May 7, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Choo (17) is greeted by team mates after hitting the game winning home run during the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park. The Reds defeated the Braves 5-4. (Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)

Dusty Grabs No. 1,600 on Choo Walk-Off

What are the odds? Think about the situation that the Red faced heading into last night’s game. Bottom of the 9th inning, down by a run and the man many believe is the best closer in baseball, Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel, is taking the ball for that final inning.

The outcome was inevitable. The Braves would win and the Reds would drop a second straight game to the Braves. Reds skipper Dusty Baker would have to wait yet another day to pass one of his manager’s, Tommy Lasorda, on the all-time wins list.

Somehow, I don’t think Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo wanted put off a celebration for Baker or they refused to read the memo in regards to Kimbrel. Especially Mesoraco.

After a first pitch slider, Mes saw five consecutive Kimbrel fastballs. Velocity range: 94-96. And he was down to the Reds last strike. The last pitch Mesoraco saw was 96 and according to Hit Tracker, the speed off Mes’ bat was 102.5 MPH.

Blown save for Kimbrel. Game tied, 4-4. GABP fireworks erupt. Game goes on.

Next, Choo. Becoming quite the popular guy among Reds fans. What he did last night will do nothing to dispel that. The legend grows…

Nothing like watching the video of a walk-off…over and over and over.

Choo’s second homer of the game, too. Kimbrel has surrendered three home runs this year, two in this game. He allowed three all of 2012.

Rubber game of the series at 12:35 PM ET today. Mike Minor and Mike Leake will square off in the series finale.

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