Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies (National League)
Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH: We’re used to taking my dad to a ballgame for his birthday up in Michigan, but since we’re down here now, we decided to invite him down here for a game (or two, or three). We’re also used to some crummy weather up there, so a little cold and rain certainly didn’t keep us from the ballpark down here. This was his first game in Cincy, also, so it was a special day. Lucky for us the usher we met was also a Tiger fan, so he took good care of us. He was nice enough to take a photo of us together, as well as get my dad a certificate for his birthday and first Reds game.
There wasn’t much of a crowd, but we enjoyed our seats in the front row of the upper level. There was a little rain, but we donned our ponchos and kept dry. There wasn’t much of a crowd, so we could pretty much sit where we wanted. After a few innings on the upper level, we moved below to enjoy the rest of the game from there.
On the mound, Rookie Davis was getting his first Major League start, as he is, well, a rookie. He didn’t pitch horrible, but did give up a couple of home runs, allowing four runs in five innings of work, while striking out four batters. Despite being down a few runs, the Reds bullpen was strong. Cody Reed ended up getting the win, throwing two scoreless innings. Drew Storen earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth and striking out two.
Cincinnati was lead offensively by Adam Duvall, who went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI’s. Also pitching in were Zach Cozart, going 2-3 with two RBI’s; Eugenio Suarez, going 2-3 with two runs scored; and Billy Hamilton, going 2-5. Pitcher Michael Lorenzen also stepped up to the plate and hit a pinch-hit home run! It was a solid day all around offensively for the Reds. Final: Reds 7, Phillies 2.
Despite the weather that seemed to keep most fans away (and the fact that it was a weekday day game), this was a fun game to watch. I’m not sure when we’ll make it back to Cincy again, lots of minor league and college ball the next couple of months to keep us busy!
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