The Short Version: The Reds clawed back from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and Jesse Winker walked it off in the bottom of the 13th. Reds win!

Final — 13 innings R H E
Colorado Rockies (32-30) 5 13 0
Cincinnati Reds (22-41) 7 10 1
W: Floro (2-1) L: Rusin (0-2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Jesse Winker entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter for Adam Duvall. He went 3 for 3, including a game-winning walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning. Have a day, young man!

–Hitting leadoff today, Scott Schebler went 3 for 6 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.

–Dylan Floro pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win.

–Michael Lorenzen pinch-hit for Tyler Mahle, and he delivered a single. But it’s even better than that; the single set a Reds record for exit velocity. Shall I remind you that Michael Lorenzen is a pitcher?

–Wandy Peralta pitched a perfect inning, which was nice to see. Jared Hughes pitched a scoreless ninth. Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in a dazzling tenth-inning appearance.

The Bad
–Amir Garrett pitched one bad inning and one good inning. His final line: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K.

–Reds defense continues to be very shaky. Today, it was Alex Blandino with a throwing error.

–The Reds had a chance to walk off the game in each the 10th and 11th innings, but each frame ended in a double play (Eugenio Suarez, Jose Peraza).

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds were on the verge of a five-game losing streak, but they kept battling. That was a fun win.

–Not good and not bad: Tyler Mahle pitched five innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out six and hit one batter. Mahle threw 96 pitches in those five inning. Not pitch efficient 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HB. 96 pitches, 65 strikes

–Mahle surrendered a run in the first inning, but the Reds drew even in the second. Adam Duvall singled with one out and the immortal Curt Casali doubled him home.

–By the fifth inning, the Reds were down 3-1, but Cincinnati scored when pinch-hitter Michael Lorenzen singled to left with one away; he was erased on a Billy Hamilton fielder’s choice, but Hamilton scored when Scott Schebler doubled to deep left.

–By the time the eighth inning rolled around, the Reds were losing 5-2, but they staged a little rally. Hamilton walked to lead off the inning, then Schebler singled and Scooter Gennett walked to load the bases. Joey Votto grounded out, scoring one run, then Eugenio Suarez hit into a fielder’s choice — and Scooter did a good job extending a rundown that allowed Geno to advance to second — that scored another, making the score 5-4.

When Jesse Winker delivered a pinch-hit single, the Reds nearly tied the game, but Suarez was thrown out at home. Inexplicably, Suarez didn’t slide; he may have been safe if he had.

–The Reds tied it in the bottom of the ninth. Casali was hit by a pitch and, one out later, Jose Peraza singled. The runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, but Billy Hamilton had one of the worst at-bats you’re likely to see. With two outs, Rockies closer Wade Davis uncorked another wild pitch, scoring Casali and tying the game.

–In a season like this one, we’ll savor the sweet moments. The Cardinals come into town tomorrow. Matt Harvey will toe the rubber for the hometown Redlegs.

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27 Responses

  1. jonrox

    Riggelman knows what he’s doing. Can’t go 3/3 off the bench if you’re a starter. /RollsafeMeme

    • Aaron Bradley

      Reflection is good for the soul. It’s a long season. Winker is going to get plenty of playing time, probably more than he has ever had in his career. I don’t think we need to bust out the pitch forks over Winker. Why Billy is being run out there every day is more of a question and of course directly affects Winker’s playing time. I am tired of Billy ball, I really am. We have proven we don’t need speed at top of order to score when we have guys in the middle that can slug. Whatever Billy provides on defense is not enough to compensate for his offensive feebleness. At least Duvall hits homers, I can live with his low average though it would be nice if it gets to the 250s.

      • Ben

        I agree. Duvall is Gold Glove caliber and he has better on-base and power than Billy. They both need to go in the next 12 months, tho.

  2. Aaron Bradley

    Lorenzen likes to lift weights, he looks nothing like a pitcher with those big arms, and he keeps breaking down as a pitcher. Seem slate to make an offensive player out of him, but that prob should have been done yrs ago when it was obvious the guy likes to buff out. I know of no pitchers that have muscular arms and shoulders like this, I think it even hurts the throwing motion over hand to have so much muscle mass.

    • Ben

      He’s not so big that he can’t be flexible, as long as it’s part of his training routine. Big (young) guys usually get stiff because they don’t devote time to stretching and agility.

    • Aaron Bradley

      I say designate his role as long reliever and pinch hitter, that is certainly a role needed, we have abunch of extra games every year where a guy like this makes the difference.

  3. David

    That Winker! Either bench him or trade him. He can’t tote Billy Hamilton;s glove!
    /sarc off

    Really, great win for the Reds. Maybe the only one they have on this homestand.

    The upside is that the Cardinals don’t hit as well as the Rockies.
    The downside is that the Cardinals pitching is better.

    There is some talent on this team, but the single thing that kills them is their starting pitching. Actually, Mahle wasn’t TERRIBLE today, just not shutdown good. 2 earned runs in 5 innings.
    If we got six innings of two run baseball from each starter, this team would start to win some games.

    He needs to go deeper into the game, and be more pitch efficient. Like he doesn’t know that, like Danny Darwin hasn’t preached this to them. The key is learning HOW to do it.

    • David

      Castillo has enough to be successful. He just has to be able to locate consistently, and trust his change-up. He hits a wall because he has too many high effort innings too close together.

      He has to be able to throw strikes and have some innings where he isn’t making a really high effort. He has to be able to locate and be pitch efficient.

    • eric3287

      A first inning error caused Mahle to throw 10 more pitches in that inning than he would have other wise. Without that error, he’s at 86 pitches after 5 and maybe comes back out for the 6th.

