Cincinnati Reds drop series to Marlins with two ejections

MIAMI – Facing left-handed pitching has been an issue for the Cincinnati Reds all season and that’ll be a test for them this week as they try to grow their lead in the wild-card race.

The Reds are scheduled to face a left-handed starting pitcher in four of their next five games, managing only one hit against Miami Marlins lefty Jesús Luzardo in six innings Sunday.

The lack of offense spoiled a solid start from Tyler Mahle in a 2-1 loss to the Marlins at loanDepot park in front of 11,019 fans and a disagreement with the strike zone led to some fiery emotions. Eugenio Suárez was ejected in the seventh inning and manager David Bell was ejected in the ninth. 

Aug 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts in anger after his at bat during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Votto, upset with a called third strike in a full count from the first inning, paused his at-bat in the ninth inning to say some words to home-plate umpire Edwin Moscoso. After he hit a sacrifice fly, driving in the Reds' only run, he spiked his helmet and shouted a few more words from the dugout. 

"For Joey, it went back to the first inning at-bat," said Bell, who was ejected for the fifth time this year. "He gets that call, it's a different inning, different at-bat and I think Joey knows that. He didn't. And I think that probably was where the real frustration stemmed."

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