Offense was at a premium at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon. That is until extra-innings rolled around when Eugenio Suárez put an exclamation point on a big inning as the Reds third baseman lined a 3-run double into the gap in left center to put Cincinnati up 5-1 and put the game away to seal a series win.
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After going 1-2-3 in the 1st inning the Reds got on the board when the second pitch of the 2nd inning from Trevor Cahill went 396 feet off of the bat of Mike Moustakas and landed in the right-center seats to make it 1-0. But things went real quiet after that for the offense.
Offense was at a premium on the day. After a long time of not threatening, Cincinnati got two singles in the top of the 7th put runners on the corners with one out in the inning, but a strikeout and a fly out stranded the runners and the game remained tied up at 1-1. The Reds went back to threatening in the 8th with singles from Jesse Winker to lead off the inning and Mike Moustakas with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts left them both standing on the bases.
Kyle Farmer singled in the 9th inning with 1-out – his third single of the day – to give the Reds a chance to break the 1-1 tie. He was stranded on the bases as the game headed out to the bottom of the 9th.
The 10th inning, if you have to play it, lined up as perfect for the Reds offense as you can. Nick Senzel, the fastest runner on the team, started at second base and Jesse Winker, Nick Castellanos, and Mike Moustakas were due up for Cincinnati. And it worked out for the Reds, too, as Jesse Winker grounded a single into left field to bring Senzel in and give the Reds a 2-1 lead. Nick Castellanos followed with a single of his own and then Moustakas walked to load the bases….. for Wade Miley, who was the option to pinch hit for Lucas Sims with no one left on the bench. He popped out right behind third base to bring Eugenio Suárez to the plate and he came through in a big way, lining a double into the left-center gap to clear the bases and make it 5-1.
Sonny Gray didn’t have the best control in the game this afternoon, but he worked around some jams during the afternoon and got a few nice defensive plays along the way, too. After four innings Gray had worked around several baserunners, but the Pirates got to him in the 5th when they put together three straight 1-out singles to tie the game up at 1-1. After a wild pitch moved the runners up, Gray got an out at the plate on a fielders choice.
That’s when manager David Bell chose to hand the game over to Tejay Antone, who came on with runners on the corners and two outs. For the right-handed reliever it was the first time he had pitched in a week but he looked like he was ready to go as he struck out Wilmer Difo to strand the runners and keep the game tied up. He went 1-2-3 in the 6th inning, too. Sean Doolittle came on for the start of the 7th inning and worked a perfect inning with two strikeouts to send the game into the 8th all tied up.
Lucas Sims entered for the 8th inning, and like Antone, it was his first appearance in a week. Like Antone he got the job done, going 1-2-3 and picked up two strikeouts along the way. It was the same thing in the 9th inning as Sims kept the game tied up and sent it to extras. Heath Hembree came out for the 10th inning to try and hold onto a 4-run lead that the offense handed him in the top of the inning. He induced two pop ups and a ground out to seal a 5-1 win.
Key Moment of the Game
You can argue that it was Jesse Winker’s go-ahead single in the 10th inning, but we’re going to go with Eugenio Suárez coming through with a 3-run double later in the inning that gave the Reds a 5-1 lead and tons of insurance to work with.
Notes Worth Noting
Nick Senzel showed off the infield defense on Thursday afternoon, making two outstanding barehanded plays.
Second baseman, Nick Senzel. pic.twitter.com/TjPKO2Q3vF
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 12, 2021
Sonny Gray’s Major League record of 48 consecutive starts without allowing more than six hits came to an end this afternoon.
Sonny Gray also threw four wild pitches in the game. According to Elias that is the most in a game by a Reds pitcher since 1900.
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