Reds 7 Indians 2
It seems when the Reds hit homers the Reds win. When the Reds don't hit homers the Reds don't win.
Wednesday, they blasted four long balls in a 7-2 win over the Indians. The Reds entered the day with a ML low three homers in eight June games. They produced nine hits on the day, an infield single, four doubles and four homers.
The Reds move to 30-36 on the season and split the first two games of the Ohio Cup series. A year ago at this point they stood 23-43.
If the Pirates were to lose to the Braves Wednesday night the Reds would move out of last place for the first time in 58 days.
Nick Senzel and Joey Votto led off the game with back-to-back homers for the first time since Alex Ochoa & Barry Larkin did it on 6/26/2001 off Andy Benes (Cardinals). It's the first time an opponent has opened a game at Progressive Field with back-to-back homers.
Following the game-opening homers, Cleveland pitcher Zach Plesac retired the next 13 in a row before a Jose Iglesias double in the 5th. Leading 2-1, the Reds played add on in the 5th when Jose Peraza double in Iglesias for a 3-1 lead.
So much for that 3 for 30 skid.....Suarez hit HR No. 15 and the Reds lead 4-1. His first HR since May 24. He'd gone 58 at bats between homers, his longest power droughts of the season. Curt Casali joined the home run parade with a solo shot in the 7th inning to make it 5-1 Reds. Casali has three homers nine RBI over his last nine games. The Reds have won the last four games he has started and 7 of the last 8.
Iglesias crushed a two-run double off the CF wall in the 8th inning to blow things wide open at 7-1.
Senzel and Peraza avoided serious injury when they collided on a fly ball into shallow center field in the 2nd. Senzel held onto the ball for the out.
Votto made his fourth career start as DH. He made 2 starts at DH last season (6/12 & 6/13 at KC) and his other on 6/18/16 at Hou.
Votto left the game in the 5th inning experiencing mid-back stiffness. As Marty indicated.......it's an ongoing issue, and to his credit, he has played with it and not used it as an excuse.
Hitting coach Turner Ward was ejected after arguing a called strike three on Jose Iglesias in the 2nd inning.
Anthony DeSclafani: 5.2 IN, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K. 85 pitches/52 strikes. He escaped a bases loaded, one-out jame in the 3rd with a 4-6-3 double play.
Over his last two starts: 10.2 IN, 2 ER
Amir Garrett: 1.1 IN, 0 R
Michael Lorenzen: 1 IN, 1 HR
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