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Cincinnati Reds’ Five-Game Win Streak Snapped by Walk-Off HR

August 17th, 2013 at 10:19 AM
By Cody Dalga

Aroldis Chapman entered the ninth inning for the Cincinnati Reds looking to do what he had done all throughout his career against the Milwaukee Brewers- shut them down.

If fact, in 21 career innings against the Brewers, Chapman had only allowed a single earned run. 

However, with a runner on, Jonathan Lucroy, who had struck out in every at-bat against Chapman, took a 1-2 slider and launched it into left field for a walk-off, two-run home run. 

'Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/The loss snapped the Reds five-game winning streak. They had a chance to take sole possession of second place in the NL Central after the Chicago Cubs put a beating on the St. Louis Cardinals earlier in the day. 

"Boy, that's a tough one to lose, but we've lost tough ones before," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Lucroy was all over Chapman that inning, because he was fouling off some tough pitches. And Chapman hung a slider to him and he didn't miss it."

It was Chapman's fifth blown save in 35 chances this season. 

It was the Reds game to lose. Cincinnati had the lead on three separate occasions.

Todd Frazier, who was 3-for-3 with four runs batted in, gave the Reds an early 2-0 lead in the first after a two-run single scored Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips

After Juan Francisco hit a solo shot in the second off of Reds starter Mike Leake, the Brewers took the lead in the third thanks to an RBI single by Jonathan Lucroy and a 2-run double by Khris Davis. 

Todd Frazier was at it again in the fourth. Leading off the inning, he took the first pitch he saw and drove it into left field for a solo home run, his 12th this year. The Reds took the lead back in the fifth when Chris Heisey stepped up to bat with a runner on and took Brewers starter Tom Gorzelanny deep for a two-run homer. 

The Brewers and Reds traded runs in the sixth and seventh and Cincinnati took a 6-5 lead into the ninth before Lucroy's walk-off bomb. 

Leake's outing was a rough one. He lasted just five innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out three. 

"We've just got to bounce back tomorrow and start another streak," sad Leake. 

Mat Latos will be on the mound in game three, which is scheduled to begin Saturday at 7:10 PM.

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Tags: Baseball, brandon phillips, Chris Heisey, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, Mike Leake, MLB, todd frazier

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