Cincinnati Reds Shut Out By Tigers, 6-0


61. 6. 63. . 0

W: Anibal Sanchez (5-7)

L: Pedro Villarreal (0-1)

The beat goes on for the Cincinnati Reds. The offense was nonexistent, another player went down with an injury, and the Reds lost another interleague game on Monday, this time the Detroit Tigers.

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Just three batters into his third career start, Reds starting pitcher Jon Moscot dislocated his left shoulder while diving to make a tag on Anthony Gose, who was caught in no-man’s land between second and third base.

Moscot left the game and Pedro Villarreal, who was called up from Triple-A earlier today, pitched admirably in relief. Villarreal gave an unearned run on three hits while striking out two in 3.1 innings.

After that, the wheels fell off for the Reds. Nate Adcock entered the game in the fifth and got through that inning fine, but the sixth was a disaster. The right-hander walked the first two batters of the inning before Miguel Cabrera cleared the bases with a double. Two batters later, J.D. Martinez clobbered a two-run home run to right field to put the Tigers ahead by a 5-0 margin.

Burke Badenhop came on in the seventh and surrendered another run to put the Reds in a six-run hole.

Meanwhile, the offense got absolutely nothing going against Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez, who tossed a complete game shutout. The Reds managed a mere two baserunners against him on hits by Joey Votto and Todd Frazier. The only time they threatened to score was in the second inning when Frazier led off the inning with a long single and subsequently stole second. Frazier didn’t move after that, however, as Sanchez set down the next three batters.

The defense was also poor tonight, as the Reds committed two errors, one from Frazier that led directly to a run being scored and another by Tucker Barnhart on a bad throw to second. Brennan Boesch also misplayed a ball in left field that led to a double by Yoenis Cespedes.

Other Notes:

  • Votto’s hit in the fourth was a bunt single to the third base, where there was no one to be found as the Tigers were shifted toward the right side of the infield.
  • The Reds essentially mailed this one in in the bottom of the seventh, as Votto and Frazier were both removed from the game.
  • With the loss, the Reds dropped to 1-8 in interleague play and 11-22 on the road this season.

Up Next: Michael Lorenzen will toe the rubber for the Reds on Tuesday as they take on the Tigers for game two of the series at 7:08 p.m. ET. Kyle Ryan will start for the Tigers.

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