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.
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.
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.
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.
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