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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Matt Adams Grand Slam And Solo Blast Turns Reds Blue

Matt Adams second home run of the game in the 12th inning off Blake Wood gave theAtlanta Braves a 6-5 verdict over the Reds.

The fourth mult-home run game of his career gave Adams five RBI for the game.

The Reds’ relievers retired 15 of the previous 16 batters before Adams opposite field blast settled matters.

 “We were able to stay away from the length guys, but the primary guys have pitched the last couple of days, so that limits what we’ll have available tomorrow,” Bryan Price said.

The Reds stranded two runners in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings when they had a chance to walk off with a win.  Joey Votto was on secondbase in the ninth inning but had to hold at third on Eugenio Suarez’ would be game winning single.

 “You get guys in scoring position, you want to come up with a hit to win the game, but Atlanta is trying to win the game, too. They made some plays and made some pitches," Price said.

"Im not frustrated at all," Zack Cozart said.  "It was good we came back and jiust didn't finish the game 5-1."

Jim Johnson, who blew a save on Friday, pitched two innings to earn the win.

Knucleball pitcher R.A. Dickey and Feldman traded zeroes for three innings until Jose Peraza lifted a floater over the leftfield barrier.

The lead lasted until the Braves batted in the fifth.

With one out, the Reds’ defense that produced a fine catch against the centerfield wall by Billy Hamilton, let the Reds down on this day.  Eugenio Suarez threw high on Brandon Phillips ground ball for a two-base error.  Feldman walked Nick Markakis.  The Braves hottest hitter, Matt Kemp singled hard to left.  Phillips started home but Adam Duvall’s strong throw changed his mind.  Matt Adams, fresh from a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals, made the play mute with his first career grand slam.  Adams was a pain in the butt for years to the Reds but was in town early as the Reds’ next opponent traded him to Atlanta on May 20.

Adonis Garcia doubled and ended Feldman’s day.   Austin Brice relieved him and hit Kurt Suzuki with a pitch.  Dansby Swanson singled home the fifth run of the inning.

The Reds lost two outfielders.  Hamilton was replaced by Arismendy Alcantara to start the sixth.  Hamilton appeared to be shaken trying to catch Garcia’s double in the top of the fifth. Scott Schebeler was injured on a diving catch of Markakis bid for an extra base hit. 
Both were diagnosed with strained left shoulders.

"It was a stinger," Schebeler said.. "My shoulder went numb.  I had the same thing in Toronto but it cleared iup right away.  This time it didn't go away as fast but I came in here and I had full range of motion and strength.  It won't be a long term thing.  It is tight right now but that's because of the ice.  I could wake up tomorrow and feel great and ready to go.  If I need a day tomorrow, I'm pretty sure I'll be ready by Monday."

The Reds solved the knucleball in the sixth. 

Gennett who replaced Schebeler in right, was robbed by Markakis.  Peraza was hit by a pitch.  Devin Mesoraco hit a groundball to Swanson at short that beat Peraza but second base umpire, Marty Foster ruled that Phillips was pulled off the bag and Peraza was safe. The play stood up to a review.  Patrick Kivlehan walked.  Alcantara singled to score Peraza.  Zack Cozart’s walk forced in a run.  Joey Votto hit a two-run single to tie the game at five.

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