Reds 7 Rangers 6
Well, how about that one?
Once trailing 6-0....and down 6-1 in the 8th....the Reds scored six times in the 8th to beat the Rangers 7-6 Tuesday night at GABP. The Reds win back to back games for the first time since April 2-3, a span of 19 games. It's their first series win since beating the Pirates to open the season. It's their first comeback win from a six run deficit since July of 2012.
Whatever it takes. The Reds scored 7 runs Tuesday night with 10 singles and a double. They have scored 14 runs in the series without a home run.
Seven different players recorded at least one hit. Six players scored a run. 3 H Stephenson.......3 H, 2 RBI, R Senzel, 2 H, RBI Ramos. Fraley PH 2-run 2B. India 2-run 1B.
The comeback: 6-1 in the 8th......A Henry Ramos infield single plated a run and a Nick Senzel single made it 6-3. With the bases loaded and two outs, David Bell called on pinch-hitter Wil Myers (pregame scratch from lineup with neck spasms). When the Rangers turned to RHP Ian Kennedy, David Bell pulled Myers back and pinch-hit Jake Fraley. Fraley battled in an eight pitch AB before looping a two-run single down the left field line to make it 6-5. Jonathan India then lined a two-run single into centerfield to give the Reds a 7-6 lead.
Bullpen: 3.1 IN, 0 R..........Derek Law 1.1 IN, 0 R.......Reiver Sanmartin 1.0, 0 R.......Alexis Diaz 1.0, 0 R, save.
Entering Tuesday, in the last 12 games (since April 13) the Reds bullpen ERA of 2.17 was the best in the ML and 4th in MLB.
Weaver: 5.2 IN, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 3 HR. 99 pitches/61 strikes. ERA 7.71. He's allowed 5 HR and struck out 16 in 11.2 innings pitched in two starts.
Cruising: Rangers LHP Martin Perez threw 49 pitches over the first four innings, allowing one hit. 6.1 IN, 1 R, 0 ER.
Solo act: The Rangers clubbed three solo homers off Luke Weaver. Nathaniel Lowe belted a 2-out, solo homer in the 1st inning to put the Rangers on the board. Marcus Semien got in the act in the 5th and Josh Smith in the 6th.
Work in progress: Tyler Stephenson continues to be a major project at 1B. With runners on 2nd/3rd with one out, he bobbled a bouncer to him, allowed the run to score from 3rd and took his eye off the runner advancing from 2nd to 3rd.
On the board: The Reds put together three consecutive singles to produce a run in the 7th inning (Henry Ramos-Kevin Newman-Nick Senzel RBI).
Slumber Company: It was another homerless night for the Reds, making it eight consecutive games without a homer. That is their longest streak since eight games in 1992. The starting lineup Tuesday night had a total of 7 home runs on the year, equaling the total of Rangers slugger Adolis Garcia. The Reds team leader in homers, Jason Vosler (3) was DFA'd Monday. The Reds don't have a HR from their cleanup spot in the lineup all season. Tyler Stephenson, appearing in his 24th game, is still without a home run on the season.
What up? A Rangers fly ball with the hang time of a good punt, landed 10 feet short of the warning track in right-center field and nobody came close to it. (Senzel-CF, Ramos-RF). I don't get it. A three hopper got thru the middle, past Newman. This Reds defense, from glove…range….arm…..IQ…..reaction has to be the worst of my lifetime.
Boiling point: You can certainly hear the frustration in The Cowboy's voice. And he's really questioned the pitch calling the last two nights, in particular.
"It is tough to survive in the big leagues when you don't know the strike zone,"-Cowboy on Barrero.
Opening act: Bengals offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr. threw out the first pitch.
Time of game 2:34