|Cleveland Indians (24-20)||8||7||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (21-24)||7||11||2|
|W: Miller (3-0) L: Storen (1-1) S: Allen (13)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–The Reds were down 7-3 in the bottom of the 7th, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned about these Cincinnati Reds, it’s this: they keep coming at you.
Billy Hamilton walked to lead off the inning. One out later, Joey Votto singled Hamilton over to third. Adam Duvall then ripped an RBI single, and Eugenio Suarez — pinch-hitting — followed up with a three-run homer that tied the game at 7-7.
The lead didn’t last long, but it was a fun comeback nonetheless.
–Austin Brice entered the game with the Reds down 7-3 and he pitched two perfect innings. Brice has been effective in the short time he’s been in Cincinnati.
–Votto reached base four times, 2-3 with two walks, a double, and two runs scored. Duvall was 2-5 with a double and two RBI. Hamilton reached base twice. Scooter Gennett doubled and walked.
–Another ugly outing for Amir Garrett: five innings, seven runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. Garrett surrendered four home runs, two to our old friend Edwin Encarnacion.
–With the Reds tied at 7, Drew Storen entered the game. He proceeded to walk the leadoff hitter, and then Encarnacion reached on a fielding error by Gennett. A fielder’s choice and fly out later, Encarnacion was at third, and he scored on a wild pitch by Storen. That was the margin of victory.
It was a strange moment, and Reds manager Bryan Price certainly opened himself up to criticism. Daniel Robertson was batting — with two outs and Indians ace reliever Andrew Miller in the on-deck circle — and for some reason, Price didn’t walk Robertson. It would have loaded the bases, but Indians skipper Terry Francona would have been forced to decide between pinch-hitting for Miller — which would have been good for the Reds, as it would have taken him out of the game — or letting him hit with two outs.
Instead, Price chose to pitch to Robertson, Storen threw a wild pitch, and the Reds lost.
–Devin Mesoraco was 0-5 with two strikeouts.
–Reds had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, but Jose Peraza was gunned down at the plate after a Zack Cozart single.
–Ohio Cup is tied. Reds and Indians head to Cleveland next to finish out this exciting competition.
–Votto is now hitting .300/.422/.600. That’ll do, Joey. That’ll do.