BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/Cincinnati ENquirer
The Reds took down the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a three game series 5-3 on Monday night, as the Reds will look to continue their three game winning streak.
The game started out with the Reds taking a first inning lead with a solo home run by right fielder Scott Schebler and the score remained that way until the seventh, when the White Sox took the lead on an RBI double by second baseman Yoan Moncada and an RBI single by third baseman Yolmer Sanchez, followed in the eighth by a solo homer by right fielder Avisail Garcia to make it 3-1. The Reds responded in the bottom of the inning, however, as left fielder Adam Duvall cut the lead in half on an RBI fielder’s choice, followed by right fielder Billy Hamilton tying it up on an RBI sacrifice fly, as well as pinch hitter Alex Blandino hitting a two RBI double to take the lead. The White Sox would be unable to respond as the Reds took the 5-3 win.
Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo pitched six and two-thirds innings in the no decision, with one earned run allowed on six hits and no walks, while White Sox starter James Shields also had a no decision with six and two-thirds innings and giving up one earned run on four hits and four walks. Reds reliever Dylan Floro earned the win, while White Sox reliever Chris Volstad took the loss and a blown save. Reds closer Raisel Iglesias picked up the save.
The teams will face off once again on Tuesday night.