The first game of the series between Arizona and Cincinnati was suspended in the top of the 8th inning right after the Diamondbacks took the lead. It was resumed on Wednesday prior to the regularly scheduled game. The bullpen coughed up both games against Arizona – one on Tuesday night in a monsoon of rain and sleet before the game came to a halt, and then in the 9th and 10th innings of the regularly scheduled game.
Game 1: Started on Tuesday and completed on Wednesday.
|Arizona Diamondbacks (7-10)||5||9||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (9-7)||4||5||1|
|W: Bukauskas (1-0) L: Garrett (0-1) SV: Crichton (2)
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In the first two innings of the game there wasn’t a ton happening for the Reds on offense. Jesse Winker led off the game with a walk, and it wasn’t until the bottom of the 3rd inning that another Red reached base and that was when Luis Castillo doubled. Winker followed with a bloop single to put runners on the corners. Tyler Naquin drove in the first run of the game for Cincinnati with a ground out. In the next inning the Reds got another run with a 2-out rally started by a Jonathan India walk. Back-to-back singles by Tucker Barnhart and Kyle Farmer brought him around to bring the Reds within a run.
After a quiet 5th inning, the Cincinnati offense got back to work in the 6th. Trailing by a run, Tucker Barnhart drew an 8-pitch walk. Kyle Farmer followed up with a 405-foot go-ahead home run to center field as his big night at the plate continued. The Reds threatened in the 7th, but left two runners stranded as they held onto a 1-run lead as the rain began to pick up at Great American Ballpark.
After the game was suspended, it resumed on Wednesday in the 8th inning. When the Reds came to the plate in their half of the inning they went quickly in 1-2-3 fashion. Alex Blandino came off of the bench to pinch hit to lead off the bottom of the 9th and worked a good at-bat, but after a long foul ball he flew out to center. Jesse Winker, like Blandino, worked a good at-bat but he came through with a laser into right field for a single. Tyler Naquin popped out, leaving things up to Eugenio Suárez, who entered the at-bat zero for his last 14 with nine strikeouts. More of the same in that at-bat as he struck out on three pitches to end the game.
It was another tough start for Luis Castillo in the 1st inning, but the defense didn’t do much to help him, either. Jonathan India made a throwing error that helped extend the inning, leading to two unearned runs. Arizona got a third run that inning, too, and grabbed an early 3-0 lead. While things weren’t perfect from there moving forward, Castillo battled his way through three more shutout innings before a rising pitch count caught up to him and manager David Bell turned to the bullpen in the 5th inning.
José De León struck out the side with a walk sprinkled in during the 5th inning to keep Arizona’s lead at 3-2. Cionel Pérez took over in the 6th inning, and like De León before him – he tossed a hitless inning to keep the score at 3-2. Tejay Antone entered the game in the top of the 7th with the Reds holding the lead for the first time on the day. The bullpen ace began the inning with a walk, but got a ground out back to himself, a pop up to Joey Votto in foul territory, and struck out Nick Heath to strand the tying run at second base. Antone came back out for the 8th inning and he gave up a solo homer to the 1st batter of the inning to tie the game up.
That was all she wrote for Antone as the Reds turned things over to Amir Garrett. Things didn’t as well as hoped as the lefty walked the first batter he faced before giving up a double to Kole Calhoun to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no one out. A line drive by Asdrubal Cabrera was caught by Eugenio Suárez for the 1st out of the inning, but that was it for Garrett as Lucas Sims entered the game. It didn’t get better from there as the rain and sleet really picked up. Sims hit the first batter he faced to load the bases and then walked in the go-ahead run in an absolute downpour.
At that point David Bell came out to ask the umpire, presumably, why the game was still being played. The umpire, though said play on. That’s when the comedy began as Lucas Sims tossed the ball he had to the dugout and asked for a new one. He then tossed that one to the dugout and asked for another one. Then he did it again. He essentially was refusing to continue pitching in these conditions. At that point the umpires met and they called on the grounds crew, but not to roll out the tarp, but to come work on the mound. The Reds players walked off of the field, and after about 1 minute of working on the mound, THEN the umpiring crew called for the tarp to be pulled.
The game was suspended after a short delay and it was resumed about 10 minutes after it stopped snowing on Wednesday at 5:30pm. Lucas Sims returned to the mound and he got a quick pop up and fly out to leave the bases loaded. Sean Doolittle came out to try and keep Arizona’s lead at 5-4 and give the home team a chance to tie things up or win it in the bottom of the 9th. He did just that, striking out the first two hitters of the inning before a fly out to center ended things.
|Arizona Diamondbacks (8-10)||8||5||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (9-8)||5||9||2|
|W: Clarke (1-0) L: Pérez (1-2)
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Cincinnati didn’t put up much of a threat until the bottom of the 4th inning. Eugenio Suárez broke out of an 0-15 slump with a line drive single off of the top of the left field wall. Joey Votto followed up with a walk to put two runners on with one out in a 0-0 game. Nick Senzel loaded the bases with a single of his own to set up Jonathan India with an opportunity to make something happen and he did just that with a sacrifice fly to put the Reds up 1-0. Kyle Farmer would pop up to end the inning, stranding runners on 1st and 2nd.
