Cincinnati Reds right-hander Ben Lively pitched well to lead the team to victory 스포츠토토.
Lively pitched six innings of five-hit ball, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in his start against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday.
He threw 103 pitches, his most of the season, and lowered his season ERA to 2.65. He earned the win in a blowout 10-3 victory. Two wins on the season. First win as a starter.
The former Samsung Lions pitcher, who played in the KBO from 2019 to 2021, used a 91.7-mph sinker, 90.5-mph four-seam fastball, 79.9-mph slider, and 84.7-mph changeup to attack hitters on the day.
The slider stood out in particular. Opposing batters took seven swings at it, six of which were swings and misses. He was able to get batters to pop up on pitches outside the right-field zone.
We left two runners on base in the first and second innings, but we were able to get them out, especially in the second inning with runners on first and second.
The defense helped, too. Third baseman Kevin Newman in the fourth and first baseman Spencer Steer in the fifth turned difficult hits into groundouts.
Both plays were significant because they came right after a walk-off home run. Two lefties, Brendan Donovan in the fourth and Lars Nutba in the fifth, hit home runs, but they were solo shots.
In the meantime, the offense took the pressure off with a big inning. They scored four runs on four hits in the first inning and added another in the third on a Newman RBI single. In the fourth inning, Matt McLain hit a pitch that hit the glove of right fielder Oscar Mercado and went over the fence for a solo home run.
After chasing starter Steven Matz (four innings, 11 hits, one homer, two walks and six runs with two strikeouts), the Cincinnati offense pounded Chris Stratton, who came on in relief. In the sixth inning, back-to-back hits, including a single by Steer, plated two runs. In the seventh, the Reds added two more runs off Hennessey Cabrera.
St. Louis’ Nolan Gorman extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a third-inning single, but it was short-lived.