Reds 10, Diamondbacks 7
Shin-Soo Choo got the Reds offense going early and they opened
up a big lead.
They needed every bit of it against the Diamondbacks.
Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs to spark
Cincinnati’s offensive outburst in a 10-7 win over Arizona on
The Reds opened an 8-0 lead through four innings, but had to
hold on tight at the end.
”It was the epitome of a full moon,” Reds manager Dusty Baker
said. ”We were riding easy 8-0, then all the sudden it was 8-4. A
lot of stuff happened. Those guys (Diamondbacks) didn’t give
The Reds opened up a six-game lead over Arizona in the race for
the National League’s second wild-card spot.
Cincinnati remained third in the NL Central, but moved to 2 1/2
games behind first-place Pittsburgh, which lost at San Diego.
Mike Leake allowed four runs in the fifth inning, but was
dominant in his other five innings for first win in his past five
Leake (11-5) allowed six hits and four runs with no walks and
three strikeouts while the Reds were building an 8-0 lead.
”I was mixing and matching and keeping them off balance,”
Leake said. ”Two pitches got me. Sometimes that happens.
Fortunately, we had an eight run lead. It ended up being a
The Diamondbacks added three runs against the Cincinnati bullpen
before Aroldis Chapman finished for his 32nd save and first career
Baker was forced to take Jonathan Broxton out of the game in the
eighth inning with soreness in his elbow. Broxton spent five weeks
on the disabled list, returning on Aug. 6.
”It was disheartening to go get Broxton,” said Baker, who went
to his closer Chapman an inning early. ”I went out with (pitching
coach) Bryan Price. BP said, `He’s done.”’
The umpire asked Baker, whom he wanted and he indicated that he
wanted Chapman. That answer prevented Baker from making a
double-switch with the pitcher’s spot due up third in the bottom of
”That’s the first time I’ve ever experienced something like
that,” Baker said. ”I was so worried about Broxton.”
Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips added RBI singles in the
eighth, giving the Reds their highest run total since winning 11-0
at San Francisco on July 22.
Frazier fought off a tough pitch and had a hit that landed out
of the reach of shortstop Didi Gregorius.
”It was an ugly swing with good results,” Baker said.
Frazier was as surprised as anyone the ball fell for a hit.
”It’s crazy,” Frazier said. ”I was talking to (Wil) Nieves at
the plate about what a game it was. We were laughing at each other.
It’s humbling. It’s weird. It’s confusing at times.
”No matter what you get a W at the end, you’re happy. I don’t
know what I was doing man. I was confused. He (Brad Ziegler) has a
nasty slider. It started two feet behind me and I thought that’s
going to come back in. I kind of jumped out of the way. My body did
its own thing and away it went.”
Choo hit Brandon McCarthy’s second pitch of the game 337 feet
down the left field line, where the ball appeared to hit the lens
of a TV camera just inside the foul pole.
The homer was Choo’s 16th of the season, his sixth leadoff homer
of the season and 11th of his career.
The Reds had four straight two-out hits to open up a 4-0 lead in
the second. Leake lofted a ground-rule double down the right field
line that bounced into the netting above the visitor’s bullpen to
drive in one run, and Choo drove in two more with a single to
Chris Heisey added an RBI double and Devin Mesoraco made it 7-0
with a two-run single up the middle through a drawn-in Arizona
infield to knock McCarthy (2-8) out of the game after a season-low
2 1-3 innings.
He allowed eight hits and a season-high seven runs with one walk
and two strikeouts while slipping to 0-5 in his past seven
Choo narrowly missed hitting his second home run of the game
leading off the fourth inning, settling for a double off the top of
the left field wall and scoring on Joey Votto’s single.
The Diamondbacks broke through against Leake with four runs in
the fifth. Pinch-hitter Jason Kubel delivered a two-run single and
Adam Eaton followed on Leake’s next pitch with his second homer of
the season, a 367-foot drive into the visitors’ bullpen.
Prado added a run-scoring single off J.J. Hoover in the seventh
and Gerardo Parro led off the eighth with his ninth homer, a fly
ball off Jonathan Broxton that hit the top of the left field wall
and bounced back onto the field before the umpires ruled it a homer
after a 3:02 replay delay.
”We played our tails off,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of
his offense. ”They did a heck of a job.”
Chapman pitched more than one inning for the first time this
year. He also struck out in his first major league at-bat.
”He has to work on his bunting,” Baker said. ”We let him
swing away. He’s a good athlete. He can swing the bat and is
probably one of our fastest players. We hoped that he would hit one
in the gap so people could see it.”
Notes: Chapman struck out in the eighth in his first career
plate appearance. … Broxton, who missed almost two months this
season with an elbow injury, walked off the field with a Reds
trainer after facing two batters in the eighth. … Cincinnati LHP
Tony Cingrani is scheduled to make his regular start on Sunday
despite leaving Tuesday’s game in the fourth inning with a lower
back strain. … Reds RHP Johnny Cueto, who’s on his third stint on
the disabled list with a strained muscle behind his right shoulder,
played catch Wednesday, the first time he’s thrown since going on
the DL on June 29. … RHP Trevor Cahill (4-10), who snapped a
six-game losing streak with a win in Pittsburgh in his previous
start, is Arizona’s scheduled starter in Thursday’s series finale
against RHP Mat Latos (12-4).