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Reds Lose Another Close Game 2-1

Brandon Pfaadt pitched seven outstanding innings, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. delivered a crucial RBI double in the eighth as the Arizona Diamondbacks edged past the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Wednesday, Securing two wins out of three in the series.

Pinch hitter Pavin Smith ignited the D-backs’ rally with a timely two-out double to right field. Gurriel then followed up with another double to the same direction, narrowly evading a diving Jake Fraley.

Paul Sewald sealed the deal in the ninth inning, claiming his second save of the season, while Ryan Thompson (1-1) held the Reds at bay with a scoreless eighth inning.

“It feels good, especially heading into an off day with some momentum,” Smith expressed. “Our pitchers did great today — Pfaadt, Thompson, Sewald — it’s good not to have that go to waste.”

The reigning National League champions, the D-backs, extended their recent success to seven victories in their last ten games.

Ketel Marte continued his impressive form, stretching his hitting streak to 15 games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first inning. Christian Walker contributed to the D-backs’ cause with a solo homer in the second inning, marking his eighth of the season and providing the team with a 1-0 lead.

Pfaadt held the Reds at bay for the majority of the game, allowing only one hit through seven innings, alongside two walks and nine strikeouts. Reflecting on his performance, Pfaadt emphasized the effectiveness of their game plan centered around utilizing more sliders.

“Our game plan was to use more sliders and we certainly did that,” Pfaadt remarked. “It was super effective. Moving forward, that’ll probably be our game plan, pitch off the slider a little more.”

On the opposing side, Cincinnati’s left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott matched Pfaadt’s prowess, conceding only one run and four hits across seven innings. Despite a valiant effort, Fernando Cruz (1-4) succumbed to the pressure, yielding the decisive doubles that tilted the game in favor of the D-backs.

Reds manager David Bell praised Abbott’s performance, highlighting his control and diverse pitching repertoire.

“Andrew did a great job today — just really in complete command against their whole lineup,” Bell acknowledged. “Threw a lot of strikes, got a lot of ground balls, just a good mix of pitches. It was a great game, came down to who was going to score first late and the Diamondbacks were able to do it.”

The struggling Reds continued to face adversity, suffering their 12th defeat in their last 14 outings.

The remarkable display of pitching prowess ensured a brisk affair at the ballpark, with the game concluding in just 1 hour and 59 minutes, marking the shortest game for the D-backs this season.

“I think that’s the first sub 2-hour game I’ve ever been a part of,” reflected D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. “It was a well-pitched game on both sides.”

In injury updates, Reds pitcher Nick Lodolo was placed on the 15-day injured list due to a left groin strain, with Sam Moll being called up from Triple-A to fill the void. Additionally, second baseman Jonathan India was sidelined from the lineup due to a migraine.

Looking ahead, the Reds are set to embark on a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, commencing Thursday. While the Reds are yet to announce a starter for the opening game, the Dodgers will rely on Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 2.53 ERA) to set the tone.

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