Following a three-run home run by Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco that cut the Arizona Diamonbacks lead to 5-4, the Reds might have been able to win consecutive games for the first time since the All-Star break. Unfortunately, it came with two outs in the ninth inning leaving the Reds all out of gas as Ryan Ludwick struck out to end the game.
Much of the scoring came late in the game thanks in part to great starting pitching by both Alfredo Simon of the Reds and Wade Miley of the Diamondbacks. Simon went seven innings allowing two earned runs on just six hits, but was hit with the loss.
"When I go out there, I just try to do my job," Simon said. "I just try to throw a quality game and I know our hitters are struggling right now and we aren't scoring a lot of runs right now, but I don't focus on the hitting, I just focus on throwing my seven innings, doing my job."
"We had a sign mixup there with Santiago stealing third; that just wasn't a play we wanted to run right there.," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "But there was a miscommunication on the signs, no fault of Santi's. He thought he was doing exactly what we wanted him to do."
To lead off that inning, Chris Heisey singled to left and was caught trying to stretch the hit into a double.
After the Diamondbacks plated two runs in the top half of the ninth, it looked all but over but the Reds fought and clawed back into it. Billy Hamilton singled to lead off the inning and two batters later Santiago walked to put two runners on. After a flyout by Frazier, Mesoraco launched a 2-2 pitch into the seats in left field for his 18th home run of the season which cut the lead to 5-4. Addison Reed then struck out Ludwick to end the game.
The loss put the Reds back under .500 meant that they had lost four consecutive series since the break. With the trade deadline looming on Thursday, the Reds may have to look for a bat in order to increase production and get back into the playoff race.
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