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3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, April 20, 2021
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 8,085

Joey Votto, Reds welcome Diamondbacks for three-game series

According to STATS
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Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Diamondbacks and Reds played a three-game set in Arizona earlier this season with the D-Backs winning two of three games and outscoring the Reds by 11 runs. Arizona's batters took 19 walks in the series, 13 more than the six walks taken by Cincinnati's hitters.
  2. The Diamondbacks split a four-game series with the Nationals in Washington over the weekend. Arizona hit eight home runs over the four games, tied for the second most by any road team in a series this season.
  3. The Reds took two of three games from Cleveland at home. Cincinnati is 7-2 at home to start the season, winning all three series. Cincinnati has won six straight home series dating back to last season, tied with the Royals for the longest such active streak in MLB.
  4. Eduardo Escobar hit two home runs against Washington. Escobar's six home runs this season are tied for second most in MLB with four other players, including Cincinnati's Tyler Naquin. Escobar had one home run in each of the three games against the Reds earlier this season.
  5. Zac Gallen has struck out at least five batters in each his last 19 appearances, the third-longest active such streak in the MLB behind Lance Lynn (23) and Trevor Bauer (20). Gallen fanned eight in 4.0 innings against Oakland in his only outing this season.
  6. Luis Castillo is 2-4 with a 4.25 ERA in six career starts against Arizona despite allowing an opponent batting average of .176. That is the fifth-lowest mark by any active pitcher against the Diamondbacks (minimum 100 batters faced).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/20/2021 thru 4/22/2021

The Cincinnati Reds look to get back in the win column on Tuesday when they begin a three-game series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cincinnati saw its seven-game home winning streak come to an end with Sunday's 6-3 loss despite another strong performance from Joey Votto. The 37-year-old first baseman is hitting .267 after recording seven hits in 11 at-bats over the weekend.

"He's hitting in the middle of our order, obviously a very important part of our lineup," Reds manager David Bell said. "This has been a process for him, even from Opening Day, where he's been hitting the ball hard. I think now he's seeing the ball even better, getting into deep counts, getting ahead in the count, walking a little bit and continuing to hit the ball hard."

Arizona took two of three against Cincinnati earlier this month but sits at 6-10 after splitting a four-game series against Washington over the weekend.

Right-hander Zac Gallen (0-0, 2.25 ERA) makes the start for the Diamondbacks following a promising season debut last Tuesday. The 25-year-old received a no-decision against Oakland after giving up one run with eight strikeouts over four innings.

Gallen, who missed the first two weeks of the season with a right forearm injury, made his only previous start against the Reds on Sept. 15, 2019 and gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 3-1 loss.

Cincinnati will turn to right-hander Luis Castillo (1-1, 7.04), who allowed four runs on seven hits over five frames against San Francisco in a no-decision last Tuesday.

Nick Ahmed is hitless in nine at-bats against Castillo, who owns a 2-4 mark and 4.25 ERA in six career starts against the Diamondbacks. The 28-year-old has struggled early in his first three outings this season with a 27.00 ERA in the first inning.

The Reds are hoping to have Mike Moustakas available Tuesday after the third baseman missed the last three games with a non-COVID illness. Moustakas is batting .289 with two home runs and five RBIs in his first 12 games.

Cincinnati's Tyler Naquin was expected to serve as a fourth outfielder this season, but the 29-year-old continues to make a case for regular playing time. Naquin belted his team-leading sixth homer in Sunday's 6-3 loss to Cleveland and is batting .262 with a team-high 15 RBIs.

Arizona is without outfielder Tim Locastro (dislocated left pinkie finger), center fielder Ketel Marte (right hamstring strain) and reliever Joakim Soria (strained left calf), but catcher Carson Kelly has provided a welcome power boost.

Kelly has homered in three of his last four games and has hit safely in nine of his 11 games this season.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is also encouraged by the play of second baseman Josh Rojas, who was 2-for-31 before recording two hits from the leadoff spot with a homer and three runs scored in Sunday's 5-2 win over Washington.

"I knew that he was in a good enough spot fundamentally to make some subtle, key tweaks or an adjustment that was gonna have him have some success," Lovullo said. "He sees the ball, he surveys the strike zone and that's why he was leading off."

The Diamondbacks figure to exercise patience with the 26-year-old Rojas, who hit .347 with four homers in spring training.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 19, 2021

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