Cincinnati Reds Fall to Mets in 13 Innings On Walk-Off Error


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W: Bobby Parnell (1-0)

L: Nate Adcock (0-1)

In a game that finished nearly 24 hours after it started, the Cincinnati Reds lost an ugly 13-inning affair to the New York Mets on a walk-off error, 2-1.

Way back on Saturday, the game started out as a pitcher’s duel between Mets ace Matt Harvey and Reds rookie Michael Lorenzen. The rookie held his own against Harvey and was one out away from a quality start. In 5.2 innings, Lorenzen gave up a run on six hits and four walks while striking out four.

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Lorenzen’s only mistake was giving up an opposite field home run to Curtis Granderson that put the Mets on the board in the third inning. The righty was forced from the game in the sixth after loading the bases due to a pair of walks. Manny Parra picked up his teammate by retiring the red-hot Granderson to end the inning.

The Reds’ only run of the game came in the fifth as Brandon Phillips doubled home Tucker Barnhart, who had a double himself two batters prior.

After the skies opened up, the game was postponed and scheduled to resume on Sunday with the score tied at one apiece.

Once the game picked back up, the Reds’ offense blew chance after chance to pull ahead, but the Reds’ bullpen kept their team in the game. Parra, Ryan Mattheus, J.J. Hoover, Burke Badenhop, and Carlos Contreras fired 6.1 shutout innings. This performance by the bullpen came on the heels of Thursday’s 13-inning win in which they fired seven shutout innings against the Pirates. Unfortunately, some abysmal defense ultimately did the ‘pen in today.

Nate Adcock surrendered a walk and a hit to the first two batters of the 13th, but got the next two batters to hit the ball on the ground right at a Reds infielder. Both balls were booted, as Eugenio Suarez‘s error—his fourth in three games—loaded the bases and Joey Votto‘s ended it.

Other Notes:

  • With his RBI double in the fifth, Phillips extended his hitting streak on the road against the Mets to 31 games.
  • After playing right field for the first time with the Reds on Thursday, Marlon Byrd got the start in center field in place of Billy Hamilton.
  • Bryan Price used nearly every player at his disposal in this one. No players were left on the bench and only Pedro Villarreal and Aroldis Chapman weren’t used out of the bullpen as Price pointlessly waited for a save situation that never came.

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