There may come a time when a home run by stupid Buster Posey into the left field stands won’t make me think of Game Five. When it won’t refresh my frustration at how Dusty Baker managed the pitching staff that day. When I won’t relive Jay Bruce’s 12-pitch at bat against Sergio Romo. When it won’t recall Homer’s brilliant seven innings and Scott Rolen’s error.
There may come a time when I won’t re-experience the gut punch those three October games in Great American Ball Park represented. When I won’t contemplate how Posey’s fateful swing marked the turning point of the Reds recent fortunes.Ã‚Â
(And did Tucker Barnhart tonight have to turn away in disgust just like Ryan Hanigan did three years ago?)
Can that NLDS have happened just three years ago? It feels like it’s been thirty years since the Reds were postseason worthy. It feels like thirty minutes since Posey hit that ball.
There may come a time when I’m over it.Ã‚Â
That time is not tonight, even with this insane win.Ã‚Â
The Reds jumped on Giants starter Chris Heston with three first-inning runs. Jason Bourgeois walked, Joey Votto walked, Brandon Phillips singled and Ivan De Jesus tripled. 3-0 Reds.Ã‚Â
John Lamb walked six batters in his last start, tonight he didn’t walk any. He gave up six hits while striking out three. Lamb had pitched well for three innings before giving up some hit to some hitter. Bryan Price pulled Lamb after 77 pitches and four innings, with the score tied 3-3.Ã‚Â
Two innings of bull … pen later, the Reds trailed 5-3. Ryan Mattheus gave up a home run on his first pitch to rookie Jarrett Parker. Mattheus has had one clean inning in his last 14 appearances. Manny Parra gave up a couple of hits.
The Reds bats didn’t do much after the first inning until a 30-minute seventh, an inning that will likely inspire several dissertations on chaos theory. With one out, Skip Schumaker drew a walk and was then thrown out at the plate after Giants pitcher Josh Osich threw Jason Bourgeois’s tapper past the Reds’ bullpen. Jay Bruce singled in Bourgeois. Votto reached on an another Giants error. Brandon Phillips singled in Bruce. Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ivan De Jesus finished off one of the best at bats of the year with a run-scoring walk. Ramon Cabrera singled in two more. The bizarre seventh ended on an another out at the plate on a wild pitch by the Giants fourth pitcher in the inning because of course it did. (De Jesus may have been safe at home instead of making the third out. But the Reds had used up their challenge earlier in the inning trying to undo the Schumaker out at home by arguing fan interference. Follow that?)
When the smoke cleared and circus left town (for the moment), the Reds led 8-5.
Sam LeCure pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh. J.J. Hoover pitched a 1-1-1 eighth, walking the second and third batters he faced.
Bryan Price brought in Aroldis Chapman with one out in the 8th. Chapman gave up a walk and a HBP to give a run to the Giants.Ã‚Â (The walk was earned by a pinch hitting Madison Bumgarner, or “Bumgardner” per Chris Welsh.)Ã‚Â Chapman continued to struggle in the ninth, surrendering two runs to tie the game. It was his third blown save of the year.
Todd Frazier hit a home run (34) leading off the tenth for the game winner.
Someone other than Aroldis Chapman earned a save for the Reds tonight. Imagine that, career save #1 for Jumbo Diaz.
If Chapman had closed out the game, Manny Parra, who gave up two doubles in his two-thirds of an inning of work, would have been awarded the win. Javier Lopez would have been tagged with the loss. He pitched to one batter, Joey Votto, who reached base on an error. Instead, Aroldis Chapman got the win. Yay pitcher wins and losses.