|Final — 12 innings||R||H||E|
|Cleveland Indians (20-17)||8||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (15-25)||7||10||2|
|W: Allen (1-3) L: Sampson (0-1) S: Otero (1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Another productive night for Zack Cozart: 3-6 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot. He continues to swing at nearly every single pitch that is thrown to him, but when you’re squaring the ball up like Cozart is, who cares? He’s hitting .320…with a .320 on-base percentage.
–How about Jay Bruce? Tonight, Bruce was 3-4 with two home runs, a walk, and three runs scored. On the season, he’s hitting .290/.347/.557 with 8 home runs and 27 RBI. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
–Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer in the sixth, his ninth of the year. Yes, he made two errors, but I like that guy anyway.
–Ross Ohlendorf and Caleb Cotham pitched perfect innings. Hurrah.
–Billy Hamilton had a couple of hits. Joey Votto reached base three times.
–Tony Cingrani, seeking his fourth save in the ninth inning, surrendered a two-run homer to Rajai Davis that turned a 7-5 Reds lead into a tie game. This bullpen, amirite?
–Brandon Phillips was 0-for-6 at the plate. Tucker Barnhart was 0-5. Tyler Holt was only 0-4.
–Keyvius Sampson gave up a homer to the first batter he faced in the 12th inning, giving Cleveland an 8-7 lead that would become the final margin.
–Your Redlegs are now 10 games below .500.
–Reds bullpen waited until the ninth inning to blow the game, so that seems like progress.
–With his first homer tonight, Bruce broke Adam Dunn’s record for total homers at Great American Ball Park. Then he hit another one. Bruce now has 128 career home runs in his home ballpark.
–Brandon Finnegan was cruising until the sixth, when he ran into some trouble. In the end, his final line was 5.2 innings, 3 earned runs allowed on eight hits. Finnegan struck out 6 and didn’t walk a batter. Lots of positives to take away from tonight’s game, but I can’t add it to the “Good” section above.
The kid is 23. He’s going to be fine.
–Tony Cingrani has a quality beard.
—Steve is right; the Reds need to start a #VoteZack campaign. I’d love to see Cozart make an All-Star team.
–I can’t believe the bullpen was unable to (a) hold a lead or (b) hold the Indians long enough for the Reds to score and win the game. No, wait, I can absolutely believe that.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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