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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Scott Schebler's Four RBI Saves Win For Newest Reds And Snaps Streak

The Reds woke up from a nightmare with a six-run sixth inning to stop wake up a seven-game slumber in the land of the lost.  Scott Schebler hit his 11th home run of the season to bring the Reds all the way back to a 12-8 win.

It was another nightmare inning that put the Reds upside down on the way to what would have been it;s eighth straight loss bad dream. It was a six run inning that put the Rockies ahead 8-3

Devin Mesoraco set the tone with his second home run of the season off veteran Chad Qualls.  Scooter Gennett, a double switch that put tne newest Red, Asher Wojciechowski, singled. Billy Hamilton’s bid for extra bases was foiled by Charlie Blackmon, who made a running catch of Joey Votto’s bid for extra bases in the first inning.  Zack Cozart singled.  Votto drew a walk off reliever Mike Dunn.  Adam Duvall’s sharp single to left scored Gennett.  Eugenio Suarez fly to deep center got the Reds within a run.  Schebler reached the right field bleachers with a three-run homer.

 “When I got up, in the sixth I was just trying to get on base," Mesoraco said.

Mesoraco started the rally and Schebler completed it.

 “I’ve felt good at the plate the last seven days but they just haven’t been falling,” Schebeler said. “Just coming through in those situations gives you confidence.  Hopefully I can ride this thing for awhile.  It was a really cool moment.  You try not to press.  You’re going to read into things like that because you want to come through for the team. At the end of the day you want to win. You try not to let it affect you but you can only do so much.”

“Talk about invigorating a ball club,” Bryan Price said.  “It brought us back to life. It was a very rough stretch through the last turn through the rotation.  We had a couple well pitched games we could have won, then this time through we were always digging ourselves out of a hole.”

The Rockies strung together every kind of hit in a six-run fifth inning against Reds’ starter Tim Adleman and Drew Storen.

Charlie Blackmon had two singles in the inning, the first started the frame that found the Rockies down 3-2.  He stole second and advanced to third on a wild throw to second.  Billy Hamilton nearly threw him out at third but the ball hit him.  D.J. LeMahieu grounded out to short and Adleman appeared to have the inning under control.  Nolan Arenado walked. Ian Mark Reynolds singled to center and Hamilton threw Arenado out at third after a review revealed Arenado over slid the base.   With two outs and a man on first Adleman appeared ready to escape. The baseball gods had other plans. Ian Desmond hit a bloop single after Carlos Gonzalez walked.  Alexi Amarista lofted a fly to left but Duvall lost it in the setting sun and it fell for a double.  Tony Wolters was intentionally walked so Adleman could pitch to Rockies’ rookie pitcher Antonio Senzatela.  The move backfired when the pitcher lined a single back through the middle. Blackmon drove in the sixth run of the inning with a single.

 There was a lot of bad luck in that inning,” Mesoraco said.

The Rockies jumped to a lead on a first-inning RBI single by Reynolds.

Hamilton walked and stole his 21st base in the bottom of the inning. Votto was robbed by Blackmon and the Reds’ didn’t score.

Mesoraco drove in a run with a single in the second inning. A sacrifice fly by Schebler and a single by Jose Peraza put the Reds ahead 3-1.

Adleman gave up a two-out run scoring double to Amarista in the fourth to set up the fireworks in the fifth.

Wojciechowski, who was brought in from Louisville to bolster a beleagured Reds’ bullpen, entered in the sixth, his first game in two years and sixth of his career.  He rode the wave to his first major league win.

 “This is great. I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Wojciechowski said. “Pretty much a month ago to his day, I didn’t have a job.  To have this happen is pretty much remarkable.  The first inning I was running on a lot of adrenaline.  Once I threw that first strike, I started to calm down.”

“I got doused with some stuff in the shower.”

Wojciechowski retired 11 straight until Pat Valaika singled with two outs in the ninth.  Bryan Price thought he'd had enough.  Price brought Reisell Iglesias in to record the final out.

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