The Cincinnati Reds used a 4-run 5th inning to take a big lead against the Yankees. New York would battle back, though, scoring four runs between the 6th and 7th innings but Cincinnati held on to their 1-run lead the rest of the way to pick up a win to open up the series at Yankee Stadium.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (40-45)
5 5 2
New York Yankees (54-33)
4 6 0
W: Ashcraft (5-4) L: Gil (9-4) SV: Diaz (18)
Box Score | Game Thread

Graham Ashcraft found himself in a jam that wasn’t of his own doing in the bottom of the 2nd. Ben Rice reached base on a throwing error and then Trent Grisham got on with a bunt single with the Reds shifting away from the third base line with two outs. The Reds righty was able to avoid any damage, though, as he struck out Jose Trevino to end the inning.

Elly De La Cruz led off the top of the 4th inning with a triple into the right field corner. One pitch later he crossed the plate when Jeimer Candelario grounded out to second base to put Cincinnati up 1-0. Spencer Steer and Tyler Stephenson then followed up with back-to-back walks, leading to a visit to the mound from the Yankees pitching coach and whatever was said seemed to work out as two fly outs followed and the Reds stranded two.

The following inning was another one of struggles for Luis Gil. He hit Stuart Fairchild to begin the inning and then gave up a 2-run homer to Will Benson that put Cincinnati up 3-0. Gil then hit Jonathan India. That ended Gil’s day and the Yankees called on lefty Caleb Furgeson to flip Elly De La Cruz around to the right side of the plate. He fell behind the Reds shortstop 2-0 before tossing a 93 MPH fastball on the inside corner at the knees and De La Cruz unloaded on it, sending it 425 feet and into Cincinnati’s bullpen to extend their lead to 5-0.

While the Yankees pitchers were struggling, Graham Ashcraft had been cruising his way through the New York lineup. Through five innings he had thrown just 68 pitches and had 10 groundouts on the evening.

Things turned rather quickly in the 6th inning, though. Aaron Judge led off with a single and moved up to second base on a walk to Alex Verdugo. Gleyber Torres then followed up with a single to center, but Torres took second when Stuart Fairchild tried to throw the ball to the plate on a play where he had no chance to get Judge.

That would end the night for Ashcraft as the Reds called in Nick Martinez with two men in scoring position, no outs, and a 5-1 lead. He gave up a 2-run double to Ben Rice as the Yankees cut the lead to 5-3. Martinez then got a grounder back up the middle that he caught behind his back before tossing to third to get a force out on Rice for the first out of the inning.

Martinez returned to face the first batter of the 7th and got a groundout. The Reds then called on Sam Moll to face Juan Soto and he got a fly out. That brought Aaron Judge to the plate and Moll tried to get a fastball by him to begin the at-bat. Four seconds later the ball landed in the seats for Judge’s 32nd homer of the season and cut Cincinnati’s lead to a run.

Fernando Cruz took over for the Reds in the bottom of the 8th inning and worked a 1-2-3 inning on 13 pitches to hold onto Cincinnati’s 5-4 lead. Alexis Diaz came out of the bullpen to try and pick up the save in the bottom of the 9th with the Reds still up by a run. Cincinnati’s closer made it look easy, retiring the side on nine pitches as the Reds grabbed the first game of the series with a 5-4 win.

Key Moment of the Game

The 5th inning that saw Will Benson and Elly De La Cruz both hit 2-run homers and put Cincinnati up 5-0.

Notes Worth Noting

Jonathan India’s hitting streak came to an end at 12 games. His on-base streak stays alive thanks to a walk and it now stands at 13 games.

Elly De La Cruz homered from the right side of the plate at 114.1 MPH. He also tripled from the left side of the plate. He’s been on fire over the last three weeks. In his last 17 games he’s hitting .348/.416/.739. He’s had 10 multi-hit games in those 17 games.

