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Cincinnati Makes Late Inning Push Before Arizona Wins in Walkoff Fashion

June 23rd, 2013 at 9:16 AM
By Cody Dalga

Jay Bruce launched his second homerun of the night to give the Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning but Aroldis Chapman couldn't seal the deal as the Arizona Diamondback plated two runs to down the Reds 4-3. 

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It was a pitchers duel at Chase Field as Mike Leake and Patrick Corbin both threw gems for their respective teams. Leake took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Corbin allowed a single run and three hits in eight innings. 

"He did great," said Jay Bruce of Leake. "He pitched a great game. We just have to play better as a team. I think Leake has arguably been our best pitcher, and the most consistent pitcher all year."

Bruce helped Cincinnati get on the board first with a monstrous home run in the second inning. It traveled an estimated 472 feet, the longest at Chase Field this season. 
 
Leake and Corbin continued to battle all game. Leake had a perfect game heading into the sixth inning until Corbin lined a double with two outs. Unfortunately, the shutout ended just as quick as the perfect game did as the next batter, Gerardo Parra, hit a two-run homerun to give the D'Backs a 2-1 lead. 
 
Cincinnati was down to their final three outs with Heath Bell on the mound. Brandon Phillips fought for a nine-pitch walk to lead off the inning. Bruce stepped in and with a full-count smacked his second home run of the afternoon to give the Reds a 3-2 lead. 
 
Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth and seal the deal, but it wasn't in the cards. Chapman allowed the first three runners to reach base before Jason Kubel lined a two-run single to give Arizona a 4-3 walkoff win. 

"You just hate to lose it like that," Dusty Baker said. "We've lost quite a few of them late. It seemed like Chappy was overthrowing some today. He was wild, high. It was just a tough ending."

Luckily for the Reds, St. Louis was defeated to keep Cincinnati three and a half games back. They will try and avoid the sweep this afternoon. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:10 ET. 
Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Baseball, brandon phillips, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jay Bruce, Mike Leake, MLB

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