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Cincinnati Reds End up on Losing Side of 15-Inning Affair Against Arizona Diamondbacks

July 29th, 2014 at 3:19 PM
By Cody Dalga

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."

Early on in the second inning, Devin Mesoraco got the Reds on the board early with a leadoff home run, his 17th of the season. Cincinnati had another shot at a run in the inning but Brayan Pena was thrown out at the plate on a Kristopher Negron single to center.
"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.
Bailey's lone earned run came in the fourth inning when Miguel Montero singled home Mark Trumbo after he doubled just before Montero came to the plate. 
 
Relief pitching was a major point in the game as well. Reds relief pitching struck out nine batters including three from Aroldis Chapman, who struck out the side in the ninth. Diamondback relievers struck out 10 of the 18 total strikeouts the club had. 

"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.

J.J. Hoover, who pitched two innings in relief, was hit with the loss after he allowed a one-out walk to Martin Prado, who later scored on Ahmed's single. 
 
Cincinnati was fortunate that the Milwaukee Brewers lost as well to keep them six games back from the NL Central leader. Mike Leake will take the mound on Tuesday looking for his eighth win of the year. 

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Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Baseball, Brayan Pena, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, homer bailey, J.J. Hoover, Kristopher Negron, Mike Leake, MLB

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