The Reds played long enough Tuesday night to allow the Chicago Cubs to self-destruct. A couple of walks a wild pitch and an error loaded the bases for Shin-Soo Choo in the top of the 11th inning. Choo delivered a two-run single to lift the Reds to a 6-4 11-inning win over the Cubs before a few stranglers from the crowd of 33286 at Wrigley Field. Choo was 0-for-4 on the night and 1-for-his-last-20 when he came up in the 11th. "I felt good all night" he said. "I hit the ball good to center field. I walked the first at-bat. Before the last at-bat I tell myself to be aggressive so I swung at the first pitch." J.J. Hoover earned the win on his 26th birthday with a career-high 2 1/3-inning outing. Hoover pushed his scoreless streak to 21 games and 24 2/3 innings. "I just wanted to give the offense a chance to score a run" Hoover said. "(The media) bring up the streak. I treat every outing the same. I try to keep the score the same and not let the offense get any momentum." Aroldis Chapman pitched the bottom of the 11th for his 29th save. The Reds are 9-8 in extra-inning games. They've won six of seven overall. The Reds are 8-1 at Wrigley this year. "I'm just glad we won" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "The bullpen did a great job again. Hoover got a much-needed win after struggling to start the season. We just played good baseball. "We needed that one. We know the Pirates are playing in St. Louis. We're going to gain ground on somebody." Pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick led off the 11th with a four-pitch walk. Devin Mesoraco was sent up to bunt him over. He bunted the first pitch foul. The second pitch from Eduardo Sanchez went to the backstop. Ludwick advanced to second. Mesoraco ended up walking. Cesar Izturis got down a good bunt. It went right by third baseman Donnie Murphy for an error. All hands safe bases loaded no outs. Choo ripped the next pitch into right-center for a two-run single to make it 6-4. Todd Frazier walked to reload the bases but Joey Votto hit into a 3-2-3 double play. Reds starter Homer Bailey twice allowed two-run leads to get away from him. Bailey went 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Reds top Cubs for sixth win in seven games
Cincinnati Enquirer | Aug 14