      I can not imagine the Reds being anything but buyers at the deadline. We are not rebuilding nor do we have need for prospects. But who do we trade to get the missing pieces? Previously I would have guessed Phillips, Arroyo, or India would have been higher valued pieces. As of now, I would guess that Greene, Lodolo, McLain, or Lawler might be the more valued. Any one of those, plus a throw in should get you a darn solid offensive piece. Of course that would take a commitment to win and guts. Reference: not going after Luis Arreaz.

      • west larry

        Trade Greene, Lodolo, McLain or Lawler? You must be joking! Look around the league. Few teams have the starting pitching the reds have. I think you have listed the untradables, along with Elly. Man, I’m glad that you are not the g.m.

    • Andy

      Reds are at least 3 years away from even considering that. IF they are sellers, the only obvious candidate is Montas. Maybe Candelario, if someone willing to take his salary. Or the free agent bullpen guys we just signed. Less than zero chance they make Hunter available.

  3. Melvin

    This season is NOT over. We have the starting pitching. We’ve got Santillan in AAA leading the league in saves. We’ve got Jordan in AAA hitting .330/.412/.899. Just need roster spots for both of those guys. There are multiple guys out there on lesser teams that could help our offense in trades. Come on Krall. It’s easy to shed payroll. Make us a winner. Make some tough decisions. Quit waiting till next year. Win NOW.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. We will probably be out of it by then is the problem. Krall won’t even bring up the guys from AAA who will probably help. We need both AAA and trade help. No more waiting till next year.

      • Oldtimer

        The Reds looked out of it at this time last year. They aren’t now and weren’t then. Wild Cards can win playoffs and even WS.

        The 83-79 NYM beat the 99-73 Reds in 1973.

      • Melvin

        I’m not shooting for the division. I’m shooting for the wild card. We’re dead last in hits and only a percentage point ahead of the Whitesox in BA .216-.217 besides being last in our division. We need help NOW buddy. No more wait till next year. It was embarrassing to me and should be to Big Bob when the broadcast showed how 1995 was the last time we won a playoff series. smh We don’t have to necessarily give up the farm to make trades anyway. Look at San Diego. So you’re not tired enough of losing to make trades?

      • Oldtimer

        I won’t even dignify that comment with a response.

      • Melvin

        haha I know you’re tired of losing like every other Reds fan. You just don’t seem interested in making any trades is why I was asking.

      • Oldtimer

        Nope. I’m tired of dumb comments like yours. REALLY dumb comments.

      • Jedi Joey

        @OldTimer, The only thing more older than your age is your tired “I’m smarter than everyone else routine”. Learn some humility and manners. Your arrogance is nauseating. You really aren’t smarter than everyone else. You’re insulting nature proves it.

      • JB

        Old timer – once again pot meet kettle.

      • doofus

        Old timer you say you will not dignify that comment with a response, but by saying that you are responding. We see that you are back in “get off my grass mode.”

        If you truly do not like a comment we do not need to know nor do you have to put someone down.

        Maybe more Mr. Roger’s, less Oscar the Crouch?

        Still love your remembrances of the BRM and teams past!

      • Melvin

        “Still love your remembrances of the BRM and teams past!”

        I agree with that. Pretty cool. 🙂

      • Rob

        Because of the hole we are in, we will have to play like 18-20 games over 500 to get to 86 wins. Waiting and the lack of trades caused this hole. I wouldn’t be surprised that with the return of some of the injured that we possibly could get to 500 by mid August, but that isn’t enough to give us a good shot at the playoffs. But perhaps the better point is that we have excess 2026 SS and 3B prospects, that we could use to easily add a big RH bat now……and not risk a bigger hole. Nick played this game last July of why make a trade when he should have asked why not.

    • Justin

      We need another 12-game winning streak like last year!

      • Oldtimer

        Not necessarily. The Reds lost a bunch in a row last year before the winning streak.

      • LDS

        @Melvin, I don’t know about these trades. First of all, if Bowden favors it, it’s time to run the other way. And I’ve not really liked much of the content on FanSided, though I do visit there occasionally. Even with all of the team back, they are likely still a 3rd place team. There’s little comparison between last year’s influx of new blood and this year’s. So yes, unlike @Old_timer, I do favor trades that benefit the team long term. And I think you get there by trading not only a few prospects, but some of the guys on the current roster, like Canderlario and Fraley. I don’t expect a repeat of last year. And the Reds will likely still have the 2nd half collapse that has characterized the last couple of seasons of Bell Ball. Yesterday’s Bell commentary, quoted by Sheldon, was like watching SNL. Totally disconnected from reality. Yes, Greene had one of his better starts of his career. Yes, beating the Dodgers two in a row is a really good thing. Today, a bullpen day, Stephenson likely on the bench, etc., there’s a good chance that Bell Ball triumphs and the Reds lose this one. It’s on Krall and nothing will happen. At least, @old_timer will be happy that the club stood pat. And BTW, even if the Reds match last year, remember they didn’t make the playoffs.

