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Reds lose 5-4, Cody Reed still impresses

It wasn't the result the rookie wanted, but he still gave fans hope for the future.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

This spring it became clear that Cody Reed was one of the most exciting arms in Cincinnati's system. Since April, fans wondered when they would get their first chance to see Reed pitch in a big league game. That opportunity came on Saturday. Outside of two pitches that Reed would like to have back, he showed that the future is bright.

Reed ended up pitching seven innings and striking out nine. He allowed six hits, three walks, and four runs (thanks to two two-run homers). He ran into some trouble more than he (and fans) would want, but he also flashed just how good his stuff can be. Throughout the day his fastball and slider lived up to their billing. In a season of disappointment, Reed gave fans a reason to believe that better times are ahead.

Honorable mentions are due to: Adam Duvall hit a game trying two-run homer in the 9th; Zack Cozart smacked a solo home run; Eugenio Suarez went 2-4 with a triple and a run; Jay Bruce chipped in with two hits.

Key Plays

  • The Cody Reed era did not get off to the start fans were hoping for. George Springer walked to open the game, and Marwin Gonzalez promptly homered over the left field wall. Reed went on to retire the next three hitters.
  • The Reds tried to answer in the top of the second. Jay Bruce and Eugenio Suarez both reached base with singles. However, Billy Hamilton grounded in to a double play to end the inning.
  • It looked like Reed was on his way toward giving up runs in the bottom of the second as well. However, Billy Hamilton had different ideas. According to Statcast this ball is a hit 89% of the time.

  • Cincinnati finally got on the board in the top of the 5th. Eugenio Suarez led off the inning with a triple. Suzrez later scored on a Billy Hamilton groundout.
  • Zack Cozart led off the sixth inning with a solo home run to tie the game. It was Cozart's 10th home run of the season.
  • Reed had not allowed a run since the first inning when he took the mound in the seventh. However, Danny Worth led off the inning with a double. Evan Gattis then hit the first pitch that he saw out for a two-run homer.
  • Joey Votto tried to spark a 9th inning rally. He singled to lead off the inning, but Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce both struck out. On a 2-2 count Adam Duvall smacked his 20th home run of the season to tie the game.
  • Josh Smith, who pitched a scoreless 8th, came back out for the 9th. Danny Worth lined out to lead off the inning. However, Evan Gattis drew a walk, and Jason Castro singled to give Houston first and third with one out. Could Cincinnati hold the runner at third? Colby Rasmus was retired on a shallow pop up, and Jay Bruce made a great catch on a George Springer fly ball to send the game to extras.
  • Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the 11th. Josh Smith, yes he was still in the game, gave up a single to Jason Castro. Colby Rasmus then singled to put runners on first and second with one out. George Springer singled home the winning run.

Tony Graphanino

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