The Cincinnati Reds (78-73) season was already on life support and they were down 5-0 last night. The Reds fought back with nine unanswered runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates (56-94) for 9-5 win to stay within 3.0 games of the Cardinals and give themselves a punchers chance over the last 11 games. The Reds and Pirates are scheduled to meet again tonight at 6:40 PM, although there is a big threat of rain this evening. The Reds are virtually in must-win mode the rest of the season and all eyes will be in Milwaukee to see if the Brewers can finally slow the Cardinals down.
The Reds and Cardinals have both been teams with a lot of ups and downs this season. The Reds have fought back from so much this season. They gained 8.0 games on the Cardinals in 15 days from May 30-June 13. The Reds were 9.5 games behind the Padres on July 1st. Let's see if the Reds have one more rollercoaster hill in their favor.
Luis Castillo set the tone early and often with a dominant performance. He gave the Reds 6.1 innings of shutout baseball in arguably his biggest start of the season. Luis Cessa and Michael Lorenzen finished the job for a big Reds victory. The win just happened to be the Reds 77th win of the season, which is their most in as a season since 2013.
The Cincinnati Reds (76-71) continue to hang around in the race for the second wild card spot with 15 games to play, despite having lost 7 consecutive series. The Reds will get a massive boost to their lineup as Jesse Winker is returning for the first time in over a month.
The Cincinnati Reds (75-69) have not been playing their best baseball, but the Reds took over sole possession of the NL second wild card spot during the off-day yesterday when the Padres lost 9-1 to the Giants. The Reds control their own destiny now with a half game lead in a crowded race. The Reds magic number is 19.
After Friday night's 4-2 win, the Cincinnati Reds will try to win its first series since August 22 against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium tonight.
The Reds and Cardinals meet at Busch Stadium Friday night for the first of a three-game weekend series which has 2021 playoff implications.
The Cincinnati Reds needed a their offense to get jump started and a big outing from Wade Miley. The Reds got both tonight. The Reds had failed to score first in nine consecutive games entering tonight. Jonathan India hit a home run to leadoff the game to change that.
Tonight was not the night for run prevention for the Cincinnati Reds professional baseball club. None of the Reds hurlers could stop runners from crossing the plate, except for Mr. Tony Santillan and position player, Max Schrock. The Reds defense was just about as bad. It just was not the Reds night this evening. The Reds have lost 5 of 6. The Reds will have to wait for the result in San Diego late this evening to see if they are still 0.5 games up or 0.5 games back for the final NL playoff spot with 26 games to play.
The Cincinnati Reds (72-63) are down to 27 games remaining in the baseball season as they cling to 0.5 game lead for the final playoff spot in the National League. The Reds will begin a three game series with the Detroit Tigers (63-72) at GABP tonight at 7:10 PM. The Tigers might have the exact opposite record as the Reds and be 9-games below .500, but make no mistake about it - this will be one of the most difficult series remaining on the calendar for the Reds.