      • Melvin

        “First of all, if Bowden favors it, it’s time to run the other way.”

        haha I agree with that one. Not a fan. These are just some ideas to think about. I’m sooooo tired of losing and the excuses for waiting to next year. Most of us on here were around some winning Reds history to some extent. Some even back to Crosley Field which amazes me. However there are some on here that don’t even remember ANY winning Reds history. It’s a shame. That has to change. My son loves baseball and I made him a Reds fan by telling him about it. However he’s to the point he won’t watch/listen to any Reds games much less attend any games until this ownership changes. It’s a shame.

      • LDS

        @Melvin, I agree with you. And I remember Crosley Field and when the Reds were so popular that my high school set up TVs around the school when the Reds played the Orioles in 1970. Brooks Robinson was a monster that series. But, as I’ve said in the past, when the Castellini and the current ownership group makes you miss Marge Schott, then you know that things are really messed up.

      • Rob

        This doesn’t have to be around who for who. The more basic question in my mind is do we need a big RH bat, or are we going to continue with Hurtubise, Ford, and Benson starting against LH pitching and see that as a winning formula? Krall needs to get over this winning a trade stuff. I don’t care whether Arroyo turns into an all star SS. I care about getting some powerful RH bat in here before the hole is humongous. Who is the big RH bat we want? What does it take to get him? Get it done. The Marlins let Arreaz go for 3 prospects …a #6, #9, and #13. Tell me a 350 hitting 2B would not have helped the Reds.

      • Melvin

        “Tell me a 350 hitting 2B would not have helped the Reds.”

        Sorry….can’t tell you that. 😉

  4. Ft. City reds

    Imo, you can’t trade Hunter Greene. If he turns out the way he is trending right now, learning how to pitch without having to strike everyone out, his contract is so ridiculously cheap there’s no way you will get anywhere near what he is worth there is no way you will get anywhere near what he can be worth. If he flames out? Okay you lost some money. But if he keeps progressing like he is now he can be great. From what I have seen from him lately it’s not how many pitches can I throw 104 miles an hour, it’s how can I pitch and get this dude out. Would you trade Greene for Martinez right now? Martinez makes more. Stick with him. Worst comes to worst, no doubt in my mind he could be a lights out closer. And still be discounted

  5. RedsGettingBetter

    This was a huge win even more valuable than yesterday’s because this mean a series win after ten series played without achieved it.
    Is it known who is gonna start the opener tomorrow? Maybe Suter or Farmer? I guess the starter will be followed by 3 or 4 innings by Martínez and 2 frames by Spiers

  6. Jeremiah

    Suter is getting the start tomorrow according to the Reds website. That’d be a shocker if the Reds win tomorrow with the young Japanese new pitcher starting. Reds would be rolling if they win tomorrow!

  7. CFD3000

    This is exactly what I was hoping for in my post after yesterday’s game. A gem from Hunter Greene and a bit more offense (9 for 28 today) than we’ve sadly gotten used to. And really nice to see three shutout and relatively low stress innings from Cruz, Moll and Diaz. Whether the Reds get the sweep or not tomorrow it has to be a momentum / confidence builder that they’re even playing for a sweep agains the Dodgers. And how big would an actual sweep be? How about a win tomorrow and we can discuss exactly that. Go Reds!

  8. Rick

    Watching Hunter’s growth is so uplifting to our fanbase. Kind of think of what Wayne Simpson could’ve be on a similar course if only medical breakthroughs like today’s era could have been back in that day.
    We do not even consider trading Green Abbott, or Lodolo.
    I generally like Smoltz, and his extra infuse knowledge but he seemed edgy towards our Redlegs. Seemed he pooped in his meskit prior to the start time.

    • Oldtimer

      ATL got Smoltz (as a minor league prospect) for SP Doyle Alexander back in the day.

      Smoltz was star SP and star RP. He is in HOF. Alexander has to buy a ticket to get into HOF.

      • Rick

        I remember that trade. I also remember how it took Smoltz a couple of seasons to adjust just like Hunter & every other pitcher.

