Tyler Mahle struck out 10 batters and allowed just one run in 6.0 innings and exited with a 3-1 lead. But the Reds bullpen gave up four runs in the 9th inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks completed the comeback and earned a split of the 4-game series with the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-4 win on Thursday afternoon.
|Arizona Diamondbacks (28-31)
|Cincinnati Reds (20-37)||4||9||2|
|W: Melancon (2-6) L: Santillan (0-1) SV: Kennedy (4)|
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Cincinnati got the ball rolling quickly on Thursday afternoon. Three straight singles by TJ Friedl, Brandon Drury, and Tommy Pham loaded the bases for Joey Votto and the future Hall of Famer doubled in two runs to put the Reds on top 2-0. Kyle Farmer added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Reds didn’t score again until the 9th inning. Trailing 5-3, Matt Reynolds hit an opposite field solo homer to bring the team to within a run. But that was all she wrote as TJ Friedl would fly out to end the game.
Tyler Mahle struggled in the first inning as he walked Josh Rojas and allowed a single to Ketel Marte to put two men on with just one out. The righty buckled down from there and picked up back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning. Arizona didn’t get another hit until the 4th inning with two outs. The next at-bat saw Jordan Luplow foul a ball off and it caught Tyler Stephenson in his non-glove hand. Stephenson had to exit the game and Aramis Garcia took over behind the plate. Luplow would line out to end the inning.
The next inning saw Pavin Smith lead off with a home run to cut the Reds lead to 3-1. When the 6th inning began Albert Almora Jr. exited the game and Aristides Aquino entered the game in right field with TJ Friedl moving to center. Once again the Arizona offense was threatening as Ketel Marte doubled and Christian Walker followed with his namesake (he walked), but Tyler Mahle once again worked his way out of a jam – this time getting a strikeout, ground out, and a pop up to Kyle Farmer to end the threat and hold onto a 3-1 lead. That would be the end of the day for Mahle as he racked up 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of 1-run baseball.
Alexis Diaz took over for Cincinnati in the 7th inning and he walked Alek Thomas to start off the inning. He then fell behind the next batter 3-0 before getting him to pop out to second base. Diaz would get the next two batters out and return for the 8th. After getting Ketel Marte to pop out he hit Christian Walker in the helmet with a pitch. Walker never went down, but he did go directly to the dugout and then back into the clubhouse. Diaz worked around the pinch-runner and got through the inning unscathed.
Tony Santillan came out for the 9th inning to try and lock down the series win. He didn’t get out to a good start as he walked Pavin Smith on five pitches to begin the inning. He then fired a wild pitch to start the at-bat against Alek Thomas and saw Smith take second base on the play. After a visit from pitching coach Derek Johnson, Santillan allowed an RBI single to Thomas that made it a 3-2 game.
Geraldo Perdomo laid down a bunt and Santillan fielded it and came up firing to second, but the throw was high and pulled Kyle Farmer off of the bag. The Reds challenged the play, arguing his foot came back down onto the bag prior to Thomas reaching the base. The review says the call stands, placing the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first with no outs in the inning. Another bunt followed, this time with Santillan fielding it and going to first base for the out, but moving both runners up a base. Josh Rojas singled up the middle, bringing both runners in to give Arizona a 4-3 lead. An intentional walk followed to set up a potential double play.
Arizona called on Cooper Hummel to come on as a pinch hitter. David Bell then went to the bullpen to bring in Ross Detwiler to turn Hummel around and make the switch hitter step up as a right-handed hitter. Detwiler walked the first batter he faced. A ground out followed that plated another run, making it 5-3 for the Diamondbacks. That final run proved to be pivotal as the Reds scored a run in the bottom half of the 9th, but ultimately fell 5-4 as the Diamondbacks picked up a series split by winning the final two games of the 4-game set.
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Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
Friday June 10th, 8:15pm ET
Luis Castillo (2-3, 3.55 ERA) vs Andre Pallante (1-0, 1.23 ERA)