Honorary Game Star Joe Nuxhall Memorial
Tyler Naquin was pushed into the starting lineup earlier this season when Jesse Winker fell ill over the weekend. He immediately jumped at the opportunity in a big way against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, giving his first two at-bats, one of which left the ballpark, and driving a career-high 7 on a 3-hit night. As we all expected, Naquin now leads the majors in RBIs 5 games on the season. Have a night.
The honorable mentions are due to: Wade Miley, who pitched 6 stellar innings, allowing just 3 hits, no runs and 1 walks while striking out 6; Nick Senzel, who went 3-for-4 with a walk and 4 runs scored; Jonathan India, who also had 3 hits, including his first career triple, with 4 RBIs; and Mike Moustakis, who was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
- The Reds were quick to get things going as Tyler Naquin opened the bottom of the first by throwing a Trevor Cahill trade out of the damn stadium to give the Reds an early 1-0 lead.
- The Reds wasted no time building that lead in the bottom of the 2nd. Mike Moustakis, who went into the game 5-7 off Cahill in his career, hit a bloop to the right for an opening single. Nick Senzel followed him with one of his own to the shallow center. Moustakis, who was running down the field, advanced to third on the play. Jonathan India continued his hot streak and singled to left to score for Moose. After a groundout and strikeout, Tyler Naquin stepped up and sent one into the bullpen down the left to put the Reds up 5-0.
- The Reds took a break in the bottom of the third, but got it back in the next inning. Nick Senzel led off with a single on a line into the middle. Cahill then hit an errant shot on a pickoff attempt and Senzel, as he usually does at Cincinnati, went from first to third on the error. That allowed him to score on a sacrifice fly to India’s left to extend the lead to 6-0. Tucker Barnhart then singled to center field and advanced to second with a pass. Wade Miley, who no longer needed to touch after the aforementioned pass, swayed on the next pitch and kicked one off Cahill and stretched out on the play. Tyler Naquin reached second on a field pick and pushed Barnhart in the process to give the Reds a 7-0 lead.
- Clay Holmes relieved Trevor Cahill in the fifth and things didn’t go much better for the Pirates. Eugenio Suarez started things off with a 1-out walk and advanced to second on a single by Mike Moustakis. Nick Senzel then loaded the bases with a walk of his own. That brought in Jonathan India, who hit a grounder to the right to score Suarez. Tucker Barnhart was next and lifted one to no man’s land for a 2-run double. After a Wade Miley strikeout, Tyler Naquin singled to left to make it a 12-0 game.
- Nick Senzel had his third hit and then Jonathan India hit a triple. The Reds scored another run somewhere and led 14-0 after 6.
- The Pirates scored solo somewhere in the game, but needed 13 more as the Reds closed things out with a 14-1 victory.
#Red they have scored 46 runs in their first five games, a club record (at least since 1901). The previous record was 44 races by the 1976 Big Red Machine team.
– Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) April 7, 2021
- Jonathan India has started his major league career with a 5 game hitting streak.
- The Reds go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon, when Luis Castillo makes his second start of the season. He will face Chad Kuhl of the Pirates. The first launch is scheduled for 1:10 PM ET.