Heading into the ninth inning, Cincinnati Reds fans held their breath as Jonathan Broxton took the mound. When Justin Morneau doubled to center to tie the game at three, it looked like the Reds would let yet another game slip away, but Joey Votto had other ideas.
On a 3-0 count, Votto launched a two-seam fastball to straight away center field hitting the batters eye to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. The walk-off shot was the fifth home run on the season for the All-Star first baseman.
"The more I play, and the more I become one with the organization, the only thing I care about is winning, bottom line," Votto said. "If I hit that home run early in the game and we ended up losing, I would have been sour today. I think that's something we have going on in this clubhouse — a team of typically unselfish players that just care about winning."
The Reds may not have had an opportunity to win without the brilliant pitching performance from starter Johnny Cueto. The red hot right-hander went eight innings allowing just two earned runs on five hits and striking out eight.
"I thought early he wasn't as sharp, and he just found it — he found that ability to do the sinker-cutter combination again," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
"With all the respect to all the other teams out there, the Rockies are hot," Pena said. "They're very hot, and for [Cueto] to shut them down the way he did, that was impressive. If that's not the toughest task for him, I don't know what it is — maybe the American League All-Star team. This team has been hitting the baseball. Wow."