The game was ugly, particularly early on as the Rockies led 6-1 after five innings. But Cincinnati’s offense rallied late and scored six runs in the final two innings and the Reds got a big defensive play in the bottom of the 9th to seal the win and get back to the .500 mark as they improved to 19-19 by salvaging a series split with Colorado.
|Cincinnati Reds (19-19)||7||9||2|
|Colorado Rockies (15-26)
|W: Doolittle (3-0) L: Givens (1-2) SV: Antone (2)
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After both teams went quietly in the 1st, the Reds got things going in the 2nd inning when Eugenio Suárez led off with a double to center. He moved over on a ground out and then scored on an infield single by Shogo Akiyama to put Cincinnati in front 1-0.
The offense went quiet for a long time after that. In the top of the 8th inning Jonathan India walked and Tucker Barnhart singled to put two on to begin the frame. Nick Senzel lined the ball into right field but a diving grab by Yonathan Daza for the first out of the inning. The other Nick – Castellanos – walked to load the bases before the Rockies went to the bullpen for a pitching change. It didn’t help as Tyler Naquin singled in two runs and then Eugenio Suárez hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center to make it 6-4. Tyler Stephenson and Shogo Akiyama both singled, with the latter bringing in the Reds 5th run of the day and bringing up pinch-hitter Jesse Winker to face Tyler Kinley in the biggest spot of the game, but Winker flew out to dead center to end the inning with Cincinnati trailing 6-5.
Jonathan India led off the top of the 9th inning and he was hit by a pitch in the elbow to reach base and representing the tying run. He was erased on a fielders choice and replaced at first by Tucker Barnhart. Nick Senzel lined a single into center and moved Barnhart up to second and brought Nick Castellanos to the plate. The Reds right fielder flew out to right field, but both runners moved up a base on the play. Tyler Naquin walked to load the bases for Eugenio Suárez. Cincinnati tied the game up on a wild pitch that was up and in before Suárez walked to re-load the bases for Tyler Stephenson. Another wild pitch put the Cincinnati Reds in front, 7-6 right before Stephenson struck out looking to send the game to the bottom of the 9th.
Jeff Hoffman had been cruising through the first three innings, but Colorado got to him in the 4th after a walk was sandwiched by two doubles to begin the inning to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning the Rockies thought they had added two more runs to their lead when Joe West called 2-run home run for Dom Nuñez, but on replay it was ruled foul. It was a brief reprieve as Nuñez walked and then Hoffman fielded a sacrifice bunt by opposing starter Antonio Senzatela and proceeded to throw it to the popcorn vendor along the right field line to bring in a run for the Rockies and move everyone up. A sacrifice fly followed to make it 4-1. A line drive to center followed and it should have ended the inning, but Tyler Naquin simply missed it as it hit him in the wrist just above his knees and then bounced off of his body – leading to a 5th run and extending the Rockies lead. The official scorer somehow ruled it as a double in what is the worst call we’ve seen since Amir Garrett was suspended for a week for yelling.
Ryan Hendrix came out for the 5th inning and while he did allow two singles in the inning he didn’t get help from the defense as a throwing error by Shogo Akiyama brought in an unearned run that made it 6-1. Amir Garrett made his return from suspension with two strikeouts in a perfect 6th inning. Art Warren fired a perfect 7th inning with a strikeout before turning the game over to Sean Doolittle in the 8th after a 4-run top of the frame. The lefty entered with a 6-5 game and looked to hold the score there in order to give the Reds one final chance to push the tying run across the plate and he did his part.
Tejay Antone entered the game for the bottom of the 9th with the Reds holding a 7-6 lead after a wild top of the 9th that saw Cincinnati score two runs on two separate wild pitches to tie the game and then take the lead. It’s never easy, particularly in Colorado, and Connor Joe doubled to lead off the inning. Antone turned around and got Trevor Story to pop out to shortstop. Ryan McMahon lined a single into center, but Connor Joe misread it very badly and was only able to advance to third base, giving Cincinnati an extra life for the time being. It mattered, too, because a ground ball to Jonathan India turned into a slick 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
4 + 6 + 3 = W pic.twitter.com/f9opyBLnZ3
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 16, 2021
Key Moment of the Game
In the bottom of the 9th inning the Rockies had runners on the corners with one out and Jonathan India and Eugenio Suárez turned an outstanding double play to end the game.
Notes Worth Noting
The defense….. yikes. Well, except for the game ending play.
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