The Reds played a sloppy game and it would ultimately cost them the game. San Francisco used a 5-run 5th inning to take a lead and the Giants would eventually win the game in the bottom of the 10th with a walk-off hit to seal a series victory over Cincinnati.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (17-23) 5 10 2
San Francisco Giants (19-23)
6 9 1
W: Jackson (1-1) L: Sims (1-2)
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

The first pitch of the game hit TJ Friedl in the hand and he went down to the ground. He was checked on by the trainer and ultimately remained in the game to run the bases. Friedl would steal second base and then Spencer Steer and Stuart Fairchild walked to load the bases. Jeimer Candelario then crushed a ball to center that landed on top of the wall and bounced back into play for a 3-run double to put the Reds in front. Giants center fielder Jung Hoo Lee collided with the wall on the play and had to exit the game.

When Cincinnati took the field in the bottom of the inning Friedl was not in center and saw Will Benson take over in the leadoff spot and move to right field, with Fairchild sliding over from right field to center. Frankie Montas struck out the first two batters he faced, but he walked LaMonte Wade Jr. and then hit Wilmer Flores to get himself into a jam. Mike Yastrzemski helped him get out of that jam by popping up to shortstop on the first pitch he saw to end the inning.

The bottom of the 4th inning began with a long drive to deep center, but Stuart Fairchild made a leaping catch just before hitting the wall to take away extra-bases. San Francisco would pick up two singles before a 2-out hit batter loaded the bases, but a hard grounder was snagged by Santiago Espinal at third who came up firing to second base to get a force out and end the threat.

The Giants would finally get to Frankie Montas in the bottom of the 5th when Tyler Fitzgerald doubled and came around to score on a single by Matt Chapman that cut the Reds lead to 3-1. San Francisco tied the game up with their third straight hit – this one a 2-run homer off of the bat of LaMonte Wade Jr. that he was able to sneak over the wall that’s only 309 feet from home plate (Hawkeye measured it at 321 feet and suggesting it was a home run in only one ballpark in baseball). A wild pitch was sandwiched between two singles and that led to a 4th run in the inning to give the home team a lead and led to Nick Martinez entering the game to replace Montas.

Things didn’t get better for the Reds when Martinez entered the game. He got a ground ball to shortstop, but Elly De La Cruz bounced the throw and Jeimer Candelario couldn’t get a glove on it as it bounced off of his shoulder and then deep down the right field line. That allowed Heliot Ramos to race around the bases and score from first, while Blake Sabol’s single turned into a runner on third and a 5-3 lead for San Francisco.

The Reds offense got rolling in the 7th inning with two outs. Spencer Steer, Jonathan India, and Jake Fraley put three straight singles together to make it a 5-4 game. In the following inning they got another run to tie the game up – this time in the form of a leadoff home run to dead center off of the bat of Mike Ford.

Cincinnati threatened in the top of the 9th after Jonathan India single and Jake Fraley walked, but a ground out and a strikeout ended the top of the frame. Alexis Diaz came in for the bottom of the 9th. The first two outs were easy doing, but Matt Chapman hit a shallow fly ball into center, and Spencer Steer coming in from left field made an attempt on it and had it pop out of his glove as Chapman raced up to second base. Diaz then intentionally walked LaMonte Wade Jr. to face Wilmer Flores. The move worked out as he popped up in foul territory to end the inning and send the game into extras.

Cincinnati was able to get two men into scoring position in the top of the 10th inning, but a strikeout ended the inning with both runners stranded. San Francisco began their half of the 10th with Emilio Pagan taking the mound for the Reds. He would retire the first two hitters he faced, but he would walk Blake Sabol. That led to a pitching change, with Lucas Sims entering the game for Cincinnati. Casey Schmitt took the 5th pitch from Sims and crushed a walk-off ground-rule double to give the Giants a 6-5 win on the day and a series victory of the Reds.

Key Moment of the Game

Casey Schmitt’s walk-off hit in the bottom of the 10th.

Notes Worth Noting

Jonathan India went 3-5 and he had a stolen base. He had been 6-for-39 dating back to April 29th before Sunday’s 3-hit effort.

