|Final — 11 innings||R||H||E|
|Atlanta Braves (33-61)||5||10||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (35-59)||4||12||2|
|W: Cabrera (1-0) L: Cingrani (2-3)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Strong start by Cody Reed, finally. Reed allowed two runs — though neither of those runs were earned — on five hits over six innings. There were some hard-hit balls, but Reed escaped, and yeah, it was just the Braves, but I feel like it was an important outing for the kid. Glad to see him have some success after a rough start to his big league career.
–Joey Votto was 2-2 with three walks. He has reached base in eight straight plate appearances. Votto is red hot again, his on-base percentage finally back above .400. (And he even made a couple of very nice defensive plays, if you can believe it.)
–Down 4-2 as they entered the bottom of the ninth, the Reds put together a nice little rally to tie the game. Eugenio Suarez led off with a single, and Ramon Cabrera moved him to third with a double. Tucker Barnhart grounded out, and Suarez scored to cut the deficit to one run. Zack Cozart followed that up with a run-scoring single that tied the game and sent it to extra innings.
The Reds had a chance to win it at that point, actually. Cozart was inexplicably thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double. With two outs, Billy Hamilton reached on an infield single, bringing Votto to the plate…whereupon Billy was picked off. TOOTBLAN!
–Suarez had three hits, including a double, and a run scored (and another error, his 16th of the season). Jay Bruce had a two-run homer in the first that put the Reds up 2-0 (he also had an error).
–Jumbo Diaz and Tony Cingrani pitched three innings of scoreless baseball. (Though Cingrani did allow a leadoff hit in the 11th that came around to score the go-ahead run after he was replaced by Blake Wood — who didn’t pitch poorly himself.)
–Adam Duvall singled and … wait for it … walked!
–Michael Lorenzen surrendered a two-run homer — and the lead — in his one inning of work.
–With one out and the winning run on second base in the 10th, Adam Duvall swung at two awful pitches in the dirt, then watched strike three go right past him down the middle. Not a good at-bat.
–The first two Braves runs scored thanks primarily to the aforementioned errors by Suarez and Bruce.
–I’m still not willing to concede that the Reds aren’t going to get back into the Wild Card race, but it’s getting more difficult by the day.
–Once again: how about Cody Reed? The kid has to be feeling good tonight, and we’re feeling good for him.
–Not much else to say here. These aren’t two great teams, and the game wasn’t particularly well-played. But the Reds have a chance to win the series tomorrow.
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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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