Boston– The Cincinnati Reds made their first trip to Boston since the 2005 season on Tuesday for a two game series against the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Tuesday though saw the Reds fall to the Red Sox in 12 innings, 4-3.
Red Sox left fielder Grady Sizemore ended the game in the 12th with a walk off double to center field scoring David Ortiz and send the Red Sox home with the win. Cincinnati’s Logan Ondrusek (0-2) picked up the games loss.
Tuesday also saw Reds pitcher Homer Bailey take the mound for the first time in Boston. Bailey looked to build off of his last start, a quality start that made up for the previous shaky starts. On this night however the shaky Bailey showed up again. 6 IP, 5H, 3ER, 5BB, 5SO is how his stat line read on this night.
After a horrible third inning that saw Bailey load the bases, he only gave up 2 runs in the inning, escaping a potentially devastating inning. He would settle down in the next three innings returning the Homer Bailey the Reds expect.
The Cincinnati Reds offense struck early in the 2nd inning. Skip Schumaker recorded his first RBI as a Red with a single to center that scored Todd Frazier. In the 8th inning the Reds struck again this time tying the game at 3-3. A Frazier to left scored Joey Votto, then a Ryan Ludwick sacrifice fly to deep center scored a speedy Brandon Phillips.
Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart nearly broke the game open for the Reds in the ninth inning with what looked like a 2 run home run. Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino got it at the warning track. That would be Cincinnati’s last good scoring opportunity.
A stalemate would ensue from the 8th to 12th innings until the Red Sox walked off against the Reds. Cincinnati has now lost 10 one run games this season, the most in the majors.
Cincinnati returns to Fenway Park Wednesday night at 7:10 for the last game of the series. Mike Leake (2-3) will be on the mound against Jake Peavy (1-1).
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