Ryan Mattheus gave up a leadoff walk in the bottom of the tenth. A single, bunt, intentional walk and fly ball later, the Arizona Diamondbacks had won the game and the series.
The good news is that Aroldis Chapman was warmed up and available to pitch the 11th inning if the Reds got the lead.
Anthony DeSclafani was in trouble all day but managed to keep the damage under control, giving the offense a chance to win. The young pitcher gave up three runs in six innings, striking out three and walking one (the pitcher).Ã‚Â Kevin Michell wrote about DeSclafani’sÃ‚Â developmentÃ‚Â this week.
Ivan De Jesus, playing 3B for Todd Frazier, made a great defensive play (video) in the third inning. De Jesus dove to his right, fielding a sharp ground ball down the base line. He jumped to his feet and fired a chest-high, on-target throw to Joey Votto.
The Reds struck for two runs in the fourth on a double by Billy Hamilton, a walk by Joey Votto, a single by Marlon Byrd driving in Hamilton, a single by Jay Bruce and a ground ball out by Eugenio Suarez, plating Votto.
Suarez and De Jesus hit back-to-back doubles to start the seventh that scored the Reds third run. Unfortunately, Tucker Barnhart was asked to bunt and popped out. Todd Frazier pinch hit and was called out on strike three. Billy Hamilton flew out to centerfield. The call on Frazier’s third strike was brutal.
Burke Badenhop gave up a lead off single on a ground ball in the seventh, but then worked his way through the top of the Arizona lineup to keep the score tied 3-3. He concluded the inning with a called third strike on Paul Goldschmidt.
Manny Parra gave up two hits (to left handed hitters) in the eighth, but J. J. Hoover came on to induce a fly ball for the third out.