Connor Overton continued to baffle opponents and left the game in the 8th inning with a lead, but the bullpen blew the lead and the Reds and Guardians would head to extra-innings. After getting a run in the top of the 10th to take the lead, things got dicey in the bottom half before Alexis Diaz stranded the bases loaded to pick up his first big league save.
|Cincinnati Reds (10-26)||5||9||0|
|Cleveland Guardians (16-18)
|W: Warren (2-1) L: Sandlin (3-2) SV: Diaz (1)
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Cincinnati didn’t do much early on, but Tyler Naquin led off the 3rd inning with a solo home run to put the Reds up 1-0. The next inning saw the team threaten after a 2-out single by Tyler Stephenson was followed by a walk from Colin Moran, but a fly out ended the inning. Two inning later the offense was back to it as Brandon Drury led off with a walk and went came around to score after back-to-back 1-out singles by Mike Moustakas and Tyler Stephenson to break a 1-1 tie. TJ Friedl walked and stole second base to lead off the 8th inning and he scored on a 1-out Tommy Pham single that made it a 3-1 ballgame.
After Cleveland got a run back in the 8th inning, Tyler Naquin laid down a 2-out bunt single, stole second, and then scored when Kyle Farmer came through with a clutch RBI hit to make it 4-2. The Guardians tied the game up in the bottom of the 9th and that meant extra-innings. And that meant the “ghost runner”, which for Cincinnati was Matt Reynolds. He would come around to score thanks to three consecutive 1-out walks. With the bases loaded, both Tyler Stephenson and Colin Moran would strike out to strand everyone and send things to the bottom of the 10th.
Connor Overton has turned into the Cincinnati Reds ace, or something like it. He cruised through the first two innings in order, but did allow a run in the 3rd inning on a sacrifice fly that tied the game up. Overton then didn’t allow another baserunner until a leadoff infield single in the 8th inning. He would retire the next two batters, but walked Franmil Reyes on a full count and that was all for him on the night. David Bell turned the game over to Tony Santillan. He allowed a single to Myles Straw, bringing in a run for Cleveland who cut into the Reds lead and made it 3-2. Santillan got Steven Kwan to pop out to third base a few pitches later to end the inning and send the game to the 9th.
Cincinnati’s offense padded their lead in the top of the 9th, giving the bullpen a 2-run lead. It would turn out that they needed those runs as Art Warren walked Jose Ramirez to lead off the inning and then served up a game-tying 2-run homer to Owen Miller. Warren got out without giving up any more damage and the game went to the 10th.
The Reds plated a run in their half of the 10th inning to grab a 5-4 lead. Cincinnati then turned things over to Alexis Diaz with Richie Palacios starting on second base for Cleveland. Diaz struck out the first two hitters he faced, but a wild pitch with Myles Straw at the plate moved Palacios up to third base, and he may have scored had the pitch not been so wild that it ricocheted off of the backstop and rolled into the Reds dugout, sending Palacios back to third base by rule. Straw would walk, placing runners on the corners with two outs. Diaz then walked Steven Kwan on four pitches to bring Jose Ramirez to the plate. After falling behind 1-0, the Reds rookie reliever fired three straight strikes to strike Ramirez out and pick up his first career save.
Key Moment of the Game
Bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning with Jose Ramirez at the plate and Alexis Diaz struck him out to end the game.
Notes Worth Noting
Kyle Farmer, who hadn’t played since May 13th, returned to the lineup and went 3-3.
Alexis Diaz is now 180 big league saves behind his brother Edwin.
Joey Votto went 1-4 with a run scored on his rehab assignment with the Dayton Dragons.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Cleveland Guardians
Tuesday May 18th, 6:10pm ET
Tyler Mahle (2-4, 5.89 ERA) vs Cal Quantrill (1-2, 3.93 ERA)