The Reds offense needed every last bit of their 10 runs as the bullpen tried their hardest to ruin a quality start from Wade Miley, giving up five runs in the 8th inning that tied up the game. It took a 3-run homer in the 9th by Tyler Naquin to get Cincinnati out of Minnesota with a win and end their 5-game losing streak.
|Cincinnati Reds (36-36)||10||11||0|
|Minnesota Twins (31-42)
|W: Antone (2-0) L: Robles (3-4) SV: Garrett (4)
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Cincinnati grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the 3rd inning when Tucker Barnhart smacked a solo home run into the right field seats. In the 5th inning the team really went to work. Kyle Farmer and Tucker Barnhart singled to lead off the inning before Jonathan India walked to load the bases. Jesse Winker doubled in two runs off of the wall to put Cincinnati back in front, 3-2 after the Twins had taken the lead in the bottom of the 4th. Later in the inning Eugenio Suárez singled to plate another run, but Winker was thrown out at the plate by 10 feet after he inexplicably turned to look at the throw home while halfway to the plate himself. He may have been thrown out even had he not turned to look, but it was one heck of a TOOTBLAN (thrown out on the bases like a nincompoop).
Holding onto a 4-2 lead the Reds offense got things moving, and got a little help from the Twins defense. Tyler Naquin slapped a single the other way and Eugenio Suárez walked to begin the inning. Shogo Akiyama grounded into a force out to put runners on the corners. Kyle Farmer hit a grounder down the third base line that Miguel Sanó whiffed on that brought in a run and put runners on 2nd and 3rd base with just one out. The Twins brought the infielders in and Tucker Barnhart made them pay, somehow squeezing a grounder between 1st and 2nd base that must have missed both gloves by a matter of inches, leading to a 2-run single that made it 7-2.
After what had to feel like a great start to the 8th inning the Reds watched their 5-run lead disappear in the bottom of the inning, meaning they would need to get going once again in the top of the 9th if they wanted to win the game. Nick Castellanos did his part, lining a double off of the wall in left field with one out to put the go-ahead run in scoring position for Tyler Stephenson, but the Twins didn’t give him a full opportunity as he was hit by a pitch. That turned out to be a huge mistake as Tyler Naquin went down and got one, hitting a 420-foot opposite field homer to put Cincinnati back on top 10-7.
Wade MIley was cruising through the first three innings, giving up just a 2-out double to Nelson Cruz in the 1st. But in the 4th inning it was Cruz getting things started, this time with a single, and the Twins cashed in when Ryan Jeffers hit the first pitch he saw into the left field stands to put Minnesota up 2-1.
Cincinnati’s offense got some work done in the top of the 5th and gave Miley a 4-2 lead to work with. The lefty worked around a leadoff single to hold onto that lead in the bottom half of the frame. In the 6th inning Nelson Cruz once again proved to be kryptonite for Miley as he hit Cruz with a 70 MPH breaking ball in the first pitch he threw towards the plate (he missed the plate). The Reds starter worked around the baserunner, though, and kept the score at 4-2. After a scoreless 7th inning, Miley finished the game with a line of 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, no walks, and he struck out 6 batters – lowering his ERA to 2.85 on the season.
Art Warren entered the game in the bottom of the 8th inning and walked Jorge Polanco on four pitches to begin the inning. Max Kepler followed with a 2-run home run to make it 7-4 and you could hear the sigh from the greater Cincinnati area on the broadcast in Minnesota. Nelson Cruz must have been wishing for more Wade Miley because he struck out on three pitches before David Bell made the call to the bullpen to bring in Lucas Sims. The second pitch he threw to Trevor Larnach landed 434 feet away to make it a 7-5 game. Ryan Jeffers followed with a single to bring the tying run to the plate and Derek Johnson to the mound. Miguel Sano then hit an absolute laser off of the top of the wall – literally – for a double that moved Jeffers to 3rd base.
That brought David Bell to the mound to pull Sims and go to Tejay Antone, who hasn’t pitched since June 6th. The 2nd pitch from Antone hit the wall in center and the game was tied just like that. Antone got Andrelton Simmons to fly out to left and struck out pinch-hitter Luis Arraez to end the suffering – at least for the time being.
Tyler Naquin’s 3-run homer gave Amir Garrett a cushion to work with. He simply needed to record three outs before giving up three runs to seal the victory for Cincinnati. Jorge Polanco lined out to Shogo Akiyama in center for the first out of the inning. Garrett then won the match up of lefties and struck out Max Kepler. Nelson Cruz came through with a single up the middle, but Trevor Larnach had his bat shattered and grounded out to third base to end the game.
Notes Worth Noting
Before the game today the Reds announced that Jeff Hoffman would make a rehab start in Louisville tonight and that Sonny Gray would make a rehab start in Louisville on Thursday.
We’ve checked the notes here at Redleg Nation and have concluded that it is actually time to fix the bullpen. So Bob Castellini, if you’re reading this, now is the time.
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