The Cincinnati Reds defense failed them early and then the bullpen failed them late as back-to-back wild pitches brought in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th for the Yankees as New York ended the Reds winning streak at five games.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (33-55)
6 10 1
New York Yankees (62-26)
7 6 1
W: King (6-1) L: Diaz (2-1)
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

The Offense

Cincinnati was feeling good coming off of their win on Tuesday night and the offense went right back to work to start out the game on Wednesday. Jonathan India walked and moved up to second on a single by Brandon Drury. Both moved up a base on a ground out and then India scored on a low liner that was trapped by the second baseman.

In the 2nd inning the Reds got back-to-back-to-back home runs to begin the inning from Kyle Farmer, Mike Moustakas, and Stuart Fairchild to take a 4-0 lead. The home run by Fairchild was his first big league home run. Cincinnati had to try to comeback for a second night in a row after the defense got all types of lost in the 3rd and led to the Yankees scoring five runs to take a lead. In the 5th inning they got back to work as the top of the lineup came up. Jonathan India doubled and Brandon Drury walked to start the inning. Joey Votto would plate one run with a ground-rule double and then Tyler Stephenson gave the Reds the lead with a sacrifice fly.

Cincinnati had singles in each of the next two innings but couldn’t get anything beyond that. In the top of the 8th inning they got some help from the Yankees on an error that put Donovan Solano on base and he was pinch run for by Nick Senzel, but he was picked off. Kyle Farmer walked, but was stranded. After the Yankees tied things up in the bottom of the 8th, the Reds got two men on with Stuart Fairchild walking and Brandon Drury picking up a single – but they were both stranded.

When the 10th inning began it was Joey Votto starting out at second base with Tyler Stephenson coming to the plate. He led off with a single into center, but Votto was only able to move up to third base. That was a big factor as a strikeout was followed by a double play to end the inning and leave the game tied up.

The Pitching

Mike Minor worked around a hit in each of the first two innings. Things didn’t go his way in the third, but it wasn’t hit fault as the defense behind him made a series of errors and mistakes. Jonathan India was officially charged with an error on what should have been a double play that would have ended the inning without any runs scoring. Then one an RBI base hit the Reds cut the throw off and had the runner caught between bases, but failed to execute a proper run down to extend the inning once again and a 3-run double followed to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead with four runs in the inning being unearned against Minor. That long inning ran up Minor’s pitch count and he only made it through four frames.

The Reds grabbed a 5-4 lead in the top of the 5th and then Buck Farmer took over. He struck out four of the six batters in the next two innings to hold the lead. Joel Kuhnel tossed a shutout 7th inning to do his part holding the lead. But in the 8th inning Giancarlo Stanton hit a Yankee Stadium cheapie to tie the game up. Hunter Strickland entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with the game still tied up and it remained there as the Yankees went down in order.

Alexis Diaz entered the game in the bottom of the 10th of a tie game. He got the luxury of facing Aaron Judge, who is the frontrunner for AL MVP right now, to lead off the inning. It was no problem for Diaz who struck him out swinging on a 98 MPH fastball on the outside edge of the strikezone. Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked to set up a righty-vs-right match up against Giancarlo Stanton. During the at-bat a wild pitch moved both runners up. The next pitch was also a wild pitch and the winning run scored, ending the Reds winning streak.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs New York Yankees

Thursday July 14th, 7:05pm ET

Luis Castillo (3-4, 2.92 ERA) vs Nestor Cortes (7-3, 2.74 ERA)

74 Responses

  1. Joe P.

    “It was no problem for Diaz who struck him out swinging on a 98 MPH fastball”

    Diaz struck out Judge with the heater, and after the intentional walk to Rizzo, he throws back-to-back wild pitches on sliders in the dirt with 2 strikes on Stanton.

    I wish he would have stuck with the heater.

    The Reds defense cost them this one though, especially the botched run down.

  2. SteveO

    So far, won 1 that they probably should have lost and lost 1 that they probably should have won? Wondering if sliders were called from the bench or all Stephenson and Diaz? Tough loss, but great lesson for all involved moving forward. It would’ve hurt way more if we were in the playoff hunt. Instead, I feel like I must appreciate every game more counting down to 8/2.

