CINCINNATI – Eugenio Suárez is an equal team leader in the home runs for the Reds, but his status in the line-up as the club’s regular third baseman is also dangerous. Homers aside, Suárez struggled to beat all season, finishing eighth for the first time since 2015 – his first season in Cincinnati.
In the Reds’ 7-4 win over the Pirates at Great American Ball Park on Thursday, Suárez delivered a three-run homer in the second inning of a six-run rally. It was his 22nd overall and fourth in his last nine games.
But will it be enough to stay in the lineup? Mike Moustakas could be back from the casualty list in a few days, if not hours. Moustakas played third base during his rehab stint at Triple-A Louisville and was back in Cincinnati to practice on the field before Thursday’s game. Kyle Farmer has since consolidated both offensively and defensively at the shortstop, where Suárez opened the season with poor results. That makes it unlikely that he would return to this place.
Jonathan India gave the Reds a lead in the first inning with a leadoff homer on left field against Pirates starter Wil Crowe. The big results came in the second inning after Farmers lead-off single and Tyler Naquin, who scored due to a mistake. Suarez hit a 3-2 pitch from Crowe in the opposite direction in right midfield for a three-run homer and a 4-0 lead.
Later in the second round with two outs, Joey Votto narrowly missed an RBI double in the right corner, which led to the foul. But two fields later in a 2-2 count, Votto started a triple homer into right midfield and linked the team lead with 22 homers – including 10 in his last 11 games.