The Reds bullpen gave up four runs in the bottom of the 8th inning after tying the game up in the top half as the relief crew continues to struggle for Cincinnati. Luis Castillo and Zac Gallen dueled it out for 7.0 innings but it came down to the bullpens and the Arizona Diamondbacks gave up half as many runs in the final two innings to avoid being swept.
|Cincinnati Reds (23-40)||4||5||1|
|Arizona Diamondbacks (30-35)
|W: Ramirez (2-1) L: Warren (2-3)|
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Cincinnati got on the board in the second inning after Nick Senzel was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a single by Albert Almora Jr. and then scored when Zac Gallen threw a pick off attempt away. Jonathan India would double in a run later in the inning to put the Reds up 2-0. The offense was quiet until the 8th inning when Brandon Drury tied the game up at 3-3 with a solo home run.
After the bullpen got beat around in the 8th inning, Cincinnati needed to get to work to try and make a comeback. Joey Votto led off the inning with a single and he moved up to second on a wild pitch. Mike Moustakas followed up with an RBI single to make it a 7-4 game. But the Reds wouldn’t score again after that as they failed to complete the 3-game sweep out in Arizona.
Luis Castillo had to work around an error in the 1st inning but he was able to get out of the frame unscathed. That wasn’t the case in the following inning when he gave up two doubles and a 2-run home run to give away the 2-0 lead the team handed him in the top half of the inning. Castillo would buckle down from there and give up just one more hit over the next five innings.
After the offense tied things up at 3-3 in the top of the 8th, David Bell turned things over to the bullpen and that’s when things went south. Warren gave up three singles while recording just one out to give up the lead. Following a double steal Warren induced a ground ball to Jonathan India, who came up firing to the plate, but everyone was safe and it was a 5-3 ballgame when Warren exited the game for Reiver Sanmartin. The lefty retired Alek Thomas to begin his outing but then gave up an RBI single and balked in another run before the inning was over and the Reds were trailing 7-3. It was more than enough for Arizona who held on for a 7-4 win.
Key Moment of the Game
Everything that happened in the bottom of the 8th inning.
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