    • Jim t

      What difference does it make who called for sliders?

    • Old Big Ed

      Diaz threw them and is 100% responsible for doing so.

      Unless you can show me a video of somebody holding a gun to his head and telling him what to throw, then it is all on Diaz.

  3. Bet on red

    Got a good chance of winning the series tomorow certainly played up to the Yankees

  4. SteveO

    Still can’t understand the decision to go Gibaut and Strickland vs. Strickland and Diaz in the 8th and 9th innings. Outcome of the game may not have been different, but it was if Bell didn’t have confidence that the Reds could hold the 1 run lead and wanted Diaz in the highest stress situation of starting the inning with the runner on second.

    • Joe P.

      I believe Bell wanted to give Diaz the night off, and his plan was to have Strickland pitch the 9th. If the game had been decided in 9 innings, he never would have used Diaz. Going to extra innings threw his plan out the window.

      • SteveO

        I was thinking that too, but he only threw 13 pitches last night. We could’ve taken the series with a win tonight. Bell must adjust on the fly and think in the present instead of trying to predict the future. What if Castillo throws a complete game gem tomorrow?

  5. CFD3000

    Only watched sporadically and didn’t see the ending. But in the 10th, 1st and 3rd nobody out and the Reds couldn’t score? That seems… bad. And Minor had to pitch what amounted to a 5 out 3rd inning, but he also issued two free passes, gave up two line drive hits, and grooved the pitch to the weakest hitter on the team (other than the backup catcher) that turned into a bases clearing double. This was a really disappointing game and the opposite of the solid, relentless way they’ve played for most of the past 10 days or so. A shame because Severino definitely opened the door. Tough lefty tomorrow – I’ll be delighted if the Reds now somehow win this series.

    • SteveO

      6 out 3rd inning. Double play and botched rundown.

      • Redleg1869

        Three things:
        1- Starting the 10th with JV as ghost is just awful. Guess not many options for DB?
        2. Young ROY best set next goal of winning future Gold Glove. Error on potential DP can happen. Major blunder on his part in run down when he threw long throw to third should never happen. HS players know better.
        3. Two runners picked off tonight. All three things are coaching issues. Have had quite a few runners picked off this year. Senzel on somewhat regular basis.

    • Jim Walker

      Key factor in the Reds 10th was Votto as the ghost man. I believe virtually anyone else on the Reds would have scored on the Stephenson single, especially given the Yanks were at double play depth after the single with 1st and 3rd and no outs against them on defense. The ball was right up the middle and Votto was free to run (or should have been) as soon as the ball passed the pitcher.

      Apparently after coming on as a pinch runner and being picked off then playing defense in 8th, Senzel was deemed unable to bat, thus Reynolds was held back to bat for him and not available to pinch run for Votto as the ghost. But surely there must have been a pitcher who wasn’t going to pitch who could have run for Votto?

      • BK

        Agreed, he also got a really poor read on the single to CF.

      • DHud

        Here it is, the “the reason the Reds are bad is because of Joey Votto” comment I was looking for

        Never mind he batted in 1/3 of the Reds runs tonight

      • Jim Walker

        @DHud> If a guy is a leader who has been around for 15+ years, he should be game aware and not make a mental mistake in that situation. Whatever happened before, whether he was part of it, for better or for worse, doesn’t matter because the game is on the line now and he is in a key position.

      • Indy Red Man

        Votto only did the same thing in Game 1 in Atlanta a few years ago. Geno singles to LF and Duvall had to run 30 yards to get the ball, but Joey went back to 2nd for some unknown reason? He got picked off the other day. Slow and horrible baserunning IQ not a good combo

      • Steven Ross

        Bingo! Votto runs like he’s pushing a refrigerator. Just can’t have him as the ghost runner.

      • JB

        Judge has a cannon. Good luck with trying to take home. He would of thrown out anybody on that hit.

      • Charles Vickers

        Votto has typically displayed some very poor base running skills and over the course of an otherwise wonderful and long career and it has probably cost the REDS numerous outs/games. On the flip side – he is Joey Votto and we have that to be thankful for.

