For Cincinnati Reds fans, stacking up series wins is probably all there is to cheer for through the end of the season. The chances of making the playoffs are all but statistically eliminated. Luis Castillo has been traded and in the next 24 hours it is likely Brandon Drury and/or Tyler Mahle leave town. However, winning will always be fun. Over their last six series, the Reds are 4-1-1 with an overall record of 11-7 during that span.
After starting the second half with 10 straight games at Great American Ball Park, the Reds finally hit the road in August. The 10-day road trip begins Monday night in Miami against the Marlins. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. EST with Hunter Greene expected to take the mound. Graham Ashcraft and Mike Minor are also slated to pitch in Miami. Cincy will also travel to Milwaukee and New York on this road trip.
Four Ninth-Inning Runs Lifts Orioles to Series Opening Win
Joey Votto went deep in the bottom of the first to give the Cincinnati Reds a 2-0 lead. However, after that, the offense went completely cold. Anthony Santander tied it up in the sixth with a two-run shot of his own off of Mike Minor. That 2-2 score would end up holding until the top of the ninth inning.
Buck Farmer, who redeemed himself later in the series, walked two batters and allowed four runs on three hits while recording just one out in the ninth inning. Baltimore held on to win 6-2 to open the series in Cincinnati.
Bats Get Hot in Middle Innings to Lead Reds to Victory
On Friday night it was the Cincinnati Reds jumping out to an immediate 2-0 advantage. However, on Saturday evening the visiting Baltimore Orioles put up a two spot in the first inning. Similar to the Reds though, that was the only offense they would provide all night long. Tyler Mahle settled in on the mound going six innings allowing just the two runs on five hits while striking out seven batters. He earned his fifth victory on the season and improved his earned run average to 4.40.
At the plate, a couple of RBI singles in the second and fourth innings for Michael Papierski and Jake Fraley, respectively, tied the game at two runs a piece. Then, the ball started flying out of Great American Ball Park. Jonathan India got the home run party started in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run shot to the left field. In the fifth, Joey Votto blasted one 404 feet into the right field seats and Fraley also hit a two-run shot to make it 7-2. Fraley finished with his first career three-hit game and also drove in three runs.
The Reds would go on to cruise to an 8-2 victory setting up Sunday’s rubber match.
Brandon Drury Hits Game-Winning Home Run in Eighth Inning
As the MLB trade deadline nears, Brandon Drury’s name continues to be mentioned a lot. However, he was still in a Cincinnati Reds uniform on Sunday afternoon and made the most of it. Serving as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eight with two outs and nobody on, Drury sent his team-leading 20th home run into the left-field seats, giving the Reds a 3-2 lead. Buck Farmer shut the door in the ninth inning to record his first career save.
On the mound for the Reds, Nick Lodolo turned in an excellent performance. The rookie left-hander tossed six innings allowing just one run on four hits while striking out seven batters. His lone run allowed came in the top of the seventh when he walked the leadoff batter before being removed from the game. A tandem of Joel Kuhnel and Alexis Diaz got out of the seventh but did allow the inherited runner to score, making it a 2-1 game.
Cincinnati had finally gotten on the board in the prior frame. Joey Votto pushed the first run across with a shift-beating base hit through the left side to take a 1-0 lead in the sixth. Then, Kyle Farmer’s sacrifice fly drove in Donovan Solano to make it a 2-0 game.
Alexis Diaz allowed a 420-foot home run to tie the game in the top of the eight for the Orioles. However, that just set up the eventual game-winner for Drury in the bottom half of the inning. The 3-2 victory secured the series victory for the Reds. Cincinnati is now 40-61 overall on the season. Sunday’s victory also moved them out of the National League Central cellar surpassing the Pittsburg Pirates.