Sports Garneau slugs 2 homers, Tigers pound reeling Reds 15-5
Resurgent Votto pounding homers again, keeping Reds in race
CINCINNATI — In the midst of a sensational, homer-crashing career resurgence, Joey Votto talked recently about getting his 2,000th hit. The 37-year-old Reds first baseman recalled how he had the ball from his first major league hit in 2007 but a few years later gave it to his dog Maris to play with. Then he wondered aloud in the interview whether in hindsight that a was good decision because it might not be healthy for dogs to chew on baseballs. That led him to reassure reporters and dog lovers everywhere not to worry, he'd been a loving owner to the retriever-mix rescue, who has since gone on to doggy heaven. “It was chewed up and spit out by him,” Votto said.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Dustin Garneau hit a two-run homer and a solo shot, Robbie Grossman had a three-run blast, and the Detroit Tigers routed the struggling Cincinnati Reds 15-5 on Friday night.
Jonathan India and Eugenio Suárez homered for the Reds, who have lost five of six. Cincinnati's lead over St. Louis for the NL's second wild card is down to 1 1/2 games.
Garneau's first homer, a liner into the left-field seats, came during a six-run sixth inning in which Detroit had eight of its 18 hits.
Garneau, who had just one other long ball this season, got the first multihomer game of his career when he connected again the next inning.
Woodruff strikes out 10 in Brewers' 4-1 win over Reds
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Woodruff struck out 10 in six shutout innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Cincinnati 4-1 on Wednesday night, extending their NL Central lead over the Reds to 9 1/2 games. Avisaíl García hit an RBI double and made two big defensive plays in right field for the Brewers, who have won 12 of 15. Woodruff (8-7), an All-Star in 2019 and 2021, struggled in his two previous starts, giving up six runs in five innings at St. Louis after lasting only three innings in Chicago against the Cubs. But this time, he permitted only four hits and retired 13 straight batters during one stretch. “The difference for me is just getting ahead. That’s like number one for me.
Jonathan Schoop and Jeimer Candelario also homered for the Tigers, who won for just the second time in seven games. Each had four hits.
Harold Castro drove in two with a second-inning double for Detroit, which tied a season high with 15 runs.
“We had some really good at-bats, some good swings,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “We hit the ball all over the ball park. I loved our aggressive style of play.”
Tigers pitchers stranded 10 baserunners.
“They had a lot of opportunities that we were able to squash and come back and score the next inning,” Hinch said. “That was huge.”
Vladimir Gutierrez (9-6) allowed four hits and four runs through 3 1/3 innings and got the loss. The bullpen was worse, with Justin Wilson allowing three runs and three hits without recording an out, and Mychal Givens giving up the same while getting just one out.
2 Jays homers enough for Berríos in 2-1 win over Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — José Berríos pitched seven strong innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tigers 2-1 on Sunday, taking two of three in a low-scoring series with Detroit. “You don't see a guy change his delivery during a season and have success, but he's done it,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “Give him credit for making the adjustment — he was great out there today.” Bo Bichette and Kevin Smith homered for Toronto, which won 3-2 on Saturday and lost 2-1 on Friday. “We're winning games with pitching and defense right now, which is great,” Montoyo said. “We know our offense is going to get going — we're sure of that.
Jeff Hoffman surrendered homers to Garneau and Grossman during a four-run Detroit seventh.
The 18 hits allowed by Reds pitching tied their season high.
"(Gutierrez) didn’t have his best stuff, he didn’t have his best fastball," Reds manager David Bell said. “(There were) a couple plays that weren't made. It did make for a tough night. We’ll come back tomorrow.”
Derek Holland (3-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to get the win.
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Reds INF/OF Max Schrock was called in to pitch the ninth. He was the seventh Cincinnati pitcher and the only one not to allow a hit. He got the Tigers in order, striking out Schoop with a 59-mph curveball for the second out. Schrock, who had two hits and scored a run, was the first Reds position player to pitch since June 1.
Hinch is a big admirer of Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who is having a big year.
“I love how he interacts and engages with the fans, I love his rants on the umpires," Hinch said. "I love his eloquent answers when he’s interviewed. He’s one of the few players around the league, when I see that there has been an interview with him, I will click on it and listen to it from start to finish. He’s obviously a folk hero here in Cincinnati.”
2021 college football story lines to watch include bevy of new QBs, Alabama's rebuild and 'Super Seniors'
Change is afoot. There's a new playoff format under debate. Several new quarterbacks are set to ascend into stardom. And 'Super Seniors' are here.Full stadiums. Full schedules. One year after battling through the coronavirus pandemic, college football is set to return to normal, to the widespread happiness of coaches, players and fans across the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Reds OF Jesse Winker (intercostal strain) is about a week away from progressing to a rehab stint at Triple-A Louisville. “I think he could benefit from at least a couple games in Triple-A,” Bell said. ... RHP Brad Brach (right shoulder) and RHP Art Warren (oblique strain) began rehab assignments at Louisville this week.
Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd will be on the mound Saturday to face Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle. Boyd lasted four innings, allowing two runs and four hits in a loss to Toronto on Sunday. Mahle allowed four hits and two runs across seven innings but took the loss Sunday against Miami.
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Garneau, Tigers complete 2-game sweep of contending Brewers .
DETROIT (AP) — Dustin Garneau homered and drove in two runs, rookie Matt Manning combined with the bullpen on a three-hitter and the Detroit Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep. Milwaukee’s magic number to clinch the NL Central remained at five after they dropped a pair to the Tigers following a five-game winning streak. The Brewers were limited to seven hits in the series, and Lorenzo Cain’s RBI double in the second inning was the only extra-base hit. “We didn’t spin the bats well in these two games in Detroit,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I can’t put my finger on it, we just didn’t perform well offensively.