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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tucker Barnhart The Hero In Reds Win

Tucker Barnhart singled over five infielders to give the Reds a 6-5 win in the rubber game of the series against the Colorado Rockies.

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce greeted Christian Berman with back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the ninth to put runners on first and third with no outs. Pinch hitter Scott Schebler struck out after fouling off a pair of two-strike pitches.  The Rockies brought in an outfielder and played in for Barnhart. The catcher lined Bergman's pitch over the firstbaseman for the game winner.

"It was the first time, I've ever faced him," Barnhart said.. "I was looking for something up in the zone to hit and luckily I got it. In that situation I'm trying to get something to the outfield. They could have brought anyone into the infield and it wouldn't have changed my sights because of the situation. With Brandon on third, if I got something relatively deep into the outfield he was going to score."

"It was a strange game," Bryan Price said.. "It was nice to see Tucker get that hit. He's been the unsung hero. He's getting the at-bats to allow him to get confidence in his swing, especially from the right side.."
"We've been good in these situations. Some how, some way we've been able to pull these out."

Bruce and Adam Duvall hit back-to-back home runs and Raisel Iglesias made them stand up until the bullpen got into the game.

Phillips singled for his fifth consecutive hit to open the second inning against Rockies' starter Chad Bettis.  Bruce launched his fourth home run of the season.  Duvall followed with his first to stake Iglesias to a 3-0 lead.  Bruce passed Trevor Story for third in the NL with 15 RBI on the season.  He trails Bryce Harper, who has 20 and Nolan Arenado with 16.

Bettis dug in and retired 15 straight batters after Duvall's blast caromed off the upper deck facade in left field.

Iglesias put down the first nine Rockie batters but D.J. LaMahieu singled past Phillips for the Rockies' first hit.  LaMahieu had missed time with a strained groin but he fled home from first on a double into the leftfield corner by Carlos Gonzalez.  Gerrardo Parra singled one batter later to make the score 3-2.

Iglesias retired the six batters before Gonzalez doubled again in the sixth for his 1,000th big league hit.

The Rockies tied the game and ended the day for Iglesias with two outs in the seventh. Catcher Dustin Garneau doubled and pinch hitter Ryan Raburn singled to right.  Blake Wood replaced Iglesias.

But Wait

Wood and the Reds appealed that Garneau missed thirdbase on his way home and Gary Cederstrom gave the out signal.  Giving Wood 1/3 an inning without throwing a pitch and more importantly kept the Reds lead at 3-2.  Colorado manager Walt Weiss challenged the call and the replay umpires in New York let the call stand.  Raburn lost the hit as it became a fielder's choice and Garneau was retired 1-5.

 "I didn't know that he missed third until after I went out to bring Wood in," Price said.."Geno(Eugenio Suarez) told me the runner missed the base. I asked Gary Cederstrom If I could still appeal. He said as long as no pitch was thrown. We weren't going to appeal if he would have been called safe."

Three consecutive two-out doubles by Duvall, Tucker Barnhart and Ivan De Jesus Jr. off Justin Miller gave the Reds a 5-2 advantage in the seventh inning.  It was the first hit of the season for De Jesus after starting the season 0-for-17.

Wood gave up DeMahieu's second hit, a single and walked Trevor Story.  The Reds brought in Tony Cingrani to pitch to Gonzalez with no outs in the eighth.  Gonzalez walked to load the bases.  Arenado popped up in the infield.  Parra drove in his second run with a fielder's choice. Mark Reynolds walked. Ben Paulson doubled to left to score Arenado and Parra and tie the score..  Reynolds started home on a ball in the dirt that Barnhart rebounded off the wall behind home..  Barnhart recovered in time to throw Reynolds out at third to end the inning.

"The ball bounces hard off those signs," Barnhart said.  "The signs are hard so the ball usually will come back to you. The ball caught me waste high. I turned to go home if you watch the video but Eugenio was yelling loud enough for me to hear him."

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