The Short Version: Big days at the plate by Tucker Barnhart and Zack Cozart, combined with a solid start from Sal Romano and effective relief from Jackson Stephens and Raisel Iglesias, result in a win that salvages one game from this series against New York.
|Cincinnati Reds (62-82)||10||10||0|
|New York Mets (63-80)||5||13||0|
|W: Stephens (2-0) L: Familia (1-2) S: Iglesias (26)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–As the Reds batted in the top of the 7th, the score was 5-2 in favor of the opposition, and it appeared that Cincinnati was on the brink of getting swept by the hapless Metropolitans of Gotham. But the Redlegs were just getting started.
Scott Schebler walked to lead off the frame. Tucker Barnhart followed up with a single, but Patrick Kivlehan struck out and Jose Peraza grounded into a fielder’s choice, leaving runners at the corners with two outs.
Zack Cozart struck with a home run to left, his 19th of the season, and in one swing of the bat, the game was tied.
–One inning later, Eugenio Suarez singled and moved to second on a questionable sacrifice bunt by Phillip Ervin. Schebler was intentionally walked, and Barnhart came through with a double that scored both runners. (Schebler was initially called out, but replay confirmed that Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud was blocking the plate.) The Reds were ahead 7-5.
–Barnhart wasn’t done, as he homered to right in the top of the ninth inning, a three-run shot that gave the Reds their final margin. On the day, Barhart was 3-4 with a double, a home run, a walk and a career-high 5 RBI.
–Cozart also had another strong day at the plate, going 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and four runs batted in. Eugenio Suarez also reached three times and scored twice in a 2-4 day.
–Sal Romano wasn’t great, but he was solid in his 5-inning outing, allowing two runs on eight hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter, though he did throw 97 pitches over those five innings.
–Jackson Stephens (1.1 innings) and Raisel Iglesias (2 innings) closed out the game with scoreless relief.
–Asher Wojciechowski took a tie game and turned it into a three run deficit in the span of two-thirds of an inning.
–The Reds finally beat the Mets at Citi Field, but they had to come from behind to do it. Oh well, at least the ol’ Redlegs outscored the Bengals, right? Right?
–After the Reds tied the game up in the seventh, there was an odd moment. Scooter Gennett struck out to end the inning, and he slammed his helmet on the ground afterward. He was immediately ejected and manager Bryan Price came out to argue. In the middle of the argument, the first notes of “God Bless America” were heard at Citi Field. Resulting in this scene:
The song started. The argument continued.
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) September 10, 2017
After the song, Price resumed his argument, to no avail.
–Cozart is one home run away from becoming the sixth Red to reach the 20-home run plateau this season. No Reds team has ever had that many 20-HR guys.
–For the season, Barnhart is hitting .272/.351/.399. Combine that with outstanding defense and a great arm — he threw out another would-be base-stealer today — and you have a pretty darn good big league catcher.
–I don’t know why you guys are upset. The Reds have only had losing records in 14 of the last 17 seasons.
–The Reds have Monday off, then Robert Stephenson will go for his fifth consecutive victory in St. Louis on Tuesday.
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