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Cincinnati Reds Rally Late in Low-Scoring Affair, Fall to Miami Marlins 2-1

August 9th, 2014 at 10:25 AM
By Cody Dalga

The Cincinnati Reds should be relatively familiar with the Miami Marlins. Before the four game series against the Cleveland Indians, the Reds traveled to Miami where they too three of four from the Marlins. 

Unfortunately, it seemed like the Reds had no idea what to expect from the Marlins and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi as he threw eight scoreless innings allowing just five hits on the night. In his last outing against the Reds, last Friday, he gave up one run on two hits over seven strong innings. 

His counterpart, Reds starter Mike Leake, pitched seven innings giving up just two earned runs while scattering five hits. His only major fault was allowing a seventh-inning solo home run off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead.

"It was a bad slider," Leake said. "This is going to sound bad, but I'll take a solo homer. I was more angry about the pitch. He's strong. If he gets any wood on the ball, he's going to hit it hard."

With the Reds offense sputtering all evening, it was only fitting to mount a small comeback in the ninth. Steve Cishek replaced Eovaldi to begin the ninth. Todd Frazier doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning and was brought home by the next batter, Devin Mesoraco, who doubled deep to left to cut the lead to 2-1. After a mound visit, Ramon Santiago laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Mesoraco to third with on out. The Reds however, failed to bring home Mesoraco and the game ended 2-1 in favor of the Marlins. 

"You have to acknowledge the job Mike did," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He gave us seven strong innings, and going back to back against the same team … that's hard to do. Eovaldi was just as good."

Luckily, even with the loss Cincinnati stayed just five games back of the NL Central leader. They sit three games behind St. Louis and three and a half games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Alfredo Simon will take the mound Saturday evening looking to push the Reds to a victory. Game is scheduled for a 7:10 ET start. 

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