An outstanding pitchers duel between All-Stars Luis Castillo and Nestor Cortes through seven innings turned into a contest to see which bullpen could pitch worse in the final three innings. Cincinnati’s bullpen only gave up five runs while the Yankees bullpen allowed six as the Reds held on in extra innings for a 7-6 victory and a series win.
|Cincinnati Reds (34-55)
|New York Yankees (62-27)
|W: Sanmartin (3-4) L: Luetge (2-3) SV: Moreta (1)
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Facing All-Star in Nestor Cortes wasn’t going to be an easy task for the Reds, but they got around to threatening early on. Jonathan India singled and moved up a bag when Tommy Pham lined a 1-out single into right. They would be stranded there. The offense didn’t get much else going until the 5th inning when they loaded the bases with one out and a sacrifice fly from Brandon Drury plated Nick Senzel, who had started the rally with a 1-out single. That was all Cincinnati would get against Cortes, who exited the game after the 7th inning of a 1-1 tie.
The Yankees brought in Jonathan Loaisiga for the 8th inning and his 7.27 ERA on the season is exactly what the Reds needed. Jonathan India and Brandon Drury began the inning with singles, and after a ground out, Joey Votto singled in the go-ahead run. Tyler Stephenson grounded out, but both runners moved up a base, putting two men in scoring position for Kyle Farmer. He took care of things from there, lining a 2-run single into right field to extend the lead to 4-1.
After the bullpen fell apart in the bottom of the 8th, the offense came back to the plate in the 9th of a tie game. The first pitch of the inning hit Nick Senzel to put the go-ahead run on first. Tyler Naquin came off of the bench to pinch hit for Stuart Fairchild but he would strike out on seven pitches. Senzel moved up to second base on a wild pitch with Jonathan India at the plate. He’d eventually strike out and then Brandon Drury grounded out to end the threat.
The game made it to the 10th inning and Joey Votto came through once again, lining a 1-out go-ahead double into right field. He was pinch run for by Matt Reynolds and scored when Tyler Stephenson lined a double down the left field line to make it 6-4. Donovan Solano would single in Stephenson later to make it 7-4. They would need every last one of those runs.
In a match up of All-Stars, Luis Castillo matched Nestor Cortes all night long. The first hit that Castillo allowed was in the 6th inning, but it was a big one. He had walked Aaron Judge prior to the double from Anthony Rizzo, putting two men in scoring position with just one out in a 1-0 game. Giancarlo Stanton followed up with a ground out that brought in the tying run. Matt Carpenter would strike out to end the inning. The next inning saw Jose Trevino single and Marwin Gonzalez walk on 12 pitches after fouling off six straight pitches, but Castillo locked in and struck out DJ LeMahieu to strand the runners and keep the game tied up.
After Cincinnati scored three runs in the top of the 8th to take a 4-1 lead, and with Castillo’s pitch count at 114, David Bell made the call to send Jeff Hoffman to the mound for the 8th. Aaron Judge welcomed him to the game by swatting his 31st homer of the season to lead off the inning and cut the lead to 4-2. Joffman would retire the next two hitters before talking Matt Carpenter on four pitches. Gleyber Torres followed with a game tying 2-run homer as the Benny Hill music played in the background, seemingly out of nowhere. Hoffman followed up by walking Gleyber Torres before he was replaced by Hunter Strickland. That didn’t change anything as Strickland then came on to walk the first batter he faced. He then hit pinch hitter Josh Donaldson with a pitch to load the bases. A strikeout of DJ LeMahieu mercifully ended the inning, sending the game to the 9th all tied up.
Hunter Strickland came back out for the bottom of the 9th to face Aaron Judge. Strickland got him swinging on three straight sliders to record the first out. That led to a pitching change as Reiver Sanmartin was called upon to face lefty Anthony Rizzo and he got him to fly out for the second out. That brought Giancarlo Stanton to the plate, who got ahead 3-0 before taking a strike. The next pitch led to a weak chopper to shortstop to end the inning and send the game into extras.
After the Reds scored three runs in the top of the inning to grab a lead, Reiver Sanmartin returned to start the bottom of the 10th inning to face fellow lefty Matt Carpenter who performed some lefty-on-lefty crime as Carpenter sent one into the seats in right field to make it a 7-6 ball game. Gleyber Torres popped up for the first out of the inning, but then Sanmartin walked Joey Gallo after getting ahead of him 0-2. That was it for the lefty and the Reds called on Dauri Moreta to come in and try to pick up his first big league save. He got Jose Trevino to ground into a force out. Isiah Kiner-Falefa then singled up the middle to put the tying run at second base with two outs. A fly out would end it and the Reds picked up the series win.
Notes Worth Noting
From our pals @StatsBySTATS: this is only the 6th time in MLB history that a sub-.400 team won a road series vs a .700+ team (min 50 games into the season)
— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) July 15, 2022
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