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Rally Falls Short for Cincinnati Reds in 5-4 Loss to Atlanta Braves

April 26th, 2014 at 10:30 AM
By Cody Dalga

After falling behind to an early 5-0 deficit, the Cincinnati Reds clawed there way back to within a run but the rally was cut short and a replay challenge ended the game as the Reds fell to the Atlanta Braves by a score of 5-4. 

'Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license:

The Braves got to Reds starter Homer Bailey early in the first. B.J. Upton and Freddie Freeman collected consecutive one out singles before Justin Upton cleared the bases with his sixth home run of the season. 

Things got worse as the Braves plated additional runs in the second and third innings. Jason Heyward hit a run scoring single in the second and Evan Gettis plated Freddie Freeman with a single to left in the third. Bailey spoke after the game.

"Bad pitches, typically does it," Bailey said. "It's kind of one of those that I just have to sharpen up just a little bit. One pitch here, one pitch there. I'd probably be a little more worried if I were walking a bunch of guys or getting behind in a lot of counts. It's simple pitch execution. It's what I'm not doing in big situations."

Bailey settled down and allowed just two hits throughout the next three innings. 
The Reds offense finally began to make some noise in the sixth inning. Joey Votto walked to lead off the inning and was followed by a Brandon Phillips single. Jay Bruce singled home Votto and was followed up by a run scoring ground out by Neftali Soto to cut the lead to three.
Devin Mesoraco singled to begin the seventh inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Following two outs, Billy Hamilton drive home Mesoraco with a double to center. Unfortunately, the catcher may be headed to the disabled list due to a strained left hamstring. 

"The severity is it could be significant or it could be something that's a couple or three days," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We'll see. I think we'll have more news for you tomorrow."

Votto brought home the final run of the rally with a single which plated Hamilton. 

The final inning brought a little bit of drama. With two outs in the ninth, Votto hit a ground ball to third base where Braves third baseman Chris Johnson made a throw to Freeman at first base that looked to pull him off the bag. Votto was called out but Price requested a challenge. After over a minute review, Votto was ruled out. 

"I wanted to know if it was inconclusive or if it was confirmed," Price said following the review. "And it was confirmed. I had a chance to come up here and look at our own video, which is what they're getting in New York. And it was a confirmed out call. They got the call right in the end."

The loss ended the Reds three game winning streak. They will be back in action Saturday evening with Mike Leake on the mound looking for his third win. 

Tags: Baseball, Billy Hamilton, brandon phillips, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, homer bailey, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Mike Leake, MLB

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