        Speaking of baserunning blunders – never pinch run and then get picked off!!! Don’t waste outs!!! Don’t make stupid outs!!

        Go Reds!! Beat the Yankees tonight!! #laPiedra

      • Still a Red

        Votto is Votto. Agreed he runs like he’s pushing a refrigerator. Even if he gets the right jump, not sure you would send him with no outs. That said, I guess Schrock was available. Can you move Moose to first from DH. Or you could move Drury there and put Schrock at 3rd. Risky though defensively with players somewhat out of position.

        Note: Senzel picked off again.

      • Jim Walker

        SAR>>> Schrock is at Louisville. The options to run for Votto appeared to be Reynolds, Papierski who is the current backup catcher, or a pitcher who was not going to pitch in the game. However, Reynolds eventually batted for Senzel so, in reality, the pinch runner options were Papierski or a pitcher.

      • Jim Walker

        @JB> it cost nothing to get a good jump, run hard, and then make an aggressive turn at 3B to force Judge or whoever to hustle in, make a clean pickup, and a serious throw toward the plate. Even if Votto pulls up off the turn and holds, the throw could be wild or miss the cutoff man and at the least Stephenson might make it to 2B shutting down the GIDP option. But because the man off 2B basically trotted over to 3B we will never know.

  6. SteveO

    Will the Yankees change their trade package based on the Castillo start tomorrow? Here’s hoping for 6-7 shutout innings!

    • Joe P.

      Also, let’s hope Castillo stays healthy.

  7. SteveO

    Congrats to Fairchild! First ML hit a HR! Luckily, out of all the fans in the LF bleachers, a Reds fan caught it and he got the ball back. That fan should get some serious goodies from the Reds and should also get tickets for tomorrow’s game to see Castillo. When interviewed, he said he grew up in Kentucky a Reds fan. It will probably be the last time for him to see Castillo in a Reds uniform. He had his 2 kids with him, so the Reds should try to arrange for his whole family to be present as a token of appreciation. Fairchild also got another hit and a walk and already shows better OBP skills than Almora, who very rarely walks.

    • SteveO

      Forgot to write that the fan currently resides in NY, therefore making it difficult to see Castillo again pitching for the Reds

    • SteveO

      Sorry, mistaken about Fairchild. First hits with the Reds, not first of his career. He had his first hit ly with the DBacks.

    • Tar Heel Red

      Not his first major league hit, but was his first major league HR.

      Needless to say, the Reds will find a dramatic way to win or lose a ballgame.

      • Earmbrister

        Like the Yankees, who found a dramatic way to lose to the Reds two nights ago …

    • RedsfaninTX

      Yes – very very happy for Fairchild – every young baseball player dreams of that first homerun in the show!! Definitely the highlight of the game – and to see a REDS fan catch it was a huge bonus.

      Thanks for the extra info about the fan!

      Go Reds!!

  8. Jeff Morris

    Again….why not Hoffman in the 8th inning! Why this Gibaut guy? Hasn’t Hoffman proved himself all year….why not go with Hoffman then. Also, why pitch hit for Senzel in the 10th inning. Especially when he has been pretty good in the last month.

    • Jim Walker

      My guess about Senzel is that either he aggravated his back running bases (such as he did or playing field and could not bat; or perhaps they knew all along he could pinch run and play field but not bat due to the back issue which he was scratched for to begin with,

    • Jim t

      @jeff Yankees scored 7 runs 2 of which were earned. We also had chances to score more then our 6 runs. Who pitched had very little bearing on the outcome.

  9. JayTheRed

    Diaz may have the great stuff but I don’t think he is mentally ready to be the closer just yet.

    Great game overall Minor is just not a good pitcher overall.

    • Jim t

      @Jay I’m not high on Minor either but his defense let him down big time last night.

      • Clammy

        While the D let him down, Minor’s track record with the Reds is unimpressive. He should be a relief pitcher. His #’s the first time through the lineup are great. He looked great vs. Judge. He’d be a useful throw in at the trade deadline although more of the Reds settling for a lesser prospect if they can get his salary off the books.

