Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark is known as a launching pad and the table could be set for some long balls tonight when the Reds play host to the Angels in an interleague matchup. The Reds’ 1-0 victory in 12 innings on Sunday was just the 29th game without a home run in the 356-game history of the ballpark along the Ohio River. In addition to that, there has been just one occasion when there were two consecutive games without a home run (Aug 6-7, 2005, against the Florida Marlins). There have been 922 home runs hit at the Reds’ park in its four-year history. The only other park to allow more over that same time span is the White Sox’s U.S. Cellular Field which has seen 955 home runs.
So what team will go deep tonight? Reds starter Bronson Arroyo has given up just six home runs this season, but five have come in his last four starts, with two coming in his last outing. Angels starter Kelvim Escobar has given up just three home runs and just one in his last seven starts. Looks like a long ball night is approaching for the Angels.
UPDATE: Casey Kotchman and Gary Matthews Jr. both went deep while the Reds had no home runs Tuesday. In the end, the Reds got the last laugh with a 5-3 victory.