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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Adam Duvall Plays Hero

Adam Duvall hit a single off T.J. Mcfarland with the bases to lift the Reds to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in 11 innings.

Billy Hamilton singled with one out. Zack Cozart hit what appeared to be a run scoring double to right centerfield, his fourth hit but the ball bounced into the bleachers, forcing Hamilton to stop at third.  Arizona manager Torey Luvello ordered Joey Votto walked intentionally.

"I didn't see the ball bounce but I saw the outfielders throw up their hands and said to myself, 'You've got to be kidding me.'" Cozart said.  "My mind went instantly to this game's not over.  They're going to walk Joey here. But Duvy (Duvall) came through it wasn't a big deal."

Luvello brought the infield and outfield in to choke off the winning run but Duvall lined a single to right that Daniel Descalso couldn’t get to and Hamilton crossed the plate with the run that snapped the Reds five-game winning streak.

"He threw me two good pitches," Duvall said.  "He put it down in the zone. I wass scuffling there a little bit. In that situation, I knew they would walk Joey. I was just trying to hit something to the outfield.. He put the pitch down but I got the barrel of the bat on it."

"A lot of things can happen with Billy at thirdbase, a wild pitch, a chopper, a little fly ball.  We just had to move him 90 feet," Bryan Price said.

Tim Adleman was tasked with stopping the Reds’ five-game losing streak. It was a streak that saw opponents score 46 runs over nine per game.

Cozart singled home Hamilton off Zack Greinke after the Reds’ speedster stole his 40th base of the season.  After a two-out double by David Peralta drove in Jeff Mathis who doubled, Cozart hit his 11th home run of the season and second in two days.  Unfortunately for the home team, Hamilton was caught stealing by Mathis or Cozart’s blow would have been good for two runs.

Adleman retired the first seven Arizona batters before Mathis doubled.

Greinke shut out the Reds for seven innings when the Reds faced him in Phoenix.but Tucker Barnhart singled to drive in Scooter Gennett, who beat out his second infield hit.  The Reds had a 3-1 lead.

The Diamondbacks mounted a two-run rally after two outs in the fifth.  David Peralta homered to right.  A.J. Pollack singled and Jake Lamb doubled to tie the score.

Adleman, who pitched at least into the fifth inning in four straight starts, finished a scoreless sixth then turned the tie game over to Wandy Peralta.

Grienke lasted five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.

Both bullpens maintained the tie.  Jorge De La Rosa, Archie Bradley, Andrew Chagfin and Jake Barrett for Arizona.  Wandy Peralta and Raisell Iglesias for Cincinnati.

Iglesias is normally the closer but Price brought him in to face Paul Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks' best hitter with one out in the eighth.  Iglesias struck out the All-Star.  Iglesias issued a walk to Descalso, who replaced J.D. Martinez.  Martinez suffered a contusion on his left hand as he swung at a third strike in the fourth inning.  Martinez joined the Diamondbacks yesterday after a trade with Detroit.

It was the first walk Iglesias has allowed since June 11.He struck out Chris Owings and pitched a scoreless ninth.

"I love that kind of situation, come into the game and face the best hitter," Iglesias said.  "I know I have to focus but I know what kind of pitcher that I am.  I know what I am capable of doing."

The Reds put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth but Barrett struck out Duvall to end the threat.

Michael Lorenzen started the 10th for the Reds, facing the top of the batting order. He pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.

Lorenzen had a rough outing Saturday against the Washington Nationals when he allowed six runs in 1/3 inning that turned a 3-0 game into a 10-0 game.  The Reds came back to score seven to make it close.

This time his results were vastly different in picking up his fifth win against two losses.

The last outing wasn't even remotely on his mind and he didn't change a thing.

"It's nice to be able to compete really," Lorenzen said.  "It shouldn't matter just challenge guys.  Whether on the back fields in Arizona or here.  It should all be the same effort."


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