The league leading Reds rallied from a big deficit to beat the second place Twins in St. Matthew Cal Ripken Baseball Majors Division action last week.
In a battle for the top spot in the league the Reds plated seven runs in the final inning to wipe out a five run deficit and grab a 10-8 win.
The Twins scored four runs in the first two innings without the benefit of a base hit. In the first Sam Weining drew a one out walk, stole second and scored when Chuck Moore reached on a throwing error. Moore then scored on two wild pitches. The Twins tallied two unearned runs in the second when Randy Waddell and Chris Carli came home on a throwing error on a ball off the bat of Shawn DeWeese.
The Twins added three more runs in the third. Sam Weining got the Twin’s first hit and scored on a double by Moore, who came home on a one out single to center by Richard Bascom and an error. Alex Bascom’s single plated his twin brother to close out the scoring.
Trailing 7-1 the Reds began their comeback in the fourth inning. Asher Hinshaw opened the frame with an infield hit, stole second, moved to third on a groundout by Joe Schmidt and scored on a wild pitch. The Reds chipped another run off the lead when Logan Nichols singled to center to plate Jack Varga.
But the Reds saved the best for last, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on five of their 12 hits for the game. Robert Thomas opened the inning with a single, stole second and scored on a Jackson Diaz double to left. Diaz scored on a wild pitch and Christopher Stockdale singled in Alex Brockman to cut the lead to two.
The Reds tied the game when Stockdale raced home on an error that put Hinshaw on first. Hinshaw gave the Reds the lead when he scored on a Varga squeeze bunt. Two insurance runs scored when Schmidt scored on a Zac Martin single to left. Martin stole second and third and came home on an errant throw from the catcher.
In the bottom of the inning the Twins added a run on back to back singles by Adam Weining and Richard Bascom before winning pitcher Stockdale slammed the door to keep the Reds in first place. Nine of the 10 Reds players had a hit. Richard Bascom paced the Twins offense, going 2-2 with two RBIs.
The win was the second Reds victory over the Twins this season. On April 17 the Reds rode a no-hit pitching performance by Harrison Hobbs to a 4-2 win.
In other games…
The Dodgers rallied from a 5-0 third inning deficit, scoring five sixth-inning runs, to topple the Rays, 8-5. Travis Seibert went 2-3 and drove in four runs while pitching two innings of shutout baseball to close the game and earn the win.
The Twins got a no-hitter from Moore in a 10-0 win over the Rangers. Moore allowed just three walks and one batter reached on an error, striking out the side in the final inning.