A delayed start, a four hour and ten minute game, 12 innings, and a Cincinnati Reds 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies is all you could want on a Saturday night, right?
|Cincinnati Reds (18-19)||6||10||0|
|Colorado Rockies (15-25)
|W: Sims (3-1) L: Santos (0-1) SV: Hembree (1)
|Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
After a quiet start, it was starting pitcher Tyler Mahle who got things going in the 3rd inning when he worked a walk. Nick Castellanos came up an out later and unloaded on a curveball for a 405 foot 2-run homer that tied the game up. The offense went silent from there until the 7th inning. With two outs the Reds went into potential rally mode, at least sort of, as Jonathan India walked, Alex Blandino was hit by a pitch, and then Tyler Mahle walked to load the bases. That brought Jesse Winker to the plate to face newly inserted reliever Justin Lawrence who induced a ground out to second base to end the frame. Two innings later it was Winker’s chance at redemption with two runners on with two outs, but he struck out to send the game to the bottom of the 9th all tied up at 2-2.
Tejay Antone, with the help of Shogo Akiyama, kept the Rockies off of the board in the bottom of the 9th to send the game to extra-innings. With Jesse Winker beginning the inning at second, Nick Castellanos worked a walk to bring up pinch-hitter Tyler Stephenson who came off of the bench to hit for Antone. Stephenson didn’t have any magic on the night as he grounded into a double play. Eugenio Suárez followed with a ground out of his own to end the inning – marking the first time all year the Reds failed to score in the 10th inning.
The Reds bullpen came through and sent the game to the 11th. After Tucker Barnhart struck out to begin the inning it brought Kyle Farmer to the plate and he took a 1-1 pitch 412 feet into left field for a 2-run homer to put Cincinnati on top.
A 4-2 lead wasn’t enough as the Rockies scored two runs of their own to send the game to the 12th inning. With Jesse Winker leading off the inning at second base he came around to score on a Nick Castellanos double that put the Reds ahead once again. Nick Senzel came off of the bench and lined a single into left field to advanced Castellanos to third. Eugenio Suárez grounded out on a great play by Trevor Story, but Castellanos came home on the play to make it 6-4. Another web game from Story followed as he dove for a line drive and doubled Senzel to end the inning.
It was a tough 1st inning for Tyler Mahle. He allowed a leadoff double and then a home run by Ryan McMahon that may not have landed yet (Statcast says it went 478 feet, but how do they know since it’s still in orbit?). But the Reds righty tossed six shutout frames moving forward, including a shutout 7th inning that began with a leadoff triple.
In the 8th inning the game was still tied up at 2-2 and Cincinnati turned the game over to Tejay Antone. The Rockies hit two balls fairly hard to left field but Jesse Winker came up with both of them. Antone returned for the 9th inning and picked up two quick strikeouts, but Garrett Hampson hit one 405 feet to dead center. Fortunately the game was in Coors Field where the walls are a bit deeper, and thankfully Shogo Akiyama’s hamstring is 100% because he tracked the ball down with a leaping catch on the warning track in order to send the game to extras – much to the delight of his pitcher.
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After Tejay Antone was pinch hit for in the top of the 10th inning the Reds turned things over to Lucas Sims for the bottom of the inning with the hopes that he could keep the Rockies from touching home plate. After a ground out and a strikeout, Cincinnati opted to intentionally walk Raimel Tapia to set up a match up with Connor Joe and it worked out just as they had hoped as he grounded out to end the inning and send the game to the 11th.
Sims returned for the 11th inning and this time he had a lead to work with. A line drive to Kyle Farmer resulted in the 1st out of the inning and a close play at second, but it ultimately went unreviewed and Raimel Tapia was ruled safe getting back to the bag on a dive. A wild pitch moved the runner up to third. It wouldn’t matter, but not in a good way. Ryan McMahon walked and Josh Fuentes doubled in both runners to tie the game up. Sims would strike out Yonathan Daza for the second out of the inning, and intentionally walked Garrett Hampson to face Elias Diaz, who had a .342 OPS entering the plate appearance but had to bat as the last catching option remaining for the Rockies. The plan worked as Sims picked up the strikeout to end the inning.
Heath Hembree entered the game with a 2-run lead and a 0.00 ERA through eight games. With Colorado getting a runner on second to start the inning they got on the board on two straight ground outs to make it 6-5. That brought Austin Gomber to the plate as a pinch hitter and he did what his teammate did prior – grounded out. This ground out ended the game, though, and Cincinnati moved to 18-19 on the year with the victory.
Key Moment of the Game
Nick Castellanos’ go-ahead double in the 12th inning. He would later score what would eventually be the pivotal 6th run of the game for Cincinnati.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds at Colorado Rockies
Sunday May 16th, 3:10pm ET
Jeff Hoffman (2-3, 4.70 ERA) vs Antonio Senzatela (1-4, 5.97 ERA)