A pitchers duel broke out at Great American Ball Park, but the Cincinnati Reds came out on top after Nick Lodolo and Alexis Diaz combined for the shutout win that was sealed by a Jose Barrero walk-off single that plated the only run of the game.
|Philadelphia Phillies (65-52)
|Cincinnati Reds (46-70)
|W: Diaz (4-1) L: Dominguez (6-4)
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After going in order int he 1st inning the Reds got two men on in the second, but they were unable to take advantage of it and a strikeout by Jose Barrero ended the threat. There wasn’t much happening again until the bottom of the 5th inning when Alejo Lopez led off with a double. Like the 2nd inning, he would be stranded on the bases after back-to-back pop ups and a ground out ended the inning.
With the game still scoreless in to begin the bottom of the 8th inning, TJ Friedl came off of the bench to pinch hit for Austin Romine and he singled into right field. He didn’t advance as the next three batters all recorded outs and the game moved onto the 9th without a run on the board for either team. After Alexis Diaz did his job in the top of the inning, Cincinnati had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the frame. After Matt Reynolds struck out to begin the inning, Albert Almora Jr. walked on four pitches to put the winning run on base. Aristides Aquino struck out, but Alejo Lopez came up with two outs and lined a single into left. That brought Jose Barrero up with a chance to be the hero on the day in which he was (for some reason just now) presented with the 2021 Cincinnati Reds Minor League Player of the Year Award. And be the hero he did as he grounded a single up the middle that had Almora Jr. racing around from second base to score the only run of the game.
After retiring the first two batters of the game, Nick Lodolo ran into some trouble as Alec Bohm doubled and then the lefty hit J.T. Realmuto with a pitch to bring Nick Castellanos to the plate. Lodolo came out on top this time around, striking out the Phillies outfielder to end the inning. Much like the 1st inning, the first two batters were retired in the 2nd but then a single and a walk put two men on and Lodolo had to work through a jam once again. Like before, he did just that as he got a pop up to end the inning.
In the 4th inning the defense wasn’t exactly helpful for Lodolo. Aristides Aquino had a ball pop out of his glove on a sliding catch attempt and then misread a fly ball that turned into a single, but Lodolo was able to work around it and keep the game scoreless. In the 5th inning Aquino made it up to his pitcher after a 1-out single by Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm hit a scorcher to the warning track in right field that Aquino somehow caught and then fired an absolute laser to first base to double off Hoskins and end the inning.
From the warning track!?!?!?!
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 17, 2022
Lodolo returned to the mound feeling invigorated and retired the next six batters in a row, finishing out his 7-shutout innings with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Alexis Diaz came out of the bullpen for the Reds to take over in the 8th inning and he needed just seven pitches to record three outs and keep the game scoreless. He came back out for the 9th and needed 10 pitches to send the Phillies three batters back to the dugout and give Cincinnati the chance to walk things off in the bottom of the frame.
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