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Article by Ron Hamblin / Photos by MONT DAWSON – SVA Photographer …
The Cincinnati Reds continue to remain close in the Wildcard race and hanging around in the Central Division. The Reds had their hands full with the visiting Angels and the Angels wasted no time in jumping on Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani when Justin Upton launched a 417 foot homer to deep center plating 3 runs and staking the Angels to an early 3-0 lead.
The score would remain tied at 3-3 until the bottom half of the 4th inning when the Reds would tack on 3 runs. Aquino would lead off the inning with a solo blast to deep center that traveled an estimated 448 feet. Phillip Ervin would single, & Tucker Barnhart would be intentionally walked to get to pitcher DeSclafani. DeSclafani would single to plate Ervin and Nick Senzel would follow that up with a single of his own plating Barnhart giving the Reds a 6-3 advantage going in to the top half of the 5th inning where all everything Mike Trout would hit a blast to deep left center cutting the Reds lead to 6-4 after 5 complete.
The fireworks would continue on this night as Tucker Barnhart would deposit a shot to deep right center, making the score 7-4 in favor of the home town Reds. Barnhart would again homer to deep right in the bottom of the 8th making it 7 homeruns for the game with the Reds collecting 5 of them.
Raisel Iglesias would pitch the nine giving up a one out single to Jared Walsh before getting David Fletcher to ground in to a game ending double play.
Anthony DeSclafani picked up the win and run his record to 7-6 while Jose Suarez dropped to 2-3 for the Angels.
The Reds are off Wednesday as they prepare for a 4 game set with the Central Division leading Cubs. Cole Hamels takes the mound for the Cubs while the Reds will counter with Alex Wood in a 7:10pm tilt.