Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Reds win, Reds win....that's back-to-back wins and 3 of 4

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Reds 10 Brewers 5

That's the fact, Jack! The Reds have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. They have won 3 of their last 4 after winning 3 of their first 25.

Comeback baseball: The Reds came back to win for the second consecutive day. They trailed 3-1 in the 5th when they mounted the comeback Monday.
They scored five in the 5th, one in the 6th and three in the 7th.

Offensive explosion: The Reds produced a season high 14 hits and season high 10 runs....All nine starters had at least one hit and score at least once for the first time since June 22, 2007 vs Marlins (Per Joel Luckhaupt). Five players had 2 hits: Albert Almora Jr, Matt Reynolds, Brandon Drury, Tyler Naquin and Tommy Pham. Kyle Farmer snapped a career high 0 for 34 streak with a 3-run homer (No. 1) in the 7th. It was longest hitless streak by a Reds batter since Bobby Adams went 0 for 34 in 1954.

He returns: Luis Castillo 4.2, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K, HR, 87 pitches/57 strikes. He looked healthy, comfortable and confident early on. He worked a 12 pitch first inning, allowing a hit with a strikeout (changeup). His fastball hit 96 mph. He struck out three of the first six batters he faced, retiring eight in a row. He lost focus/control with two walks and a stolen base in the 4th inning and paid for it when NL Player of the Week Rowdy Tellez lined a two-run double to give the Brewers the lead 2-1. Omar Narvaez jacked a solo shot in the 5th inning to make it 3-1 Brewers. A Kyle Farmer error kept the 5th inning alive and ended his night.

Strike first: Colin Moran homered in his third consecutive plate appearances with a HR in the 2nd inning. The homers have gone to right field, center field and then left field. 1-0 Reds.

Bottom of the order action: The Reds No. 8 (Almora Jr.) and No. 9 hitter (Matt Reynolds) reached base fived times, each with two hits and Reynolds adding a walk. They scored three times.

Strike back: The Reds scored five in the 5th with the first five Reds reaching. TJ Friedl drove one to the gap for an RBI 1B to cut it to 3-2....Drury socked a 3-run homer (No. 6) to give the Reds a 5-3 lead and knock Woodruff from the game. Pham scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-3.

Add on baseball: After the Brewers cut the lead to 6-5 with two runs off Luis Cessa in the 6th inning, the Reds added four more runs to push it to 10-5.

Clean: Rookie Alex Diaz pitched 1.1 scoreless innings ...that's 13 appearances and a 0.64 ERA.

Nice: Jeff Hoffman tossed another scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 1.62 in an eight pitch 8th inning.

Numbers game: Reliever Joel Kuhnel became the 42nd player used by the Reds this season when he came on in the 9th.

Attendance: 10,046

Down on the Farm: Mike Minor will make a rehab start tomorrow at Louisville.

Former Red returns: Wade Miley (elbow) will make his Cubs debut vs the Padres tomorrow.

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