Cincinnati needed a win on Thursday afternoon to avoid being swept by Arizona. The offense did their part, scoring 11 runs, but the Reds bullpen fell apart once again as they just couldn’t get anything accomplished on the day as the Diamondbacks scored six runs in the 10th inning to sweep Cincinnati.
|Arizona Diamondbacks (9-10)||14||14||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (9-9)||11||13||1|
|W: Smith (1-1) L: Sims (0-1)
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Jesse Winker got the bottom of the 1st inning started with an opposite field solo home run, giving him two home runs on the season. That was the only hit the team got until starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman lined a single up the middle to lead off the 3rd.
Cincinnati didn’t have another hit in the game until the 6th inning, but that’s when the Reds offense went to work. Nick Castellanos led off the inning with a home run. Joey Votto followed up with a single and then Eugenio Suárez homered deep into left-center to tie the game up at 4-4.
After Arizona took full advantage of the Reds bullpen and grabbed an 8-4 lead in the top of the 7th inning, Jesse Winker pulled Cincinnati a little closer with his second homer of the day – a 2-run shot, making it 8-6. An out later Joey Votto homered for the 299th time in his career to make it an 8-7 ballgame.
The bottom of the 8th inning got started in the right way as Jonathan India cashed in his first career home run in the best of ways, tying the game up at 8. That was all they’d get in the inning. The game remained tied, though, and the Reds had a chance to win things in the bottom of the 9th. They didn’t, going 1-2-3 to send the game to extras.
Bengals Reds needed a touchdown in the bottom of the 10th inning to win this one after the bullpen imploded for the fiftieth time in the series. Joe Burrow didn’t walk out of the dugout. Third base coach J.R. House, who once threw 10 touchdowns in the state championship game, and at one time held the national record for career passing yards in high school (he’s currently 4th all-time) didn’t step into the batters box, either.
The offense didn’t go quietly, though. Tucker Barnhart picked up an RBI single to make it 14-9. Tyler Naquin the singled on a deflected ball off of the pitcher to put two runners on with one out. That led to a pitching change as Stefan Crichton couldn’t continue pitching. Tyler Stephenson hit an absolute laser off of the glove of the third baseman, but the deflection was to the shortstop who was able to get the force out at third for the second out of the inning. Jesse Winker followed with a walk to load the bases for Nick Castellanos, who singled in two runs to make it 14-11. It wasn’t meant to be as Joey Votto struck out to end the game.
Things were going well for Jeff Hoffman until the top of the 3rd inning. Josh Rojas singled and then pitcher Taylor Widener reached on a fielders choice and throwing error by Hoffman to put two on and no out. Pavin Smith then doubled to tie the game up at 1-1. A sacrifice fly followed and made it 2-1. Hoffman then walked Josh VanMeter to put runners on the corners. That worked out as the next pitch resulted in a comebacker that Hoffman turned into a 1-6-3 double play to end the threat. Hoffman settled in, mostly, from there, throwing five innings with just those two runs coming across the plate.
In the 6th inning the Reds turned the game over to Carson Fulmer. He proceeded to walk Josh VanMeter and then gave up a 2-run homer to David Peralta that extended Arizona’s lead to 4-1. Fulmer got the next three batters in a row. He returned in the top of the 7th, but now the game was all tied up at 4-4 after two big home runs in the bottom of the previous inning. Things didn’t start well as Fulmer walked the first two batters he faced before being replaced by Sean Doolittle, who entered the game in a tough situation. After getting a fly out to left field, Doolittle allowed an RBI single to Wyatt Mathisen to break the tie and walked the next batter to load the bases. A 2-run single followed and the flood gates were open as the Diamondbacks grabbed a 7-4 lead. The lefty then walked in a run, resulting in a visit from Derek Johnson. Whatever he said, worked, as Doolittle struck out the final batter of the inning. But it was too little, too late as Arizona doubled up the Reds in the inning.
Sal Romano threw a scoreless top of the 8th inning to keep the Reds within a run and give the offense another opportunity to go to work. They did just that, too, tying the game up. Romano returned to begin the 9th and gave up a leadoff single. With the runner moving on the play, a ground out moved the go-ahead run to second base. Lucas Sims then entered the game in a double switch. The appearance represented the first time he’s ever pitched on three consecutive days as a big leaguer. He got a fly out to left field from Eduardo Escobar for the second out of the inning. He then struck out Asdrúbal Cabrera to keep the game tied and give the Reds the opportunity to walk it off. They didn’t, and Lucas Sims returned for the 10th. A leadoff single scored the runner that began at second to put Arizona up 9-8. Another single put two on and no outs. Sims then walked the bases loaded with no outs. He struck out the next batter, but was then replaced by Cionel Pérez.
He induced a ground ball to shortstop and Eugenio Suárez, who came up firing to get a force out at the plate. Then the wheels fell off as a line drive to center got by a diving Tyler Naquin to unload the bases. A 2-run homer followed and it was 14-8 with a quickness.
Key Moment of the Game
The bullpen allowed eleventy-billion runs. Pick one of the 18 moments involving that.
Notes Worth Noting
The bullpen needs fixing. That’s the note.
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