Valdez bunts for a Reds win
That there was one wild and wacky game for the Reds (those always seem to happen on Friday fireworks nights). A 6-5 victory in 10 innings came on a walk-off sac bunt by Wilson Valdez.
To the Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Sam LeCure — 2 ip, 3 K. LeCure earned the victory with six up, six down in the ninth and 10th innings. It was huge, especially when we learned postgame that Chapman and Marshall were not available.
“It was a big spot in the game there,” LeCure said. We were up, they battled back and it was kind of back and forth with the momentum all night.”
No. 2 star: Joey Votto — 3-for-5, 3-run HR and double No. 25 of the season. He extended his hitting streak to a career-high-tying 14 games. Votto is batting .549 (28-for-51) with three homers and 13 RBIs during his hitting streak. It was Votto’s three-run homer to center field that gave the Reds 4-0 lead in the third inning.
“I felt really good lately,” Votto said. “A lot of the stuff I was working on earlier in the season I was having trouble with. I think that I’ve cleared it up. You’re always battling in this game to get back to neutral and in the past stretch I feel like I have been, but you can never explain when you go through these hot stretches why it happens. But it does and you enjoy and you continue to work to minimize the valleys and get yourself ready to work.”
Co-No. 1 stars: Wilson Valdez/Miguel Cairo — Cairo led off the bottom of the 10th with a triple, lumbering his 38-year-old body around the bases as the right fielder struggled to get the ball around the corner. Valdez pinch-hit and perfected bunted towards first base in a safety squeeze. Cairo broke for home on contact and slid headfirst for the winning run.
“When you win, you have to feel good,” Valdez said. “I feel good for my team and I feel good for myself because I had an opportunity to make my team win. I’ve done my job, I think.”
“He works on it. He’s good at it and confident about it,” manager Dusty Baker said. That was an outstanding judgment by Miggy on when to run and a great slide at home plate. That’s big when you win games like that, especially after we lost a game like that yesterday.”
Ruled a sacrifice bunt, it was the first time the Reds won a game on a walk-off sacrifice bunt since Jeff Reed dropped one vs. the Giants in the 12th inning on June 26, 1990
News and notes:
*Chris Heisey snapped a 0-for-12 skid with a single in the third inning. Heisey also made two more nice diving catchers in center field.
*Reds starter Mat Latos pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Latos also skirted trouble in the second and fifth innings by inducing two double plays.
*Latos snapped a 0-for-15 streak this season and a 0-for-29 since last season when he hit a fourth-inning single.
*Todd Frazier, who was scratched because of back spasms before the game, delivered a huge pinch-hit double to tie the game at 5-5 in the eighth.
“When you’re home you want to win every game that you can. The way we’ve been playing, we believe, and we have confidence right now. We’re hitting, we’re pitching, we’re playing good defense and good things happen when you do that.” — Miguel Cairo
“We were thinking about having those first and third runners out there and not getting anybody home and they’re going to come back to haunt us. But our guys battled through and kept fighting.” — Dusty Baker