The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Tyler Naquin was thrust into the starting lineup early this season when Jesse Winker came down with an illness over the weekend. He immediately took advantage of the opportunity in a big way against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, dingering in his first two at bats, one of which left the stadium, and driving in a career-high 7 on a 3-hit evening. As we all expected, Naquin now leads the majors in RBI 5-games into the season. Have a night.
Honorable mentions are due to: Wade Miley, who threw 6 stellar innings, allowing only 3 hits, no runs, and 1 walk while striking out 6; Nick Senzel, who went 3 for 4 with a walk and 4 runs scored; Jonathan India, who also had 3 hits, including his first career triple, with 4 RBI; and Mike Moustakis, who went 2 for 3 and scored twice.
- The Reds did not take long to get things going, as Tyler Naquin led off the bottom of the first by launching a Trevor Cahill changeup out of the damn stadium to give the Reds an early 1-0 lead.
- The Reds wasted no time adding to that lead in the bottom of the 2nd. Mike Moustakis, who came into the game 5-7 off of Cahill in his career, hit a bloop into right for a lead-off single. Nick Senzel followed him up with a single of his own into shallow center. Moustakis, who was running on the pitch, advanced to third on the play. Jonathan India continued his hot streak and singled into left to score Moose. After a ground out and a strike out, Tyler Naquin came up and sent one to the bullpen in left to put the Reds up 5-0.
- The Reds took a break in the bottom of the 3rd but got right back at it in the next inning. Nick Senzel led off with a single on a line drive to center. Cahill then made an errant throw on a pickoff attempt and Senzel, as they tend to do in Cincinnati, went from first to third on the error. That allowed him to score on a sac fly to left by India to extend the lead to 6-0. Tucker Barnhart then singled to center and advanced to second on a passed ball. Wade Miley, who no longer needed to bunt after the aforementioned passed ball, swung on the next pitch and hit one off of Cahill’s foot and reached on the play. Tyler Naquin reached on a fielder’s choice to second and drove in Barnhart in the process to give the Reds a 7-0 lead.
- Clay Holmes relieved Trevor Cahill in the 5th and things did not go much better for the Pirates. Eugenio Suarez got things started with a 1-out walk and advanced to second on a single by Mike Moustakis. Nick Senzel then loaded the bases with a walk of his own. That brought up Jonathan India, who hit a a grounder to right to score Suarez. Tucker Barnhart came up next and lifted one to no-man’s land for a 2-run double. After a Wade Miley strikeout, Tyler Naquin hit a single into left to make it a 12-0 game.
- Nick Senzel got his third hit and then Jonathan India hit a triple. The Reds scored another run somewhere in there and led 14-0 after 6.
- The Pirates scored on a solo blast somewhere in the game, but they needed 13 more as the Reds closed things out with a 14-1 victory.
- This seems good:
#Reds have scored 46 runs in their first five games, a club record (at least dating to 1901). The previous record was 44 runs by the 1976 Big Red Machine team.— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) April 7, 2021
- Jonathan India has started his Major League career on a 5-game hitting streak.
- The Reds go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon, as Luis Castillo makes his second start of the season. He will face off against Chad Kuhl of the Pirates. First pitch is slated for 1:10 PM ET.