Reds 3 Padres 2
The Reds needed it and they got it Tuesday night, beating the Padres 3-2 at GABP.
Of course it was a 1-run game, their 44th of the season (19-25). The Reds move to 59-66 on the season.
Starting pitchers Sonny Gray and Cal Quantrill put on a clinic early on.
It was a Freddy Galvis two-run homer (21) in the 6th inning that broke a 1-1 tie and would stand as the difference.
Leading 3-1, things got dicey in the 8th inning. Amir Garrett, back from his eight game suspension, walked the first two batters he faced (8 balls/1 strike) and was removed by David Bell. Michael Lorenzen came on. After getting Manny Machado to fly out, he induced a potential double-play ball off the bat of Eric Hosmer. But the return throw by Jose Iglesias sailed to the dugout fence and a run score to cut the Reds lead to 3-2.
Raisel Iglesias took care of the 9th inning for his 25th save.
Gray struck out 10 through the first five innings, including fanning the side in the 5th and recording five consecutive K's.
Gray took a 1-0 lead two outs in the 6th inning when Josh Naylor crushed a solo homer to center field (424 feet) to tie the game. The homer snapped Gray's scoreless innings streak at 23 innings. Gray was clearly wearing down as the 6th inning extended to a bases loaded situation after a single and two walks. But he escaped with a line out to center field to end the inning at 105 pitches.
Gray: 6 IN, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 10 K. 105 pitches/63 strikes. ERA down to 2.92.
VanMeter was in the middle of the action all night. He led off the game with a single, stole second base, went to third when the poor throw got away, and scored on a two-out bloop single by Aristides Aquino. He started the two run 6th inning with a single and scored on the Galvis HR. He also made a heck of a play at 1B, starting a 3-5-1 DP to end the 3rd inning. His batting average is up to .295 with a .380 OBP.
Gray's scoreless streak ties for the second-longest in MLB this season (Ryu, 32.0).His streak is the longest by a Reds pitcher since J.J. Hoover’s 26.1-inning streak in 2013, the longest by a Reds starter since Tom Browning’s 23-inning streak in 1990 and the longest by a Reds RH starter since Tom Seaver’s 27-inning streak in 1977.
It was Gray's third start of the season of at least 10 strikeouts and the seventh 10-strikeout game of his career. He entered this season averaging 7.9 K's per 9 innings. He's averaging 10.2 this season.
Per Reds: Trevor Bauer (11 strikeouts) and Sonny Gray (10 strikeouts) were the 1st Reds starters with back-to-back 10+ strikeout games since Sept. 1968......Gary Nolan and Jim Maloney. Amazing. Per Elias Sports, since 1900 no Reds starters ever produced three consecutive games of at least 10 strikeouts each. Luis Castillo gets the ball on Wednesday.
Robert Stephenson tossed a perfect 7th inning. He's made seven consecutive scoreless appearances and has allowed one earned run over last 10 appearances (11.1 IN).
Jose Iglesias (0 for 3) saw his 14-game hit streak snapped.
The Reds lead MLB in 1st inning R, HR, RBI and SLG, while ranking 2nd in BA and 3rd in OBP. They have outscored opponents 102-67. They are 30-8 (.789) when leading after the first.
Quantrill: 6 IN, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 9 K.
Late afternoon storms delayed the start of the game by 11 minutes.
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