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Recap: Reds Win in Walk-Off Fashion

For the seventh game in a row, the Reds fell behind this evening when the Cardinals Designated Hitter Brad Miller hit a solo Home Run in the top of the second. Miller was just one day removed from driving in seven runs and hitting two Home Runs in the Cards 16-2 domination of the Reds last evening.

Cincinnati immediately answered in the bottom of the second on a two-out single from Shogo Akiyama that drove in Eugenio Suarez.

The next couple of frames produced no action until long-time Reds nemesis Yadier Molina regained the lead for St. Louis with a Home Run to left field. The Cardinals would add another run in the inning off the bat of Kolten Wong who doubled to drive in Tyler O’Neil to take a 3-1 lead.

Once again, the Reds would waste no time tying the game up as Tucker Barnhart squeaked a two-run Home Run over the center field fence to tie the game at three runs a piece in the bottom of the fifth.

The offenses were quiet the rest of the way until the bottom of the ninth inning. Cincinnati took advantage of consecutive walks by Giovanny Gallegos to Akiyama and Curt Casali. With the winning run in scoring position with one out, Joey Votto came to the plate and came through in the clutch.

Votto, facing an 0-2 count, hit a single into right field that easily scored Akiyama to win in walk-off fashion, 4-3. The hit extended Votto’s hitting streak to six games since returning to the lineup. The walk-off RBI was the 13th of his career, putting him in fifth place in Reds franchise history.

The Reds have an off day tomorrow before traveling to Pittsburgh for a four game series with the Pirates. They will play a double header on Friday to make up for the August 15th game that was postponed due to Coronavirus. Luis Castillo will start game one at 4:05 and Trevor Bauer will take the mound in game two.

Excellent Start from Tyler Mahle

Despite making a couple of mistakes, Mahle threw 7 innings of 4 hit, 3 run baseball. He wasn’t missing bats the way he typically does, but 25 year old pitched very well for his second straight outing. Mahle’s Earned Run Average dropped below 4 on the season to 3.90. Tonight he threw 67 strikes out of 97 pitches.

Pitching against the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in his last two outings, Mahle has throw 13 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits while striking out 14 batters. This young guy has a long, bright future ahead of him.

Timely Hitting From the Offense

The Reds have been one of the worst hitting teams in Major League Baseball this season, so it stands to reason that those struggles continue with runners in scoring position. Tonight, the offense collected just four hits, but managed two base knocks with runners in scoring position that helped manufacture a couple of crucial runs. Tucker Barnhart’s two-run Homer accounted for the rest of the offense. 

Rest In Peace, Tom Seaver

During tonight’s game, it was announced that Hall of Fame pitcher, and former Cincinnati Red, Tom Seaver passed away at the age of 75. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family friends, and all of his former teammates.


Article written by Brandon Ramsey

Basketball X's & O's for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @BRamseyKSR

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

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:59 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    The Reds are the best!

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:59 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

      More coverage please!

  2. westkycat20
    11:04 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    The Reds Suck….as always

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:18 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

      You gotta get on board! 😉

  3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    11:06 pm September 2, 2020 Permalink

    On a serious note, I just scanned the article and saw the news about Tom Seaver. I remember when he came to the Reds, his fastball wasn’t what it had been in his earlier days with the Metropolitans, but he had developed a much better curve ball so he adjusted to being an older pitcher very well.

    Prayers for his family.