Elly De La Cruz and Ted Williams

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs New York Yankees

Wednesday July 3rd, 7:05pm ET

Andrew Abbott (7-6, 3.41 ERA) vs Carlos Rodon (9-5, 4.42 ERA)

63 Responses

  1. Jason Franklin

    This is probably just me being old or something, but when did people start saying “show out” instead of “show out”? Is “show off” (showing off), just a midwest thing? Just curiuos. Good game by the Redlegs. Thanks for the wrap, Doug!

    • Jason Franklin

      Ugh. I really need to double check before I post. Sorry guys. I meant to say “When did people start saying ‘show out’ instead of ‘show off’?” Sorry.

      • Amarillo

        I have no idea when “Show out” entered the English lexicon, I probably heard it for he first time less than 10 years ago…but I think of “Show Out” as a positive connotation of displaying your skills and “Show Off” as a negative connotation of pretending like you are better than someone else in an arrogant manner.

        Call it the difference between pointing at the home team dugout after a homer vs pointing at the away team dugout.

    • AMDG

      I think to “show out” is possibly to showcase your real ability/identity without intentionally flaunting it (showing off).

      Although, when one makes goofy hand gestures after smashing a home run, it could be argued “showing off” is more apropos than “showing out”.

    • mac624

      It’s a modern term. I first heard it a couple years ago. It’ll be something else by next season. But EDLC did in fact live out that definition last night. He showed up and showed he’s a legit star in the making.

  2. kypodman

    ANOTHER first game of a series win! That is now 13 out of the last 15 series. UNREAL!

    • PTBNL

      Maybe we could borrow the men in blank mind eraser thingy and use it on the team and tell them tomorrow’s game is the opener!

  3. JB WV

    Nice win. Heading to the Bronx tomorrow for the first time. Hope it brings us some luck; need it after the first game in the series

  4. Rednat

    Ok now the reds have to pretend tomorrow will be the opening game of a series against a new team called the new york stankees.

    I think we are like 20-10 in series openers. Makes you wonder if there is a more structured schedule for the first game? Do these young players have too much freedom on the other games? Are they not getting mentally and physically ready for the rest of the series.

  5. Dennis Westrick

    Held my breath while Diaz was pitching! Outstanding job by the Reds bullpen!

    And kudos to Bell for this game at least!

    • Doug Gray

      Good thing he only needed a handful of pitches, otherwise you would have passed out.

    • Oldtimer

      Diaz is now 18 of 20 on save opportunities. He had a couple bad outings but he is generally pitching well.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Yes, Diaz has been better of late! Reds need him to continue that success the rest of the season!

  6. LDS

    Maybe the Reds can “Dodger” the Yanks and sweep the series. After the Yankee series, they get a 13 game stretch against some pretty bad teams. Make a move, it’s now or never.

    • Kevin H

      Agree!! This stretch in my opinion is their season. Now or never.

  7. Kevin H

    Yankees have lost 11 of 15. Let’s keep it going.

    Over all good game and win. Now gotta win tomorrow if nothing more to get over the hump.

  8. RedsGettingBetter

    Yankees stumbled with a stone called Reds who are the most powerful team in opener games. The offense relying on 2 homers to score 4 of 5 runs. Cruz and Diaz were able to hold the Yankees onslaught…
    I’m thinking the Reds have a nice chance to win this series against Rodón who has a 4.42 ERA as long as Abbott could be dominant through 6 innings at least.

  9. Mauired

    Yeah this is a great start to a big month. 4th of July series at Yankee Stadium.

    Consecutive series against some of the dregs of baseball:Tigers, Rockies, Marlins and Nationals. Has to be the softest part of the schedule all year.

    Also the All-star game and Draft. Hopefully the Reds pick another superstar to pair with Elly.

    And who knows if Reds win enough games this month, maybe they can swing a trade for that big bat they are missing. Vladimir Guerrero Jr? Just saw he only trails Judge and Ohtani in hard hit balls in all of baseball this year. He could help.

  10. rednat

    that EDLC kind of reminded me of the Eric Davis homer in the 1st game of the 1990 world series against Dave Stewart. quick wrists!

