If last night was any indication of what October will bring, baseball fans will be in for a treat.
With the Cincinnati Reds trailing 5-2 heading into the ninth, a throwing error and two-run single allowed the Reds to send the game into extras where Joey Votto hit a solo home run which turned out to be the game winner as Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh 6-5 at PNC Park.
Cincinnati has been dismal when trailing after eight innings, winning just two games out of the 56 they've played this season.
"We hadn't come back in a long time, especially on the road," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "In past years, it was the norm for us to come back."
The Reds and Pirates traded runs and Pittsburgh led by three heading into the ninth. Votto struck out to lead off but Ludwick singled to get the rally started. Jay Bruce grounded out to leave the Reds with one out. Todd Frazier then hit a ground ball to shortstop Jordy Mercer who threw the ball away to allow Ludwick to score and send Frazier to second.
"Jordy makes that play 99 out of 100 times," Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon said. "You know what? That doesn't kill us, we still have an opportunity to win after that."
"I didn't think it was going to be a home run or fair. I was pretty stunned," Votto said.
Aroldis Chapman came in for the bottom half of the tenth and shut the door to give J.J. Hoover the win. Mat Latos started the game and went six innings surrendering four earned runs on eight hits while striking out one.
With just eight games left in the regular season, the Reds are riding a four game winning streak. They face off against the Pirates tonight at 7:05.
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