|Final — 11 innings||R||H||E|
|Arizona Diamondbacks (54-40)||3||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (40-54)||4||15||0|
|W: Lorenzen (5-2) L: McFarland (4-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–The Reds almost got very unlucky in the bottom of the 11th. Billy Hamilton collected a one-out single. Zack Cozart followed with a double to the gap that would have scored Hamilton easily. Unfortunately, it bounced over the wall for a ground rule double — and Reds fans had visions of stranded runners.
After an intentional walk to Joey Votto, however, Adam Duvall came through with a line drive single to right. Walkoff win for the fightin’ Redlegs, the first such walkoff hit in Duvall’s career.
–Cozart had four hits, including his 11th home run and the aforementioned double. Joey Votto had two hits and two walks. Billy Hamilton had three hits, plus his 40th stolen base, and two runs scored. Scooter Gennett each collected two hits.
–Pretty good outing by Tim Adleman: six innings, three runs allowed on seven hits. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a single batter. Plus he battled Zack Greinke pitch for pitch. I’ll take it.
–With the game tied 3-3, with one out and bases empty in the eighth inning, Bryan Price went to Raisel Iglesias. There are justified criticisms of Price, and he hasn’t exactly been the revolutionary bullpen manager that we’d hoped for, but this is a lovely move. And it’s a move that most managers wouldn’t make.
Iglesias promptly struck out Arizona superstar Paul Goldschmidt on a 101-mph fastball. Then he looked mostly dominant for an inning and two thirds.
–Wandy Peralta allowed just one hit in an inning and a third.
–Michael Lorenzen came on in the tenth and pitched a perfect inning. Price then allowed Lorenzen to hit for himself to lead off the bottom half of the inning. I love this decision. He’s a good hitter, and there’s no reason to remove him from the game when the Reds could still get more from him on the mound in an extra inning game. (Of course, Lorenzen struck out, but just forget about that for a moment.)
Lorenzen then came back and pitched another good inning. The bullpen tossed five innings of one-hit, shutout baseball.
–Nothing bad tonight. Nice to get a win.
–The Reds finally got their first win of the second half, and it was an exciting one. Outstanding work by the bullpen and good hitting by the top of the order. Good stuff.
–Zack Cozart continues to pound the baseball. He’s now hitting .321/.400/.566, and really shows no signs of slowing down. What is going on with this guy?
–In the bottom of the ninth, with the score at 3-3, Cozart collected a two-out single. Joey Votto selfishly followed with a base on balls. Unfortunately, Duvall struck out, missing a chance to end the game in regulation.
–Hamilton’s OBP is just .304, which isn’t good…but it continues to rise. That’s something. And he’s now just the third player in Reds history with 4+ seasons of 40 or more stolen bases (Joe Morgan, Bob Bescher).
–The Redlegs will try to make it a winning streak tomorrow afternoon, with Luis Castillo on the mound. A win will give the Reds a second consecutive series victory over Arizona.
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