|Cincinnati Reds (6-2)
|Arizona Diamondbacks (3-6)
|W: R. Smith (1-0) L: Hoffman (1-1)
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After the Cincinnati Reds jumped out early, 2-0, the bullpen allowed Arizona Diamondbacks hitters to do damage throughout the middle innings, bringing an end to Cincinnati’s six-game winning streak in an 8-3 defeat.
Arizona’s five-run fifth inning was the turning point in the game. It was sparked by this sequence, with one out and a runner on first:
- Christian Walker singled on a groundball to shortstop, with the lead runner safe at second.
- Off new pitcher Cionel Perez, David Peralta singled on a ground ball that second baseman Jonathan India stopped on a dive, but was unable to get an accurate throw to short, resulting in the bases being loaded.
- Asdrubal Cabrera drew a bases-loaded walk to score Tim Locastro, tying the game at 2-2.
- Eduardo Escobar singled on another grounder that India stopped but was unable to get an accurate flip to second for a forceout. The play was scored a single and Arizona led 3-2.
- Nick Ahmed hit a foul pop-out to the catcher for the second out, giving rise to hopes that damage could be minimized.
- But then, Stephen Vogt hit a single to center that scored two, with a third run scoring on a Nick Senzel error.
Five runs scored with only two balls leaving the infield, one being the leadoff single by Locastro. BABiP giveth and BABiP taketh away.
The loss leaves Cincinnati still in first place, one game ahead of St. Louis, two ahead of both the Cubs and Milwaukee, and four ahead of Pittsburgh.
Two run-scoring singles in the second inning gave the Reds the early 2-0 lead:
Must be singles night at Chase Field. pic.twitter.com/tnyB8Qvn02
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 11, 2021
Senzel batted 3-for-4, giving him eight hits in his last 13 at-bats and raising his batting average to .400.
Eugenio Suarez reached base three times, on a walk, a single and an eighth-inning opposite-field solo homer.
Not good. The bullpen let it get out of control after the Reds led 2-0 early.
Notes Worth Noting
Asdrubal Cabrera’s home run leading off the bottom of the fourth inning broke the streak of 24 scoreless innings by Cincinnati starting pitchers.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Sunday, April 11, 4:10 pm ET
Jose DeLeon (3.60 ERA, 0-0) vs Luke Weaver (4.76 ERA, 0-0)