Defensive miscues and more walks than strikeouts from the pitching staff wound up costing the Cincinnati Reds plenty in Arizona on Friday night as they dropped the second game in a row to the Diamondbacks, 10-8.
|Cincinnati Reds (67-63)
|Arizona Diamondbacks (68-61)
|W: Pfaadt (1-6) L: Greene (2-6) SV: Ginkel (4)|
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Both teams went down in order in the 1st inning. That wasn’t the case in the 2nd inning when Nick Martini decided to shake things up and hit a solo homer to make it 1-0 for the Reds. It was his first big league home run since 2019. Christian Encarnacion-Strand would follow with a double and Will Benson would walk, but both would be stranded there.
In the bottom of the 3rd the Diamondbacks were threatening after two walks and a wild pitch put two men in scoring position with two outs. Tommy Pham hit a chopper to third and Noelvi Marte bare handed it and fired to first to record the final out on a bang-bang play at the bag.
Arizona would finally come through in the 4th. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Alek Thomas had back-to-back doubles to bring in a run. A walk to Gabriel Moreno followed, and then Jace Peterson tripled into the right field corner to plate two runs and put the Diamondbacks up 3-1. Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte would both walk on four pitches with two outs to load the bases. That brought Tommy Pham to the plate with a chance to bury his former team and he came through with a 2-run single to make it 5-1.
That was it for Greene as Arizona batted around against him in the inning. The Reds called on Derek Law to take over with two on and two out. After a 9-pitch at-bat, Law walked the first batter he saw to load the bases, but he’d pick up a strikeout to end the inning and strand three runners.
When the bottom of the 5th began the Reds turned the game over to Brett Kennedy. He made quick work of Arizona, retiring the side on just nine pitches. In the top of the 6th Matt McLain picked up a 1-out single to become the first Cincinnati baserunner since the second inning and that would mark the end of the day for Brandon Pfaadt as Arizona went to the bullpen to bring in Bryce Jarvis to face Elly De La Cruz and he took the first pitch and bunted it for a single. Spencer Steer lined out, but Nick Martini picked him up and hit a 3-run homer to bring the Reds within a run at 5-4 and give him two home runs on the day.
Brett Kennedy ran into trouble of his own doing in the bottom of the 6th after walking the first two batters he saw and then hitting Tommy Pham with one out to load the bases. Christian Walker then hit a pop up to shallow left and Elly De La Cruz camped under it and caught it, but Spencer Steer ran into him and knocked him over, which allowed Geraldo Perdomo to tag up and score, extending Arizona’s lead to 6-4. De La Cruz jumped up and threw home, and the throw got by Luke Maile, allowing the other two runners to also advance a base on the play. Kennedy would strike out Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to end the inning.
Back-to-back singles from Arizona led off the bottom of the 7th. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners over before Geraldo Perdomo hit a hard grounder towards first that bounced off of the glove of a diving Christian Encarnacion-Strand and went to Matt McLain, but he had no play and had to eat the ball as a run scored and Perdomo picked up a single. Ketel Marte then hit a sacrifice fly to make it 8-4. Then one of the wildest plays you’ll see happened…. Tommy Pham appeared to hit a 3-run homer just beyond the glove of a leaping Spencer Steer. But upon replay a kid clearly pulled the ball from Steer’s glove (with his glove), the play was challenged by the umpiring crew, and the call came back as fan interference to end the inning.
Christian Walker was hit by a pitch to begin the 8th inning. A force out swapped him with Alek Thomas, who came around to score on a 2-out triple by Gabriel Moreno that made it 9-4. Jace Peterson then followed up with a triple of his own when Will Benson misplayed a liner in front of him and Arizona tacked on another run.
The Reds loaded the bases with no outs on a single, walk, and a hit by pitch in the top of the 9th inning. After Noelvi Marte struck out, Will Benson hit a grand slam to make it a 10-8 ballgame. That led to a pitching change, with Arizona bringing in Kevin Ginkel to close out the game and he did just that with back-to-back strikeouts.
Key Moment of the Game
The 4th inning that saw Arizona score five runs against Hunter Greene and never look back.
Notes worth noting
Nick Martini entered the day with two big league home runs in 115 games. He doubled that number with two long balls on Friday night – his first two hits of the season (he had 7 plate appearances entering the game).
The grand slam for Will Benson was the first of his big league career.
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