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Recap: Reds Win With a Walk-Off, 6-5 Over the Royals

Photo Courtesy of Cincinnati Enquirer

Photo Courtesy of Cincinnati Enquirer

The Reds continued their streak of striking first this evening as they pushed across two runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a two-out double from Kyle Farmer to drive in Curt Casali and Christian Colon. The Reds would add on three more in the third off the bat of back-to-back Home Runs from Matt Davidson and Jesse Winker. 

That would be all of the scoring for a while though. Kansas City retired eleven straight Reds batters from the fourth inning into the seventh inning and shut down Cincinnati through the end of nine innings. Then, Joey Votto sent the first pitch he saw off the fence in dead center field in the bottom of the tenth inning to drive in Nick Senzel and bring the Reds their first walk-off victory of the season, 6-5 over the Royals.

The Royals threatened early on in the game, but Reds starter Luis Castillo navigated the trouble well. Despite errors from Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto in the top of the third inning that loaded the bases for the Royals, Castillo allowed just one run to cross the plate in the inning.

Kansas City would plate one run in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, but never could sustain a rally thanks to great composure on the mound from Luis Castillo. The electric right-hander allowed seven hits in his six innings of work but only one earned run while striking out five. The defense committed three errors while Castillo was on the mound.

Unfortunately for the Reds, once again, nine outs were simply too many to ask the bullpen to record. Nate Jones played with fire in the seventh inning but was able to escape without any damage being done. In the top of the eighth inning, however, Amir Garrett gave up a two-run Home Run to pinch-hitter Ryan McBroom that tied the game a five runs a piece.

Closer Raisel Iglesias was called upon to get the final out of the eighth inning and then pitched a perfect ninth frame as well while striking out two batters.

Lucas Sims entered in the tenth inning and, per the new extra inning rules, had a runner placed at second base with no outs. Sims struck out the first two batters he faced before walking Maikel Franco. After allowing the base on balls Sims bounced back and got Ryan McBroom, who had hit the two-run Home Run off Garrett, to ground out to Joey Votto to end the inning.

The Reds will return to action at Great American Ball Park tomorrow evening after snapping the Royals four-game winning streak. Wade Miley will make his return from the Injured List and take the ball for the 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time first pitch across from Brad Keller of the Royals. The veteran left-hander Miley struggled in his only start this season against the Cubs allowing six runs in just 1 2/3 innings.

Joey Votto Comes Through

After Lucas Sims got through the top of the tenth inning, the Reds were in a perfect position to win the game in the bottom half of the inning. Nick Senzel, who recorded the final out of the ninth, was placed at second base and Cincinnati at the two, three, and four hitters coming to the plate with a runner in scoring position and nobody out. Nick Castellanos drew a walk to bring Votto to the plate with runners and first and second.

The future Hall of Famer wasted no time in his at-bat jumping on the first pitch and driving it off the wall in center field for a walk-off double driving in Nick Senzel to win the game for the Reds 6-5. It was Votto’s second hit of the game, finishing 2-4 with a walk.

Jesse Winker Stays Hot

Winker was 2-2 at the plate this evening with a walk and a Home Run. He is now 11 for his last 19 at the plate. His third inning Home Run followed a two-run shot from Matt Davidson for the Reds first back-to-back Home Runs of the season. After he walked in the bottom of the sixth inning Winker exited the game for pinch-runner Travis Jankowski.

Defensive Struggles for the Reds

Luis Castillo pitched pretty darn well tonight but unfortunately had to get some extra outs thanks to defensive lapses in the field. Both Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto committed errors in the the top of the third inning that eventually allowed a run to score. Then, in the very next inning, Nick Senzel attempted to bare hand a bouncing ball in the center field which allowed Nicky Lopez to score from second base on a Whit Merrifield single.

The Reds now have committed ten errors on the season allowing the second most unearned runs of any team in Major League Baseball. Suarez now leads the team with three errors through 17 games, while Joey Votto and Freddy Galvis each have two errors as well.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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

5 Comments for Recap: Reds Win With a Walk-Off, 6-5 Over the Royals

  1. westkycat20
    7:55 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

    The Reds still suck.

  2. 2Dogs
    8:14 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah I think you’ve mentioned that a time or 2.