Marlins 3 Reds 2
Jorge Soler belted a two-out, two-run, go-ahead homer on the first pitch from Lucas Sims in the 7th inning to push the Marlins past the Reds 3-2 Tuesday night at GABP.
The Rockies beat the Brewers 7-3 in 10 innings, so the Reds remain 1.5 games back in the NL Central. The Cubs beat the Mets 3-2 to pull within 1.5 games of 1st place.
The go-ahead: 1-1 in the 5th inning, the Reds took the lead when Stuart Fairchild tripled down the right field line, blew threw the stop side at 3rd base, and scored on a throwing error to the plate.
Ground to a halt: Following the Fairchild triple in the 5th, the next 14 Reds and 15 of 16 were retired. Closer David Robertson walked Joey Votto, pinch-hitting with two outs in the 9th. TJ Hopkins pinch ran. But Christian Encarnacion Strand struck out looking to end the game.
Luke Weaver: 4.1 IN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 89 pitches/52 strikes. He was done after a one out single in the 5th (1-1), facing the Marlins order for a third time. Weaver 3rd time through the order this year: .394 batting average .444 on-base .758 slugging 1.202 OPS.
Bullpen: Sam Moll 1.1 IN, 0 R......Buck Farmer 1.0 IN, HBP, R.......Lucas Sims 0.1, HR + Farmer's inherited runner...Sims was pitching the third consecutive days for the second time in his career (2021)....Sims had allowed only 7 of 37 (19%) inherited runners to score coming into the game....Fernando Cruz 1.0 IN, 3 K. Law 1.0 IN.
Offense: 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 8 K.......Elly and McLain each 0-4.....
Lefty lineup: Nick Senzel doubled. Stuart Fairchild tripled and scored. Kevin Newman scored a run.
Nick Senzel entered batting. 308 vs LHP, Kevin Newman .292....3rd and 4th best on team vs LHP.
K: Elly has 81 K in 238 plate appearances...that's 33.8% of the time. The MLB average is 22.7. His AAA rate was 26.88.
He saw one fastball in 8 pitches over his four plate appearances. He looked at the fastball for strike three in the 8th.
3 sinkers: 90-91-91
1 changeup: 86
3 sliders: 83-89-89
Quick work: Marlins starter Braxton Garrett retired the Reds on four pitches in the 1st inning.
Havoc: TJ Friedl was in the middle of more action with a 2nd inning, 2-out RBI double. He was cut down attempting to steal 3rd.
Stay hot! Luke Maile collected a line drive single. He entered 9 for his last 24 (.374) over his previous 10 games.
Shot in the arm: Sam Moll since the trade, 5.1 IN, 0 R, 7 K.....much needed with Alex Young dealing with back spasms.
Rolling: Cruz struck out the side, the middle of the Marlins order, in the 8th. He struck out 5 in 1.2 innings on Sunday. Since June 12, in 25 appearances, he has recorded a 2.81 ERA with 42 K in 25.2 innings.
How the Reds scored:
2nd: Friedl RBI 2B, 1-1
5th: Fairchild 3B and scored on error on throw home, 2-1 Reds