  11. Votto4life

    Our old friend Johnny Cueto is now a free agent. Probably doesn’t have much left in the tank, but I wouldn’t be opposed to the Reds signing him. With Greene, Lodolo and Abbott getting up there in innings pitched (also Montas only pitched 1.1 innings last year) Cueto wouldn’t be a terrible idea imo.

    • Mauired

      He could be a another valuable swing arm like Martinez and Spiers to protect the pitching staff from second half burnout like last season.

      The only thing is he’s probably wanting a MLB deal since he just opted out of his minor league deal with Texas and I don’t think Reds need him on the big league staff right now.

    • AMDG

      Wouldn’t mind see them picking up Cueto.

      With Lodolo frequently shelved, he would be an upgrade over Ashcraft and “bullpen day”.

      And it would give them another ok-ish veteran arm like Montas, who could start.

  12. Jeremiah

    Great Game Elly De La Cruz! Hope he can keep hitting in this series. 2 of 3 against the Yankees would be big. De La Cruz is a Star, I hope he stays healthy. It sounds like he should go to the All-Star game as a reserve especially with Betts out?

    • DW

      My guess is he will replace Betts and participate in the HR derby

      • Mauired

        He already declined the invitation to home run derby (for the second year in a row).

      • Melvin

        “He already declined the invitation to home run derby (for the second year in a row).”

        Wisdom

      • DW

        I didn’t know that Mauired. I’m surprised he declined, as he seems to love the spotlight, but really glad that he did.

  13. Redsvol

    Elly to the all star game definitely.

    Nice pitching performance by all the Reds pitchers. Although I remain concerned Cruz’s arm is going to fall off by August.

    We need Friedl back in the worst way – but only if he is reasonably healthy. Inserting my standing opinion to recall Blake Dunn here to give him a lengthy opportunity. I’m tired of Fairchild.

  14. Indy Red Man

    Nice win and they’ll actually win the series this time because taking the season series vs Philly, LA, and NYY makes too much sense for this team.

    Ashcraft with a beautiful changeup…threw 3 total. Midway through his 3rd season and he finally breaks out a change? I think I blame the organization more then Ashcraft & HG. It’s like managing a professional boxer that can’t throw a jab. That’s your job.

  15. mac624

    Of course they won game 1. They usually do. Now let’s see if they can figure out a way to win game 2, something they haven’t done much this season. The pitching is there to win all 3 games if they can just score runs.

  16. Mark Moore

    Battled and held on. Feels good to win in that park against that team. All happy thoughts this morning.

  17. Mike in Ottawa

    Random Thoughts:

    1) In my mind, “showing out” refers to someone actually living up to the hype, while ” “showing off” is someone who puts the spotlight on themselves in a NON-performance way.

    2) Another opening series win….maybe they could change hotels after each game on the road and take the long way back to the hotel after each game on the team bus.

    3) Yes Diaz has been much better the last month, but the pen still scares me.

    4) Cueto, sure kick the tires. I thought they should have pushed for him to be their #5 in the offseason.

    5) Very glad Elly declined the home run derby.

    6) Guerrero Jr would cost multiple top ten players. Unless he’ll sign a deal….no.

    7) Hopefully a strong finish before the All Star Break, and hopefully the team doesn’t pull a disappearing act like last year coming out of the break.

    imo

    • Mauired

      Of course Guerrero would cost two top ten prospects but you’re getting a 25 year old and one of the best bats in baseball. And for next season as well. You also pretty much acquire a compensation pick with him as well unless Reds extend him. Or they could get some prospects later if they just wanted him this year (to cover CES) and then could flip him for prospects in the off-season or the following trade deadline. I would personally much rather give up talent for him than Robert. Robert is very good but Reds can’t invest in guys perpetually on the IL. Guerrero is always healthy.

      • VaRedsFan

        I’m on board with bringing in an all star caliber player, especially one that has some control left.

        No to 2 month rentals.

