Cincinnati Reds First-Half Highlights

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May 7, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Choo 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)

The Walk-off of all walk-offs: “And now Choo to win it!”

Dateline: Cincinnati, Ohio. May 7, 2013.

The Reds entered the ninth inning trailing the Atlanta Braves by a score of 4-3. The Braves seemingly invincible closer Craig Kimbrel is on the mound.

Kimbrel retired the first two Reds batters on strikeouts: Jack Hannahan looking and Corky Miller swinging. All of eight pitches to get the two outs. After the Miller strikeout, the Reds chances of winning were down to 4%.

So you’re saying there’s a chance…

There was. Pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco took the 6th pitch of his at-bat, a 96 mph fastball, on a full count and barely cleared the wall in right center to tie the game at 4-4. Winning percentage jumped to 53%. But there was still work to do for the Good Guys.

Yes, Chris Welsh, how about Devin Mesoraco?

Next, Shin-Soo Choo came to the plate. On a 2-1 pitch from Kimbrel, Choo launched another 96 mph Kimbrel offering and…In play, run(s). A game-winning, walk-off 414-foot homer.


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