The bullpen almost did it again, giving up four runs in the 8th inning, but the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 6-5 win to split a 2-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon.
|Minnesota Twins (45-63)
|Cincinnati Reds (57-51)
|W: Castillo (6-10) L: Barnes (0-2) SV: Lorenzen (1)
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Cincinnati’s offense was rather quiet for the first two innings, but in the third inning they put rookie starter Charlie Barnes feet to the fire, but it didn’t seem like it was going to happen after Shogo Akiyama singled and the next two batters recorded outs. But Jesse Winker walked and then the Reds got three straight RBI hits from Kyle Farmer, Joey Votto, and Tyler Stephenson to make it a 4-1 game. In the next inning it was Akiyama again who got things started, this time with a walk, and he later scored on a Jonathan India single that extended the lead to 5-1. In the bottom of the 7th inning a home run by Tyler Stephenson made it 6-1 and as it turned out that run was huge because the Twins scored four runs in the top of the 8th inning.
The offense had a chance to pad the lead after Shogo Akiyama walked again and got to second on a passed ball with two outs, but Jonathan India grounded out. That left things up to the bullpen to hold a 1-run lead in the top of the 9th.
Luis Castillo served up a 1st inning home run to Jorge Polanco that put the Twins up 1-0. That was the last time a runner crossed the plate while Castillo was on the mound. He was in charge over the next five innings, picking up seven strikeouts on the day over his 6.0 innings where he recorded eight outs on grounders.
Amir Garrett came out for the 7th and walked two batters while recording two outs before being replaced by Brad Brach. He got Brent Rooker to pop out to end the threat and inning and hold onto a 6-1 lead. But he came back out for the 8th and proceeded to walk the first two batters and then give up an RBI double to Miguel Sano. David Bell went to the mound and brought in Luis Cessa who gave up a 2-run double to the first batter he faced and all of a sudden it was 6-4 with no outs in the 8th inning. After a ground out, Ryan Jeffers singled in another run and cut the lead to 6-5. That was it for Cessa as things were then turned over to Michael Lorenzen. He struck out the first batter he saw, but then allowed a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Lorenzen then struck out Rooker to end the inning and mercifully hold onto a 1-run lead.
Michael Lorenzen came back out for the top of the 9th inning. He struck out latest Reds killer Jorge Polanco to begin the inning. But Luis Arraez singled into right field to put the tying run on the bases with one out for Minnesota. But on the next pitch Lorenzen induced a ground ball to Kyle Farmer who flipped to Jonathan India to turned and threw to Joey Votto for a double play to end the game.
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