A night after Homer Bailey’s epic performance the Reds returned to GABP, and for the second night in a row sent the fans into hysteria
on the last play of the game.
Shin Soo Choo knocked a single to right in the bottom of the 11th inning to secure a Reds 3-2 win as well as the clubs third win in a row and 4th in the last 5 games.
Wednesday nights game was never going to match up to what Tuesday nights game was, unless of course another no hitter occurred. What Choo did though was the next best thing. Choo who has been slumping in the last week came through in the clutch. Going 2-6 on the night while raising your average to .270 was a great night for the Korean. As was the case for the no-no, reds tickets could have been had for as little as $5 for this walk-off win.
Choo has meant more to this Reds team than any addition has in the last few years next to Mat Latos. Choo has come into this ball club, made himself right at home, become on of the guys and is now producing like the Reds envisioned. A great off season trade for the Reds.
On Todd Frazier bobblehead night it was only fitting that he scored the winning run off of Choo’s single to right. Frazier went 1-4 on the night while taking that walk to leadoff the 11th. Thanks to a sacrfice fly by Chris Heisey, Frazier was able to advance to second and as they say the rest was history.
Tony Cingrani was on the mound for the Reds tonight. The young left hander has struggled lately. Tonight he went 5.2 innings, giving up 4 hits and only 2 earned runs while striking out 5. The walks are where he needs to cut down 4 over that 5 inning span is just one or two to many. The pitch count also needs to come down, 97 pitches through 5.2 IP is incredibly high.
The thing Tony may be trying to do is replace Johnny Cueto, trying to act like the ace of the staff. Unfortunately he isn’t that ace yet, down the road he likely will be, until then Cingrani needs to pitch his own game, slow down and throw efficient pitches.
Cincinnati has played great baseball the last three games, absolutely no complaints out of this site over that span. Hopefully this series is the turning point for the Reds. Carrying momentum into the All Star break is never a bad thing either.
The Reds go for a four game sweep tomorrow at 1:10 as Mike Leake (7-3) takes on Matt Cain (5-4).