The final score was Cincinnati 5, Arizona 3 in 12 innings … but oh what a tale to tell. It should have been a tale about Tyler Mahle’s two-hit shutout, but the Reds’ bullpen reared its ugly head.
But this one should have belonged to Mahle. Mahle was like a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle Tuesday night in Chase Park — you can work all day, but you aren’t going to solve him.
So, he didn’t get the win. For the fourth time in his last four starts, the bullpen blew a save for him … the fifth time this season and 12th time the last two seasons.
It was 0-0 after nine innings and the Reds scored a run in the 10th to take a 1-0 lead, but Arizona scored one in the bottom of the 10th off Alexis Diaz to tie, 1-1.
Cincinnati took a 3-1 lead in the 11th on Kyle Farmer’s two-run single, the third hit of the night from a guy who can seemingly hit with a hoe, a shovel, a rake or a pick.
Nick Senzel and Mike Moustakas stroked back-to-back one-out singles in the fifth, putting runners on second and first. Nothing came of it because Almora lined to short and Garcia again struck out.
The Reds first real opportunity surfaced in the seventh when Farmer singled with one out. Mike Moustakas drove one to deep right center and it glanced off the glove of center fielder Alek Thomas.
Right fielder Daulton Varsho was right there as back-up. He threw the ball to second baseman Marte. He whipped a laser beam throw to catcher Carson Kellly and he slapped a tag on Farmer for the out.
Meanwhile, Mahle kept rolling on a smooth highway. After Perdomo’s sixth inning single, Mahle retired eight in a row, six via strikeouts. That tied his career-high with 12 strikeouts.
Arizona sent Joe Mantiply to the mound for the ninth — he of a 0.39 earned run average, he of the 14 straight scoreless innings and he of the 25 innings without a walk.
A sacrifice bunt? Nope. Senzel hit into a 6-4-3 double play — the 10th double play the Reds have into in the first five games of this trip to St. Louis and Phoenix. Moustakas grounded to first on the next pitch and it stayed at 0-0.
Moustakas was the ghost runner at second and he took third on Almora’s grounder to second and scored on pinch-hitter TJ Friedl’s two-strike double down the right field line, producing the game’s first run.
After Farmer’s two-run single in the 11th, Luis Cessa gave up a leadoff infield single to Thomas, moving the ghost runner to third. . .third and first with no outs.
Pinch-hitter Jordan Luplow popped up, Varsho struck out and … Cessa threw a wild pitch to Josh Rojas, enabling ghost runner Jake McCarthy to score. Thomas stole second and continued to third on the wild pitch and was the potential tying run. And Cessa’s 3-and-2 pitch was wild, scoring Thomas to re-tie it, 3-3.
source: Hamilton Journal News