It seems odd to complain about taking a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, but the Reds probably feel like they left some points there after loading the bases with no takedowns and already 2- 0 on a loaded hitter. (Nick Castellanos) and Mike Moustakas single. These two would find themselves at the bottom of 3rd again to extend the lead when Castellanos crushed his first double of the year in the center-left gap and scored on another Moustakas single.
After Detroit reclaimed a homerun run early in 4th, Joey Votto put the Reds back by three with a solo homerun. The next round saw Shogo Akiyama make his Cincinnati debut with a hit RBI single that brought Freddy Galvis up to 5-1. After a march from Nick Castellanos to 7th, Travis Jankowski immediately stole second base. It didn’t matter, however, because Mike Moustakas smashed a 421-foot homerun deep in the right field seats to make it a 7-1 game.
Sonny Gray did what Sonny Gray has done since joining the Reds – pitched well. The right-hander needed 90 shots to pass 6.0 innings. He allowed only one earned run, coming on a long circuit from CJ Cron. Other than that, Gray was pretty dominant. He recorded six rushing runs and struck out nine batters with two steps.
The pen picked up where Sonny Gray left off. Lucas Sims came in for a no-hitting 7th inning where he struck out two. Nate Jones followed, making his debut for the Reds, going 1-2-3 with two strikeouts and an outstanding left-field catch from Shogo Akiyama for help. Brooks Raley came in for the final round looking to maintain a 6 point lead. A pop-up was followed by a strikeout from future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera in an 8-strike, and ended with another pop-up. Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Raley.
Notes to note
Sonny Gray collected a bunch of strikeouts in the game, but one of them turned out to be the 1000th of his Major League career. Gray picked up three more strikeouts to follow and now has 1,003 in his career. The start also extended his Major League record of consecutive starts with six or fewer hits allowed at 34. Hat tip to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic on that one.
Shogo Akiyama came in the 6th inning to punch Phillip Ervin after a pitcher change and officially became the first Japanese player to play for the Cincinnati Reds. He also pulled off his first shot and RBI to extend the Reds’ lead.
It didn’t take long for Mike Moustakas to make his presence felt on the defensive end.
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– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) 25 juillet 2020
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Detroit Tigers (0-1) vs. Cincinnati Reds (1-0)
Saturday, July 25, 5:10 p.m. ET
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