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Devin Mesoraco’s Ninth Inning Grand Slam Caps Five Run Ninth as Cincinnati Reds Top Chicago Cubs 6-1

June 23rd, 2014 at 11:53 PM
By Cody Dalga

After a RBI triple by Todd Frazier in the first inning, the Cincinnati Reds offense went ice cold, but with the game tied at one heading into the ninth the Reds plated five runs capped by Devin Mesoraco's third career grand slam to top the Chicago Cubs by a score of 6-1 at Wrigley Field. 

'Reds v Astros 9.21.11' photo (c) 2011, Shawna Pairan - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

It looked like it might be all Cincinnati early. Billy Hamilton led off the game with a double to right, his 13th of the year. Frazier followed with a triple to right which plated Hamilton and put the Reds on the board. Unfortunately, Frazier was stranded on third. 

Starter Alfredo Simon, who was searching for his 11th win of the season, had yet another quality start. He went seven innings allowing just a single earned run on five hits while striking out five. The 33-year old was able to pitch out of a couple jams throughout the night. In the third, Darwin Barney led off the inning with a double but was stranded. In the fourth, the Cubs had runners on second and third without an out but Simon retired the next three batters to preserve the lead.

The Cubs' lone run came in the bottom half of the sixth inning when Anthony Rizzo hit his 16th homerun of the year, a solo shot, to tie the game at one. 

The game remained knotted at one until the ninth. After two quick outs, Chris Heisey, who was pinch-hitting for Jonathan Broxton, singled to right before stealing second base. Hamilton singled Heisey home to give the Reds a 2-1 lead. Frazier then singled and Joey Votto walked to load the bases before Mesoraco's dagger. Logan Ondrusek pitched a perfect ninth to give the Reds the victory.

With the win, the Cincinnati Reds moved to 38-37 on the year, the first time they have been above .500 this season. Homer Bailey will be on the mound tomorrow looking to help the Reds win their fourth straight game. 

Tags: Alfredo Simon, Baseball, Billy Hamilton, Chris Heisey, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, Joey Votto, Jonathan Broxton, Logan Ondrusek, MLB, todd frazier

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