These Cincinnati Reds are something else. These Reds are more than just beloved in Cincinnati, they’ve been adopted by the entire United States of America. Why, you might ask? Just ask the youngest Major League team in the country (by average age), and they’ll have have a question for you – why not?
In the Reds fifth straight win, the boys asserted their dominance by the score of 7-4 over the Kansas City Royals, completing a three-game sweep. The Reds showcased their power with four home runs, including three in a decisive fifth inning. Ben Lively delivered a solid performance on the mound, and Alexis Diaz secured his 17th save to seal the victory. The Royals suffered their ninth consecutive loss, further deepening their struggles this season.
The Reds wasted no time as rookie Spencer Steer set the tone in the second inning, launching his ninth home run of the season off Royals pitcher Daniel Lynch. The Royals responded with their own young phenom, Bobby Witt Jr., driving in a run on his 23rd birthday, but the Reds continued to capitalize on Lynch’s pitching. Stuart Fairchild, Matt McLain, and Jonathan India each contributed a home run in the fifth inning, propelling the Reds to a commanding lead.
Ben Lively showcased his resilience on the mound, allowing just two runs over 5 2/3 innings despite giving up 10 hits. The Reds’ reliance on the long ball played a significant role in securing the win, as all seven of their runs came from home runs.
The Royals struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities throughout the game, with manager Matt Quatraro emphasizing the importance of maintaining a consistent approach at the plate. The loss extended the Royals’ winless streak to nine games, leaving them with the worst record in the majors at 18-50.
In the midst of the Reds’ triumph, there was concern for Salvador Perez of the Royals, who was hit on the left hand by a pitch. Fortunately, X-rays revealed no significant damage, and Perez was diagnosed with a bruise.
The Reds will face the Astros, in Houston, in a three-game series beginning Friday June 16th, with left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott taking the mound. The Reds will seek to maintain their winning streak and further solidify their status as the realest and most loved Team in America.