The Cincinnati Reds lost their 7th game in a row on Wednesday night, but they didn’t go down without a fight as they put together a bit of a rally in the bottom of the 9th inning. As things have gone over the last two weeks, though, they couldn’t quite come through with the big hit when they needed it as they stranded the tying and winning run in scoring position to end the game with the Arizona Diamondbacks grabbing the second game of the series and guaranteeing themselves at least a series win with one game to go.

Final R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks (17-20)
4 8 1
Cincinnati Reds (16-20)
3 9 1
W: Montgomery (2-2) L: Ashcraft (3-2) SV: Mantiply (1)
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The Reds would strike first in the game, getting a leadoff double in the 2nd inning from Tyler Stephenson and watching him come around to score on a single by Stuart Fairchild. On the play, though, Fairchild tried to turn his hit into a double and was thrown out at the bag by about eight feet. With the next two hitters picking up singles before a lineout ended the inning, that may have cost the club at least a run.

Cincinnati’s lead didn’t last all that long as Pavin Smith’s double in the top of the 3rd brought in the tying run. Smith would then score the go-ahead run on a bases loaded walk that put Arizona up 2-1.

Cincinnati would battle back in the bottom of the 4th, once again starting with Tyler Stephenson leading off the inning with a hit. Jeimer Candelario would tie the game up later in the inning with an RBI double.

That’s where the game remained until the top of the 6th inning when Graham Ashcraft gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning and was replaced by Fernando Cruz. He came into the game and gave up an RBI single that put the Diamondbacks on top by a run. Two innings later it was former Red Eugenio Suarez tacking on a run with a solo homer that put Arizona up 4-2.

Things got rolling for Cincinnati in the bottom of the 9th when Jake Fraley worked a 10-pitch walk to lead off the inning. After Mike Ford flew out as a pinch hitter, Jeimer Candelario came through with his third hit of the night to put runners on the corners. TJ Friedl then lined an RBI single into right with Candelario moving to third. That was it for Arizona reliever Kevin Ginkel as they made a move to bring in left-handed reliever Joe Mantiply to face pinch hitter Will Benson. It would be Benson who lost the left-on-left match up with a strikeout. That left the game in the hands of Jonathan India with runners on the corners and two outs. On a 2-0 pitch, Friedl stole second base to put the winning run in scoring position. but that’s where he’s stay as India flew out to right field to end the game.

Key Moment of the Game

The final play of the game as Jonathan India flew out with the tying and winning runs in scoring position.

Notes Worth Noting

The loss was the 7th in a row for Cincinnati. It’s the longest losing streak for the Reds since June of 2022.

Arizona pitchers recorded nine groundouts and just two fly outs on the day.

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41 Responses

  1. Klugo

    Lucas Sims sucks. He reminds me of a young Robert Stephenson. Just can’t be trusted .

    • ksdavis

      Yet there are people on here that continue to defend him. He has had two good years out of 8. The other six years he has been terrible.

      • David

        The correct usage is “turrible”. 😉

        And yes, Lucas Sims is not the be all and end all of right handed relievers.

    • Ted Alfred

      Sure am glad we kept him up and sent Moll down….wouldn’t want to take a chance on losing Sims…

  2. Dennis Westrick

    As bad as the current situation (7-game losing streak) is, the Reds can still turn it around! Plus, both the Cubs and the Brewers lost again tonight after both losing last night! IMO, the Reds lack veteran leadership, someone like a Joey Votto!

    • Melvin

      If we would have kept Votto on a minor league contract our bat boys probably wouldn’t have left a bat laying around that caused his injury and he would be up by now. lol

      • greenmtred

        The organization somehow hired competent batboys? A departure for you, Melvin.

      • Melvin

        haha I can only assume since no player to my knowledge has tripped over one and injured himself. :)….Hats off to the bat boys/girls. 😀

    • Oldtimer

      The 1961 Reds lost 8 in a row in April to fall into 8th place.

      How did that 1961 season turn out?

      • Harry Stoner

        We’re Reds fans in 1961 consoling themselves with references to the 1898 Reds?

      • greenmtred

        Very likely: a sense of history is a consolation for beleaguered baseball fans. Constant rage is exhausting.

      • old-school

        @ GMR

        “Beleaguered” That’s an apt description for Reds fans.

        I feel beleagueRED.

