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Reds prevail in extras, beat the Astros 4-2

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

This was definitely a team win, so it's hard to pick. I'm going to go with Eugenio Suarez, who made his only hit of the evening count doubling in the winning run.

Honorable Mentions are due to: J.J. Hoover, who pitched another two scoreless innings, and a trio of Reds hitters who had two hits each in Zack Cozart, Adam Duvall, and Billy Hamilton.

Key Plays

  • This was mostly a pitcher's duel early on, as the Reds were the first team to strike in the 5th inning. With two outs and nobody on, Jose Peraza bunted for a single. Zack Cozart doubled to the opposite field, and Peraza showed his blazing speed and scored all the way from first. Manufactured runs! Reds led 1-0.
  • John Lamb got into a jam in the 6th, giving up two singles and a walk. JC Ramirez came in to clean up the mess and promptly gave up a single to Carlos Gomez. Tie ballgame.
  • The Reds got the lead right back in the 7th, as Billy Hamilton and Ramon Cabrera both singled to start the rally. Jose Peraza drove Billy in on a groundout. Reds led again! 2-1!
  • The dreaded eighth struck again, as Blake Wood came in and gave up a dinger to the first batter he faced in Carlos Correa. Dang. 2-2.
  • The next action happened in the 11th, as Adam Duvall led off the inning with a single. Eugenio Suarez doubled to drive in the leading run, and Ramon Cabrera executed a perfect squeeze play to score Suarez from 3B. Reds led 4-2.
  • Tony Cingrani came in for the bottom of the 11th and nailed down the save. Reds win!

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Before the game, Billy Hamilton was reinstated from the 7-day concussion DL, taking Steve Selsky's spot on the roster.
  • John Lamb only made it through 5 1/3 innings, but threw 108 pitches. He's going to need to be more efficient than that.
  • Tony Cingrani nailed down his 8th save of the year.
  • Since being called back up from Louisville, J.J. Hoover has been nails. He's thrown 5 innings in the last 4 games, and hasn't given up a run yet.
  • Since this recap is so late, stay tuned for Cody Reed Day today!