Things seem to be turning around for Nick Senzel. He’s finally getting a chance to play everyday for a long stretch and its paying off. He’s hit .395/.447/.558 over the last 2 weeks and added to that line today. He reached base 3 more times today, going 2 for 4 with a walk and 2 RBI, one of which was the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th. That’s enough to earn Senzel our Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game tonight. I also have to mention Brandon Drury here as well, because he collected 4 hits on the night, including 2 doubles, and hit the game-tying 2 RBI single in the 8th.
The Reds were led on the mound by Hunter Greee who, despite working around some walks, turned in a strong start for the Reds. He went 6 innings in all and only allowed 1 run while walking 4 and striking out 9.
The Reds entered the bottom of the 8th inning down 3-0 and took advantage of the Rays’ bullpen control issues from there. Tyler Stephenson and Kyle Farmer got things going with a couple singles, and then Stephenson tagged up on a deep fly ball by Matt Reynolds. Donovan Solano was hit by a pitch to load the bases and then Nick Senzel drew a bases loaded walk to cut the lead to 3-1. After a Jonathan India pop out, Brandon Drury would line a base hit to left to tie the game at 3-3.
After a scoreless 9th, the Rays would add a run on a double down the line that would take a bad bounce over Drury’s head. The Reds didn’t let that keep them down, as Matt Reynolds would lead off with a single to move ghost runner Kyle Farmer to 3rd. A wild pitch would bring Farmer home to tie the game, and then a line drive by Donovan Solano would put runners on the corners. That brought up Senzel, who smacked one the other way to bring home the win for the Reds.
- That was the Reds 4th walk-off win this home stand after not having any all season. That was also the 1st time they’ve had that many walk-offs in a single home stand since 1984.
- The Reds will go for the sweep of the Rays tomorrow afternoon. Nick Lodolo (1-2, 4.19 ERA) makes his second start after his return from the IL and he’ll face off against Shane Baz (1-1, 2.92 ERA0. First pitch is at 1:40 PM EDT.