        No to Bader/Renfroe types

    • DHud

      I don’t want to lock in anyone until we know what a healthy CES back is going to be

      Get some help for a wild card run this year? Sure. But don’t be writing checks just yet (unless it’s addressed to “EDLC”)

    • redfanorbust

      Hey Mike,
      Random thoughts on a few of your random thoughts.
      #4: I Don’t want to kick tires on Cueto, the whole car would surely fall apart.
      #5: big fat agree with you.
      #6: Trade for Guerrero Jr. would after whittling down much of our minor leagues would cost apparently $20M+ per year. He is hitting .298 (nice) 13 HR (average at best and has gone down each year after 2021)
      2 stolen bases ( throw away category for him)
      Not sure how much it would cost to sign a deal, 5 years $150M?? No way this Reds ownership can or would do that, nor should they IMHO. We would be hamstrung in our minors and also our payroll.
      Anyway thanks for the post, have a good one.

  18. Roger Garrett

    Reds had two of there five hits leave the yard after the previous batter was hit by a pitch.Wins are wins and we will take em.Pen got it done with few pitches from Moll,Cruz and Diaz which always helps.Lefty goes tonight that has been hammered lately after dominating before his last two starts.Reds against a lefty any time is tough so we will see.Reds made 2 errors and a couple of throws from the outfield looked like little league play so they have to work to clean that stuff up.Bell pushed the right buttons with the pen so hats off to him.

    • Steve

      Correct Roger Garrett. Three of the runs were gifts: two hit by pitch and one with the infield playing back with a runner on third and less than two outs. A win is a win and we’ll take it, but I’m still concerned about the (lack of) offense. Hopefully we can actually get an “earned” win tonight.

      • redfanorbust

        As far as Benson’s HR was one of the fattest right down the middle of the plate pitches I have seen all year. I glad he can hit a mistake or two but was not any great sigh of relief or any corner turning for me. As for our offense as a whole hard not to be concerned with the multitude of lengthy injuries/suspension to key players.

  19. CFD3000

    I couldn’t watch the game – blacked out in Asheville because of course – but what a nice win. 5 runs on 5 hits doesn’t come often for this team so I’ll definitely take that. It’s time to flip the trend and win a series, perhaps even a sweep, then a strong run through four weaker teams. The Reds could be a couple games over .500 and back in the playoff picture by the time they finish with the Nationals. I think that would energize the fan base too, which might in turn energize the team.

    Also, great repost Doug on Elly with triple / HR games. I was wondering about that – seems like he’s done it a lot – and there you go showing out too. Pretty fine company with the Splendid Splinter there. Go Reds!

  20. Jim Walker

    A win is always a good thing. Now they need to make sure the mindset is 2 more for the sweep and not, Whew, we’ve avoided a sweep.

    • Roger Garrett

      You have said and I have said it as well thats its on Bell and his staff to keep this team focused.Interesting that after the 2-0 loss on Sunday he said we play every game like its a playoff game and added series wins and our record will speak for itself at the end of the season.Never heard that one from him so don’t know just what that was all about.Earlier he said he after every game he is looking for ways to make the team better.Now IMO saying all this kind of stuff is great but India has said more then once that Bell doesn’t ask us to do much other then to have fun.

  21. MBS

    The schedule is pretty soft going into the Allstar game. We really should be able to make some gains towards the .500 point. We need to squeeze one more out vs NYY, but then it’s 3 vs DET, 4 vs COL, and 3 vs MIA.

    • Jim Walker

      The stretch to the All Star game is a dangerous time for this Reds team because the one consistency they have shown is that they play to the level of the competition rather than setting their own high standard of play.

      • DW

        Yeah that sure does seem to be the case.

      • MBS

        Fair point, lets hope they grow up a bit and take care of business.

  22. Grover

    Which city do you think De La Cruz likes the most, LA or NYC? Just wondering where he will end up in a few years.

    • Mauired

      Which ever gives him the most money.

    • Mauired

      Really Reds just need to make an offer he can’t refuse and keep him around. They hit the lottery and throw it away.

      • Daytonnati

        I think everyone here is on drugs if they think Elly will stay? Juan Soto is a Scott Boras client. He turned down a $444 million / 15-year deal with the Nationals. Elly is also Scott Boras client. The talk now is that Soto, who has one more year before free agency, is looking at $500 to $700 million dollars. The question becomes, at what point do the Reds deal Elly for someone’s farm system.

