An incredibly questionable decision by David Bell in the bottom of the 9th inning comes back to haunt the Cincinnati Reds as they blew a 9th inning lead and lost to the New York Mets in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th.
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|New York Mets (54-48)
|W: Diaz (4-4) L: Cessa (3-2)
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After watching the Mets take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Reds got to work in the top of the 4th. Kyle Farmer continued to rake as he singled with one out. Aristides Aquino walked an out later to put two men on for Eugenio Suárez and he came through with a 440-foot 3-run home run to give Cincinnati the lead. In the 4th inning it was another home run, this time by Kyle Farmer, as he smacked a solo shot – his 10th of the season – to extend the lead to 4-1.
After the bats went silent for a few innings, Cincinnati got things rolling again in the to of the 8th with a single by Kyle Farmer to lead things off. Joey Votto came up and hit a laser off of the wall in right field – missing a home run by a matter of inches and according to Baseball Savant a ball that would have been a home run in 10 different parks – to put runners on the corner with no outs.
That close … pic.twitter.com/V4ZcrmVULh
— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) August 1, 2021
Tyler Naquin and Eugenio Suárez both struck out before the Mets made a pitching change to bring in left-handed reliever Aaron Loup to face Tucker Barnhart. David Bell countered by calling on Tyler Stephenson to pinch hit and set up a better match up. It went for nothing as the Reds got picked off as Joey Votto was caught too far off of first base, and while in a bit of a rundown Kyle Farmer then took off for home and was eventually tagged out in a rundown of his own. Cincinnati stranded a runner in the 9th and turned to the bullpen to try and hold a 1-run lead.
That 1-run lead wasn’t enough and the game went into extra-innings. With Jonathan India starting on second base, he moved up on a wild pitch while Jesse Winker was at the plate before he would walk to put runners on the corners with no outs. Kyle Farmer struck out to bring Joey Votto to the plate. Like Farmer, he too struck out and left things up to Tyler Naquin. He hit the ball hard, but it was right to the centerfielder who caught the line drive without moving as the Reds wasted a huge chance to take a lead.
After two quick innings to begin the game for Wade Miley, Brandon Drury doubled to lead off the 3rd. He moved up to third base on a sacrifice bunt. Miley made a good pitch to Jonathan Villar, breaking his bat in the process, but the ball dropped into shallow left field for an RBI single to put the Mets up 1-0. Pete Alonso followed up with a double play to end the inning.
Miley was cruising for the next two innings, but in the 6th inning the Mets got the offense going when Jonathan Villar led off with a walk and Pete Alonso followed up with a single. But Miley picked off Villar at second base as Kyle Farmer crept in behind him to help the Reds out. Jeff McNeil followed up with a line drive into left center, but Jesse Winker ran it down and caught it for the second out of the inning. That pick off earlier in the inning turned out to be huge as Javier Báez slugged a 2-run homer that cut the Reds lead to 4-3. Miley returned for the 7th and went 1-2-3 through the bottom of the Mets lineup to hold the 1-run lead.
Michael Lorenzen came out for the bottom of the 8th inning. He got two quick ground outs before getting Pete Alonso to pop up to Joey Votto to send the game to the 9th inning. Heath Hembree came out for the 9th inning looking to hold onto a 1-run lead and seal the win for Cincinnati. A leadoff walk didn’t help with that plan. A wild pitch with Javier Báez at the plate to move the tying run to second base really didn’t help. But Hembree took care of Báez with a strikeout. He’d follow up with another strikeout – this time of James McCann. With Dominic Smith coming up, David Bell went to Sean Doolittle to set up a left-on-left match up…. which could be problematic given that Smith has an .841 OPS against lefties this year and a .664 OPS against righties. Doolittle came out pumping 97 and 98 MPH fastballs. But it was a 78 MPH breaking ball that Smith looped into center to tie the game up. Kevin Pillar struck out to end the inning and send it to extras.
After Cincinnati came up scoreless in the top of the 10th they sent Luis Cessa to the mound in the bottom of the frame to try and keep the Mets off of the board. He couldn’t. Brandon Drury singled into right field to lead off the inning and drive in the winning run.
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