Gerrit Cole dominated the Reds for seven innings, striking out 11 batters without giving up a run. Cincinnati went into the 9th against the best closer in baseball and they kept things moving along and before it was over they had scored four runs and taken the lead. Alexis Diaz picked up the save as the Reds extended their winning streak to five games.
|Cincinnati Reds (33-54)
|New York Yankees (61-26)
|W: Sanmartin (2-4) L: Holmes (4-1) SV: Diaz (3)
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The Reds didn’t get a hit until Mike Moustakas led off the 3rd inning with a double. With two outs Brandon Drury singled into left but the combination of Moustakas’ speed and Joey Gallo’s arm led to him being held up at third base. He would be stranded there after Tommy Pham struck out to end the inning. Cincinnati’s next hit wouldn’t come until Jonathan India doubled to lead off the 6th. He would later steal 3rd base to put himself just 90 feet from the plate, but he couldn’t make up those 90 feet on his own and he would be stranded there as the Yankees held onto a 3-0 lead.
In the 9th inning the Yankees called on Clay Holmes and his 0.46 ERA on the season to try and shut things down. He walked Tommy Pham to start the inning and then Joey Votto singled up the middle to move Pham over to second base. Holmes then hit Tyler Stephenson with a pitch to load the bases. David Bell then sent pinch runner Stuart Fairchild to first base to put speed on the bases. Tyler Naquin then singled just out of the reach of a diving shortstop to drive in the Reds first run and everyone moved up one base. Kyle Farmer was then hit by a pitch to bring in another run. That would end the night for Holmes, who saw his earned run total on the season double on the night.
That’s when former Cincinnati reliever Wandy Peralta entered the game. The lefty’s first assignment was to face off against pinch hitter Donovan Solano. Peralta got a grounder back to himself and he came up throwing to the plate and got the force out at the plate, but that was all. Nick Senzel stepped up to the plate and he took the first pitch he saw and grounded it to third baseman Josh Donaldson who threw to the plate and got another force out. Jonathan India represented the last hope for the Reds, coming up with the bases loaded and two outs. He took strike one before fouling off three straight pitches. Then on the 5th pitch he looped a single into center to drive in Farmer and Solano to give Cincinnati a 4-3 lead.
The New York Yankees are the best team in baseball and they took little time to grab a lead. A single, double, and a 2-run single put the home team up before Graham Ashcraft recorded an out. But the next three hitters did record outs and it remained 2-0.
In the 3rd inning the Yankees began the inning with back-to-back walks off of Ashcraft. Gleyber Torres, who walked to start the inning moved over to third on a fly out. Josh Donaldson then hit a ball into center that looked plenty deep enough to turn into a sacrifice fly, but Nick Senzel slipped and fell over and the ball fell in for an RBI single. Ashcraft then got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning, but the Yankees extended their lead to 3-0. The right-hander didn’t give up any more runs over the next two innings, finishing his outing with 5-innings of 3-run baseball.
Jeff Hoffman came out and threw a shutout 6th inning before giving way to Ian Gibaut. Gleyber Torrses crushed a ball into center for a double, but he got greedy and tried stretching it into a triple and Nick Senzel’s thrown got to Jonathan India who fired a bullet to Brandon Drury who tagged him out. Gibaut struck out the next two batters to end the 7th. Reiver Sanmartin had to work around a walk in the 8th, but he got through the inning cleanly, sending the game to the 9th to give the Reds offense one last chance to get something going. And did they ever get something going as they scored four runs to take a lead.
Alexis Diaz came out to try and close the game out. Aaron Judge came out of the dugout as a pinch hitter to lead off the bottom of the 9th for the Yankees and Diaz needed six pitches, but he sent Judge back to his chambers to deliberate. Diaz walked DJ LeMahiue to follow, though, putting the tying run on first base. Gleyber Torres grounded one up the middle and Jonathan India fielded it, flipped to Kyle Farmer at second for a force out and he then fired to Joey Votto at first, but the umpire ruled safe. Cincinnati challenged the play and it was quickly overturned as the Reds kept their winning streak going with a comeback win.
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