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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Reds Comeback Foiled By Wild Pitch And Clutch Throw

Eugenio Suarez was singing the traditional “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” song in the clubhouse before the game.  He was getting a rest and wasn’t in the starting lineup but kept repeating the chorus that is the seventh inning traditional song.

In the bottom of the seventh, Suarez added new meaning to the song.  His pinch hit, three-run home run capped a game tying four-run rally that tied the game.

But a wild pitch and a good throw sent the Cleveland home with an 8-7 win.

The Cleveland Indians ambushed Amir Garrett in the third inning.  The five-run rally fueled by two home runs allowed the Indians to split the two-game Cincinnati portion of the series.

Francisco Lindor’s 10th home run put Cleveland starter in a quick lead.

The Reds offense took exeption and back-to-back two out doubles by Joey Votto and Adam Duvall tied the score.

Garrett ambushed Carrasco in his first at bat. After Scooter Gennett walked and Jose Peraza was hit by a pitch.  Thirdbase coach Billy Hatcher called Garrett for a conference. Instead of the expected bunt, Garrett slapped the ball to rightfield for a run scoring double.  Billy Hamilton’s single scored Peraza and put the Reds in business with first and third and no outs.  Hamilton took off for his 24th steal but Yan Gomes quick release caught the Reds’ speedster for the first out.  Hot hitting Zack Cozart popped up.  Votto walked but Duvall forced Votto at second.

"Billy asked me bunt or slash?," Garrett said.  "I said I'm slashing. I told Billy I was going to get a hit."

The Indians were laying in the weeds waiting for Garrett.  Lindor walked and scored on Michael Brantley’s double down the rightfield line.  Brantley took third on the throw. Carlos Santana tied the game with a single.  Edwin Encarnacion, who broke into the Major Leagues with the Reds, hit his eighth home run of the season.  Yan Gomes hit his fourth one batter later.

"It was pitch quality," Bruan Price said. "He stuff was good but he didn't cluster enough good pitches for strikes.  He has the temperament and the stuff to pitch here but that's not going to insulate him from struggles.  The big inning came back to bite him." 

Encarnacion hit his ninth home run off Garrett in the fifth. It was his 26th career multi-home run game and gave the Indians a 7-3 lead.

 “I didn’t throw Encarnacion, anything special," Garrett said.. "He just put a great swing on the ball. The pitches weren’t in spots I was supposed to hit that whole inning.  I have to find a way to stay away from those innings.  It sucks when all your mistakes happen in one inning.  We could have won that game.”

Carrasco allowed two base runners between the second and sixth inning.

The Reds took advantage of Carrasco and the Indians respected bullpen to tie the game.

Hamilton walked to start the frame.  One out later he scampered to third on Votto’s single off Boone Logan.. Duvall delivered Hamilton with a single off Bryan Shaw  Suarez batting for Austin Brice, who held the Tribe for two innings, hit his first career pinch hit home run and his 10th of the year.

The Indians took the lead without a hit in the eighth against Drew Storen.  Bradley Zimmer walked.  Encarnacion hit a double play ball to third but Gennett booted it.  Jose Ramirez attempt to sacrifice resulted in a force at third as Zimmer over slid the bag.  A fly to right sent Encarnacion to third.  Storen’s wild pitch allowed Encarnacion to score the lead run.

Jose Peraza wis thrown out at the plate by Daniel Robertson on Cozart’s single to right in the eighth.  The Indians took an 8-7 lead into the ninth.

Cody Allen was entrusted with the one-run lead, looking for his 13th save in 13 chances.

Votto walked to open the inning. Duvall struck out on a 3-2 pitch.  Tucker Barnhart singled up the middle putting the tying run on second and winning run on first.  Devin Mesoraco came to the plate and popped up in the infield. Gennett

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