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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wet Reds Take Two Months To Drop Game To Twins

The Reds and Minnesota Twins played a game that spanned two months.

Anthony DeSclafani's June was strange.

Thr rookie right-hander was the victim of a blown save, won a shutout against San Diego, in which he pitched seven innings, then had two no-decisions in extra inning wins. DeSclafani had one inning do him in against his former roommate in which he got the first hit his friend had ever allowed.

After a two hour rain delay, the Minnesota Twins dampened the Reds' spirit with a 8-5 win.

On Tuesday, the ancient Torii Hunter started the scoring in the first inning with his 12th home run of the season.  The Twins scored again in the second when Eduardo Nunez led off with a double and scored on three ground balls, the last of which was hit to Joey Votto at firstbase.  Votto's throw was wide and Nunez scored.

"The Twins do a nice job of putting the ball in play," Bryan Price said. "They take advantage early in the count and battle when they get two strikes. We struck out a few [11] and we weren't chasing balls in the gap all night but they kept putting the ball in play."

Todd Frazier hit his 22nd double of the year off Minnesota starter Phil Hughes but three fly balls left Frazier where he started the inning.

Eugenio Suarez hit a long home run to centerfield off Hughes. It was Suarez' second of the season.

The Twins got the run back in the fifth.  Brian Dozier singled and went to third on Hunter's perfectly executed hit-and-run single past Ivan De Jesus Jr., who played in place of the ailing Brandon Phillips.  Joe Mauer hit a sacrifice fly and DeSclafani limited the damage.

Tucker Barnhar, who had four hits on Monday night singled in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs DeSclafani singled but Hughes escaped when Billy Hamilton flied out.

The Twins broke the game wide open with four runs in the seventh. Dozier opened with a double. DeSclafani struck out Hunter but threw his second wild pitch of the game.  Mauer walked.  Trevor Plouffe's ground ball to De Jesus Jr. at second was too weak to turn an inning ending double play.  Rosario ended DeSclafani's night with a sharp single.  Ground ball specialist Burke Badenhop induced a pair of ground balls but they found holes.

DeSclafani finished with 6 2/3 innings, allowing a season-high 11 hits, six earned runs and two walks. He struck out seven to match his career-high.

"I battled all night with runners on base," DeSclafani said. "I did alright until that last inning. I fell behind and made some bad pitches. I have to do a better job."
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Marlon Byrd hit his 13th home run to open the seventh.  The Reds used the Twins' generosity to score three more in the frame. Barnhart walked. After Suarez struck out and pinch hitter Skip Schumaker sent Barnhart to second,. Hamilton reached when Eduardo Nunez dropped his ground ball trying to get a grip on it. De Jesus Jr. singled to score Barnhart. Votto hit a ground ball that secondbaseman Dozier fielded in short rightfield.  His grip was tenuous and he threw it past Hughes covering first. Blaine Boyer relieved Hughes. Boyer threw a wild pitch to allow De Jesus Jr. to score.  Frazier represented the tying run but he fouled out to the catcher Kurt Suzuki.

"Our offense showed some resiliency," Price said.

J.J. Hoover gave up his first earned run since April 21 in the eighth inning.  He struck out the first two batters he faced but Hunter doubled and Mauer bounced a single up the middle.

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