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 shutout Mets and take series

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The Reds reached Mets starter Kodai Senga for four runs in the first inning and made it stand up to shutout the Mets 5-0 and take the series Thursday afternoon at GABP. Pitching in the big leagues for the first time since 2019, Ben Lively tossed three shutout innings for his first ML win since 2017.
David Bell pieced together 27 outs with Derek Law serving as the opener and Kevin Herget pitching the final three innings for his first ML save.

The Mets entered the series with the best all-time winning percentage among opposing NL team at GABP (38-22 .633).

Counting outs: Law 4, Lively 9, Lucas Sims 5, Kevin Herget 9.....

Run production:
1st: Jake Fraley RBI single, Nick Senzel RBI 2B, Kevin Newman 2-run 1B......4-0
5th: Spencer Steer solo homer (5)......5-0

Opening act: Law faced the first five Mets hitters of the game, exiting with one on and one out in the 2nd inning, replaced by Ben Lively.

Look alive: Lively took over in the 2nd inning and tossed 3.0 scoreless innings. Today was his Reds debut. He was originally a 4th round pick of the Reds in 2013. But was dealt to the Phillies in exchange for Marlon Byrd.

He's back: Sims has tossed 10 scoreless innings, 2 H, 13 K.

Eight is great: Jonathan India doubled to start the game and to extend his hit streak to eight game. He had a two hit day.

Jake rakes: Fraley 2 H, R, RBI.

Back into the swing of things? Tyler Stephenson followed a two walk night last night with a two hit game Thursday.

Nice: Henry Ramos fired a seed to the plate to cut down Francisco Alvarez in the 7th, with a nice pick and swipe tag added by Curt Casali.

Weird: The Reds have scored in the 1st inning of each of last five games: 8 runs total. The Mets have scored 9 runs in 1st inning of 38 games this season.

Arrested: The Reds have been successful just 67% of the time when attempting steals, 24 of 36. The ML average is 78.4%.

Early exit: Stuart Fairchild replaced TJ Friedl in center field for the top of the sixth. Friedl flew out in the bottom of the fifth. Fairchild doubled in the 8th.

Quote of note: "Spencer Steer is becoming a much better 1B than he was at 3B......If we could figure out how to catch it up the middle we'd be set"
-The Cowboy

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