There was a baseball game on the schedule but a football game broke out on the grass at Great American Ball Park on Monday night and it needed 11 innings before the Mets 5-runs in the top of the inning gave them a 15-10 lead and while Cincinnati got a run back in the bottom half it was all the Reds could muster in their 4th straight loss out of the All-Star break.
|New York Mets (49-42)
|Cincinnati Reds (48-46)
|W: Banda (1-0) L: García (0-1) SV: May (3)
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It was 3-0 Mets before the Reds offense even stepped up to the plate. Fortunately for Cincinnati the pitcher on the mound didn’t have a stellar track record this season in either the Major Leagues or Minor Leagues. That remained the same.
Jonathan India doubled, Jesse Winker singled and then the Mets defense helped out for the first time on the night as what appeared to be a routine double play ground ball was turned into a fielders choice error that brought India home and put runners on 1st and 2nd. Joey Votto was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tyler Naquin then doubled in two runs to tie the game up. Shogo Akiyama would put the Reds ahead 4-3 with a sac fly later in the inning.
The offense went back to work in the 2nd inning. Jonathan India was hit by what feels like the eleventy-billionth pitch of the season. Then two consecutive plays that involved three errors led to two more base runners reaching, and India scoring the 5th run of the game for Cincinnati. Joey Votto and Tyler Naquin both followed up with an RBI single to make it 7-3.
Cincinnati’s offense went silent from there for the next four innings. But then came the 7th. With two outs and two men on, Jesse Winker doubled into the right field corner to put the Reds up 8-7.
The Mets took the lead all of five minutes later and after the Reds went quietly in the 8th, they headed into the 9th still trailing 9-8 and needing at least a run with their 8-9-1 hitters due up. Kyle Farmer got his job done, drawing a 4-pitch walk to lead the inning off and he was pinch run for by Aristides Aquino. Tucker Barnhart would strike out, bringing up Jonathan India who had reached base all five times he went to the plate. But that streak ended with a ground out that moved the runner to second. It came down to Jesse Winker who tied the game up with an RBI double. Mike Freeman came out of the dugout to pinch hit for Heath Hembree and struck out to send the game into the 10th inning.
After the Mets took a 10-9 lead in the top of the inning the Reds began their half with Mike Freeman standing at second base, a lefty on the mound who hadn’t pitched in the big leagues all season, and Joey Votto at the plate. Advantage Votto, who took a 3-0 pitch and lined a single into left field to put runners on the corners for Tyler Naquin. He would foul off four pitches before flaring a game-tying single into left field and put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Eugenio Suárez then grounded into a double play, but Joey Votto did move up to third base. It didn’t matter as Shogo Akiyama grounded out to third base to end the inning and send the game into the 11th.
After the Mets dropped a 5-spot in the top of the 11th the Reds offense had their work cut out for them. Aristides Aquino grounded out to begin the inning, but Tucker Barnhart and Jonathan India followed with singles to make it 15-11 and lead to a pitching change for New York. Trevor May came on to face Nick Castellanos who had entered the game in a double switch on the defensive side of things in the top of the inning. Perhaps a fully healthy Castellanos gets the Reds within a run, but instead he flew out to the warning track in right field for the second out of the inning. Mike Freeman would strike out to end the game.
The game didn’t start out well for Vladimir Gutierrez as he allowed a single and then back-to-back home runs and put the Reds in a 3-0 deficit before he recorded an out. That was all the Mets got in the 1st, and he fired out a shutout 2nd and 3rd inning to follow.But the 4th inning was a lot like the 1st. A leadoff single was followed by a home run and all of a sudden it was 7-5. A double followed and the tying run came to the plate. Pitcher Jerad Eickhoff laid down a bunt single to put runners on the corners with one out. Pete Alonso singled to make it 7-6. Gutierrez got out of the inning without any further damage, but it was the last inning he had on the day as his ERA ballooned to 4.97 on the season after giving up six earned on the day.
R.J. Alaniz came out for the start of the 5th inning and made his first big league appearance since 2019. After not giving up a home run all season in Triple-A the first batter he faced, Dom Smith, hit a
baseball to Kentucky home run halfway up section 144 in the sundeck to tie the game up at 7-7. Alaniz settled in from there, getting back-to-back strikeouts and a lazy fly ball to left to end the inning.
Alaniz returned for the 6th and walked the first batter he faced, but rebounded with a strikeout. That ended his night and Brad Brach came out to try and keep the game tied up. He did just that against his former team as he struck out Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso. Amir Garrett took over in the 7th and worked a perfect inning that included two strikeouts to keep the game all tied up.
Josh Osich took over in the 8th inning and things didn’t go the lefty’s way. He allowed a leadoff single and then a 2-run home run to James McCann that put the Mets on top 9-8 – just a matter of minutes after the Reds had taken an 8-7 lead. Heath Hembree would come on to finish out the 8th and record the final out. He returned for the 9th and got the Mets 1-2-3 to give the Cincinnati bats one more chance to score a run and tie things up or put up two more more and walk it off.
The Reds got one run, but that was all, and the game headed into extra innings. Edgar García made his 2021 debut to begin the 10th. A ground out to 1st moved the runner to third base and that led to the infield playing in. Another ground ball followed, but this one got by a drawn in infield for a single and the Mets took the lead. García got fly outs on the next two batters to end the inning, but the Reds trailed by a run and would need some magic once again to extend or even end the game in a favorable fashion.
García returned for the 11th. Brandon Nimmo singled to lead off the inning to put runners on the corners. He’d strike out Pete Alonso for the first out, but Jeff McNeil lined a go-ahead RBI single into right to give the Mets a lead. Reliever Anthony Banda hit for himself and hit a hard grounder to third base and Eugenio Suárez came up firing home to get Brandon Nimmo by 10 feet for the second out of the inning. That led to David Bell coming out to make a double switch, bringing in Ryan Hendrix to pitch and sending Nick Castellanos out into right field, shifting Tyler Naquin to center, and bringing Shogo Akiyama back to the dugout.
None of it mattered. Hendrix gave up back-to-back home runs to make it 15-10. The Reds offense didn’t have a touchdown in them.
Notes Worth Noting
Vladimir Gutierrez has 4 walks and just 1 strikeout in his last two starts that have covered 10 innings.
If someone has an explanation of why you would pinch run with Aristides Aquino for shortstop Kyle Farmer to then later pinch hit Mike Freeman and insert him as the shortstop I and all of the Reds fans would enjoy to hear it because I am speaking for everyone when I say that it’s tough to make sense of that one.
We'll hear from Bob Castellini again in 2024 when he grants his once every three year interview to Paul Daugherty. https://t.co/AFCyeK9iVR
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 20, 2021
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