  10. Rednat

    Votto has to score in the 10th on the stephenson hit. bad base running has plagued Joey for most of his career. that is by far the most frustrating part of his game

    • Jim Walker

      In retrospect, Votto’s career has reflected that he came from a background that did not offer a strong opportunity to develop actual game playing skills.

      He taught himself how to hit probably spending time at cages but where except from playing a large number of games for years growing up do base running skills and team defensive skills get ingrained to the point of becoming “instinctual”? And those were the 2 areas he came up short in last night as he has a way of doing.

      • Still a Red

        Look…he’s not a runner. He runs on his heels.

    • Reddawg2012

      I disagree. The most frustrating part for me was the botched double play and run down by the Reds in the same inning. You can’t give the Yankees 6 outs to work with in one inning. Playing basic defense would have had the Reds out of that inning with a 4-0 lead. Instead, they were down 5-4. The game shouldn’t have even gone to extra innings.

  11. GreatRedLegsFan

    So many defensive errors, running mistakes and wild pitches, it’s hard to swallow being so close to win this game too, not sure which one was worse.

  12. SteveO

    Reports are that the Dodgers and Giants are interested in trading for Drury. The Reds should package Castillo and Drury to the Dodgers. In return, the Reds get prospects 4,5,6,13 and 18 according to They are Pages, Vargas, Pepiot, Nastrini and Stone. All prospects under 25 currently with only Pepiot needing to be added to the 40 man roster immediately. Vargas and Pages ‘22 offseason, Stone ‘23 offseason and Nastrini ‘24 offseason. Vargas fills in at 3B for Drury and Pepiot into the starting rotation replacing Castillo. Pages heads to Louisville with Stone and Nastrini to Chattanooga to join Abbott, Phillips and Boyle in the starting rotation for a second half Southern League division title run.
    It doesn’t look like the Dodgers will part with Cartaya or Miller, their top 2 prospects, so we try to get more instead of high prospects. For me, Vargas is a better prospect than Busch, who is #3 and has too much swing and miss. The Dodgers can sign Drury to an extension before year end or be the highest bidder in the offseason if they see the future fit. The Dodgers put Castillo in the rotation for White and Drury into the starting lineup for Muncy.

    • BK

      If the Dodgers (or another team) believes they have a prospect that is too good to trade for a top 10 MLB starting pitcher, we should counter with Minor and tell them we’re willing to trade our solid MLB pitcher for their solid prospects.

      Also, Pepiot and Vargas don’t make Fangraphs’ Top 100 or Baseball Prospectus Top 101. Pepiot didn’t make The Athletics’ list either. Both are on ESPN’s preseason list. In other words, they are not consensus top prospects. One other thing to keep in mind, none of these lists:, Fangraphs, BP, The Athletic or ESPN have been updated since prior to this season.

    • Still a Red

      Hah….throw in Moose, take it or leave it (ala Bailey)…and get his $$ off the payroll.

  13. SteveO

    Giants also interested in Mahle. We send Mahle to the Giants for Harrison and Wright or Marciano. AA starter and AA reliever, AAA reliever. All lefties. Harrison #2 ranked prospect and the other 2 unranked, but with good stats as relievers. Wright preferred and joins Harrison in Louisville to bolster the pitching staff. If Marciano, also added to Louisville pitching staff.

    • SteveO

      Harrison, 20 ‘24 offseason, Wright 23, ‘22 offseason and Marciano 27, R5 status.

    • Tar Heel Red

      You’re not gonna get Harrison for Mahle straight up. Giants won’t go for that. But Mahle and Drury for Luis Matos, Will Bednar and Patrick Bailey might pique their interest?

  14. MadMike

    From listening to the Fansided baseball insider (Murray), it sounded like the Giants are unlikely to make any big moves if a deep playoff run is not in the cards. He seems to have a source inside or close to that team. I wouldn’t get your hopes up on a trade with the Giants unless they go on a big win streak after ASB…

  15. Indy Red Man

    Senzel? Has the poor guy ever played 15 games in a row? Happy for Stuart Fairchild atleast. He got my attention when I saw he hit .360 with power at Wake Forest. They deadened the aluminum bats in Ncaa baseball many years ago as well so .360 is pretty crazy. I watched Schwarber at Indiana and he didn’t hit .360.

