The Cincinnati Reds bullpen blew a lead in the 8th inning as Arizona’s star rookie Corbin Carroll hit a go-ahead 2-run home run off of Alex Young to put the Diamondbacks ahead for good as they held on for a 3-2 win in the first game of the 4-game series.
|Cincinnati Reds (67-62)
|Arizona Diamondbacks (67-61)
|W: Castro (6-6) L: Young (4-2) SV: Sewald (28)|
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Brandon Williamson matched Merrill Kelly inning for inning early on as the two pitchers kept the opposing offenses off of the board. But in the bottom of the 5th inning Arizona put pressure on the Reds lefty with two singles to put runners on the corner with one out. Ketel Marte hit a hard grounder to third and Noelvi Marte came up firing to the plate where Tyler Stephenson tagged out Corbin Carroll to keep the game scoreless. A line out would end the inning.
The next inning saw the Diamondbacks get a leadoff single from Tommy Pham and a 2-out walk from Evan Longoria to threaten one again. After Stephenson made a mound visit to talk with Williamson he came back to pick up a strikeout to end the threat. That would end the day for the lefty as he tossed six shutout innings.
Buck Farmer took over for Cincinnati in the 7th and things didn’t go his way. He walked the leadoff batter, then was hit by a comebacker that went for a single. Ketel Marte then singled into right field to load the bases. Jace Peterson then hit a ball to the wall in right field to bring a run in, but a baserunning mistake led to Gabriel Moreno being thrown out at home and what should have easily been a multi-run double turn into a single that led to an out and just one run. Farmer would get back-to-back flyouts to end the inning and keep it a 1-run ballgame.
Merrill Kelly had thrown seven shutout innings of 1-hit baseball. He returned to the mound for the 8th, but while warming up he appeared to injure himself and exited the game. Kyle Nelson took over after he got time to warm up. Cincinnati sent Nick Senzel to the plate to face the lefty reliever. The move paid off in a big way as Senzel unloaded on a solo home run into the left field corner to tie the game up. Noelvi Marte would pick up a walk with one out and then he would steal second base with two outs to put himself in scoring position for Tyler Stephenson. The steal proved to be huge as Stephenson then lined a single into center and Marte scored easily to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
Alex Young took over for the Reds to start the bottom of the 8th. He proceeded to walk the first batter of the inning on five pitches. After getting Evan Longoria to fly out, Young faced off against fellow lefty Corbin Carroll and it was the Diamondbacks rookie who won that matchup with a go-ahead 2-run home run.
Trailing by a run to start the 9th inning, the Reds had the middle of their order due up. Elly De La Cruz battled for 10 pitches against Paul Sewald but was rung up looking on a pitch that was clearly outside of the strikezone for the first out of the inning. Spencer Steer followed with a walk, but Nick Senzel would fly out and Christian Encarnacion-Strand struck out to end the game.
Key Moment of the Game
Corbin Carroll’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Notes worth noting
The loss by the Reds dropped them out of the third wild card spot and it moved Arizona into that spot.
Brandon Williamson put together the best start of his career on the night, tossing six shutout innings. His ERA in his last 10 starts is 3.00.
The Reds only had three hits in the game and they struck out 16 times.
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