The Cincinnati Reds Conquer the field on Sunday and try to start a new winning streak during the visit Atlanta Braves Try to leave town with a streak win as the two clubs battle the rubber game of a three game streak
A day after Cincinnati ended Atlanta’s eight-game winning streak, the Brave snapped that Red‘ historic run of 12 games with a 7-6 win on Saturday. The streak was Cincinnati’s longest in modern times
The teams hit 17 home runs combined in the first two games, including nine by Atlanta. The Brave Lead the majors in homers with 138
The Red Lead the majors in comeback wins with 27, including the final five games of the 12-game streak. Their four homers on Saturday, including two solo homers in the ninth, left them with just one run to send the game into extra innings
“It was quite a series” Red said manager David Bell. “It took a while so we didn’t get used to it and that’s good such a better team. We’ve gotten stronger.
The Red used their longest winning streak in 66 years to catapult themselves to the top of the National League Central. Bell said he wanted to make sure Red Use it as a springboard for the rest of the season
“As much as we appreciate the series, everything we are and everything we have in our clubhouse isn’t going away, and that’s very strong,” Bell added. “It’s important that we remember that.”
While rookies Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain and Andrew Abbott had big parts in the series, rookie Spencer Steer also played a major role. His double home run on Saturday puts him tied in the team lead with 11 points and second on the RBIs with 42 points.
“We’ve proven we can compete with these heavyweights,” Steer said of a road sweep by the Astro and Friday’s rally Brave. “I think there is a belief in the clubhouse that we are good and we know how good we are. I think this weekend the city shows Cincinnati and somehow gains their trust and belief that we’re good.”
De La Cruz has stunned teammates and opponents alike with his raw skill and performance in just 16 games. De La Cruz hit a single, walked, stole second place and hit a run on Saturday. It was the seventh straight game that the rookie sensation recorded a hit and a run in the same game.
“It’s amazing to see what he’s doing with his skills” Brave said outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. via a translator about De La Cruz. “It was fun watching him show that. I wish him continued success and good health.”
The Redthe oldest professional baseball franchise, trailed one game short of the 1890 13-game streak and two short of the 1899 14-game streak. Cincinnati’s 12-game streak is the second-longest in the Majors streak this season, one short of Tampa Bay’s 13-season opener
The Brave will send experienced right-hander Charlie Morton (6-6, 3.71 ERA) up the hill in the final. Morton is making his 21st career start against the Red. He is 7-8 with a 4.10 ERA against Cincinnati
The Red Ben Lively, who started Sunday, was sidelined after Lively ended up on the 15-day injury list ahead of Saturday’s game with a right pectoral muscle strain
Although no official announcement has been made regarding his replacement, The Athletic reported that it has Red Triple-A Louisville right-hander Levi Stoudt (0-1, 10.29) is called up to make his second major league start and third overall appearance
Stoudt’s first start was against another major league heavyweight. He hit seven runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts in his major league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 19. He lasted four innings.
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