Sweep it! Reds batter Pirates 11-4, make it five straight wins


Reds 11 Pirates 4

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The Reds sweep the Pirates, make it five straight wins and move to 5-1 on the season.

They have scored 25 runs in less than 24 hours: 14 Tuesday, 11 Wednesday.

The Reds have scored 57 runs on 65 hits in the first six games. They outscored the Pirates 30-8.

The Pirates trailed 11-0 in the 9th when Erik Gonzalez hit a grand slam off Amir Garrett.

It's Game 6 of the season and Reds have 15 different innings in which they have scored at least 2 runs: 2, 2, 6, 2, 3, 6, 2, 2, 4, 2, 5, 2, 5, 3, 2.

Nine different Reds combined to collect 10 hits. The Reds also added 5 walks.

The Reds put five runs on the board in the first inning vs Chad Kuhl: Tyler Naquin did it again! Leading off the game with a home run for the second consecutive day...his 3rd homer in less than 24 hours.....and NL tying 4th of the season. Nick Castellanos reached on an error. Kuhl then walked three straight batters, Mike Moustakas, Joey Votto and Nick Senzel (w/ bases loaded) to bring home a run. Jonathan India lifted a sacrifice fly. Kyle Farmer lined a 2-run double. It was a 5 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 8 batter inning.

Naquin is the first Reds batter with leadoff HR in consecutive appearances since Eddie Milner did it on 6/24 vs SD & 6/25 at SF, 1984.

Senzel: 2 hits, 2B, 3B, 2 runs, 2 RB, BB. He has scored 8 runs over the last three games and 9 over the last four. He lined a double to the gap the other way in the 5th inning, following a Votto single. He lined a 2-out triple to score Mike Moustakas (single) to make it 9-0 Reds.

India had a hit and drove in three. He has 10 RBI in his first six ML games. He ripped an RBI single that ended with him being cut down trying to make it a double, 8-0. He continued to flash leather, making another diving stop and throw. Kuhl hit India with a fastball on the bill of his batting helmet in the 3rd inning. India stayed in the game.

Nick Castellanos rocketed his NL tying 4th home run in the 5th inning to make it 6-0. It was 367 feet and hit at 99.4 mph exit velocity.

The Reds went back-to-back with 8th inning home runs: Tyler Stephenson (1) and Aristides Aquino (2). Aquino is 3 for 10, 2 HR, 2 2B.

The Reds executed a perfect relay to cut down Wilmer Difo at the plate in the 4th inning: Castellanos couldn't come up with a sliding catch on a double down the line by Phillip Evans, but he did come up firing to relay man India, who delivered a strike to Stephenson, who made a really nice swipe tag at the plate.

Votto walked in his first at-bat, his first walk of the season in 23 plate appearances. He singled, walked and scored twice.

Pitching:

Luis Castillo was dynamite in a big time bounce back from Opening Day: 7 IN, 4 H 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 81 pitches/61 strikes. He struck out Difo on a changeup as the second hitter of the game. Castillo did not record a strikeout on Opening Day for just the second time in his 91 career starts. He induced 12 swings and misses.

Lucas Sims: 1 IN, 0 R, 2 K

Amir Garrett: 1 IN, 4 R

Kuhl settled down after the first inning to strike out five consecutive batters: 4 IN, 5 R, 5 BB, HR.

Notes:

The Reds are four games over .500 for the first time since May of 2017 (19-15).

Lineup: Eugenio Suarez did not start, replaced by Kyle Farmer. Jesse Winker was not in the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive day.

Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau: The Reds are the fourth team in MLB history to have 2 players with 4+ HR through the team’s first 6 games of the season

2010     TOR       2         Alex Gonzalez (4) ,Vernon Wells (4)

1994     COL     2           Andres Galarraga (4),Dante Bichette (5)

1993     TEX      2           Dean Palmer (4),Juan Gonzalez (5)