  3. Rednat

    This feels like 1982 all over again. We got out to a decent start.we had decent pitching but a lot of 2-1 and 3-2 losses.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    This game was winnable. I’m sure the Reds would have walk-off DBacks in other time but not now under this pathetic offense collapse …The 9th inning was similar to Saturday’s one against O’s..

  5. Melvin

    Did anyone keep track of how long we actually had the lead? ;)…..a few short minutes after 42 innings of not having a lead?

    • David

      To be honest, after losing 6 in a row (some very bad losses), the team appears to still be hustling. They don’t appear to have “laid down”. They did look lackluster against the Orioles.
      But they have lost two straight, at home, against a not really very good D-back team.

      The Cardinals lost two straight to the Mets, and were rained out tonight. Then they go to play the Brewers. Who should we root for? Because they might leap frog over the Reds and put the Reds in last place.
      Maybe the Reds can rally and beat the D-backs tomorrow, then on to play the Giants.

  6. Jon

    How ironic. We the fans spent the offseason worrying about if we had enough SP. Yet the pitching has been excellent all year, and the offense has been absent. Go figure.

  7. Moon

    After all the hitting struggles it seemed like today was an offensive explosion. Then you look up and realize they only scored three runs.

    • Melvin

      Yeah even with 9 hits we’re still last dead last in BA behind the Whitesox .209 to .211 and hits 242 to 255.

  8. Justin T

    I feel bad for the players at this point. They know that no help is on the way. The culture around this franchise isnt good. Soaked in mediocrity. Ive actually defended Bell this year and I (to an extent) understand the goofy lineup tonight. Try to shake it up. Even that backfired when his card was pulled by Lovullo when he brought the lefty in to face Benson. A new voice is needed but will not happen. Especially when the special advisor to David Bell’s boss is David Bell’s father.

    Mike Ford not starting after all the hoopla was extremely on brand for the Reds. Because there was no logic. Maile DHing also, no logic. Elly is a joy to watch, but the young man needs a rest day. Try again tomorrow.

    • DataDumpster

      It was announced somewhat mysteriously last July 27 that Buddy Bell had vacated his seat on June 1. Buddy added that this has nothing to due with his son’s manager role. The next day (or so) David Bell was extended. The golden seat is there for Bell for his real true calling; the advisory role in baseball operations or whatever he is good at. Too early to move just yet but if this team continues to flounder up to the ASG, all options (players and coaches) should be on the table. There just never seems to be a sense of urgency and purpose here. Even small ball moves (like Ford) and straightforward personnel moves (the Moll, Thomas, Sims choice) get botched.

      • Jim Walker

        @Dumpster>>> Do you ever get the feeling that nothing can be done before they wake BigBob and give him a heads explanation so he doesn’t hear it elsewhere 1st

    • greenmtred

      Whom would you have preferred as a pinch hitter? Of the people available, I mean. Smokey Burgess would have been great. Joe Morgan…

  9. Brian

    It’s not only results but how they do things. There’s 2 outs and Elly steals 2nd… great.
    You don’t try to steal 3rd there and make the last out. He was called safe even though he looked out. The fundamentals aren’t good and the hitters seem more worried about becoming Vikings or shooting up the ice in their veins.. They lack discipline for sure. Getting that next win will hopefully loosen things up.

    • Rednat

      The viking hat disturbs me especially when you are down 6 runs in the middle of another long losing streak. My impression is that the reds players care much less about winning than the loyal fan base. I have had that impression since Rolen left. For the last 10 years it seems like the redlegs are just going through the motion down at gabp

      • TR

        I doubt that, after the struggle to make it to the major leagues, few if any players do not have a desire to win. As regards franchise change, I think Krall has his own ideas, but he’s held back by elements of the ownership group. Until that changes, it appears it’s more of the same.

      • Brian

        To me the Viking thing is over and above celebrating. It’s a planned out theatrical thing that just looks immature. You’re right, it looks super foolish when you’re getting beat down.

  10. Grand Salami

    Good news for bats: Candy and Stephenson are hitting. They are both tagging the ball and finding the gaps.

    Bad news for bats: Elly and Steer have officially been slumping on this losing streak and India just may not be very good.

    And that lineup probably kept the Reds in the loss column considering the leadoff man got 5 ABs and it was India and not Friedl who found his stroke and was good on the bases.

