The Cincinnati Reds were two innings away from becoming part of Major League Baseball history. A game after Los Angeles Dodgers starter Josh Beckett recorded his first career no-hitter, Hyun-Jin Ryu was just six outs away from a perfect game and making it the first time in the history of baseball in which a team threw back-to-back no-hitters.
Todd Frazier stepped up to the plate to begin the eighth inning and lined a double down the left field line to end the bid for history. The Reds went on to score three runs in the top half of the inning but were unable to produce anymore with the bases loaded and ended up falling 4-3.
"Our silver lining today was the fact that we really rallied the last couple of innings," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
"Finally, Frazier got that double. That's kind of how it goes," Reds right fielder Chris Heisey said. "Ryu is locked in trying to make perfect pitches to keep us from getting a hit or base runner. Once we did that, we were able to get to him a little bit."
"Unfortunately, when that happens and the ball bounces away, everyone goes, 'Oh shoot, you should've sent him.' Well you can't anticipate that," Price said. "If the guy made an accurate throw then Schumaker is out by four or five or six strides. That would not have been a smart baseball play."
"We have to find a way, a will, to win these games that are out there to win, Price said. "And there's been a lot of them."
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