After things were initially reported by Jim Day on the Bally Sports Ohio broadcast that the x-rays on TJ Friedl’s thumb were negative and he had exited the game with a thumb contusion, Day reported in the 10th that Friedl’s x-rays were actually inconclusive.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Monday May 13th, 9:40pm ET

Graham Ashcraft (3-2, 3.86 ERA) vs Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 4.70 ERA)

68 Responses

    • AllTheHype

      It will be July before the Reds let go of the 3.5M or whatever it is guaranteed to Sims.

      Middle middle FB in an 0-2 count, cannot throw it there. But he lacks command, and Moll was sent down so he could be here and pitch in that situation. Bad roster construction for the bullpen in the offseason led to Moll, Santillan and others being in the MiLs, even though they better than some current relievers on guaranteed contracts.

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      • CharlieE

        Sims is basically Pagan, both inconsistent, can be good, and be bad, why replace one with the other, I wonder if Bell called that one in from the cra@@er?

      • Ted Alfred

        Good thing we sent Moll down to keep pitchers such as Sims…geez

    • RedsMonk65

      That would have been my choice had he been available.

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  1. Melvin

    “The Reds played a sloppy game and it would ultimately cost them the game.”

    Too common these days I’m afraid. Sloppy all around thinking these days may be the better way for me to say it.

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  2. Klugo

    Inconclusive. The Reds medical staff is slowly learning that they can’t trust themselves.

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  3. Moon

    That is 10 losses out of last 11 games. Mayb it is just me but I do not find that a good trend. In fact is is quite alarming.

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  4. Gpod

    Just saw the post – game….did not see anyone ask why they brought Sims in…..Jim Day hasn’t asked a difficult question in his life

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    • EnglishDude

      I’m British and mainly a soccer/cricket fan. Journalists in Europe grill managers and don’t let them off the hook with pat non-answers. I don’t get why US media guys are so polite and stand-offish. These guys are highly paid and accountable.

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  5. docproc

    I’m here in San Fran. I said to my wife in the 10th inning, “Lucas, please don’t throw a fastball on a two-strike count. Please throw a slider or curve. Make him chase.”
    He didn’t listen to me. So frustrated.

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  6. Gpod

    there is absolutely no reason to give him any kind of pitch to hit…it was 0-2…even if you walk the guy you still don’t lose the game!!

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    • RedsMonk65

      Let’s face it. Right now, at least, the entire team stinks.

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  7. Jedi Joey

    I heard a rumor that David Bell shot Abe Lincoln. I knew there was another reason that I didn’t like him.

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    • LarkinPhillips

      +1000. Got a good laugh from this after reading the live game thread finish.

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      • Jedi Joey

        Ha ha!!! So did I, LarkinPhillips. As frustrated as I am right now, that did make chuckle.

    • Melvin

      You know. Some say John Wilkes Booth wasn’t really the one killed in that barn and that he lived into the 20th century. Make ya think don’t it? 😉

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  8. Doc

    Reds had two men in scoring position with EDLC at the plate in the tenth. He struck out. Giants hitter did not strike out, driving in the winning run.

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    • VaRedsFan

      That was covered in the recap above?
      Why the repetition?

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      • Doc

        I beg your pardon, but this site is probably at least 75-80% repetition, so much so that I just skip certain commenters because I know what they are going to say. Why pick out one person of whom to ask that question? I don’t visit the site every day, yet I can tick off a number of people who can’t make a comment without bashing David Bell but I don’t question them about why they said today the same thing they said yesterday, and the day before that, and the week before that, and the month before that, and the year before that….

      • VaRedsFan

        Because basically, you reserve your comments to the bashing of Hunter Greene or Elly, which have been 2 of the better performers in this young season.

  9. JB

    Just another day of tootblans, errors, and double digit strikeouts. The Cincinnati Reds Parlay.

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    • Gpod

      throw in the fact that you brought in a pitcher to serve up (on a platter) a 93 mph fastball on an 0-2 pitch and I just can’t imagine why they have lost 10 of 11…

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      • Harry Stoner

        Just wondering…who would have called that pitch?
        Stephenson?
        From the bench?
        Sims decision himself?

      • Melvin

        I guess it’s possible he just made an unintentional bad pitch. I would hope he didn’t mean to throw it there.

  10. Michael B. Green

    Reminds me of the movie, Moneyball. The only way Pena, Jeremy Giambi, and Magnante were not used was when GM Beane removed them from the roster.

    Bell will just keep using Sims in high leverage situations, until he can’t.

