|Arizona D-backs (74-67)
|Cincinnati Reds (66-76)
|W: Ginkel (2-0) L: Mahle (2-11) SV: Bradley (13)
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A big inning for Arizona was enough to put them ahead for good as they held off a comeback attempt from the Reds on Friday night in a game that lasted what felt like seven years.
Alex Blandino led off the 1st inning with a walk. After back-to-back strikeouts, Aristides Aquino doubled to the wall in left field to put the Reds up 1-0. In the 3rd inning it was another walk by Blandino that got things going for Cincinnati. He walked, then Joey Votto walked, and Eugenio Suarez followed up with an RBI single that put the Reds up 2-1.
After a big top of the 5th inning that put Arizona up 6-2, the Reds and Eugenio Suarez clawed back most of that lead. The Cincinnati third baseman crushed a 3-run homer, his 42nd of the year that brought in Alex Blandino and Joey Votto.
That was where the Reds offense stayed for a while. But in the 9th inning they were threatening, trailing 7-5. Joey Votto led off with a single, and Eugenio Suarez followed with one of his own. Suarez was replaced on the bases by Nick Senzel to get them more speed. With 2 outs Phillip Ervin walked to load the bases for Curt Castali, but after battling through a 7-pitch at-bat, he flew out harmlessly to end the game.
Alex Blandino went 1-1, walked three times, and he scored three runs. Joey Votto also reached base four times in the game, going 2-3 with 2 walks. Eugenio Suarez continued to swing a hot bat, going 3-5 with four runs batted in.
Tyler Mahle got the start and was pitching well enough, aside from a solo homer allowed to Nick Ahmed in the 3rd inning. And then the 5th inning happened. With the Reds up 2-1 things got away from both Cincinnati and Tyler Mahle. After Ahmed led off the inning with a fly out, Mahle was touched up for a single up the middle, a popped up bunt that found the right spot on the grass for a single, and then a 3-run home run by Ketel Marte that made it 4-2. Wilmer Flores followed up with a double before he was removed from the game and replaced by Lucas Sims. Sims would allow two more runs to come in while he was on the mound and quickly it was 6-2 for Arizona.
Amir Garrett threw a shutout inning between the 6th and 7th innings before Matt Bowman came on to record the final out of the 7th, holding the score at 6-5. Michael Lorenzen came out for the 8th and gave up a double to the leadoff hitter, who would come around to score later on a grounder into left field that made it 7-5. He would be replaced by R.J. Alaniz who would get a strikeout to end the inning. Sal Romano came out for the 9th and made easy work of it, needing just 11 pitches for a 1-2-3 inning.
Notes Worth Noting
The game, which featured no weather delays or extra innings lasted 4 hours and 10 minutes.
Eugenio Suarez’ big night has his OPS on the year back over .900, jumping up to .905. He’s sitting on 42 home runs this season. He’s 3 behind Pete Alonso for tops in baseball. Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich both have 44. The home run was his 22nd since the All-Star break, which leads all of Major League Baseball.
Joe Votto scored his 1000th career run. He sits 5th on the Reds all-time list, but he won’t pass anyone until next season unless he has the most incredible three weeks ever (he needs 43 runs to pass Frank Robinson).
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Arizona D-backs at Cincinnati Reds
Saturday September 7th, 4:10pm
Alex Young (6-3, 3.84 ERA) vs Luis Castillo (14-5, 3.25 ERA)