    • Indy Red Man

      Ok I had to look it up. Schwarber hit .358 in his last year at Indiana))). Still .360 anywhere is no joke although I have no idea about the quality of ACC baseball

      • Jim Walker

        I don’t think Fairchild would have fallen as far as #38 overall in the draft coming out of the SEC or PAC10/12 with similar numbers to what he posted at Wake.

        The year Fairchild came out (2017), Wake made the NCAA and was eliminated at the Super Regional level. In addition to SF, Gavin Sheets at #49 overall was in the NLB draft top 100 that season. They also had 6 other late picks (200+ overall) in that draft.

      • BK

        The ACC is an excellent baseball conference. I doubt it hurt him at all.

      • old-school

        I saw Schwarber at IU as well. He hit a moonshot to RF the game I saw despite being cold and rainy and dreary. He was a catcher I believe then too.

  16. Jim t

    Reds gave one away last night. Errors, mental mistakes dictated the outcome.

    • Redsvol

      Totally agree, Jim. Minor wasn’t pitching badly. Any pitcher asked to get extra outs is trouble but especially with minor. If he doesn’t have the inning extended he probably goes 6 innings and bullpen performs as designed. Asking this bullpen to cover 5 or 6 innings is always trouble. Blame this one on the defense.

      Bad base running (votto, senzel) didn’t help. And we probably should have tacked in more runs early but no one came thru in the middle innings with runners on base.

      Kudos to Fairchild, sturdy and India for good offensive games. I’m not sure India is a 2nd baseman on a playoff team. He is a very good player but He may need to move to third or outfield eventually.

  17. Roger Garrett

    Reds infield defense is not very good.Minor is a 5th starter on a bad team that will give up 4 or more runs in 4 or 5 innings on most nights.Votto is the last man you would want on second carrying the tieing or go ahead run late in a game.Barrero improves the defense but it won’t happen.Minor should be released or made a pen piece but that won’t happen.Bell sometimes does run for Joey but he didn’t and well he is the manager.Reds competed and lost because they have too many things that can keep them from winning and one or more of them happen every game.Sometimes they can overcome them and sometimes they can’t.Fairchild with a good game.Should be back out there against a lefty today but we’ll we will see.Joey and Moose should set but we will see.

  18. Kevin H

    I noticed from some Votto seems to be the fall guy for not scoring from second. I dunno if I agree with that.. sounds like if India fields the ball and turns a dp. Minor is out of inning. If King Fairchild doesn’t get picked off as well as Senzel on the bases.

    If Stephenson would of blocked the pitches. Perhaps out come is different. Yet seems Votto is getting the blame from some.

    • greenmtred

      Minor, too. India has a way to go to become a good defensive 2nd baseman, and it cost the Reds last night. There’s no knowing how the game would have ended, but had India fielded that perfect DP grounder, the Reds get out of the inning ahead 4 to zip instead of down a run, and Minor throws something like 20 pitches instead of of over 40. Brantley was pretty succinct about how tough it is to throw so many pitches in an inning.

    • BK

      Anyone who watched/listened to the game knows the Reds lost this game in the second when they gave the Yankees a free inning of extra outs. Not only did it cost them 5 runs, but it drove Minor’s pitch count way up (he was over 40 pitches for the second inning alone) and got into the bullpen early. That doesn’t make Votto a good base runner but imploding in the 2nd inning was the culprit.


    I just watched the run down play and Drury screwed up. After his initial throw it is his job to keep moving towards second and cover any return throw. This is taught in little league baseball. After throwing the ball you must cover the base that you were running the runner back towards (and possibly get in line behind someone that is already there), basic fundamentals. He just stood there in the middle after making the initial throw. The double play ball should have been made, at least knock it down and get one, then getting picked off, and “can’t run Votto” doomed the team last night!

    • BK

      The first mistake was not running directly at the runner and forcing him to commit. I’ve got to wonder if he lost track of the play and thought they could simply double up the runner by touching the base like after a fly ball. At any rate, it was a mental error.

