Don’t look now, but the Cincinnati Reds have won seven of their last 10 baseball games. It’s hard to get too excited about a team that is still a Major League Baseball worst 11-26, but at least following the team is fun again.
For the second consecutive year, the Ohio Cup ends in a stalemate. Tyler Naquin earned Most Outstanding Player honors with an 8-15 performance including two doubles and three home runs.
Next up for the Reds is a three-game weekend trip up to Toronto to play the Blue Jays. Luis Castillo is scheduled to take the mound on Friday for a 7:07 p.m. EST first pitch. Hunter Greene and Connor Overton are also slated to pitch against the Blue Jays on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Reds Hold On For Extra Innings Victory
Tuesday night’s win in Cleveland for the Cincinnati Reds was unnecessarily exciting. Connor Overton turned in yet another fabulous pitching performance going seven and two-third innings allowing just two runs on three hits. However, a two-run home run by Owen Miller in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Art Warren sent the game into extras.
With the score tied at 4-4, the Reds would load the bases in the top of the 10th and pushed one across thanks to a Mike Moustakas walk. Tyler Stephenson and Colin Moran were unable to add to the lead with the bases still loaded. Alexis Diaz walked two batters to load the bases in the 10th, but eventually got the job done. Diaz struck out Jose Ramirez to record his first save of the season.
Tyler Naquin hit a solo home run in the third inning to get Cincinnati on the board first. Then, Tyler Stephenson lined one up the middle to retake the lead at 2-1 in the sixth. Tommy Pham added a RBI single in the 8th inning to make it 3-1 Reds. The Guardians got one back in the bottom half, but Kyle Farmer answered with what proved to be a needed insurance run in the top of the ninth.
Connor Overton deserves a ton of credit for how he has performed this season. The 28-year-old has turned in four great starts for the Reds allowing just five earned runs in 24 2/3 innings. He is still seeking his first win, but the numbers have been spectacular. Most notably, the Cincinnati Reds are 3-1 in his four starts this season.
Winning is fun and for the first time this season, the Cincinnati Reds are having some fun. Thursday afternoon’s makeup game of Wednesday’s rainout went to the Redlegs 4-2 to mark their seventh victory in their last 10 games. On the mound, Tyler Mahle turned in one of his best performances of the season allowing just two hits and one run in six and one-third innings of work. After getting three combined outs from Luis Cessa and Alexis Diaz, Tony Santillan entered to record a five-out save.
Tyler Naquin stayed hot at the plate and got the Reds on the board with a 5th inning home run. However, it was a big 8th inning that secured the victory for Cincinnati. Naquin and Colin Moran led off the inning with a pair of singles to put runners at the corners. Then, Kyle Farmer smacked one into left field to provide the go-ahead run. Cincy added two more with a sacrifice bunt by Albert Almora Jr. followed by a throwing error and a sacrifice fly by TJ Friedl to make it 4-1.
A couple of walks by Diaz followed by a RBI single off the bat of Jose Ramirez made it 4-2 in the eighth, but that is as close as the Guardians would get.