It took 15 innings and a little over four and a half hours for the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks to finally finish up game one of a three-game series. Nick Ahmed's two-out RBI single in the top of the 15th gave the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead, which was enough for them to take down the Reds at Great American Ballpark.
The loss meant that the Reds have dropped nine of their last ten games, dropping a game under .500. For the fifth consecutive game Cincinnati hasn't scored at least three runs which is unfortunate when they have a starting pitcher who goes eight innings allowing just one run like Homer Bailey did Monday night.
"I can't be critical of the effort, because it's been outstanding. But we're not producing, at all. And we need to," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We can't waste this type of pitching. You can't play a game like that in this ballpark and play 15 innings and score a run. That can't happen."
"They're talking points when they get thrown out. They're not talking points when they don't get thrown out," Price said of the runner getting gunned down at the plate.
"The pitchers went out there and did a great job and gave us all the opportunity in the world to win and we couldn't get any runs," Mesoraco said.