Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Reds can't cash in, fall to Jays 4-3

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Jays 4 Reds 3

Well, the Reds had a chance, actually chances, but could not deliver Saturday night.

Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th, Joey Votto walked and CES singled vs Jays closer Jordan Romano to open the inning. Tyler Stephenson popped out to right field. Pinch-runner Noelvi Marte executed a double steal with CES to put the tying/winning runs in scoring position. But Henry Ramos struck out. Stuart Fairchild grounded out and the Jays beat the Reds 4-3 Saturday Night at GABP.

The Brewers and Cubs both won. The Reds and Cubs are three games back of 1st place.

The Marlins were swept by the Dodgers in a doubleheader. The Reds and Cubs are tied for the 3rd Wild Card. The Marlins and Diamondbacks are 0.5 game back.

The Reds were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. They managed just six hits, after collecting just four hits and a run Friday night. They have struck out 20 times in the series and have scored in just two of 18 innings. They scored all three runs in the 4th inning when they rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game.

Williamson: 5,2 IN, season high 9 hits, 4 R, 1 BB, 6 K, HR, 101 pitches/66 strikes. Davis Schneider’s 5th inning solo homer snapped the 3-3 tie. After not scoring over the first 12.2 innings of the series, the Jays broke through with five straight two out hits off Williamson in the 4th inning to lead 3-0. The eight hits allowed through four innings equaled his season high allowed over his previous 16 starts.

On the board: TJ Friedl led off the 4th inning with his 11th HR of the season, the Reds first hit of the game. They were no-hit into the 6th Friday night. Friedl has hit four homers this month.

Elly-electric! De La Cruz hit a 4th inning frozen rope to the base of the right field wall that scored Matt McLain. The Jays misplayed the relay and Elly never stopped running, beating the throw to the plate with a headfirst slide….3-3. He added an opposite field double in the 6th. His first game with multiple extra base hits since July 5.

Per Sarah Langs (MLB), it was 15.3 seconds home-to-home for De La Cruz. That’s the Reds’ fastest-tracked home-to-home time tracked by Statcast (2015), surpassing a 15.6 sec by Billy Hamilton on 5/19/17.

That hurt: Trailing 4-3 in the 7th, CES and Tyler Stephenson singled with one out. Ramos PH for Will Benson (2 for 22 vs LHP) when the Jays turned to a LHP and grounded into a fielder’s choice to leave runners on the corners. Fairchild walked to load the bases. Friedl struck out.

Not OKKKKK: Jays SP Chris Bassit struck out five straight Reds over the first two innings.

He got hops! Joey Votto climbed the ladder to share a soft liner that would have score two runs with the bases loaded in the 2nd inning.

Amazing: Marte is the 14th Red to make his MLB debut this season.

Bullpen: Cruz 1.1 IN….Young 1.0 IN….Law 1.0 IN.

How the Reds scored:

4th Friedl HR, 3-1 Jays

4th Elly RBI triples, scores on error, 3-3

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