In the bottom of the 5th inning Tyler Stephenson led off with a single and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Mahle. Jesse Winker tripled him home and then he scored on Tyler Naquin’s sacrifice fly that extended the Reds lead to 3-0.
The Reds had a walk in both the 6th and 7th, but that was all they could get going. In the 8th inning they got a single from Tyler Naquin but he was thrown out on the bases to end the inning and send the game to the top of the 9th. After a 3-run homer tied the game up in the top half of the inning, the Cincinnati offense was called upon to try and get one more run. After Nick Senzel lined out to the warning track in left field Mark Payton came on to pinch hit for the pitchers spot and walked. Kyle Farmer flew out to shallow right field. Tyler Stephenson had a broken bat single that got by a diving right fielder, but Mark Payton was thrown out at home by several feet to end the inning and send the game into extras.
Alex Blandino led off the inning with an RBI double (what a weird sentence that is to type) to cut into the Arizona lead, making it 8-4 in the 10th. Tyler Naquin made it 8-5 with a 1-out single to bring in Blandino and get to the middle of the order. But it wasn’t meant to be as Eugenio Suárez grounded out to shortstop and Joey Votto flew out to left to end the game.
Tyler Mahle had things working early and often. He struck out the side in the 1st inning. He picked up two more in the 2nd inning. In the third inning he only had one strikeout, but he kept the game scoreless. By the time the 4th inning was over he had another strikeout to push his total to seven on the day and he had still allowed just one hit on the day. The same thing happened in the 5th as Mahle reached eight strikeouts on the night.
The 6th inning, one that Tyler Mahle had not recorded an out in yet during 2021, was not an easy one. He walked the first batter he faced and then hit the next one. After a mound visit he settled right back in as a chopper came right back to him and he started a double play and then induced a ground out to second base to end the inning and hold onto a 3-0 lead. Mahle returned for the 7th inning with 87 pitches under his belt. Asbrúbal Cabrera led off with a single, but the Reds righty rebounded with a strikeout of David Peralta and a fly out by Eduardo Escobar. Nick Ahmed worked an 8-pitch walk, though to put two on and two out. That led to a pitching change with Tejay Antone coming in to pitch against former teammate Josh VanMeter. Antone walked him on a full count to load the bases. He came back to strike out Nick Heath to end the inning and preserve the shutout and 3-0 lead.
Tejay Antone returned for the top of the 8th inning and started it out with two strikeouts. But a ground ball on the infield that should have been let go by Eugenio Suárez in order to let Alex Blandino field it wasn’t let go and Suárez had the ball ricochet off of his glove and into the outfield, resulting in a base runner and an error. Antone chose to take things into his own hands and struck out Asdrúbal Cabrera on a 96 MPH fastball to end the inning and whatever thread Arizona was thinking about making.
Amir Garrett was called on to close the game out with a 3-0 lead to start the 9th inning. The lefty walked the first batter of the inning. After falling behind 3-0 to Eduardo Escobar he battled back to get a fly out to right field. The struggles with the zone continued as he walked the next batter on four pitches. That brought Josh VanMeter to the plate and the former Red hit a baseball to Kentucky to tie the game up. Garrett struck out the next batter for the 2nd out of the inning before David Bell went to the bullpen to bring in Carson Fulmer who proceeded to hit the first batter he faced, but rebounded with a ground out on a fantastic diving play made by Alex Blandino at second base to end the top of the inning.
Cionel Pérez came out to begin the 10th inning. A fly ball into the left field corner from the first batter of the inning moved the starts-at-second-base runner over to third. Asbrúbal Cabrera was intentionally walked. A chopper on the infield that Alex Blandino attempted to bare hand didn’t work and brought the runner in, giving Arizona a 4-3 lead. Having faced three batters, José De León was called on from the bullpen to try and hold the game there. A 1st pitch single loaded the bases. The next batter was hit by a pitch to make it a 5-3 game. A wild pitch then made it 6-3 and the rout was on. Arizona got two more with a single to extend the lead to 8-3. A final strikeout stopped the bleeding, not that it mattered by this point.
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Key Moment of the Game(s)
It was quite obvious that forcing Lucas Sims to pitch in a monsoon of rain and sleet was the key moment of the game. It led to struggles with control and Arizona taking a 1-run lead before the game was suspended.
Game 2 – The Regularly Scheduled Version
Tough to figure out which play in the 9th inning went worse for the Reds, but we’ll go with Mark Payton forgetting how many outs there were, leading to him hesitating at second base despite there being two outs before then taking off for third and ultimately being thrown out at the plate to end the inning and send the game to extras where the game quickly got away from the Reds.
Notes Worth Noting
The 1st game was delayed by 20 minutes due to snow.
Tyler Mahle’s ERA dropped to 1.74 through four starts and he now has 31 strikeouts and just nine hits allowed in 21.0 innings pitched.
Tejay Antone lowered his ERA to 0.84 on the season in 10.2 innings with 17 strikeouts.
Amir Garrett’s ERA is 16.20 after his outing. He’s walked seven batters in 5.0 innings and given up three home runs.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Cincinnati Reds
Thursday April 22nd, 12:35pm ET
Taylor Widener (1-0, 1.59 ERA) vs Jeff Hoffman (2-1, 2.93 ERA)