      • Old Big Ed

        Drury made about as dumb a play as I have seen in years. He completely forgot everything that anybody ever tried to teach him about rundowns. I knew it was a disaster as soon as he threw to second. It was impossibly bad baseball. The runner (Rizzo?) had essentially given up, and was bailed out because Drury didn’t think to run right at the runner.

        The India error was a physical error, rather than a mental one. They happen, but India is making too many of them. It cost 5 runs, it cost Minor 20+ pitches, and it cost them the game.

        It was one of the Reds worst innings in the last 25 years.

      • Jim Walker

        OBE> Operative phrase is “he didn’t think…”. At the level Drury is playing at, that shouldn’t have required conscious thinking. The brain should have read the situation and just put the body in motion.

  20. SultanofSwaff

    Fairchild seems like an amalgam of all those plug-n-play glue guys the Cardinals seem to produce every year. Would be nice if he is.

    Man, Senzel is the least instinctual player on a team that includes a Canadian. Chapman’s pickoff move wasn’t even good and Senzel’s lead was miniscule. Just, wow.

    Wondering how it is that the Blue Jays aren’t winning the AL East. Seems that due to unvaccinated opponents (10! from the Royals) they have a huge home field advantage.

    • Jim Walker

      I would have loved to see a close up of Chapman’s face in that sequence. It was almost like they were playing chicken with each other and Chapman decided he’d had enough was growing to throw over just to make Senzel go back in on his belly then Senzel flat out misread and jumped in the other direction.

      As I said at length the other day, Senzel doesn’t appear to grasp the speed of play at the MLB level. He plays like he thinks he is still on a hot shot traveling high school all star team or at Tennessee where he is head and shoulders the quickest and fastest athlete on the field every day.

      • Indy Red Man

        Agree totally. Senzel got picked off at 2B and then thrown out easily trying for a double in the same game not long ago. He thinks he’s Deion Sanders out there for some reason?

        Side note….how bout those Mariners? Geno big 3 run HR and Wink homered in both games. They’ve won 10 in a row and 18 of 21

      • old-school

        Senzel pick off gave me flashbacks and PTSD. My last act in high school playing in regionals. Tough lefty pitcher and I singled late in the game and down 4, I knew in my mind no way I was stealing and I was taking a short conservative lead and a small secondary. I figured the pitcher knew I wasn’t stealing or being aggressive too because what idiot gets thrown out on the base paths down 4 runs? After a pitch or 2 home of not paying any attention to me, he throws over without looking and hung me out to dry. Not good walking back to the dugout.

    • Indy Red Man

      I hope none of these anti-vax guys eat hot dogs because they all say they want to know what goes into their bodies and nobody knows whats in a hot dog.

    • Indy Red Man

      I only got 6 unknown vaccinations at once in basic training in 1987. Someone said “Yeah but I’m sure the military tested all those vaccinations” and I said “Sure the military is always very concerned about the well-being of lowly enlisted men”

    • Old Big Ed

      “… the least instinctual player on a team that includes a Canadian” is superb.

  21. Jim Walker

    It was a strange night with the Fraley and Aquino rehab efforts with the AAA Bats. In a combined 6 plate appearances for the duo, 3 were walks and 2 were K’s.

    Suprise of surprises, neither of the Ks and 2 of the walks were recorded by Aquino. No pitcher seemed to want any part of Aquino. Along with the 2 walks, he grounded out sharply to SS when he went after a first pitch offering that was either a hung breaking ball or a rare fastball he could get his bat to.

    Fraley went 0-2, drawing a walk to go along with his 2 Ks.

    The game was a 10-3 win for the Bats. TJ Friedl came on for Aquino and went 2-2 with a 2B and 3 RBIs. He has been smoking at the plate since his latest return to AAA from the Reds. His seasonal OPS at AAA is now up to .836. I’m guessing if the Reds would need an LH bat who does not need to be an infielder, Friedl is now ahead of Schrock on the call up depth chart.

  22. Still a Red

    Rats. Would have been quite a boost to sweep both the Jay and Yanks. Going against a lefty today???