The Cincinnati Reds had a night to remember on Saturday, as they crushed the Philadelphia Phillies 13-0 at Citizens Bank Park. The star of the show was Wil Myers, who hit two home runs and drove in six runs in a career-best performance.
Myers, who was acquired by the Reds from the San Diego Padres in the offseason, had been struggling at the plate in his first month with his new team.
He entered the game with a .189 batting average and only one home run in 19 games. But he broke out of his slump in a big way, hitting a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run shot in the third.
“I just felt good tonight,” Myers said after the game. “I’ve been working hard with the hitting coaches and trying to make some adjustments. I was able to get some good pitches to hit and put good swings on them.”.
Myers became the first Reds player to hit two home runs and drive in six runs in a game since Scooter Gennett did it in 2018. He also tied a franchise record with four extra-base hits in a game, joining Johnny Bench, Frank Robinson and others.
“He was unbelievable,” Reds manager David Bell said of Myers. “He’s such a talented player and he’s been working so hard. He’s been a great teammate and a great addition to our club.
I’m really happy for him.”.
Myers wasn’t the only Reds player who had a big night at the plate. The team scored 13 runs on 15 hits, including four home runs and seven doubles. Nick Castellanos, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart also went deep for the Reds, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
The offensive explosion was more than enough support for Tyler Mahle, who pitched six scoreless innings and struck out nine batters. Mahle improved to 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA this season, as he dominated the Phillies lineup with his fastball and slider.
“I felt really good out there,” Mahle said. “I had good command of my pitches and I was able to keep them off balance. It’s always nice to pitch with a big lead like that.”.
The Phillies, meanwhile, had nothing to celebrate on Saturday. They were shut out for the first time this season and suffered their worst loss since 2015.
They managed only five hits and made two errors in the field.
Phillies starter Matt Moore lasted only two-thirds of an inning and gave up six runs on five hits and two walks. He fell to 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA this season, as he failed to get out of the first inning for the second time in four starts.
“It was just a bad night all around,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “We didn’t pitch well, we didn’t hit well, we didn’t play defense well. We have to turn the page and come back tomorrow.”.
The Reds (10-12) and the Phillies (11-11) will play the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon. Luis Castillo (1-2, 6.05 ERA) will start for the Reds, while Aaron Nola (2-1, 3.11 ERA) will take the mound for the Phillies.
Final Thoughts: Reds’ Myers leads offensive explosion in 13-0 victory over Phillies
The Cincinnati Reds put on a hitting clinic in their 13-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, led by Wil Myers’ career-best performance of two home runs and six RBIs.
After a slow start to the season, Myers broke out of his slump in style and became the first Reds player to hit two home runs and drive in six runs in a game since Scooter Gennett in 2018.
Myers’ offensive outburst was just one part of the Reds’ dominant performance at Citizens Bank Park. The team scored 13 runs on 15 hits, with Nick Castellanos, Eugenio Suarez, and Tucker Barnhart also hitting home runs.
The Reds snapped a four-game losing streak and reminded everyone of their potent offense.
But it wasn’t just the Reds’ hitting that shone on the night. Tyler Mahle was dominant on the mound, pitching six scoreless innings and striking out nine batters.
His fastball and slider were working perfectly, as he kept the Phillies lineup off balance all night.
The Phillies, on the other hand, had a night to forget. They were shut out for the first time this season and suffered their worst loss since 2015. Starter Matt Moore lasted only two-thirds of an inning and gave up six runs, leaving the bullpen with a difficult task to keep the Reds in check.
Overall, it was a night to remember for the Reds and a night to forget for the Phillies. As the two teams prepare to play the rubber match of their three-game series, the Reds will be feeling confident about their offense, while the Phillies will need to regroup and come back strong.