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  11. Jon

    At what point does a change in personnel occur? The Nationals and A’s both have better records than the Reds. When does Nick Krall, David Bell, and/or the coaching staff get the ax?

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    • Gpod

      at what point does someone in the media ask difficult questions…..post game questions after these constant losses are a joke….lord knows we don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable!

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  12. TR

    Game tied in the tenth, two outs. The Reds have two of the fastest players around on third base and at the plate. Did anyone in the dugout think a bunt might have a good change of scoring a run? Instead, it’s swing away and another KO.

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  13. Dennis Westrick

    If this losing trend continues, I will be looking for a safe place to take my meds!

    One thing’s for sure, bullpen decisions matter! Today’s evidence – Lucas Sims in a high leverage situation!

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  14. Nicole Cushing

    Bob Castellini’s Cincinnati Reds, about as entertaining as preparing for a colonoscopy. GABP stands for “Good as Bowel Prep”.

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    • EnglishDude

      I actually had an endoscopy last week. It was pretty fun compared to watching these guys.

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  15. Mauired

    Reds are the most disappointing team in baseball. Some people thought they were contenders, others thought average. Nobody thought cellar dwellers.

    Yeah they are missing some big bats but they were also supposed to be pretty deep too.

    Second half will be much easier schedule wise but does it really matter with Bell sinking the ship every year.

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    • Justin T

      Depth and “raised the floor” is all I heard. Didn’t see it then and do not see it now. Too many questions were left unanswered this off season, they are now being answered.

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      • Rob

        I think this a more talented team than last year. Bullpen, starters, and depth improved. Missing McLain, Marte, and additional RH bat (unaddressed). And no help at Louisville this year. That is the part I don’t get. Does Krall think this roster is good enough to get us to the playoffs? I do not!
        He needs to bring in 1-2 bats before July…..probably like tonight or he is going to put this team in a big hole.

    • Ted Alfred

      Some of us said on this forum last fall when they extended David Bell it was not going to go well and predicted this window of opportunity with this talented young core might end in a trainwreck because his teams perform very poorly when the pressure to win increases. Last year following the All-Star break the Reds tanked immediately under the pressure to win while finishing the season a very disappointing 32-39 after a 50-41 record and up 1 game to the Brewers going into the break.

      And let’s not forget the September collapse in 2021… when on August 22, the Reds were 12 games above . 500 and in control of the second National League Wild Card spot. They proceeded to lose 18 of their next 27 games, fading from playoff contention in the process.

      I guess David Bell is okay when there are no realistic expectations of the post-season. However, when the pressure goes up and winning matters his teams shrink.

      This 2024 season and beyond will have major winning expectations(as they should) due to the young talented core of players, but this imposion is not a surprise to some of us who have been paying attention to how DBell’s teams perform under pressure.

      Admit the mistake and eat the remaining 2 years of the really stupid extension. Don’t wait for this window of opportunity to pass by.

      This is who David Bell is.

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  16. Dennis Westrick

    With seven (7) games left on the current road trip, I fear the Reds will be double-digit games behind both the Cubs and the Brewers on May 21st! The only mystery is whether it will be a 14-game deficit as I don’t see a single win against Arizona or the Dodgers by a team with the worst batting average in all of MLB!

    Stranger things have happened before, but the Reds need to turn it around, and soon!

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  17. SteveAReno

    Pleased to see Mike Ford bust out a home run. Let’s hope the begins good offensive production.

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  18. RedsGettingBetter

    To be honest, Reds is one of the worst team in baseball right now. It’s just a team that have a few good pitchers and maybe only EDLC could be highlighted among the positional players. I want to believe they have talent but are underperforming aside the injuries. A major team lining up at this moment India as cleanup hitter , Fairchild as 5th batter and Espinal at 7th against LHP , it’s not enough to contend to post season…
    Now it’s likely to come the other part of this stretch, The offense can hit and score some runs but the starting pitching and some relievers could bring in bad outings…I hope this doesn’t occur and the team could get balanced again as it was during the first 30 games

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  19. Redhaze

    Why bring in Sims? Just let Pagan finish the inning. Sims needed to start a clean inning.

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    • VaRedsFan

      There are many people asking that same question.
      Just not Reds reporters to David Bell.

