BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/Cincinnati Enquirer
The Reds took down the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, sending the final series of the regular season for both teams into a rubber game on Sunday.
The game started out with the Reds getting the first run of the game in the third inning as shortstop Jose Peraza hit an RBI sacrifice fly. The run was then followed in the fourth inning by a solo home run courtesy of third baseman Eugenio Suarez and an RBI single from starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen to give the Reds a 3-0 lead, which they would hold through the remainder of the game.
Lorenzen earned the win, pitching five and two thirds innings and giving up no earned runs on just five hits and a pair of walks. Pirates starter Jameson Taillon went six innings in the loss, giving up three earned runs on seven hits but no walks. Reds closer Raisel Igleasias picked up the save.
The teams will play in the final game of the season as well as the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon.
BY: Zane Miller
PHoto Credit: Gary Vasquez/USA TODAY
The Reds fell to the Chicago Cubs in the first game of their three game series on Friday night 3-2.
The game started out with both teams going scoreless for the first three innings, until the fourth inning came around and the Reds scored two runs on a pair of solo homers by shortstop Jose Peraza and first baseman Joey Votto. However, the Cubs would come back in the seventh inning on a home run of their own, this time a three run shot by center fielder Ian Happ to take the lead. The Reds would be unable to rally as the Cubs went on to take the 3-2 win.
Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels went six and two thirds innings on the way to the victory, giving up a pair of runs on eight hits and a pair of walks, while Reds starter Matt Harvey also had a strong game, pitching six innings with no earned runs allowed, giving up just four hits and a walk, but would be dealt a no decision. Reds reliever David Hernandez would be hit with a blown save as well as the loss. Cubs reliever Jorge De La Rosa would earn the save.
The teams will face off in the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon.
By: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
The Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game of a three game series 3-1 on Tuesday night, as the Reds also won on Monday night and have beaten the Dodgers in every game they have played them in this season.
The game started out with a solo home run in the second inning from first baseman Brandon Dixon as the Reds went up early, followed by another Reds solo homer in the third, this time by right fielder Scott Schebler. The fifth saw the Reds add onto their lead as second baseman Scooter Gennett hit an RBI single and while the Dodgers were able to get a run back in the sixth on a solo home run from left fielder Joc Pederson, it would not be enough as the Reds won it 3-1.
Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo went six and a third innings in the win, giving up just one earned run on four hits and a walk, while Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up three earned runs on eight hits and one walk in the loss. Reds closer Raisel Iglesias picked up the save.
The teams will finish off the series on Wednesday afternoon.
BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: David Jablonski/Dayton Daily News
The Reds took down the San Diego Padres 12-6 on Friday night, after the Padres took the first game of the four game set on Thursday night.
After a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay, the game started out with the Padres jumping out to the early advantage, as first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Wil Myers each hit RBI singles in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead, but the Reds responded in the second with center fielder Mason Williams scoring on a passed ball and shortstop Jose Peraza hitting a three RBI double to give the Reds a 4-2 lead. The Padres came back with a solo home run from left fielder Hunter Renfroe in the third and an RBI double from center fielder Manuel Margot in the fourth to tie the game up, but the Reds responded once again as left fielder Phillip Ervin got a solo shot in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead. Ervin added to the Reds’ advantage in the sixth as he got an RBI single, followed by a grand slam from right fielder Scott Schebler to give the Reds a 10-4 advantage as well as break the team’s franchise record for most grand slams in a season with 10, previously set by the 2002 Reds team that had nine.
The team continued to add onto their lead with a two run homer by Ervin in the seventh and while the Padres would tack on a two run homer courtesy of Hosmer in the eighth, it wouldn’t be enough as the Reds won it 12-6.
Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeScafani only went four innings in the no decision, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and no walks, while Padres starter Brett Kennedy also struggled, going one and two-thirds innings in a no decision as well, allowing four earned runs on one hit with four walks. Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen picked up the win with three innings pitched in relief, while Padres reliever Matt Strahm was hit with the loss.
The teams will next play on Saturday afternoon.