CINCINNATI – – The names like Rose, Morgan, Bench, and the Big Red Machine may not sound like that.
But Tyler Naquin, Nick Castellanos, Jonathan India, and these Cincinnati Reds are all heading for runs in grapes.
Naquin hit another homer in the lead and the high-profile Reds rolled on, assisting Luis Castillo to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4 on Wednesday for the fifth straight time.
After their first playoff appearance in seven years, the Reds started a season 5-1 for the first time since 2016.
“The determination to win games is there,” said Reds manager David Bell. “And there is no way I feel any kind of disappointment. Boys are way too smart for that. They know what’s ahead of us.”
Her 56 runs are the most in the history of the Reds franchise in the first six games of a season. The 1976 team of Morgan, Rose, Bench and Tony Perez scored 51 on the way to a second consecutive World Cup.
The pirates took the brunt of Cincinnati’s rampage this week, scoring 30-8 points in the three-game series.
“We are definitely ready to leave Cincinnati,” said manager Derek Shelton.
Naquin jumped to Chad Kuhl’s first place for his second home run of his career and finished second in as many days. Since Eddie Milner on June 24 and 25, 1984, he was the first Reds batsman with lead-off home runs in a row.
The day after Naquin hit two homers and drove seven runs, he started the Reds toward another frenzy by scanning a first five-run inning.
“I’m very happy for Tyler,” said Bell. “He’s getting some opportunities here early and he made the most of it and was a big part of our first week.”
Castellanos crossed the finish line in fifth. Tyler Stephenson and Aristides Aquino scored in the eighth race in a row.
Castillo (1-1) made a good recovery after allowing 10 runs in his career on the opening day in St. Louis. He knocked out the pirates with four hits for seven innings, hit five, and went one.
“The catcher called my change and it worked today,” said Castillo. “It’s my second best pitch.” I didn’t have to throw my slider. “
Erik Gonzalez scored his first career Grand Slam with the Pirates in ninth place ahead of Amir Garrett.
Kyle Farmer’s brace in two runs beat Kuhl 0-1.
“It starts with the energy in the clubhouse,” said Farmer. When all goes well, the hitting is contagious. So it just keeps rolling and great fun to watch. “
RUNS BATTED INDIA
Red’s rookie second bass player Jonathan India drove three runs on Wednesday, giving him 10 RBI in his first six games. India beats .476. He also threw a runner on the plate.
“I’m confident out here,” he said. “Don’t worry. I just play the game I can play. This is my dream. It’s everything I expected and more.” India’s double in two rounds in the fifth came after being hit in the helmet by a Kuhl pitch in the third: “I wasn’t dazed at all,” India said.
Three rivers cry
The Pirates are graciously returning home to PNC Park to start a seven game homestand after throwing five out of six on the streets to start the season. “We just have to wash these games away,” Shelton said. “(The Reds) just beat us up and knocked the ball out of the stadium. We are ready to go home. “
Reds: OF Jesse Winker, who has not played since leaving the game on Saturday due to a flu-like illness, resumed baseball activities on Wednesday and could return to the line-up on Friday. Winker has not tested positive for COVID-19. “It wiped him out a little,” said Bell.
Pirates: Play their home opener against the Cubs on Thursday. LHP Tyler Anderson starts the season against Chicago for the second time. He hit seven but lost on Saturday after allowing three runs over five innings.
Rote: Start your first road trip of the season on Friday in Arizona. RHP Tyler Mahle is aiming for his second win of the season after allowing two deserved runs through five innings in Saturday’s 9-6 win against the Cardinals.