Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
FINAL — 11 innings
San Francisco 2
W: Hoover (2-5)
L: J. Lopez (1-1)
–Shin-Soo Choo, whose struggles against lefthanders have been well-documented, struck the winning blow against lefty (and my fellow UVa guy)
Felipe Javier Lopez in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Walkoff wins are always welcome.
–Devin Mesoraco reached base four times, with a career-high three hits and a walk. Choo was the only other Red with more than one hit (he had two). Chris Heisey hit a big homer in the sixth, however, that tied up the game. Joey Votto and Tony Cingrani each doubled.
–JJ Hoover pitched two good innings to get the win, striking out four. He was completely dominant in the first of those two innings.
–Sam LeCure struck out the side in his only inning of work. So good to see LeCure getting hitters out again.
–Manny Parra entered the game in the eighth, after Alfredo Simon loaded the bases. Parra collected the third out on a fly to right, in what was one of the most important spots in the game.
–The Reds and Giants have played three games in this series. San Francisco has a total of seven hits in those three games.
–Alfredo Simon walked just one and gave up no hits, but a lack of control (two wild pitches — one on a third strike that got away from Mesoraco — and a hit batter) permitted the Giants to load up the bases in the eighth.
–That’s three straight wins after everyone was ready to jump off a bridge. It’s a long season. You gotta be patient.
–Tony Cingrani, in his latest return to the rotation, was adequate: 5.2 innings pitched, two runs allowed on four hits and four walks.
–How many extra inning games are the Reds going to play this season? Every other night, it seems. Tonight’s game lasted more than four and a half hours.
–Giants manager Bruce Bochy managed this game like he was desperate to get a victory. He didn’t.
–Aroldis Chapman walked a guy, but still looked pretty good in retiring the Giants in the top of the ninth inning.
–Clearly, Manny Parra is the greatest reliever in Reds history.
–Heisey’s only hit was the homer, but he struck the ball very well a couple of other at-bats. If Heisey can hit like we all think he should be able to hit, he could solve this club’s LF problem in a hurry.
–The Reds are back to 13 games over .500, and they will go for the sweep tomorrow, with Mike Leake on the mound.