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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Emergency Starter Beats Reds Jake Lamb Homers Twice

Jake Lamb hit two, three-run home runs to back Arizona’s emergency starter in a 12-2 beat down of the Reds’ bullpen.

The Reds had their lineup set up to face Taijuan Walker but Walker’s wife went into labor and Patrick Corbin, a lefthander replaced him.

“I don’t think it will affect us much,” Bryan Price said.  “We’ve seen Corbin recently.  If it was someone from the minor leagues that we didn’t have tape on, it would be a bigger deal.

Before Corbin could throw a pitch in the emergency start, he had a 3-0 lead.  He picked up his seventh win in a 6-1 triumph

Reds’ starter Luis Castillo had a hard time getting into the flow.  He walked the leadorr batter, Daniel Descalso.  Chris Iannetta hit a ground ball down the thirdbase line.  It hit the base and bounded over Eugenio Suarez’ head for a double.  Lamb hit his 21st home run to jettison the Diamondbacks’ lead.

Castillo retired the next seven batters before Iannetta hit a double but five more batters went down in order.

Eugenio Suarez hit in the second spot in the batting order.  He clubbed his 14th home run to the bleachers in right centerfield. 

The Reds loaded the bases with no outs. Joey Votto and Adam Duvall singled following Suarez’ blast.  Scooter Gennett was called out on a reveiwable play which was reversed.  Corbin bulled his neck.  Devin Mesoraco popped out to the shortstop, Scott Schebler struck out  Jose Peraza stranded the runners when he popped out to shortstop

"It was our one chance against Corbin," Price said. "We had a good match up.  Devin got ahead in the count (3-0) but couldn't square it up.  That was our one chance.  We have to create more chances like it."

"I do my best to get on base to help the team win," said Suaez who hit .190 in June but got on base at a .320 clip.  'I'm seeing the breaking ball good right now. I'm just trying to hit it hard.  We battle every day and I want to be there every day."

Castillo had retired 12 out of 13 batters when Gregor Blanco led off the fifth with a triple high off the rightfield wall.  Schebler just missed making a great catch. Descalso got Blanco home with a fly to centerfield.

"Castillo did a nice job," Price said.  "He was pulling the ball and was missing on the glove side.  He has some work to do on the delivery to keep himself centered.  We needed him to pitch six innings with the state of our bullpen."

Blanco hit a two-run home run off Tony Cingrani to extend the lead. It was Blanco’s third home run of the season. 

Corbin throttled the Reds through the seventh, allowing two base runners. After he got Billy Hamilton to fly out, J.J. Hoover relieved him.  Suarez greeted his former teammate with his 15th home run.  It was the second two-run homer game for Suarez this season and the third of his career.

Ariel Hernandez gave up six runs in the ninth to bury his team.

Ketel Marte hit his second home run and Lamb’s second homer with two more on base gave him six RBI for the game to go along with his 22nd home run.  It was the third time in his career, he’s hit multiple home runs, all this season and all on the road.

The Reds lost for the sixth time in the seven games since the All-Star game.  The opposition scored double digit runs in hour of the games.

"When we give up six runs or less, we have a .600 winning percentage," Price said.  "It's a worn out record. I'm tired of talking about it.  We need to pitch better. I don't know any other way to say it."

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