Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

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Reds fall again, drop six games back in NL Central

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How the Reds scored:

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Diamondbacks 5 Reds 2

Ian Gibaut (1) and Lucas Sims (3) combined to walk four batters in the 8th inning and three scored as the Diamondbacks broke a 2-2 tie and went on to hand the Reds a 5-2 defeat. Arizona takes 3 of the 4 in the series.

The Reds are now six games back in the NL Central and 1.5 games behind Arizona for the 3rd Wild Card. They are just 9-15 in August.

Gibaut, who came on to get the final out of the 7th inning, returned in the 8th and promptly walked the first two batters before he was replaced by Sims.
The Diamondbacks then went BB-SF-BB-SF-RBI 1B vs Sims.

O woes: The Reds managed just four hits off four different Arizona pitchers. Starter Slade Ceconni retired 15 consecutive batters at one point. The Reds walked just once and struck out 10 times. The Reds scored 2-8-2 in the series. They have scored 3 runs or fewer in 12 of 24 August games and 20 of 34 games since the All-Star break.

The Reds trailed 1-0 into the 6th until Will Benson and Tyler Stephenson delivered back to back singles and TJ Friedl lifted a sac fly to tie the game.

The Reds took a 2-1 lead in the 7th on a Noelvie Marte RBI double. But in the bottom of the 7th inning Graham Ashcraft was jacked for a game-tying solo homer by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Graham Ashcraft pitched well, again: 6.2 IN, 7 H, 2 R , 1 BB, 5 K, 91 pitches. He has a 2.39 ERA over his last 11 starts, but the Reds are just 5-6 in that span.

Relay it: The Reds perfectly executed a relay in the 5th when Corbin Carroll was throw out at the plate (Friedl-Elly-Stephenson) on a inside-the-park home run attempt.

Workin' it: Nick Martini battled in a 14 pitch AB before striking out.

Reds pitching walked 19 batters in the four game 35 innings.

Tripping: 4-3 on the trip, the Reds head to San Francisco to open a three game series Monday night. Andrew Abbott takes the ball.

How the Reds scored
6th Friedl sac fly, 1-1
7th Marte RBI 1B, 2-1 Reds

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