Things weren’t looking good for the Cincinnati Reds until the 8th inning, but they stormed back scoring three runs between the 8th and 9th to send the game to extras. Once they got there, things got wild as both teams scored three runs in the 10th to extend the game another inning. Cincinnati would score a run in wild fashion in the top of the 11th and survived to hold onto the lead and pick up the win on Saturday night.
|Cincinnati Reds (68-63)
|Arizona Diamondbacks (68-62)
|W: Diaz (6-4) L: Crismatt (0-2) SV: Sims (3)|
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Arizona had beaten the Reds in the first two games of the series and they didn’t waste much time grabbing a lead on Saturday night. Corbin Carroll led off the bottom of the 1st with a triple and then scored on a passed ball with two outs.
Fernando Cruz struck out the first batter of the 2nd inning, but then he was replaced by Sam Moll. Like Cruz, he would pitch 1.1 innings and held the score at 1-0. Ben Lively took over for Cincinnati with two outs in the 3rd inning. Fresh off of the injured list he got Tommy Pham to ground out to end the inning and strand two runners.
Things didn’t go Lively’s way in the bottom of the 5th. He gave up a leadoff single and then a 1-out double to Corbin Carroll. That set up a 3-run home run by Ketel Marte that padded Arizona’s lead to 4-0. The Reds would get one of those runs back in the top of the 6th when Matt McLain hit his 16th homer of the season to lead off the inning. Cincinnati would walk three times in the inning after that, but a double play ended the inning without any further runs coming across the plate.
Elly De La Cruz walked in the 8th inning, moved up to second on a fly out, stole third base, and then scored on a single by Nick Martini that brought the Reds within two runs.
Closer Paul Sewald entered the game for the Diamondbacks in the 9th. He walked Noelvi Marte to lead off the inning and bring the tying run to the plate. Marte would then steal second base and move up to third on a fly out by Will Benson. Tyler Stephenson came through with a clutch hit, lining a double into right field to plate Marte and put the tying run at second. Cincinnati would send Michael Siani out to second base as a pinch runner. That turned the lineup over and brought TJ Friedl to the plate and he singled into right field, advancing Marte to third, but Friedl took second base when the throw went to the plate. Matt McLain followed up with a ground out to second base, but both runners moved up with Siani scoring to tie the game up.
That led to a pitching change for Arizona as they called on Joe Mantiply to come in and face Elly De La Cruz with a runner on third and two outs. The move worked out for Arizona, but barely, as Lourdes Gurriel made a leap catch two feet shy of the wall in left field to end the inning.
Ben Lively, still in the game, returned for the bottom of the 9th inning after already having thrown 5.1 innings. He would retire Alek Thomas on a chopper right back to himself before throwing over to first. That would end the day for Lively as Cincinnati called on Ian Gibaut out of the bullpen to face Jace Peterson. He would strike Peterson out before getting a shallow fly out to right field to send the game to extras.
The 10th inning began with Elly De La Cruz on second as the free runner and Spencer Steer at the plate against a new reliever in Miguel Castro. Steer unloaded on a double off of the warning track in center to plate De La Cruz and give Cincinnati the lead. Nick Martini then followed up with a ground-rule double to plate another run and make it 6-4. The Reds sent TJ Hopkins out to pinch run for Martini. The rally kept on going as Christian Encarnacion-Strand singled into center and Hopkins raced around the bases to make it 7-4.
That was enough for Arizona as they called on Nabil Crismatt to come in from the bullpen to take over for Castro. That didn’t improve things immediately for the Diamondbacks as Noelvi Marte crushed a ground-rule double into left field. After a strikeout, Luke Maile attempted a squeeze bunt, but bunted it back to the pitcher and Encarnacion-Strand was easily tagged out on the play. Crismatt worked his way out of the jam by getting a ground out to end the inning and keep it a 7-4 ballgame.
The Reds sent Alexis Diaz to the mound for the bottom of the 10th inning, with Jose Herrera starting at second base as Arizona’s free runner. Geraldo Perdomo singled to lead things off, bringing Herrera in to make it a 7-5 game. Diaz then walked Corbin Carroll on four pitches to put the tying run on first base and bring the winning run to the plate. Ketel Marte would fly out for the first out of the inning. Tommy Pham grounded the ball to second base, but Matt McLain let it go under his glove and through his legs and it brought in a run and put the tying run at third base with just one out. Pham stole second base to take the traditional double play off the table. Christian Walker then tied the game up with a sacrifice fly, with Pham advancing to third on the play. Diaz would strike out Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to end the inning and send the game to the 11th.
TJ Friedl began the inning as the Reds free runner, but he was still standing there two outs later. Spencer Steer then hit a chopper to third and was able to leg out an infield single to keep the inning alive. That paid off because after getting ahead of TJ Hopkins 0-2, Nabil Crismatt balked to bring Friedl in to score and put Cincinnati up 8-7.
Lucas Sims took over for Cincinnati on the mound and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. began the bottom of the inning on second base for Arizona. He moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt. Sims then struck out Jace Peterson for out number two of the inning and he’d follow it up with a strike out of Jose Herrera to end the game and give the Reds their first win of the series.
Key Moment of the Game
Lucas Sims picking up back-to-back strikeouts in the bottom of the 11th with the tying run standing on third base.
Notes worth noting
With the win, Cincinnati now holds a tie breaker over Arizona if both teams wind up tied for a playoff spot at the end of the year.
Tyler Stephenson went 3-4 with a double and a triple. It was his first multi-hit game since August 1st.
Nick Martini also went 3-4, but he added a walk to go along with his double. He’s 5-13 (.385) with three walks and just one strikeout since being called up from Triple-A.
Alexis Diaz was given a blown save, but none of the three runs that scored in the 10th inning against him were earned.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Sunday August 27th, 4:10pm ET
Graham Ashcraft (7-8, 4.84 ERA) vs Slade Cecconi (0-0, 2.93 ERA)