The Cincinnati Reds defense played so awful Saturday night that the team should almost think about forfeiting the game that they wound up winning 6-4 in 11 innings in MLB action over the Texas Rangers.
Of course, the Reds aren’t that foolish and need whatever wins they can get. But when they allowed three errors in the third inning for three unearned runs, it appeared their three-game slide was going to continue.
But the Reds will get credited for showing plenty of resiliency in this particular game to pull out the win.
Ironically, the Reds won this game thanks to a two-run homer by a catcher who has been struggling himself in a major way. Devin Mesoraco had a two-run shot in the 11th for the win.
It’s about time, too. Mesoraco has been awful this month. Ten games ago, he had a .254 batting average, and it’s down to .232. He’s batted .172 in his last 10 games with a 5-of-29 clip.
Obviously, all the Reds media personnel are throwing out the hopes that this key hit will get Mesoraco going again.
There’s no guarantees, but that wouldn’t be a bad idea. The Reds don’t need him struggling at the plate if they’re going to turn their poor fortunes around. In the previous two seasons, he’s split time between Cincinnati and Louisville in the minor leagues. When his batting average was up to .259, that secured a spot on the roster, but his recent streak might have him close to being sent down again. The Reds can’t afford to have a weak bat like his in the lineup.
But Saturday’s two-run shot will likely have Mesoraco in the Reds’ good graces, for now.