The Reds recent charge was slowed down on Tuesday night especially when conspire events were against them.
Reds starter Tony Cingrani left the game in the top of the fourth inning with a back injury. JJ Hoover’s scoreless innings streak came to an erupt end as Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam which was the dagger in the game.
And with all of that Reds fall to Arizona 5-2 on Tuesday night at Great American BallPark.
D’Backs starter Patrick Corbin went the distance and gave fits to the Reds potent lefty hitters in the lineup in Shin Soo Choo, Joey Votto, and Jay Bruce all combined to go 0-12 and seven strikeouts.
Cingrani was looking sharp through the first three innings of the game throwing zeros until the fourth inning allowed a one out Martin Pardo solo homerun to left to snap the scoreless tie.
After that Goldschmidt walked, Aaron Hill was up and Goldschmidt was caught stealing on a nice pickoff move by Cingrani. Then Hill doubled with two outs, after that pitching coach Bryan Price came out to the mound and waved for head trainer Paul Lessard and Baker. Cingrani left the game after 54 pitches and was later diagnosed with a lower back strain.
Apparently Cingrani had been feeling discomfort for a couple of weeks but did not report it to the team. He said after the game he will pitch his next outing.
Alfredo Simom came in and pitched 2 1/3 of scoreless innings. Sam LeCure pitched a perfect seventh until the eighth where it all unraveled for him.
With one out LecCure allowed a single on a 0-2 pitch to the pitcher Corbin to right field. Then, another single followed and the third straight hit came off Pardo to load the bases up.
Baker replaced LeCure with Hoover who carried the Majors longest active scoreless streak among relievers at 26 1/3 innings.
Hoover facing Goldschmidt with bags fulled on a full count pitch lined the ball to left for a grand slam to make it 5-0 ending Hoover’s streak in the process.
Reds got a Chris Heisey two run homerun in the bottom of the 8th to cut it to three but that was all the Reds offense could mustered off Corbin.
The loss drops the Reds to 3.5 games out of first place Pittsburgh who won again in San Diego late last night. Arizona picked up a game on the Reds now trail them by five games for the NL second wild card spot.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will be Mike Leake and Brandon McCarthy. First pitch is at 7:10pm.