Cincinnati-It has been a season of extra inning games for the New York Mets, so it should come as no surprise the Mets and Cincinnati Reds went extra innings tonight. While the Mets had nothing of worth to play for in this game, it meant a lot for the Reds. The Reds entered today's contest with a magic number of two to clinch a postseason spot. After the night was over, that number ended up at zero. Reds outfielder Shin Soo Choo delivered the big blow with a walk off single in the bottom of the tenth inning to lift the Reds past the Mets 3-2.
The Reds jumped out to an early lead in the second inning against Mets' starter Aaron Harang. Choo opened the scoring with an RBI single to plate Todd Frazier and give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Harang then proceeded to load the bases and walked in another run. Joey Votto picked up the RBI as he drew the walk to force in Ryan Hanigan and extend Cincinnati's lead to 2-0. That would be all the damage Harang would give up on the day. The Mets' starter lasted six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and six walks while striking out one.
The Mets picked up a run in the third when Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Harang and cut the deficit to 2-1. The Mets managed to tie the game in the sixth when Duda hit a solo shot off of Reds' starter Johnny Cueto. Duda's 15th homer of the year tied the game at two, and the score would remain that way until the bottom of the tenth inning. Greg Burke (0-3, 5.68 ERA) entered from the Mets' bullpen and recorded the first out quickly, but then gave up back to back hits to Devin Mesoraco and Derrick Robinson to put runners on the corner for Choo. Manager Terry Collins went to his bullpen for lefty Sean Henn, but Choo managed to hit a long shot to deep center field to bring home Mesoraco and seal the win for the Reds.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game award goes to Reds' outfielder Shin Soo Choo. Choo went 3 for 6 and collected two RBI's for the Reds, including the game winner in the bottom of the tenth inning.
Post Game Notes:
- The Reds clinched a playoff berth after the game following Washington's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Joey Votto drew five walks from the Mets' pitching staff.
- Manny Parra (2-3, 3.45 ERA) picked up the win in relief for Cincinnati.
The Mets will look to even up their series with the playoff bound Reds tomorrow night at Great American Ballpark. Jon Niese (7-8, 3.81 ERA) and Mike Leake (14-6, 3.21 ERA) will be the starting pitchers. First pitch for tomorrow night's game is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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