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.
|Cincinnati Reds (33-55)
|New York Yankees (62-26)
|W: King (6-1) L: Diaz (2-1)
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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.
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.
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