      Sims doesn’t need to be anywhere near close games.
      This manager has done this time and time again…..year after year.
      Dolittle, Strickland, Hembree, and so many others. Once he labels a guy as high leverage, he keeps him there no matter how bad the results are, burying the team in the process.

      People shouldn’t be surprised by this anymore.

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      • Doc

        Wasn’t Benevides managing at that point in the game?

    • Still a Red

      Agreed…especially since they were burning thru the pen and the game could have gone a lot further. Doubtful there was a match up at play.

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  20. CI3J

    The Reds played a sloppy game

    Also known as “Bell ball”. This is the way his teams play. This is their identity.

    Every year David Bell has been here, the Reds have lost multiple games each year due to poor fundamentals, and it seems like it’s getting worse each year.

    True, these are professional players and they know the fundamentals. But do they discuss it in practice? Do they actually practice them? Does Bell punish them for poor execution to motivate them to be better?

    I think we can assume the answers to the first two questions while we definitely know the answer to the third question. You play how you practice.

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    • JT

      You took the words out of my mouth. The Reds are playing terrible fundamental baseball and it’s costing them.That’s what will win them more games than anything else

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  21. Andrew Brewer

    My take on this series is that the Reds shoulda-coulda won all three. I didn’t like the umpiring at all. I saw balls called strike three too many times, and those plays at second that the umps called outs, could just as well been the other way. De La Cruz at short is starting to worry me, if he can’t make the throws. Friedl comes back and is now injured again ? I thought Bell was getting the lineup anchored, and then blows it apart the next game. No, the Reds are not hitting well, but they are on par with teams like San Francisco. We could steal second at will on their catcher. That’s why Fraley’s stretch to second was so egregious. Our pitching is still better than average, and if the breaks start going our way, we should win some ball games.

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    • Melvin

      “De La Cruz at short is starting to worry me”

      This is actually a good year for EDLC in that we can find out just how good of a SS he really is since no one else is available to play there. He wants to play 162 games so we’ll see.

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      • Still a Red

        Edlc probably should not have thrown that ball to first…it was a slow roller, he was playing pretty deep and had to charge fast…Candy probably should have caught it on the bounce and maybe CES would have…right now elly thinks he make any play and steal any base…hopefully time will wisen him a bit.

  22. Grand Salami

    Candy is hitting and turned into a contributor but it hasn’t change the trajectory of this team. They are so disappointing.
    India, Benson, Diaz, Sims have all taken a step back. The off-season acquisitions didn’t ‘raise the floor’ as Martinez, Pagan, and Montas have all been shaky.

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    • Rob

      Although not as bad, I would find it hard not to also count CES, Stephenson, and Maile as under performers. The question Krall and Bell must answer is whether this is a low point or close to who they are. But then what?
      I am growing increasingly disgruntled at the organization incessant over valuing of prospects. Bob Steve, India, Senzel, Trammel, Ervin, Tyler, Winker, and possibly Hunter. Being a smaller market team -like Tampa, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Marlins – we absolutely need a strong contribution out of our developed youth. For comparison, just look at the Braves youth of Acuna, Albies, Riley, Olsen, Harris, Strider, and Fried!

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  23. TR

    It’s important the Reds do not fall too far below .500, or else it will be another season of a tough run in September and then they’ll fall short of a playoff spot.

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    • Rob

      I honestly don’t know what the solution is other than the trading of prospects for bats. Like many, I could foresee this season getting away from us in May or June. Then what? 2025 is pretty much going to be the same core. The injuries have certainly hurt us but probably not more than a few games at this point. Under performance is a bigger problem. That said, I don’t see how you can continue to rollout Espinal, India, Benson, and Capel and expect more. I dont see it as a difficult decision. If we are going to contend, we need at least 1 big strong RH OF bat now.

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  24. MBS

    Candy is 13 for 41 since 4/29. That’s good for a .317 BA, and he’s hit 2 of his 4 HR’s on the season in that span.

    The Reds have been tough to watch, but there are some bright spots, but they really need to shake this funk soon.

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    • VaRedsFan

      He’s also come within a whisker of 2 more HRs the last 2 days.

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      • Jim Walker

        Horseshoes and hand grenades as the old saying goes about coming close 😉

    • Rednat

      Still have high expectations for him. I remember Castlelanos dodmt have a great 2020 (albeit short season) but bounced bacl nicely in 2021. Maybe Candy will be the same,way.

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