Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

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Things go from tame to wild as Reds beat Guardians in 10

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Reds 5 Guardians 4

Connor Overton tossed a stellar 7.2 innings of two-run baseball and the Reds snapped a two game losing streak as they beat the Guardians 5-4 in 10 innings Tuesday night in Cleveland. But it was a wild and bumpy ride to finally get there The Reds blew a 4-2 9th inning lead before bouncing back in the 10th inning and producing the winning run on a bases loaded walk to Mike Moustakas. Alexis Diaz then escaped a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th with a strikeout of All-Star Jose Ramirez.

Since starting the season 3-22, the Reds have gone 7-4 and reached double figures in wins at 10-26. They are the last MLB team to reach 10 wins.

Extra, extra: It was the Reds first extra inning affair of the season.

That guy: Overton, wow. 7.2 IN, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 98 pitches/ 68 strikes. His ERA dips to 1.82. It was like he was tossing in the backyard, nice and easy and on the edges of the plate. The Guardians rarely made hard contact and repeatedly hit the ball on the ground. He retired the side in order in 6 of 8 innings and 15 in a row at one point. He was done after a leadoff single and stolen base by Andres Gimenez and then issuing his first walk of the game with two outs in the 8th. The 7.2 innings is the longest outing of the season by a Reds pitcher. He has pitched into the 6th inning in all four of his starts this season. Pitch selection, per Baseball Savant: 24 sliders, 23 changeups, 20 four-seam fastballs, 17 sinkers, 12 curveballs, 2 cutters. His fastball averaged 90.6 mph topped out at 91.6.

1st of many? Rookie Alexis Diaz "handled" the 10th inning for his first MLB save. He struck out Jose Ramirez with the bases loaded to seal it.
He walked two and struck out the side. He survived a really wild pitch that bounced into the dugout and out of play and prevented Richie Polacios from
tying the game from 2nd base. ERA at 0.52

Deja Vu: Given a 4-2 lead and a chance to save it, Warren was jacked for a 2-run over by Owen Miller with 0 outs in the 9th to tie the game.

Warren walked the leadoff batter, his 9th walk in 12.2 innings and allowed his 3rd homer. His ERA climbs to 7.11. Tony Santillan finished off the final out of the 8th inning, but not before allowing an RBI single to the first batter faced....making it 3-2.

Length: Reds SP have pitched at least six innings in 4 of the last 5 games.....and have back to back performances of at least seven innings.

Long and short of it: Tyler Naquin's 3rd inning solo homer (3) got the scoring underway and equaled the Reds offensive output over the two previous games.
He added a big bunt single in the 9th and scored twice. He entered the game 10 for his last 25 with four doubles and a triple since being moved down in the order.

Action: Tied 1-1, the Red regained the lead in the 6th inning when Drury walked, Moustakas singled and Tyler Stephenson lined an RBI single to score Drury.

Insurance: TJ Friedl stole his 4th base of the season after a single leading off the 8th inning. A fly out by Drury advanced him to 3rd base with one out.
Tommy Pham brought Friedl home on a nice AB, going the other and lining an RBI single through the right side to make it 3-1.

Big add on: Naquin's 9th inning bunt came with two outs. He stole second. He scored on a single by Farmer to make it 4-2.

No-hit train: Overton extended the string of hitless innings by Reds pitchers to 11 innings before Richie Palacios singled to leadoff the 3rd inning.
(Pirates 0 hits in 8th inning Saturday, 0 hits over 8 innings Sunday, Guardians 0 hits in first two innings Tuesday).

The long way: Drury made an outstanding play on an Austin Hedges grounder behind the bag in the 3rd inning, leaping and throwing to 2B Matt Reynolds to start the DP. Reynolds was off the bag (challenge won by Cleveland) and couldn't record the force, but his turn led to a 5-4-3 out of Hedges.
The Guardians evened the score (1-1) with a sacrifice fly in the frame.

X2: The Reds hit into 5 double plays.

Back in action: Stephenson returned after taking a foul tip off his catcher's mask on Saturday and not playing Sunday. He was 2 for 5.
Farmer was back after missing consecutive games. Farmer, in a 4 for 50 funk, collected three hits and a walk.

Down on the Rehab Farm: Joey Votto hit leadoff and played 1B for Dayton...FO, K, 1B, K

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