Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: A. Chapman (3-1)
L: L. Nunez (1-4)
S: F. Cordero (27)
–Down 6-4 as the ninth inning began, the Reds decided to pretend they were the 2010 Reds. With one out, Joey Votto walked, Brandon Phillips singled, then Dave Sappelt tied the game with a two-run double to left.
Then, after an intentional walk of Jay Bruce and a strikeout by Miguel Cairo, Yonder Alonso came through with a two-run double of his own, making the score 8-6. Beautiful win.
–Alonso had a career-high 4 RBI, going 3-4 with a double and his second homer. He got the rare start at 1B tonight.
–Dave Sappelt was 3-5 with two runs scored and those two RBI. Phillips had two hits and two runs scored. Drew Stubbs and Cairo each had two hits, and Jay Bruce hit his 27th homer.
–Aroldis Chapman faced one batter and struck him out. Francisco Cordero had a dominant ninth inning to collect the save.
–Johnny Cueto wasn’t great: five innings, three runs allowed on four hits and six walks. Plus, he made an error. Ugh.
–More poor pitching by Sam LeCure and Nick Masset. I’m tired of this.
–That was a fun win. Good to see the Reds keep battling.
–Alonso hasn’t played much, but you can’t say he hasn’t taken advantage of whatever small opportunity he’s been given: .448/.529/.759.
–Some of these young guys are producing. Walt Jocketty has some big decisions to make, especially with Alonso. I don’t know what the Reds are going to do with this situation, but I’m worried.