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The Reds don’t lose! Reds Win 7-3

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A strong start and big bats keep the Reds ahead

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Tampa Bay Rays
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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Bad starting pitching has plagued the Reds through their 9-game losing streak, but it ended at the right hand of Scott Feldman today.

Startin’ Pitcher Scotty went 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 1BB, 6K against the Rays. He didn’t get the win because he let a man on in the 7th and Michael Lorenzen promptly gave up a game -tying dinger. But Feldman kept the Reds in it and let their bats do the rest.

The honorable mentions go to those bats: Scooter Gennett went 2-4 with a walk and a 2-run dinger. Joey Votto went 3-5 with the go-ahead RBI. Scott Schebler went 2-3 with a double, a dinger and 2 walks, which dang.

Key Plays

  • Scott Schebler led off the 5th with his 19th home run of the year. It was dope. Reds up 1-0.
  • More of the same-ish in the 6th: Billy Hamilton walked and nearly got picked off. Good thing he didn’t, because Scooter Gennett launched an opposite-field mash to make the score 3-0 Reds.
  • The Rays got one back in the bottom of the 6th from a 2-out Stephen Souza Jr. Hr. that went for dang ever. 3-1 Reds.
  • Trevor Plouffe singled against Feldman to lead off the 7th and it ended the Reds’ pitcher’s day. Michael Lorenzen promptly gave up the fourth home run of the game to a gentleman named Daniel Robertson to tie the game at 3.
  • The Reds got a bunch back off of Jose Alvarado in the 8th. Scooter Gennett led off with a double down the LF line and then game in on a Joey Votto single. Adam Duvall walked and the Rays brought in Danny Farquhar, who was able to strike out Eugenio Suarez before intentionally walking Scott Schebler. Jesse Winker then laced Farquhar’s first real pitch out of the infield to score two. The Reds petered out from there but it was 6-3 good guys.
  • The Reds got another one in the 9th. Votto singled and moved to second on a Suarez HBP. Schebler battled through an 8-pitch at bad that included a wild pitch bad enough to bring Votto around from second. 7-3 Reds win.

FanGraph:

I don’t know how to do this anymore with Vox’s new CMS. Sorry. It looked kinda like a Baltimore Chop coming to rest just inside fair territory.

Other Notes

  • The Reds break a 9-game losing streak that had them safely ensconced in last place. Hurrah!
  • Zack Cozart went on the DL before the game with a quad strain, which dang. Maybe they’ll end up harvesting the donkey for parts. Zackuum could end up with a new kick to his swing.
  • Get it?
  • Kick, like a donkey. Heh heh.
  • Heh.
  • Anyways, see you tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. ET as Amir Garrett faces Alex Cobb in Tropicana Field.