The missed bunt
When the season is over, this will be one of the games that will sting a little more if the Reds don’t win the NL Central. A 5-4 loss in 16 innings to the Cardinals featured more than a few missed opportunities.
The one missed chance that hurt the most? In the 15th inning with runners on the corners and two outs, Chris Heisey attempted a bunt and missed. Shin-Soo Choo was thrown out breaking for home to end the inning. Reds manager Dusty Baker said that Heisey was bunting on his own there.
“You’re not going to try and squeeze bunt with two outs,” Baker said. “Heis — he thought that the third baseman was back. He’s bunting for a hit. Choo was trying to score. He didn’t see the ball go past him. By then, you’re in no-man’s land. He was going to try to score. That was a tough play.”
*A couple of plays before Heisey’s bunt attempt, Choo was on first base with a leadoff single when Brandon Phillips — who notched his 100th RBI earlier in the game — laid down a sac bunt. That decision came from the dugout.
“I just did what I was told,” Phillips said. “It’s a team game, that’s what it’s all about. You want to move the guy over in that situation. I just tried to go over there and do my job. Whatever the team needs me to do, that’s what I do.”
The Pirates lost to the Brewers tonight so also missed was a chance to pick up a game. The Reds will need a win Thursday to win the four-game series.
Jeremy Warnemuende will have more in the game story soon.
Some other quick notes:
*Joey Votto went 0-for-7 for the first time in his career. The 3-4-5 spots of Votto, Jay Bruce and Heisey combined to go 0-for-19 with two walks.
*Phillips’ 18th homer of the season in the fifth gave him his 100th RBI of the season. He is the first Reds 2B to reach 100 since Joe Morgan in 1976. The last second baseman in the Majors to do that was Dan Uggla in 2010.
*Manny Parra was not available tonight because he was away from the team. His wife was having a baby.
*In terms of innings, this was the longest game in the history of GABP, which opened in 2003.
*Bronson Arroyo had three sacrifice bunts, a new career-high. He is the first Reds to do that since Aaron Harang on July 20, 2005. Arroyo leads the NL with a career-high 15 sac bunts this season.