Cincinnati Reds Closer to #1 Seed

By Jeff Gray
Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

The Cincinnati Reds engineered another dramatic late inning comeback to pull to a tie with the Washington Nationals for the best record in baseball and, thus, the number 1 seed in the playoffs.

The Cincinnati Reds were down 3-2 going into the top of the 9th against the Pittsburgh Pirates’ closer Joel Hanrahan. Xavier Paul, another wonderful pickup for Reds GM Walt Jocketty, laced a shot down the left field line into the second deck, but just foul. On the next pitch, there wasn’t a problem of a foul pole or distance. The ball finally came to rest in the second deck over the left field wall. The Reds had, just like that, tied the score at three.

However, the Cincinnati Reds were not finished. Back to back doubles by Ryan Ludwick (two pinch hit doubles in a row for him) and Zack Cozart gave the Reds the lead for good.

The Cuban Missile, Aroldis Chapman, came on to record his 37th save by striking out one and, unfortunately, walking two. Sean Marshall picked up the win and improved his record to 5-5.

The Cincinnati Reds were hoping to finish the series with the Pirates with a win for their ace, Johnny Cueto.  =Cueto was not on his game as he went seven innings and gave up three runs (one was earned). He was unable to pick up his 20th win of the year. Now he will rest to start the playoffs for the Reds this weekend.

The win yesterday for the Reds moved them to 93-63. They will need to win at least two of the next three with the St. Louis Cardinals this week in order to have any shot at getting that #1 seed. The Nationals won the season series with the Reds and own the tie breaker if the two teams are tied.

The Reds will start the final series with the Cardinals tonight.

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