It wasn’t announced, but the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs played home run derby on Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Or at least it felt that way. The two teams combined for 25 runs and 10 homers, but it was a walk-off single by Nick Castellanos – his 5th hit of the game – that kept the Cubs in last place.
|Chicago Cubs (12-16)||12||14||2|
|Cincinnati Reds (13-14)||13||16||0|
|W: Hendrix (2-0) L: Kimbrel (0-1)
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It was home run derby at Great American Ballpark on Sunday afternoon, but it didn’t begin that way. Joey Votto singled in a run in the 1st inning to tie the game up and then a Mike Moustakas double play led to the go-ahead run to make it 2-1.
After the Cubs took a 4-2 lead in the top of the 3rd inning thanks to two home runs, the Reds offense went to work with some home runs of their own. Nick
Blastellanos Castellanos hit a 2-run homer to tie the game up. After a ground out Cincinnati got back-to-back home runs from Mike Moustakas and Eugenio Suárez to take a 6-4 lead.
After the Cubs tied the game up in the top of the 6th the Reds offense went back to work, but also got a little bit of help from the Chicago pitching staff. Jesse Winker was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Nick Castellanos singled to load the bases and Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch to put the Reds ahead. Cincinnati then added two more runs when Eugenio Suárez singled – picking up his 3rd hit of the day.
On a day when the baseball was exploding off of the bat of nearly everyone, the Cincinnati offense had to go back to work in the 8th after the Cubs scored two more runs to make it a 1-run game. Nick Senzel led off with an infield hit and Tucker Barnhart crushed a 3-1 pitch into the right field stands to make it 11-8. Later in the inning Nick Castellanos crushed his second homer of the game – his 9th home run of the season – to make it 12-8 and give the team a small amount of breathing room.
After yet another wild inning that saw the Cubs tie the game up at 12-12, Mike Moustakas led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a double. After a strikeout, Tyler Stephenson came on as a pinch hitter for Tejay Antone. He hit a shallow fly ball to center that was caught, but Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner collided, leaving Happ on the ground after taking a knee to the midsection/ribs. They had to bring out a cart to take him off of the field after he struggled to stand up on his own. The ball was caught for the second out of the inning, and a strikeout followed to send the game to the 9th all tied up.
Cincinnati needed just one run in the bottom of the 9th to win the game. They didn’t get it as the Reds went 1-2-3 and watched the game go to extra-innings tied at 12-12. The Cubs were held scoreless in the top of the frame. That meant Craig Kimbrel coming in to face Nick Castellanos to start the bottom of the inning with Jesse Winker at second base as the “leadoff runner”. A passed ball moved Winker up to third base and the Cubs brought in an outfielder to set up a 5-man infield. It didn’t matter as Castellanos picked up his 5th hit of the day and his 4th RBI of the day with a walk-off single.
Tyler Mahle gave up back-to-back doubles on the first two pitches of the game and Chicago grabbed an early 1-0 lead. They would add another run in the 2nd inning. In the 3rd inning the Cubs hit two solo home runs to take a 4-2 lead. After an offensive explosion gave Mahle and the Reds a 6-4 lead he didn’t hold onto it for very long. While he tossed a shutout 4th inning the Cubs scored a run in the 5th, and then after allowing a leadoff double in the 6th the Reds made a pitching change and sean Doolittle came on, but allowed a run to score to tie the game up. It was the 7th inherited runner that Doolittle has allowed to score this season (out of 9 inherited runners).
Lucas Sim, now looking at a 9-6 lead thanks to another big inning by the Reds bats, came on for the top of the 7th inning. The home run derby continued on the day as Javier Báez hit a 2-run homer to cut the Reds lead down to 9-8. That was all she wrote on the day for Sims as the game was turned over to Tejay Antone with two outs in the top of the 7th inning. He needed just two pitches to get Anthony Rizzo to ground out and end the inning.
When Antone returned to the mound to begin the 8th inning he had a 12-8 lead to work with. He needed it, too. Antone walked the first batter of the inning, but got a force out and a line out to follow. The righty walked a second batter of the inning and then gave up an RBI single that made it a 12-9 game. It was just the second earned run of the season against Antone this year. Derek Johnson came out to the mound to talk with the reliever, but whatever he said didn’t work. Ian Happ hit a game tying 3-run homer. It was the 10th home run hit during the game.
With the game tied up at 12-12 the Reds called on Heath Hembree to try and keep the score there in the top of the 9th. The game remained tied and went to extras, bringing Amir Garrett to the mound to begin the 10th. He struck out Jason Heyward to begin the inning and then intentionally walked Nico Hoerner to get to lefty Tony Wolters with the pitchers spot due up to follow and the Cubs out of position players. The plan worked for the time as Garrett struck out Wolters. Manager David Bell then turned to Ryan Hendrix to face pinch hitter Jake Arrieta with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs. It took five pitches but Hendrix got a strikeout to end the inning.
Key Moment of the Game
The bottom of the 10th inning with a runner on third base Nick Castellanos came through with a walk-off single.
Notes Worth Noting
During the game the Cincinnati Reds claimed right-handed pitcher Ashton Goudeau from the Colorado Rockies and designated left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl for assignment.
The Cubs are still in last place.
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