  4. David

    Gary Nolan won 18 games as a starter in 1970 at the age of 23. Don Gullett won 16 games as a starter with the Reds in 1971 (and an ERA under 3).

    These guys have the ability to pitch winning baseball, but they
    1) walk too many guys
    2) pitch from behind in the count too many times.

    • Ben

      The same was true for Johnny Cueto for his first two years and 350 innings. He had to develop a third plus pitch, just like Romano and Finnegan need to. Right now those guys have to nibble too much because they’re both 85% fastball-slider.

      Aaron Harang was an absolute monster in a short rise thru the minors and it took him 2+ seasons and over 200 innings to figure it out.

    • Dewey Roberts

      The Reds do not have any pitchers of the caliber of Nolan or Gullett. Nolan was the best young pitcher I ever saw. He was a Hall of Fame type player if his arm had held up. He came to spring camp after his rookie season and tried to overpower the opposition. He had an army injury in spring and did not start the season. He never really recovered from that despite winning 18 games in 1970 and having 3-4 other good seasons. Nolan was better than any pitcher the Reds have had in the 48 years since that 1970 season. Gullett was great also and was derailed by arm troubles with the Yankees. None of the present players in the entire Reds system are as good as those two pitchers.

      • Gonzo Reds

        I think Jose Rijo was better than Nolan and we also had Tom Seaver for a few years.

      • Dewey Roberts

        I was talking about Nolan’s talent if he had not gotten injured. He had Hall of Fame talent. To pitch the way he did at age 19, 20, 21, 22, etc. was very rare.
        I will agree about Tom Seaver. I don’t agree that Jose Rijo was better. Nolan hurt his arm early in his career (second season and then again a few years later) but he still put together seasons where he went 18-7, 15-5, 15-9, 15-9. The last two seasons were after he was out of baseball for two years. Compare those records to Homer Bailey’s attempted comeback. If Homer was on pace for a 15-9 record this year he would be the toast of the town.
        I am not sure if you are old enough to remember Nolan, but I am. I have seen all the Reds pitchers since 1961. So let me qualify things a little better this time. Gary Nolan is the best home grown pitcher I have ever seen in a Reds uniform. If he had not hurt his arm at age 19-20, he would be in the Hall of Fame. The next best homegrown pitcher for the Reds was Don Gullett. The next best was Johnny Cueto. Those are my opinions. But Nolan was a young phenom. The Reds might never have another pitcher like him.

      • Dewey Roberts

        Were you a fan in 1968-1977? I go with Nolan. Check out his game by game records.

  5. Darrin

    Hamilton really has some ugly at-bats these days

  6. Darrin

    The whole thing makes absolutely no sense. Hard to build trade value for players nobody wants.

  7. JR

    Happy for the Fonz. This kid needs to play. Nice job by Floro today, he’s been doing an awesome job for the Reds.

  8. Jack

    Schebler and Winker need to play every day to see what they can provide for 2021. And judging by Hamilton’s swinging strikeout in the 9th , Schebler and Winker should never be sitting . Hamilton is completely overmatched at the plate . That swing was embarrassing.

  9. cfd3000

    Hamilton looks so overmatched, and he strikes out about 308% of the time, usually looking helpless when he does. Please please please can he be a pinch running specialist and late inning defensive replacement? Let Winker and Schebler play every day. Nice win by the Reds but Billy should only start in games where I’m asleep by the fifth inning.

  10. David

    Okay, is that sarcasm? Lance McAllister (WLW) suggested that the Reds make kids free admission the rest of the year, to bring in their parents and boost attendance. I mean, the Reds are going to lose 100 games, and their attendance is turrible.

    Would it hurt? It would put people in the seats, and more business for vendors, etc.

    Probably some better numbers this weekend, as a bunch of Cardinal’s fans will drive up from St. Louis to watch the games.

    • Mike Adams

      Yes, it would hurt. There would be dead bodies all over GABP, expired from boredom or extreme frustration.

  11. George

    You did mean “Bob C.” favorites, right. 🙂

  12. Nickey Vee

    They’d be foolish to keep Iggy and they must know it. You don’t need a shutdown closer when you’re going to lose 100 games anyway, and that’s just the sort of player that contenders are looking to grab at the deadline. Unless he flatlines between now and then, they must be aware that he’s the best trade bait on the ballclub.

  13. james garrett

    I still believe that our young pitchers will develop especially Mahle and Castillo.They are 5 inning guys right now and are just learning at the big league level.Get Bob up here and let him start the rest of the year and we will see where they fit for 2019.Billy’s hitting is worse then its ever been so he needs to set and lets see what others can do playing centerfield.Peraza needs to be sent down to work on his plate discipline and to get rid of his slapping at the ball.Kid has pop and if he could learn to use it and take a walk then he is a keeper for sure.He hasn’t learned either in the big leagues so after two years he needs to be sent down.They are the two weak links in this offense and replacing them makes us much better offensively and could help our young guys to relax on the mound some.Nobody likes to pitch in GABP and could you imagine how it would be for young guys learning to pitch to do it here.Imagine if Bob has all of the money in the world and could compete with the rich for a top starter.Do you think he would come to Cincy?We must develop our own pitchers and pay for bats if we can’t develop them.The Cubs developed bats and bought pitching and could do both because they have the cash.

  14. roger garrett

    I like it but we still have two holes at 7 and 9.The other teams pitcher will find them and Winker won’t see much to hit with Peraza behind him.Can’t hide guys and until they are replaced we won’t have a good enough offense to win in our own park