Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Candy Man can! Reds win with two HR from Candelario!

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Reds 4 Guardians 2 

Jeimer Candelario put on a show, hitting two homers, including a go-ahead three run blast in the 6th inning. Nick Lodolo battled to give the Reds and a taxed bullpen six important innings, allowing two runs. 

Turning point: Down 2-1 in the 6th, Will Benson led off with a single to snap a string of 11 straight retired by Bibee. TJ Friedl followed with a fisted single the other way. Elly K. Candelario roped a three run shot….4-2 Reds. 

Candelario: 3 H, 2 HR (11), 4 RBI. 2-out 1st inning HR. His 4th 1st inning HR. Entered w/ 1.007 OPS with 2 outs, 7th best MLB.  
Saw 19 pitches in 3 PA vs Bibee: 1 HR, 10 K, 8 HR……11 foul balls. Total: 4 plate appearances/25 pitches.
Tied team lead in HR. Leads with 28 extra-base hits. 5th multi-HR game of career, 1st since 2022 with Tigers. 

Nick Lodolo: 6 IN, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HBP, 102 pitches/60 strikes. Battled. BB in a run in a 27 pitch 3rd. 62 pitches in the first 3 innings. 1st two reached on singles in the 5th, go ahead run scored. 4 pitch BB opened 6th. 5th quality start. Season high pitches. 

Offense: 5 H, 2 BB, 13 K 
6 of the first 9 batters K. Just one hit into the 5th, then four in the 6th. 
Tanner Bibee career high 11 K. Guardians had been 11-2 in his starts. 
16 runs scored over the last 5 games (3-4-2-3-4). 
Reds have 6th highest K rate in MLB…Guardians 5th lowest. 

Jacob Hurtubise: Made a textbook charge of a Steven Kwan liner, aligned his body and gunned down a runner at the plate in the 4th. 93 mph throw. Big thwart of a threat. Another big OF play by him after the charge/throw at Wrigley. 

Spencer Steer: Tell ya what, the more I see him at 1B, the more I like him there. He can pick it. 
Tyler Stephenson: 2 BB. 
Elly: 0 for 4, 3 K....2 for last 22...down to .228.

Bullpen: Sims 1.0, Moll 1.0 (33.2 innings w/o HR), Diaz 1.0, 1-2-3 9th, save No. 14.
Reds 28-1 when leading entering the 7th…....964 win percentage 2nd best in MLB. Total of 3 blown saves this season are fewest MLB. Next closest 7.

Reds have hit 45 batters. Tops in MLB. Average is 28. 

Kwan: 2 H, .383. That dude. What a joy to watch hit. It’s surprising when he makes an out. 

How they scored:
1st Candelario 2-out HR (10), 1-0 Reds 
6th Candelario 3-run HR, 4-2 Reds 

Elly bobblehead night drew a sellout crowd (42,427). The most attended regular season weekday (Monday-Thursday) game in GABP history, excluding Opening Days. Third sellout of the season. 

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