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Recap: Reds Win in Walk-Off Fashion, 6-5

AND THIS ONE BELONGS TO THE REDS!!! The Cubs had a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with Closer Craig Kimbrel on the mound to get the save. However, the Reds had different plans.

Curt Casali walked to lead off the inning and gave way to pinch-runner Freddy Galvis. Mark Peyton struck out swinging, but Nick Castellanos delivered a single to put the tying run in scoring position with one out. Aristides Aquino, who entered the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, tied the game with a RBI single right up the middle.

With the game tied at 5-5, Kimbrel threw a wild pitch to the backstop that allowed Aquino and Castellanos to advance to second and third respectively, still with one out. Eugenio Suarez was walked intentionally to set up a force place all across the diamond. Kimbrel then struck out Mike Moustakas for the second out of the inning.

In a 5-5, potentially must win game for the Reds, Rookie Jose Garcia came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. Garcia swung at the first pitch, but it snuck underneath the glove of Catcher Wilson Contreras for a walk-off wild pitch, Kimbrel’s third of the inning.

The 6-5 walk-off victory gave the Reds a split of the doubleheader and set up a chance to win the series tomorrow afternoon. Cincinnati is now 15-18 on the season while the Cubs are 19-14. The Reds now sit four games behind the Cubs in National League Central and are just a half game out of a playoff spot.

Emotions Boil Over, Five Ejected

Tensions began to flare up in the top of the fourth inning when Tejay Antone let a fastball sail high over Anthony Rizzo’s head to the backstop. Rizzo, who has hit the ball very well this series against the Reds, had some words for Antone. Then, an unidentified member of the Cubs dugout was thrown out of the game which brought Manager David Ross out onto the field. 

Ross was eventually ejected from the game as well and both benches were warned after the high and tight pitch from Antone on Rizzo. The rival teams would take things up another level in the bottom of the inning when Adbert Alzolay threw a similarly high and tight pitch to Shogo Akiyama. Since both benches had already been warned, Reds Manager David Bell immediately questioned the situation. Joey Votto had some choice words from the dugout as well which got him almost immediately ejected from the game. 

The argument continued until the benches and bullpens eventually were cleared and everyone congregated around first base. Eventually, Votto, Jesse Winker, and David Bell would all be sent packing for the Reds leaving the team without two of their better hitters for the closing innings.

Cubs Score 4 Unanswered, Take 5-4 Lead

Adrenaline was rushing from both dugouts and emotions were running high, but the Reds still held on to a 4-3 lead as the game headed to the top of the fifth inning. Unfortunately, the inning began with Nick Castellanos dropping a fly ball in right field that put Nico Hoerner at second base instead of being the first out of the inning. He would come around to score and tie the game on an Ian Happ double.

The Cubs then took the lead in the sixth inning when Tyler Thornburg took over on the mound and proceeded to allow a leadoff walk to Jason Hayward, walk David Bote, throw a wild pitch, and then walk Jason Kipnis. Nate Jones came in and pitched out of trouble, but did allow a sacrifice fly that gave the Cubbies a 5-4 advantage. 

Reds Escape With the Victory

We have already talked about the exciting bottom of the seventh, but to get to that point the Reds had to keep the Cubs lead at 5-4 in the top of the seventh. Joel Kuhnel entered the game fresh off of being selected from Cincinnati’s alternate site and got through the seventh inning and eventually earned the win for his effort. The bullpen was far from perfect tonight, but Nate Jones and Kuhnel, along with starter Tejay Antone, pitched well enough to give the Reds a chance to win it in the end.

Also not to be lost in the shuffle are the early Home Runs from the Reds that got them out to a 4-1 lead. Joey Votto led off the game with a Home Run, his second career leadoff Homer, then Curt Casali hit a solo bomb and Jesse Winker hit a two-run, his 10th of the season, in the third inning.

Win the Series Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Reds will return to action to finish up their four-game set with the Cubs at 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time with a chance to win the series at Great American Ball Park. Luis Castillo will take the mound for Cincinnati against Tyler Chatwood. The game will be the #KSReds Game of the Week so lookout for a preview right here on Kentucky Sports Radio tomorrow.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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3 Comments for Recap: Reds Win in Walk-Off Fashion, 6-5

  1. westkycat20
    11:42 pm August 29, 2020 Permalink

    The Reds…..they suck.

  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    12:00 am August 30, 2020 Permalink

    The Reds are the best! 😉

  3. ClutchCargo
    10:43 am August 30, 2020 Permalink

    The Reds struggled for awhile there, but now I’m leaning toward they don’t suck. If David Bell can get thrown out before the first pitch every game, they might have a chance.