For long stretches of tonight’s game, the Reds appeared to be in a “ho-hum, we clinched last night” mood, losing to the Twins 7-3. The Reds are 30-29. The Brewers (29-30) beat the Cardinals (29-28), so the Reds didn’t lose any ground on 2nd place in the NL Central. The postseason seeding and pairings are way up in the air. The Reds are in, but beyond that, not much is settled yet.
Luis Castillo making his 12th start gave up four runs in four innings. Castillo struck out four, walked none and had a wild pitch. The 27-year-old is scheduled to pitch the second game of the first postseason series.
Anthony DeSclafani came in to pitch the 5th and was less than impressive. DeSclafani seemed like he was out there to eat innings. He pitched three innings and gave up three runs and countless hard-hit balls. He struck out two, walked one and had a wild pitch.
Robert Stephenson, who threw 12 pitches — all sliders — put up a shutout 8th inning.
The Reds jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning with a single by Shogo Akiyama, walk by Jesse Winker and a single by Joey Votto driving in the Reds first run. After an Eugenio Suarez strikeout, Mike Moustakas hit a sacrifice fly to score the second run.
The Reds offense was silent after that until the 7th inning. Brian Goodwin and Kyle Farmer led off with two singles. An out later, Nick Castellanos, who was pinch hitting for Akiyama against a left-handed pitcher, singled to right, making the score 5-3. This is the first game of the season that Castellanos has started. Aristides Aquino was hit by a pitch to load the bases. But Votto struck out and Suarez grounded out to end the threat.
- Joey Votto 109.3 mph | double
- Joey Votto 107.5 mph | single
- Eugenio Suarez 103.3 mph | ground out
Highest Velocities by Pitcher
- Luis Castillo 98.7
- Anthony DeSclafani 95.8 mph
- Robert Stephenson 84.6 mph
xBA (expected batting average)
- Reds .224
- Twins .223
The Reds will start Sonny Gray in the final regular season game of 2020. The Twins are throwing 40-year-old lefty Rich Hill.
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