Reds 7 Diamondbacks 0 (Final: 7 innings)
Hunter Greene was dominant from jump and cruised through seven innings of one-hit shutout baseball as the Reds beat the Diamondbacks 7-0 in a game ended by a 46 minute rain delay in the bottom of the 7th inning Monday night at GABP.
Unlike his last start in Boston, Greene cleared the 4th inning with no problems. He gave up a leadoff bunt to Daulton Varsho, saw him get thrown out stealing, and then retired the final 20 batters he faced. 7 IN, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 87 pitches/54 strikes. He toyed with the Diamondbacks, needing just five pitches in the 6th inning. His fastball was dominant. Pitches: 87, 46 fastball, 34 slider, 7 changeup. He got 12 swing and misses on his fastball that averaged 97.4 mph/max 99.6 mph. He threw his changeup 8% of the time compared to 5% usage going in. The Diamondbacks hit two balls harder than 88.3 mph off the bat....the hardest being a Josh Rojas flyout at 93.3 mph. For comparison, the Reds hit 12 balls at +93.3 mph.
Group effort: Every Reds starter but Tommy Pham collected at least one hit. They gave Greene single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings and then piled on two runs in the 5th inning and three more in the 7th before the rains came. Kyle Farmer 2 H, 2 RBI, HBP. Joey Votto H, 2 BB, R. Tyler Stephenson 2 H, 2 RBI, R, BB. Nick Senzel H, RBI. Brandon Drury 2 H, RBI. Alejo Lopez 2 H, R. Albert Almora Jr. H, RBI.
Hello? The umpiring crew, appearing to have no clue what was coming, was late ordering the tarp onto the field. That process turned into a cluster with the grounds crew unable to get the entire tarp on the field before it was weighed down by rain. The crew got creative and used multiple tarps to fully cover the field.
Striking first: Drury hit his 10th home run on the year to give the Reds a 1-0 first inning lead off Madison Bumgarner. Drury's career high is 16 HR with Arizona in 2016.
Rolling: Senzel lined an RBI single in the 2nd inning to make it 2-0 and extend his hit streak to six games. He stole the Reds 28th base of the season in Game 54. They had 36 SB all of last season.
Pile on: The Reds doubled their 2-0 lead in the 5th inning when Farmer, MLB hottest hitter since May 17, delivered a 2-out, 2-run double to make it 4-0. Stephenson launched a two-run double in the 7th inning to extend the lead to 6-0.
Machine: Votto ripped a 1st inning double for his 800th career extra-base hit. He trails Pete Rose by 68 extra-base hits for the career franchise record.
He is the 118th player to record at least 800 career extra-base hits.
Stop, thief! Daulton Varsho bunted for a hit to open the game but was thrown out attempting to steal 2nd by Stephenson.
Silly: Aristides Aquino blooped a single and attempted to hustle it into a double. He was called out on a challenge after he switched hands on the base at the end of his slide. Sorry. That's not what replay review should be used for. Aquino entered the game hitting .282 in 10 games since his recall.
On hold: The game started at 6:53 following a 13 minute rain delay.