      • Mauired

        Not sure if what your problem is with the stupid drug stuff in your response to my statement.

        I will say this. Yes its unlikely Elly stays in Cincinnati especially since his agent is Boras. But everyone is different. And if Reds made a tempting offer for not go to free agency he may take it. Turning down hundreds of millions to get to free agency has a lot of risks. He could get hurt or not perform. Soto was an established superstar with actual numbers and a championship ring when he turned down that contract offer.

      • redfanorbust

        Some musings. I wonder what that amount he can’t refuse would be? When would they offer it? Would he and Scott Boras take what the Reds offer? Down the road the Dodgers/Yankees could almost certainly offer him much more and with a perennially contending team in the bright lights. Yeah he is hitting better of late and of course we all see the potential but when is it wise to take that leap with him? What would that salary do to the ownerships budget and what would that mean for signing the rest of our good young talent? What could the Reds get in a trade and would it be better for the team overall?

      • MBS

        @Dayton, if that is his fate, I’d say in 4 1/2 more years. That gives the new team 2 years of control, which seems like the perfect amount to get great prospects back.

        I’m with the let’s sign EDLC to an extension. I don’t see us signing a 15 year deal, but if we pay him handsomely for 2 years post ARB, he’d be going into his age 30 season looking for 1 more big payday.

        $120M for to buy out his remaining 5 1/2 years, plus 2 years extension.

        If not he’s likely to make $.75M in 24, 25, and 26. then who know for the Arb years but a high but realistic take is $10M for 27, $20M for 28, and $27M for 29 assuming he becomes a Soto type player. That would leave $60M for the 2 extension years.

        If not, lets go with your plan and clear out another teams farm in a few years.

      • Daytonnati

        Apologies Maurired for the drug comment. I didn’t mean it quite that way. I should have said it is a fantasy for Reds fans to think they can keep Elly with Boras as his agent.

      • Mauired

        At this moment it would be a risk to offer a 22 year old with a career .243 average and .763 ops hundreds of millions. But obviously it’s a risk Reds need to take. Elly is a once in a lifetime franchise player if he reaches his ceiling.

        It’s also a risk for a 22 year old with a career.243 average and .763 ops to turn down hundreds of millions because he thinks in 2030 he can get a better deal.

        Sure Boras take that gamble. He doesn’t need another $1 and his great great great grandkids are set for life but Elly doesn’t have that luxury. He’s already squandered millions in that bad deal he took with Big League Advantage.

        And I wish MLB would ban them but I don’t think they can. It really angers me that organization is taking advantage of 3rd world teens and offering those deals but that’s a whole nother topic.

    • Redgoggles

      Why did Jim Day ask EDLC if he wanted to play in NY (or something alluding to that)? Like the Reds are the minor league affliate to LAD/NYY. I mean he’s not wrong but I don’t like him saying it out loud. Plus it’s so far into the future, why make it a topic now? Let the kid develop in Cincy, and let the fans enjoy his time here….no matter how long it lasts! We can start thinking about this a year or 2 away from FA, which is still 3-4 years from now and at least 2 WS appearances, lol.

      • Daytonnati

        We also learn from Jim Day that Derek Jeter is, apparently, Elly’s idol. I hope there is some way for Elly to stay. He is fun to watch, even on off nights. We are Reds fans, Elly was not. We want him to be, but he isn’t, he is an employee. I remember Dansby Swanson saying it was a dream come true to play for the Braves, his childhood team, and win a World Series. Then he signed with the Cubs the next year 🙂

      • Mauired

        Yeah Braves were happy to pass and Cubs got locked into one of the worst if not worst contracts in baseball. He was never even a star player but got superstar money. They literally just got out of the Hayward disaster and got right back into another one. Good for them.

  23. Roger Garrett

    Yep he is now 30 years old and turns 31 in February and they still owe him through 2029 at 25 mil per year.Ouch but that maybe what the market says he’s worth.I will take Candy’s deal at 15 per through 2026.

    • Mauired

      Even with inflation I don’t think .214 hitter is worth 25 million.