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Cincinnati Reds blow late lead again, end up thumped by DBacks in 8-5 loss

As losses go, that was a loss.

Pittsburgh Pirates v. Cincinnati Reds Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Tyler Mahle threw 6.2 scoreless, awesome innings for the Cincinnati Reds against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, and I’d written a lot more rosy, optimistic shit about it before the bullpen completely collapsed before the game could finish.

You deserve dap, Tyler. Well done.

(/takes deep breath)

Key Plays

  • The Reds got on the board in the Bottom of the 4th courtesy of the heart of their order. Geno bused out of his mini-slump with a rope of a single off the LF wall, and Votto followed that with a walk. Senzel then poked his second hit of the night into LF to load the bags with 1-out, and a long Jonny India sac-fly plated a run to put the Reds ahead, 1-0.
  • The Bottom of the 5th saw the Reds add to their tally, and it began with a Tyler Stephenson single. He moved up on a productive Mahle bunt and then scored on a triple by Jesse Winker into the RF corner that banged around awkwardly enough for him to bang around the bases awkwardly, too. Tyler Naquin’s sac-fly into CF scored Wink, and the Reds held a 3-0 lead.
  • Amir Garrett took over for the Top of the 9th and (/blinks five times while it feels like needles are stabbing them) walked two dudes before serving up a game-tying 3-run dinger to former Red Josh VanMeter, who the Reds traded away just months ago for (/checks notes) controllable bullpen help. Game tied, 3-3.
  • I dunno, y’all. Shit happened in the Top of the 10th, there was an error and a pitching change, a dude got hit and my eyes rolled back in their casings all 2016-style. It was 8-3 when I became a somewhat-sentient being again, and despite the Reds scratching across a Manfred-induced run plus-one in their own set of extra-innings PAs, they lost 8-5 in a most deflating fashion.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Pardon my french, but that fucking sucked.
  • Jeff Hoffman will toe the rubber for the Reds in Thursday’s series finale against Arizona, a matinee affair that has first pitch scheduled for 12:35 PM ET. Taylor Widener is set to start for the snakes.
  • Tunes.