The Cincinnati Reds fell behind in the Bottom of the 1st inning, because that’s just what they do. They later trailed 4-1 and 5-4, because that’s also what they do.
That Elly De La Cruz smacked an RBI-single in the Top of the 7th to finally put them ahead ended up the least interesting thing about Elly’s Top of the 7th, because Elly - in case you’ve been hiding under a rock - is the single most electrifying force in all of Major League Baseball right now.
Immediately after singling in the go-ahead run, he swiped second. He swiped third a fraction of a second later and, after lulling catcher William Contreras and pitcher Elvis Peguero to sleep, he went ahead and stole home, too.
He sports an OPS that begins with a 9 and now has 16 stolen bases in 29 games played. I’m fresh out of words to describe that kind of production from anyone, let alone a guy who is just 21 years of age.
He’s a Cincinnati Red, and we’re all better for it.