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Cincinnati Reds End up on Wrong Side of Walk-Off Grand Slam, Lose to New York Mets 6-3

April 6th, 2014 at 12:30 AM
By Cody Dalga

Ike Davis hit a walk-off, pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cincinnati Reds lost their fourth consecutive game falling to the New York Mets by a score of 6-3 at Citi Field in New York. 

'Citi Field' photo (c) 2009, Tom Thai - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Trailing 2-1 heading into the eighth, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to put the Reds ahead by a run. Unfortunately, after  an instant replay review, the runner was called safe putting two runners on and no out. 

J.J. Hoover came in to pitch the ninth for Cincinnati. He allowed a leadoff walk followed by a sacrifice bunt.

"That leadoff walk, I didn't give myself any chance, really," Hoover said. "Then the game got a little quick. I tried to slow it down. I got outside of my strengths. I didn't really give myself a shot walking the guys."

Ruben Tejada followed the review with a walk to load the bases. Ike Davis was then called upon to pinch-hit. After seeing one pitch, Davis took a Hoover curveball and launched it over the right field wall to end the game. 

"It's not going to be an easy night to get a good night's sleep, that's for sure," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "J.J. has been a reliable performer for us. He will continue to be. It was just one of those days."

The late inning demise spoiled yet another great start from Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto. He went seven innings allowing two runs on five hits and striking out nine. 
 
Offensively, the Reds were led by home runs by Phillips and Ryan Ludwick as well as two hits from catcher Tucker Barnhart
 
Cincinnati will try and end the losing streak tomorrow and leave New York with a win. Alfredo Simon, who is making an appearance in the rotation with the injury to Mat Latos, will be on the hill. 
Tags: Alfredo Simon, Baseball, brandon phillips, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, J.J. Hoover, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, MLB, Ryan Ludwick, Tucker Barnhart

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