|Cincinnati Reds (22-24)||4||7||0|
|Cleveland Indians (24-21)||3||10||1|
|W: Lorenzen (3-0) L: Allen (0-2) S: Iglesias (8)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–The following narrative was originally written for the “The Bad” section below. But then Billy Hamilton did what Billy Hamilton does.
With the Reds down 3-2 in the top of the ninth, Scooter Gennett led off with a single. Tucker Barnhart followed up with another single, and the Reds had runners on first and second with no outs.
And Bryan Price asked Jose Peraza to bunt. Yes, the Reds only had three outs left in the game, and they willingly handed one of them to the Indians for free. Peraza did exactly as you would suspect: terrible bunt, and the lead runner was forced out at third.
I was not happy, and I was prepared to whine about it in the recap after yet another Reds loss. But then things got interesting.
Hamilton grounded into a double play. Game over.
But no! The Reds challenged the call at first, and Hamilton was deemed safe, beating out a double play ball that no one else on earth would have been called safe on. So the Reds were still in business, with runners on first and third for Zack Cozart.
Cozart drilled a liner into left field for a single, scoring Arismendy Alcantara (pinch-running for Barnhart) from third. Game tied!
But wait! Here comes Hamilton, who started at first base and was running on the pitch. Billy streaked around third — without even peeking at third base coach Billy Hatcher — and scored the go-ahead run before the Indians even threw the ball back into the infield. I’d say it was one of the craziest things I’d ever seen, but Billy does this stuff all the time.
–Adam Duvall hit a long home run, to dead center, that accounted for the first two Cincinnati runs. It was Duvall’s tenth of the season.
–Gennett — serving as tonight’s designated hitter — collected two hits in four at-bats.
–Blake Wood and Michael Lorenzen combined for three shutout innings.
–Offense was dormant for most of the night, but I can’t complain about anything here. Well, I could, but I won’t. Go Reds.
–Now that was an exciting win. The Ohio Cup is within Cincinnati’s grasp.
–The game was halted by a 1 hour, 58 minute rain delay in the top of the sixth inning.
–Lisalverto Bonilla wasn’t good, and he wasn’t bad. Gave up three runs in five innings. Not sharp, but he battled. Bonilla almost escaped the fifth without giving up his third run, but alas, Carlos Santana is the best player in baseball (two doubles, a home run, and all 3 RBI for Cleveland tonight).
–The Reds are the only team in the major leagues with four players who each have 10+ home runs: Votto, Schebler, Duvall, Suarez.
–Yes, I’ve been over-the-top about Hamilton over the last year or two. But is there any player in baseball that is more exciting? I say no.
–Votto wrote Edwin Encarnacion a note in the dirt in front of the Cleveland dugout before the game tonight. You can see it all the way down there at the bottom of the post. Ya gotta love Joey Votto.
That was fun. I like baseball. https://t.co/EZgPSJaaSU
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) May 25, 2017
Hahahaha Indians have fireworks go off, scoreboard says Indians win.
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) May 25, 2017
Billy Hamilton's 2 a.m. room service bill should be delivered to Bryan Price's hotel room.
— Grant Freking (@GrantFreking) May 25, 2017
Billy Hamilton is unbelievable.
— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) May 25, 2017
CAN WE PLEASE TAKE A SECOND TO TALK ABOUT HOW FAST BILLY HAMILTON IS pic.twitter.com/jL43SqdI3e
— paco (@AllaireMatt) May 25, 2017
— Reds Problems (@redsproblems) May 23, 2017
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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