The Reds were in a fighting mood Sunday, when Yasiel Puig, Amir Garrett and manager David Bell were ejected in a scuffle with the Pirates.
For a brief moment Tuesday against the Marlins, it appeared Cincinnati would throw down again, but after taking a couple of steps toward pitcher Wei-Yin Chen following a sixth-inning plunking, first baseman Joey Votto picked up the baseball and tossed it underhand to the man who just put a fastball into his back.
Not charging the mound.
Just being a helpful guy.pic.twitter.com/0aj9Od3Ovy
That tongue-in-cheek moment from Votto did not cushion Chen from what came next. The following three Reds batters hit home runs, putting them up 11-0.
In the seventh, Chen surrendered a three-run blast.
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Cincinnati (1-8) has faceplanted at a time it was expected to take a step forward. A blowout win Tuesday won’t immediately change that.
But perhaps the Reds’ ability to have some fun, led by the continued presence of Votto, can help them eventually get back on track. At the very least it will make another tough year more bearable for fans at Great American Ball Park.
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