Reds make it back-to-back wins over Astros
By Lance McAlister
June 18, 2019
Reds 4 Astros 3
Make it back-to-back wins over the Astros, back-to-back one runs wins and three straight wins overall as the Reds beat the Astros 4-3 Tuesday night at GABP.
The Reds jumped on Justin Verlander for three first inning runs. Jesse Winker led off the game with an opposite field homer (12). Joey Votto followed with a ground rule double and Derek Dietrich jacked a two-run homer (18) to make it 3-0.
For the second consecutive night Michael Lorenzen was called on to close out the game. He got the 9th inning and retired the Astros in order.
The Reds move to 33-38 on the season and 11-15 in one run games. They have won the series and will go for a sweep of the Astros Wednesday afternoon with Tyler Mahle opposing Gerrit Cole.
It's the first series loss for the Astros since the first week of May.
Anthony DeSclafani pitched well, again: 5.1, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K. 86 pitches/54 strikes. He has allowed just three earned runs over his last three starts and 16 innings.
DeSclafani escaped a 2nd and 3rd jam in the first inning. He got help from his defense with a sweet 5-4-3 DP in the 4th inning. He put the first two batters on in the 5th inning but battled back with a strikeout and DP. Houston manager AJ Hinch allowed Verlander to swing the bat and he hit into an inning ending double play. Verlander had grounded into one DP in his previous 58 career plate appearances. Back-to-back doubles produced a Houston run and chased DeSclafani with one out in the 6th. David Hernandez came on and got to Yuli Gurriel to line out to CF. Yordan Alvarez attempted to tag and advance to 3rd. He over slid the bag and Suarez applied the tag after a laser throw from Nick Senzel. David Bell challenged the safe call and won to end the threat with a DP.
Amir Garrett came on for Hernandez with two outs and a man on second in the 7th inning and got LH Josh Reddick to ground out to 1st base.
Kyle Farmer entered the game on a double-switch in the top of the 7th and homered off Verlander in the bottom of the 7th to make it 4-1.
Garrett walked the leadoff batter in the 8th and then was taken downtown by Alex Bregman to cut the Reds lead to 4-3. Garrett was replaced by Raisel Iglesias with a man on and one out in the 8th. Iglesias struck out both batters. Iglesias was pinch-hit for as the 3rd batter in the 8th inning.
Keep in mind: Lorenzen got the statistical save but Iglesias struck out the No. 4 and 5 hitters with the tying run on base in the 8th. Lorenzen faced the No. 6-7-8 hitters. Lorenzen closed it, but Iglesias saved it.
Verlander: 7 IN, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 8 K. 110 pitches/83 strikes. He's allowed three homers in consecutive starts. Verlander had allowed a total of four first inning runs this year in 15 starts entering the night.
Votto had a double with a 77.8 mph exit velocity and a double at 100.2 mph exit velocity. He was left stranded after a one out double in the 3rd inning.
Dietrich, mired in a 2 for 32 skid, had gone 13 games and 42 AB's since his last home run, part of his three-homer game May 28 vs the Pirates.
Suarez struck out three times and his now 9 for 59 since being hit on the hand May 28 vs Pirates. But he made three nice plays in the field. He started a double play with a nifty backhand, applied the tag on the replay challenge DP and robbed Gurriel of a double in the 7th.
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Including one today, 18 of the @Reds Derek Dietrich's 38 hits this year have been homers (47.4%).— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 19, 2019
For comparison, only 2 players have ever had at least 45.0% of their hits in a season be HRs (min. 400 PA): Bonds in his 73-HR season (46.8%) & McGwire in his 70-HR season (46.1%).