If you like offense in the game of baseball, Wednesday nights game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks was the game for you.
The teams combined for 17 runs on 25 hits with runs scored in every inning but one.
The Reds were led by outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who was a triple short of a cycle batting 4-for-5 with a solo shot, three runs batted in, and three runs scored.
After a 1-2-3 inning for Reds starter Mike Leake, Choo gave him an early lead with a solo shot the just got over the left field fence on the second pitch of the game. After setting down the D'Backs in order for the second consecutive inning, the offense started scoring at will.
In the second, Leake helped himself with a run-scoring ground rule double followed by a two-run single by Choo to make it 4-0. Leake had another perfect inning, and the offense rewarded him with three more runs. Chris Heisey got in the action with a run-scoring double and Devin Mesoraco followed him with a two-run double of his own making it 7-0 Reds after three.
Leake finally allowed a hit in the fourth but got out of the inning without allowing a run. In the bottom half of the inning, Joey Votto singled home a run to give the Reds an 8-0 lead after four.
The Diamondbacks were down, but they weren't out.
In the fifth, they put a four spot on the board thanks to a Jason Kubel two-run single and an Adam Eaton two-run bomb. The Reds were retired in order for the first time in the game in the fifth.
Arizona made it a one-run game after scoring another run in the seventh and bringing two across in the eighth.
Just like they have done all season, the Reds have gotten big hits in big situations. With two on and two out, Todd Frazier was at the plate. Brad Ziegler threw a very deceptive slider which Frazier seemed to just throw the bat at and send it into the outfield for a run scoring single.
"I don't know what I was doing," Frazier said. "It was just confusing. I knew he had a nasty slider. It started like 2 feet behind me. I'm like 'it's going to come back in.' I kind of jumped out of the way. I don't know why my body just does its own thing. I said 'I had to go down with a fight,' just put the barrel on it. Away it went. It was just one of those silly swings. It felt pretty good afterwards."
Brandon Phillips added a run two batters later after he singled as well.
Aroldis Chapman entered the game in the eighth inning and managed to record a six-out save, throwing 35 total pitches. Leake's outing lasted six innings. He gave up six hits and four earned runs.
"It was a tough one," Leake said. "Being up 8-0 and then ending up being a stressful game, it stinks. But at least we came out ahead."
Cincinnati gave themselves some more space in the NL Wildcard race as well as gaining a game on the NL Central leading Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost yesterday.
Game four of the series will begin at 12:35 ET on Thursday. Mat Latos will be on the hill.
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