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Joey Votto Helps Fans Forget About Blown Save with Walk Off Solo Shot, Help Cincinnati Reds Top Colorado Rockies 4-3

May 10th, 2014 at 3:54 PM
By Cody Dalga

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.

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

Cincinnati took the lead early in the game. Skip Schumaker scored in the first thanks to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brandon Phillips. Todd Frazier launched his sixth homerun of the year, an absolutely monster shot to the river boat in center field to make it 2-0 in favor of the Reds.
Colorado responded with runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game.
Both team traded scoreless innings before the Reds pulled ahead in the bottom half of the eighth inning. Billy Hamilton led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Schumaker. Catcher Brayan Pena saw a pitch he liked and lifted it into right field, plenty deep enough to score Hamilton from third.

"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."

Colorado plated the tying run in the ninth before Votto sent the fans home happy. More good news came early Saturday as the Reds announced that closer Aroldis Chapman had been reactivated from the 15-day disabled list and will return to the team. 
Alfredo Simon and the Reds will be back in action Saturday night at 7:10 ET. 


Tags: Alfredo Simon, Baseball, Billy Hamilton, brandon phillips, Brayan Pena, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Jonathan Broxton, MLB, Skip Schumaker

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