Final: Reds 6 Astros 5, 13 innings, 5 hours 18 minutes
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HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds doubles in two runs in the thirteenth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 18, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Outcomes: Reds won, Cards won, Pirates lost, Nationals lost.
Reds now .5 game back Pirates for 2nd place, and 5.5 game up on Nationals for 2nd Wild Card.
*Longest game of season in terms of time: 5:18
*Win: Simon, Save: Chapman
*Jay Bruce delivered a bases loaded 2-run double in the top of the 13th to break a 4-4 tie and give the Reds a HUUUUUGE win.
*Bruce had 10 RBI in the series and now 103 on season.
*Alfredo Simon turned in three of the guttiest innings of the season....innings 10-11-12.....53 pitches. He bobbed and weaved and allowed 6 baserunners....0 runs.
*Simon pitched 3 innings Monday. Total this week: 6 IN, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 88 pitches, Win
*Chapman made things interesting in B13th, allowed H, 2 BB, R...but struck out Carter with a 1-2 mph fastball to end it. From Jeff: 22 pitches and the only swing and a miss he got was the last one.
*451 pitches thrown: 232 Reds, 219 Astros
*Dusty held off on Chapman, held off and held off....and it worked.
*Reds: 15 LOB, 4 for 20 w/RISP.
*Billy, Billy, Billy: 3 for 4, 4 SB (2 on pitchouts), R, RBI, 2 BB. Video of his 1st ML hit.
*Hamilton 9 for 9 in SB....2nd on team to Choo's 18.
*Hamilton and Bruce 6 for 9, rest of the team 3 for 38.
*Choo-Hamilton-Bruce each on base five times.
*The Reds won a game with Votto-Phillips-Ludwick-Frazier-Mesoraco and Cozart going 2 for 34.
*Votto(0-4)/Phillips(0-7)/Ludwick(0-6): 0 for 17
*I can't tell which is bigger, Hamilton or his glove? The glove looks like a Jai alai cesta.
*Bruce 3 more hits....3 doubles....41 on season
*Votto 1 for 18 in extra inning AB's this year....did have 3 walks.
You won't believe the sequences below:
*Brutal 9th: Astros pitcher Josh Fields walked 3, throwing just 6 strikes off 22 pitches. Hamilton/Choo walk to leadoff innning. Phillips sac bunt. Votto 1st pitch (?) fly out. Bruce walked to load. Ludwick got ahead 3-0, looked a three straight strikes.
*Bottom 9th, 2 on, 1 out, Dusty went to LHP Duke to replace RHP Hoover to face RH Altuve. Bruce heck of a backhanded sliding catch to RF foul line for 2nd out.
*Duke has inherited 9 runners this year and 0 have scored.
*10th: Frazier singled, Cozart 13th sac bunt, Mesoraco K, Hamilton K.
*11th: Choo walked leading off, Phillips popped up, Votto K, Bruce BB, Ludwick fly out.
*B12th: 2 on, 1 out, Crowe singled, Altuve got caught between 2nd and 3rd and was tagged out. Would have been bases loaded, 1 out...instead 1st and 3rd, 2 outs....K ends inning.
*B13th: 2 on, 1 out, Simon in 3rd inning work, K, pop out.
*I think I'm going to see Dusty sacrifice bunts in my sleep.
*Reynolds: 3.2 IN, 4 H 2 BB, 2 R.
*Pen: Run allowed by Ondrusek and Parra....but rest of pen: 7.2 IN, 1 R
Next: Reds off, Pirates vs Padres
Friday night: Reds (Latos) vs Pirates (Liriano)
Games remaining: Reds 9, Cards 10, Pirates 10, Nats 10
Cards 89-63 ----
Pirates 87-65 2
Reds 87-66 2.5
Nationals 81-71 5.5 behind Reds for 2nd WC
Reds remaining schedule:
H Mets 3, H Pirates 3
At the moment
If season ended today...current playoff picture
Reds would play at Pirates in one game WC game....winner would face #1 Braves
Via @EliasSports Billy Hamilton is the first player in the live-ball era (since 1920) to have 4 stolen bases in his first career start.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 19, 2013
— Reds (@Reds) September 19, 2013