The Reds came into tonight’s game losers in four straight games. They quickly fell behind 3-0 in the second inning.
The Reds did what they have done all year long: fight back. Eugenio Suarez got the Reds right back in the game with a 430-foot bomb. The very next batter, Aristides Aquino hit a home run to tie the game.
The Reds offense had plenty of chances in regulation, but just could not get another run across. The Reds bullpen however was spectacular. Tyler Mahle gutted through four innings, throwing 93 pitches to keep the Reds in the game. The Reds bullpen threw five shutout innings to get the game into extras. Amir Garrett and Lucas Sims got the Reds out of big jams in the 8th and 9th inning. Both situations the Twins had the go-ahead/winning run on third base with less than two outs.
Once the game got into extra innings, it seemed all but a foregone conclusion the Reds would come out victorious. The Reds entered play 8-2 in extra inning games. Nick Castellanos lead off by driving in the go-ahead run. Tyler Stephenson singled to move Castellanos to third.
Eugenio Suarez capped off his resurgent night with massive insurance run sac fly to put the Reds up 5-3.
That would be the end of the fun for the Reds. Sean Doolittle allowed two runs to score in the 10th to tie the game. Ryan Hendrix got the Reds out of that jam in the 10th and got the Reds through the 11th, but ultimately the Twins were victorious in the 12th on a Miguel Sano walkoff home run off the exhausted Heath Hembree. This was the longest baseball game of the season in MLB this season, and it certainly felt like it for Reds fans.
The Reds have now lost five straight games and fallen back below .500. This is coming on the heels of winning 6 straight games and a 13-3 stretch. The Cubs and Brewers both lost tonight, so the Reds fortunately remain 4.0 games back in the division.
|Minnesota Twins (31-41)||7||13||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (35-36)||5||11||0|
|W: Shoemaker (3-8) L: Hembree (1-3)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Sean Doolittle allowing an RBI double to Luis Arraez with 0 outs in the 10th inning, cutting the Reds lead to 5-4. That play decreased the Reds probability of winning by 24.6% (from 79.4% to 54.8%).
Eugenio Suarez reached base three times. He had a big 2-run home run to get the Reds right back in the game as they were trailing 3-0 at the time. He also had a sac fly in the 10th inning to give the Reds what they though was a huge insurance run.
Aristides Aquino hit another home run. He now has 4 home runs in just 25 at-bats this season. I would really love for Aquino to get a real shot at playing everyday. The current roster obviously does not allow that, but there is so much potential with him. The good news for the Reds is they have control of Aquino through the 2025 season. There is so much time left for Aquino, and if he can prove worthy to stay on the roster, he is bound to get a real shot at some point. I believe he will.
Jonathan India continued his incredible month of June by reaching base four times. India entered play on Monday leading NL 2B in OPS in the month of June at .959.
Tyler Mahle started the game off strong with a 1-2-3 first inning, but the second inning was a struggled. He allowed a leadoff homer to Nelson Cruz, and the Twins ended up sending 9 batters to the plate that inning. It was just one of those nights where nothing came easy for Mahle, but Tyler kept fighting. He was able to get through four innings, which was huge to keep the Reds in the game. He threw 93 pitches in four innings and had 8 strikeouts. I think Mahle needed every pitch he threw tonight to keep the Reds in the game. The Twins seemed to have a good read on Mahle, but he was able to dink and dunk around the Twins lineup to survive.
Josh Osich made his Reds debut and was huge tonight. He pitched 2.1 scoreless innings releiving Mahle, and most importantly DID NOT WALK A BATTER.
Brad Brach pitched another scoreless inning. Brach now has a 2.70 ERA/3.32 FIP on the season.
Amir Garrett got the Reds out of a big jam in the 8th inning. He came on with runners on 2nd & 3rd with just 1 out. He struck out the Twins leadoff hitter Arraez. David Bell wisely called for an intentional walk of Josh Donaldson. Garrett then got Trevor Larnach out on a ball that hit his cleat.
Ryan Hendrix rebounded well from his brutal outing last Thursday against the Padres. Hendrix got the Reds out of Doolittle’s jam in the bottom of the 10th, and then pitched a scoreless 11th where the runner of course started on second base.
Jonathan India made two outs tonight on the base-paths. It’s hard to have one ounce of negative energy directed his way, but that was a killer tonight.
Sean Doolittle coughed the game up for the Reds after they took a 5-3 lead in the top of the 10th.
If we're counting ghost runners as inherited runners, Sean Doolittle has now allowed 12 of 14 inherited runners to score this year (85.7%).
— Matt Wilkes (@_MattWilkes) June 22, 2021
Not so random thoughts……………..
The Twins gave a wonderful tribute to David Bell‘s brother, former Red Mike Bell.
Take seven minutes to watch a truly beautiful tribute to Mike Bell. ??? pic.twitter.com/IbHgjcf3Ak
— Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR) June 22, 2021
There was obviously a lot made about Lucas Sims not going back out in the 10th inning. I like everyone else would have wanted to see Sims pitch the 10th if he could. Sims did throw 20 pitches in the 9th. His season high is 32 pitches. I have no idea what is too much for Sims. You have no idea what is too much for Sims. The one thing that I do know is the Reds can not under any circumstances afford to lose Sims. I’ll trust Derek Johnson on that call, as painful as it might be in one night. Hopefully we will get some insight in the postgame. The real problem for the Reds is that they don’t have someone better than Doolittle, not if Sims could have been pushed two innings.
Bell also decided to pinch run for Winker to start the 10th. The move paid off initially as pinch-runner Freeman scored easily on a Castellanos single. However, Winker’s spot in the lineup came up one more time. It was on the second time in 11 extra-inning games this season for the Reds where the game didn’t end in the 10th. The chances of Winker’s spot coming back up is slim, but it did sort-of burn the Reds tonight. Freeman did move the runner over to third to lead off the 12th, but the Reds could not get him in.
Reds at Twins
Tuesday, 1:10 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio / MLB Network (out-of-market only)
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