Reds Recap: Rain Delay Cools off Tigers


There is a theory that Miguel Cabrera‘s swing is so strong, it is mistaken by the gods for the sounds of Zeus’s thunder and lighting. That very well may have been the case when Cabrera launched a ball deep into Right Field to give the tigers a 3-2 lead. Soon after the flood gates opened from the heavens and the game was in the midst of a rain delay. Yes, I may have mixed two separate theologies, but I was there last night. It was a god like event.

Game Summary:

There was nothing going for either team in the first inning, nor in the top of the second, but the Reds made some schematic noise in the bottom of the second. Jay Bruce would lead off the inning with a double down the Right Field line. Brayan Pena would then single and move Bruce over to third. Chris Dominguez would falter in any attempt to drive in a run by striking out. This is where the schematics come in. On a 1-1 pitch, Bruce came flying to the plate from third like a bat out of hell, and “doink” Eugenio Suarez laid down a perfect suicide squeeze and Bruce crossed the plate. 1-0 Reds. Johnny Cueto would ground out the end the inning.

With the bats for both teams being quiet until the bottom of the fourth, Todd Frazier would lay into one. Driving the ball to deep Center Field, the white sphere would clear the wall for Frazier’s 21st homerun of the season, 2-0 Reds.

After retiring 15 of 16 batters, the Detroit Tigers would finally make some noise. With one man out, Anthony Gose would single, Ian Kinsler would walk, and Cabrera, the god of thunder himself would crush and opposite field shot half way up the stands in Right Field to take the lead, 3-2 Tigers. No sooner than Cabrera crossing the plate was the tarp pulled and the floodgates opened.

After the rain delay the Reds Chris Dominguez tripled in Pena from third base, 3-3. Neither team would score again until the eighth inning where the Tigers would take a 4-3 lead when Ryan Mattheus gave up a homerun to Tyler Collins. The Reds would tie the game back at four with an RBI single from Pena that would plate Bruce.

With the game tied at four, it would be a pitchers duel until the 13th inning. The Reds Skip Schumaker lead off with a single. Kristopher Negron would bunt him to second and Billy Hamilton would walk. Brandon Phillips would line a single into Left Field to load the bases for Reds fans to watch Ivan De Jesus Jr. strike out. So now with two outs and the bases loaded, Frazier would step to the plate. On a 1-2 pitch Frazier hit one that the ball park could not hold. It was a walkoff grand slam and the Reds defeated the Tigers, 8-4.