One other day, one other comeback win: Cincinnati Reds 6, Kansas Metropolis Royals 2

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A rally initiated by Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez with four runs in the seventh inning led the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

final R. H E.
Cincinnati reds (44-40) 6th 6th 0
Kansas City Royals (35-49)
2 7th 1
W: Gutiérrez (4-3) L: minor (6-7)
Statcast | Box score | Game thread

The Reds stared at two of their statistical archenemies – left-handed and street games – for a late recovery this season. What we saw tonight is a good team that has been able to take advantage of a weaker team and do whatever it takes to win. We haven’t seen that too often at these Cincinnati Reds in the past few years – mostly because they were always the weaker team that fell victim to better teams that way.

With their fifth win in a row and Milwaukee’s 4-2 loss to the Mets, the runner-up Cincinnati drew within six games against the first-placed Brew Crew (five back in the losing column).

The offensive

In the second inning, Tyler took Stephenson through with a doubles, and Joey Votto followed with a singles, which put Stephenson in third place. Suarez scored in a double that Stephenson scored to give Cincinnati a 1-0 lead.

With a 2-1 deficit in the top of the seventh, Castellanos led the inning and did something about it …

Blast-ellanos gives us fireworks! ? pic.twitter.com/hQhfunT3Df

– Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) July 6, 2021

Interestingly, Statcast listed the xBA (expected batting average) for the home run at .930. Just wonder where in MLB that isn’t a hit when it was clearly outside of the largest park in the game.

Royals starter Mike Minor followed by a stroll by Stephenson and Votto who ended the left-handed evening. Then Suarez wiped out one against rescuer Kyle Zimmer …

431 feet of good vibes. pic.twitter.com/1TRdkQjc7g

– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 6, 2021

… with an exit speed of 111 km / h for a triple starting shot – paves the way for another victory from behind. (And Statcast got it right – 1,000 xBA.)

Later in the game, Suarez smoked one at 102 mph from the bat, which turned into a doubles game. The quality of his contact shows that he is getting stronger and stronger.

As in the series against the Cubs, the hits from Cincinnati were very popular. The Reds scored six runs in just six hits. No Reds batter has had more than one hit.

The pitching

Starter Vladimir Gutierrez had a nice game, allowing only five hits, two walks and two runs over six innings.

That’s disgusting!

Vladimir Gutierrez with 6 K in 3.2 IP. pic.twitter.com/hM5Ex4Jxc6

– Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) July 6, 2021

In the sixth inning he showed clear signs of fatigue but got out of a runner-up-runner-up-runner-up-third-and-one-off situation with no additional damage.

Ryan Hendrix, Josh Osich, and Sean Doolittle (now with a field other than just a fastball ???) finished things off, leaving the late-inning primary rescuers off for at least a day.

Notable hints

The win marked the fifth straight win for Cincinnati to come from behind for the first time since May 1995. We all know they never give up and the numbers show that.

Next up for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds with the Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, July 6, 8:10 p.m. ET

Luis Castillo (3-10, 5.08 ERA) against TBA