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.
Ryu and Reds starter Johnny Cueto
went back and forth all night. Cueto, who flew to Los Angeles a day early, pitched well going six and a third inning allowing four runs, only one earned, while striking out three.
Los Angeles got to him first in the third inning. Drew Butera led off with a single to right and was advanced to second two batters later on a sacrifice but by Ryu. Dee Gordon then hit a ground ball to first which was misplayed by Todd Frazier
allowing Butera to score.
The game remained 1-0 until the seventh when the Dodgers piled on three more runs. Ryu reached on an error allowing a run to score which brought in Manny Parra for the Reds. Carl Crawford then brought in two more runs with a double to center.
Heading into the eighth, the Reds still hadn't had a base runner. Frazier changed that on the second pitch of his at-bat, when he doubled to left.
"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."
The next batter, Ryan Ludwick
, followed that with a single to put runners on the corners before Heisey ended the shutout with a sacrifice fly to right. After a single by Bryan Pena, Ryu's night was over. Brian Wilson entered the game and after striking out Devin Mesoraco
, walked Skip Schumaker
to load the bases. Speedster Billy Hamilton
then lined a double into right-center field which scored two runs. Third base coach Steve Smith held Schumaker at third before the cutoff throw squirted away from the catcher.
"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
Shortstop Zack Cozart then walked to reload the bases before Kenley Jansen took to the mound and struck out Brandon Phillips to end the Reds threat. Jansen took care of the Reds in the ninth to get the win for the Dodgers.
It is the 13th time this season that Cincinnati has dropped a game by a single run, which leads the Majors.
"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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, Bryan Price
, Cincinnati Reds
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, Ryan Ludwick
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