by: Zane Miller
photo credit: Bob Levey/getty images
The Reds fell in the first game of their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-5 on Monday afternoon, as the Reds continue to try to turn around their west coast road trip.
The Reds got on the board first with an RBI single by left fielder Adam Duvall in the second inning, but the Diamondbacks responded in the bottom of the inning with left fielder Socrates Brito taking advantage of a fielding error to get a run home, followed by a three run home run by shortstop Nick Ahmed to give the team an early 4-1 lead. The offense continued for the Diamondbacks in the fourth as catcher John Ryan Murphy hit a solo homer and Ahmed drove in another run on an RBI groundout. In the fifth, however, the Reds got an RBI double from third baseman Eugenio Suarez and a three RBI double by Duvall to close the gap to within one. However, the Diamondbacks would come back in the bottom of the inning with a three run homer by right fielder Chris Owings, then again in the sixth with an RBI double from pinch hitter Ketel Marte and an RBI groundout from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The Diamondbacks would tack on another run in the eighth on a bases loaded walk by third baseman Jake Lamb and go on to take the 12-5 victory.
“It was one of those ones where anything that could go wrong, did go wrong,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Matt Koch went five innings giving up five earned runs, 11 hits and one walk, but was still able to earn the win. Reds starter Homer Bailey struggled, allowing six earned runs on six hits and one walk in the loss.
The teams will play again on Tuesday night.