Sonny Gray shut the Miami Marlins down to the tune of nary a run and a lone hit over 7 IP, and that paired with some big-fly offense was good enough for the Cincinnati Reds to take home another victory on Friday night.
Homers from Joey Votto (sound familiar?) and Tyler Naquin helped fuel the offense on the night against Miami starter Elieser Hernandez, with a ribbie/run-scored night from Nick Castellanos helping fuel the fire. Mychal Givens managed to breeze right through the 9th for the save, and that pretty well sums up the good parts of the evening for the Reds.
Those Reds, by the way, moved back to 10 games over .500 and are a loss by the San Diego Padres tonight away from being tied for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. That’s spicy.
Lucas Sims yielded a 3-run homer to Jazz Chisholm in the Top of the 8th that was the lone real blemish on the night, which is why it’s buried here before the Graph and Tunes and other fun stuff. No dwelling here these days. #GoodVibesOnly
Reds won, 5-3.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Joey socked a dinger, Tyler tripled and dingered, but we’ll go with Sonny here. He needed a start like this, after all, and sure as hell looked to have a potency in his pitches that deserved this kind of result.
His final line: 7 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K on 87 pitches. Well don, Sonald.
- Tucker Barnhart was charged with an error after a catcher’s interference in this one, ending his 161 game streak of being errorless. Ah, well. Nevertheless,
- It’s a slightly earlier 6:40 PM ET start tomorrow for these two, so plan accordingly. Wade Miley will toe the rubber for the Reds while Miami figures out which guy they’d like to send out first, which they have not yet done as of the time of writing this.