  9. DaveCT

    Re: Bullpen day

    Both Martinez and Spiers pitched on Wed the 22nd. Martinez threw 66 pitches but Spiers threw only 28. So, with three days rest, looks like Spiers has more availability. Kennedy is also available for innings.

    • Old-school

      Yes Dave. I think Suter goes 2 innings to face the lefties of Ohtani and Freeman out of the gate. Then Kennedy goes as long as he can as they will need a roster spot tomorrow when they activate Lodolo so they will burn Kennedy innings as he goes back to AAA. Spiers is available for multiple innings as well, as you point out. They will look for Suter, Spiers, and Kennedy to get the game to the traditional bullpen roles in 7/8/9. Nick Martinez goes back to his multi-inning bullpen role tomorrow when Lodolo comes back and the SP becomes Lodolo,Abbott, Ashcraft, Greene, and Montas.

  10. DW

    Good to see some life, energy, and fun from this team.

  11. Still a red

    What mistakes did Bell make that our talented team was able to work around?

    • VaRedsFan

      Mike Ford starting, and batting 6th.
      Other than that, Bell had a clean game.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Other than Ford over Martini who homered recently. I actually liked the way he managed. He implemented a bit and run once, used a sac bunt once, inserted Fairchild for Benson to face a lefty with runners on and into CF. And actually let Hunter go back out for the 6th to go over 100 pitches.

      Those are all things that he normally doesn’t do.

  12. Jedi Joey

    Good win last night and it sure is nice to see Hunter pitching well!

  13. Mark Moore

    I really like this version of Hunter Greene. And he did it against a strong team of Trolley Dodgers. Plus, if you saw on socials or the post-game himself, he’s a dog guy (French Bulldog named Ross), so that’s a major plus in my book.

    Series win feels good. Today will be all about the boyz ability to hit as I don’t expect a whole lot from the BP crew (just hope they are relatively stable).

    • JB WV

      I don’t expect much from the BP either, BUT…Last time they did this resulted in a shutout for the good guys. Martinez had his best outing. A duplicate would be nice combined with a couple dingers from Elly. He’s due.

  14. Old-school

    Kudos to Greene for stepping up and giving another(ho-Hum) quality start. Hes giving the Reds consistent length as well. Hes 8th in the NL in innings pitched and 4th in K’s and top 15 in starters ERA. Well done!

    Id give Hurtubise a long look at leadoff with Friedl out. He has a history of plate discipline, walks ,speed and bat to ball skills in the minors. In his limited time so far, that OBP of .385 will work.

    Bring out the brooms!

    • VaRedsFan

      Hurtubise has a unique swing. I went back and watched it in slow-mo. It looks very much like Ichiro. Hope he can sustain his early success.

      • Jimbo44CN

        Was wondering when someone would mention Hurtabise. This kid really looked good in Spring Training, and I love the way he just tries to get on base, sacrifice himself and his plate discipline for a rookie is really good. Good contributions by him today.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I love to see guys like hurtubuise get a shot. I hate that it came because friedl got hurt though. Hopefully he gets a good run at the leadoff position and takes advantage of the opportunity. Guys like hurtubuise are fun guys to root for, a la alejo Lopez. Lopez had zero plate discipline though which is where I think he fell short of taking advantage of his opportunity. Hopefully yesterday is a good example of hurtubuise making winning plays with good defense, sac hunts, and on base a few times.

    • DW

      Great post Old-School. Completely agree

  15. Mike W

    Last night was Bell’s best managed job of the year (except using Ford as was said) with hit and run, sac bunt and letting Green come back out for the 6th. After his first couple of moves I said to my wife: “someone told Bell to manage like a Major Leaguer or you’re gone Monday.” He simply did what each of us knows he was supposed to have done. Including patting Green on the tush when he took Green out, and a high five to Hurtubise for a successful sacrifice bunt. Managing isn’t tough, but doesn’t always work (heck a .300+ hitter makes an out twice as often as he gets a hit). The difference last night was Bell finally managed properly and gave up “his way” which hasn’t worked for 5+ years. Let’s see if he does it again today. A streak has to start with 2 in a row!

    • LarkinPhillips

      I posted this same thing above about him managing different last night. The players definitely performed last night, but he also made good moves that historically were the opposite of what he has done. Even subbing Fairchild at the right time, rather than letting Benson hit against a lefty with a runner on, again.

      This entire season of underperforming isn’t all Bells fault. He can’t control injuries or players just flat out playing poorly. He can control adjustments being made and repeating the same errors over and over, which is where my blame with him always falls.

      Anyways, let’s ride this winning streak and get another one today! Go Reds!