Reds 7 Rangers 6
The losing streak is over.
TJ Friedl lined a game-winning single to score Jonathan India as the Reds rallied from a 5-1 deficit and snapped a six game losing streak in beating the Rangers 7-6 Monday night at GABP. It's the first walk off winner for the Reds this season. The Reds bullpen tossed five scoreless innings. The Reds had been 1-7 in 1-run games entering Monday.
The seven runs tops the Reds total over the previous six games (6).
Winner: 6-6 in the 9th, Jonathan India coaxed a leadoff walk, one of six walks the Reds collected, and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Friedl, after failing at a couple of bunt attempts, smacked the game winner into right-center field to plate India. The Reds had been 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position before the winner.
Bullpen: 5.0 IN, 0 R, 1 H. Buck Farmer 2.0 IN, 0 R....Ian Gibaut 1.0 IN, 0 R.....Lucas Sims 1.0 IN, 0 R....Alexis Diaz 1.0 IN, 0 R. The pen retired the final 13 batters faced.
Nick Lodolo: 4 IN, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 86 pitches/56 strikes. Last two starts: 8.2 IN, 21 H, 14 R. He struck out the side in the 1st inning, four straight to start the game, and all of his first five outs were by K's. But the Rangers then scored three times in the 2nd inning, two more in the 3rd and another in the 4th. He threw 43 pitches in the first two innings. His ERA is now 6.31....up from 2.12 two starts ago.
Walk this way: Trailing 6-4 in the 8th, the Reds drew four walks, three with two outs, and tied the game. Henry Ramos drew a walk to force in a run, 6-5. Nick Senzel walked to force in the tying run. Jose Barrero struck out to leave the bases loaded.
A lead! The Reds took the lead in the 1st inning, their first lead in a game since Monday. Rangers LF Bubba Thompson lost a Jonathan India fly ball in the sun for a double and Tyler Stephenson hit a two-out dribbler to 3B that that scored India to make it 1-0. That lead was certainly short lived.
Scratching back: Trailing 5-1 in the 3rd, Spencer Steer ripped a two-run triple (1st of career), 5-3. Stephenson's ground out plated Steer, 5-4.
Power outage: The Reds have gone seven games without a home run, their longest stretch since 2014. Kevin Newman was the last Reds to go deep, last Monday.
Jung man, have yourself a game: Rangers 3B Josh Jung belted a solo homer in the 2nd inning (393 feet) and a two-run homer in the 3rd inning (418 feet).
More like it: Barrero made two really nice plays at SS, including a diving stab/flip to India on a DP.
2 fer: Steer collected a single and a triple. Friedl 2 hits, extending his career high hitting streak to 8 games.
New guy: The 31-year old Ramos made his Reds debut with a 1B, BB, RBI. He was riding a six game hitting streak at Louisville. The 2010 5th round pick of Boston has 19 ML games under his belt.
Comical: I'm not sure how MLB has not investigated the Reds official scoring. It's embarrassing. At least a 1st inning Stephenson base 'hit' that scored India was changed to a throwing error on Jung, four innings later.
Victims of the clock: The every game 2nd inning chat with Reds beat writers is coming to an end, not enough time to get anything in.
Time of game 2:36
Attendance: 8, 810 announced