Graham Ashcraft pitched into the 9th inning and was charged with a single unearned run as he and Alexis Diaz worked together to shut down the Marlins in a Cincinnati Reds 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
|Cincinnati Reds (42-61)||2||3||2|
|Miami Marlins (47-57)||1||5||1|
|W: Ashcraft (5-2) L: Garrett (2-5) SV: Diaz (4)
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Cincinnati got the offense rolling in the 1st inning when Nick Senzel doubled, Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch, and Joey Votto walked with one out to load the bases. Aristides Aquino, just activated from the injured list, came through with a 2-run single to put the Reds ahead. The only other hit that the Reds would get on the night was a 4th inning single by Mark Kolozsvary. The two runs was enough to escape with a win by the thinnest of margins.
Graham Ashcraft looked at what Hunter Greene did on Monday and decided he would try to match him and for all intents and purposes he did just that. He got some help from Aristides Aquino in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Nick Fortes tried to score on a single and Aquino dropped a laser 101 MPH throw from right field to the plate that easily beat him to end the inning.
Miami didn’t get on the board until the 6th inning after Charles Leblanc singled and moved to third on an error by Kyle Farmer before he scored on a sacrifice fly. The run would go down as unearned.
In the 7th inning with the Reds holding onto a 2-1 lead it was a JJ Bleday single that got things started for Miami. He was pinch run for by Billy Hamilton. After a fly out to Nick Senzel, the throw back to the infield short hopped Jonathan India and bounced away from him, allowing Billy Hamilton to grab second base. Hamilton then stole third base to put the tying run 90 feet away, but Ashcraft induced a ground out to end the inning and hold the lead. The big righty then retired the Marlins in order in the bottom of the 8th inning.
With 96 pitches for Ashcraft, David Bell sent him back out to the mound for the 9th inning. Miguel Rojas would fly out to begin the inning but Jesus Aguilar ripped a double into left field to follow, placing the tying run in scoring position. That would be the final pitch of the day for Ashcraft as David Bell went to the mound and called on Alexis Diaz out of the bullpen. Miami pinch ran for Aguilar, and Luke Williams advanced to third base when Lewin Diaz flew out to center. The Marlins called on another pinch hitter as Jacob Stallings came on for Billy Hamilton to face Diaz, and the Reds rookie reliever struck him out to end the game and pick up his 4th save of the year.
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