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Freddy Galvis homers, drives in 4 to lead Reds past Marlins 6-3

Cincinnati backed another solid-enough Sonny Gray start.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Freddy Galvis has made quite the impression since coming to the Cincinnati Reds via waiver claim from the Toronto Blue Jays. Monday was no different, as the potential 2020 shortstop-to-be for the Reds had yet another boomtastic game.

Galvis clubbed a 3-run dinger that proved to be the difference in the game between the Reds and Miami Marlins, also adding a pair of singles and a 4th ribbie as part of another stellar day. He already entered play against the Miami Marlins boasting a tidy 1.043 OPS as a Red through 12 games, and it’s safe to say that went up.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Eugenio Suarez, who popped his 36th dinger of the season; Sonny Gray, who again limited his opposition to just 2 ER in 6 IP; Phil Ervin, who blasted a solo dinger; Michael Lorenzen, who fired a pair of scoreless IP; and Nick Senzel, who went 2 for 3 with a walk, steal, and a run scored.

Key Plays

  • Josh VanMeter bonked a triple in the Top of the 3rd, and he later scored by beating the throw home on a Galvis grounder, scoring on the fielder’s choice. Reds led, 1-0.
  • Walks did plague Gray a bit in this one, and one bit him specifically in the Bottom of the 3rd, as Neil Walker homered after Jon Berti had coaxed a leadoff walk, and the Reds trailed, 2-1.
  • A Senzel single and VanMeter walk got the party started in the Top of the 5th, and both later scored when Galvis ripped an opposite-field 3-run dinger that just cleared the wall in left-enter. Reds led, 4-2.
  • Suarez played add-on in the Top of the 8th, smoking a solo dinger down the LF line off Miami reliever Kyle Keller. That 432 foot dinger off the video board beyond the LF bleachers put the Reds ahead 5-2.
  • Ervin greeted Keller in a similar fashion in the Top of the 9th, smoking a solo blast over the wall in CF to give the Reds a 6-2 lead. That, folks, was a blast that traveled 436 feet.
  • Jorge Alfaro poked a solo dinger off Raisel Iglesias in the Bottom of the 9th, a solo shot that cut the Reds lead to 6-3. Fortunately, that was all the damage the Marlins could muster, and the Reds went home with a win. Finally.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Sonny Gray’s final line looked like this: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K on 102 pitches. Obviously, the walks weren’t the best, but he otherwise continued his streak of being a really, really, ridiculously good pitcher of late.
  • Tuesday’s matchup between these two will feature former Miami Marlins prospect Luis Castillo up against his old club. Meanwhile, Caleb Smith will toe the rubber for the fish, with first pitch set for 7:10 PM ET.
  • Tunes.