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Reds Fall Short Again🙄

During the Reds 6th Game of their homestand, Slade Cecconi delivered a solid performance, pitching 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, while Corbin Carroll’s clutch eighth-inning single drove in the decisive run, securing a 5-4 victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Cincinnati Reds. The win marked a series sweep and extended the Reds’ losing streak to eight games.

Joc Pederson kickstarted Arizona’s offense with a homer in the first inning, contributing to their fourth consecutive win. Reflecting on the team’s improved performance, shortstop Kevin Newman emphasized the importance of quality at-bats and teamwork. He stated, “Just day by day, quality at bats…it just seems like we’re starting to play how we know we can play.”

Despite Spencer Steer’s seventh-inning single tying the game for the Reds, Carroll’s eighth-inning hit brought home Tucker Barnhart, securing the Diamondbacks’ lead. Manager Torey Lovullo commended his team’s resilience, saying, “When I needed them to step on the gas in the eighth inning, they gave a little bit extra.”

Paul Sewald, the Diamondbacks’ closer, sealed the victory by striking out Will Benson and Tyler Stephenson and inducing TJ Friedl into a ground ball in the ninth, earning his first save.

Cecconi (2-2) earned the win, allowing one run and three hits over 5 1/3 innings, with Kevin Ginkel (2-0) contributing a scoreless inning in relief.

For the Reds, Hunter Greene’s streak of 15 1/3 scoreless innings came to an end with Pederson’s homer. Greene pitched five innings, allowing three runs and four hits, with Fernando Cruz (1-3) taking the loss after pitching the eighth.

Jeimer Candelario’s fourth home run and Elly De La Cruz’s two stolen bases were highlights for the Reds, but they ultimately fell short. The loss marked their 11th in 13 games, with Cincinnati unable to score more than four runs during the losing streak.

Looking ahead, the Diamondbacks’ starting center fielder Alek Thomas was sidelined due to a left hamstring injury, while the Reds’ RHP Ian Gibaut underwent surgery on his right arm.

In the upcoming game, Reds’ lefty Andrew Abbott will take on the Giants, with right-hander Logan Webb scheduled to start for San Francisco.

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