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Reds Fall Short in Extra Inning Thriller

Casey Schmitt’s walk-off double in the 10th inning secured a 6-5 victory for the San Francisco Giants over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, but the win was overshadowed by the loss of Jung Hoo Lee to a left shoulder injury.

The game reached a dramatic climax after the Reds failed to score in the top of the 10th off Giants reliever Luke Jackson (1-1). Schmitt, who had been 0 for 11 since his recall from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, delivered the decisive blow with a two-out ground-rule double to left-center field off Emilio Pagan (2-3), bringing home automatic runner Luis Matos.

“Just see something I can hit, and let it rip,” Schmitt commented on his game-winning hit, adding that his mom was in the stands on Mother’s Day. “Not trying to do too much.”

However, the Giants’ jubilation was tempered by concern for Lee, who strained his left shoulder in the first inning while attempting to catch a double by Jeimer Candelario. Lee’s injury occurred as he leaped for the ball, hitting the wall with his arm. After sitting in the outfield dirt for a couple of minutes, he walked off the field with a trainer holding his left wrist.

“Not great,” Manager Bob Melvin said regarding Lee’s condition after the game.

Melvin described Lee’s shoulder as “separated,” although a Giants spokesperson later clarified it as a “dislocated” shoulder. Lee is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.

The Giants mounted a spirited comeback after falling behind 3-0 in the first inning. They scored six runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by LaMonte Wade Jr.’s two-run homer to tie the game. Heliot Ramos and Blake Sabol contributed RBIs to give San Francisco the lead.

Mike Ford’s solo homer in the eighth inning leveled the score at 5-5 for Cincinnati, but the Giants held on for the win.

The victory marked San Francisco’s second win in three games against the struggling Reds, who have lost 10 of their last 11 games. Giants starter Kyle Harrison pitched four scoreless innings after Candelario’s early double, extending his streak of quality starts.

“Right now we’re in a tough stretch,” observed bench coach Freddie Benavides. “We’re not playing (how) we’re capable of.”

The Giants faced more injury setbacks on Sunday, losing their seventh position player in the last nine days. Outfielder Michael Conforto was placed on the 10-day injured list before the game due to a right hamstring strain, while catcher Patrick Bailey was scratched with a viral illness just before first pitch. Lee’s injury added to the mounting concerns for San Francisco.

“That guy leaves it all out there, and I have so much respect for him,” Harrison said of Lee. “Hopefully, he’s alright. The guy’s just a gamer. He’s going for that ball and he comes up with it most of the time too, which is awesome.”

TRAINER’S ROOM:

Reds: LHP Alex Young (back) was slated to make his fourth rehab appearance on Sunday with Triple-A Louisville. Manager David Bell provided an update, saying Young is “doing great” but will require more time to build up. Outfielder TJ Friedl suffered a right thumb contusion after being hit by Harrison’s first pitch of the game and will see a doctor on Monday. He remained in the game to run the bases but was later replaced in center field by Will Benson. … Bell himself exited the game with a “stomach issue,” according to Benavides.

Up Next:

Reds: Graham Ashcraft (3-2, 3.86 ERA) is set to start for the Reds against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday to kick off a three-game series.

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