  11. Beaufort Red

    Benson needs to go down to get his confidence. He offers very little, and I think it’s between his ears now.

  12. Redsvol

    Tough loss. I saw some signs of life though. There was no fight in the club during the orioles and padres series.

    Agree with Beaufort, benson needs to go down. He is not smoothe at all. Lunges at ball. Not a sustainable batting stance.

    All teams improve in the off season. We just didn’t improve as much as others did. Really missing hitters that make contact at a higher rate- marte & Mclain. And I said before I’ve seen enough of Espinal. Send him down and bring up Soto in his place. Makes better contact. We don’t need home runs, we need base runners.

    Pitching was good enough to win. Offense has to improve.

  13. GreatRedLegsFan

    There’s still time to reach a trade for a RH corner outfielder and save the season.

  14. Rob

    All these Bell-ism are just the opposite of what we need. We will be back and we are very close. Again, no definition or accountability of what back is. A game out of second place in the next couple of weeks? 5 games over 500 by month end? Or in his eyes is winning 8 of 15 back? Come on. You don’t lower the standard when there is no cause to lower it. Or you correct it by bringing in the players you need. We are going on a 13 game stretch against the NL West …against 3 below 500 teams and 2 teams who I would consider wild card competition. Win 8 of 13 and you are still under 500 and potentially 5-6 games out of second place. David – we are digging ourselves a hole and we need to get back over 500 sooner rather than later. Or it is going to take bigger trades than many of us have in mind. I understand where we are at approaching the quarter pole. I wonder if you do. To win 88 games, we are going to have to win like 70 of the last 120. That is nearly 600 baseball. As I said, you better get much better FAST.

  15. SultanofSwaff

    Pinch hitting Benson is what drove me nuts. Ginkel had already given up 2 hits and a walk–he didn’t have it. Why would you do the Snakes a favor by setting up a lefty-lefty matchup where our guy is 2-30?!?!?

    That said, winning can sometimes be a lagging indicator in baseball. The pitching is intact and some hitters are regressing to the mean positively. BUT, you still have to put the team in the best position to win. Demoting Moll and continuing to use Sims in high leverage screams lack of urgency. We know in this division every game matters, even in the first 1/3 of the season. Management needs to act like it.

    • Brian

      That’s like what I was talking about earlier. They took a chance of making the third out at third base earlier in the game too when ELDC stole third. He looked out, it didn’t matter since the hitter was out anyways but those are bad baseball moves.

    • Roger Garrett

      Yeah I thought about that after the fact which is easy to do of course.I don’t watch the games so I would assume once Benson was announced then the lefty was brought in.I wonder what would have happened if Maile batted.Probably don’t bring in a lefty or maybe they had a righty ready as well.Got to think as you said we would want Ginkel to stay in the game.Also thought again after the fact that maybe instead of Ford against the righty then maybe Benson should have hit and save For against a lefty if it turned out that way.HIndsight on my part but just thinking out loud.Bell fired all his bullets late which is normal to do but with a platoon system you will end up with an empty gun.No worries we won’t change who we are and the players are doing the right things so we play on and hope.

  16. 50thyearRedsfan

    Despite this loss which is disheartening since we had the tying run at third with less than 2 outs and couldn’t get him home, a skill we need to improve on desperately and one way to help that would be not to bat your number one strikeout batter Benson in these situations. Disregard the batting averages in those situations and put the player most likely to make contact up to the plate. Even a weak ground ball likely gets the job done. Anything but a strikeout gives us a chance. On the positive side Candy has crossed the .200 threshold!!! Also India and Stevenson have risen into the .220’s!!! We are on the way back Reds fans so lets fill the ballpark and treat this rising team who plays hard all the time to the most noise they have heard since last season’s twelfth consecutive win against those Atlantaeans!!! I love the Reds!!! The losing streak end today!!!

    • greenmtred

      Who was available to pinch hit?

      • 50thyearRedsfan

        Connor Capel was available I believe and I admit that would have been a challenging start for his Reds debut.

  17. Frostgiant80

    Y’all got any of them World Series windows? I was under the impression the Reds were supposed to compete this year. I mean with actual good teams not the White Sox and Marlins.

  18. DW

    The headline on the Reds page is precious:

    Reds’ Bats Coming Back

    They scored three runs! Three!