Two innings, five runs, one walk-off wild pitch: The frantic finish of Reds-Rockies
Games decided on walk-offs are always great. A walk-off wild pitch? Even better! A walk-off wild pitch following a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth? Sign us up, please. A walk-off wild pitch following a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth, which itself followed another game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth?
Now that we've given you ample time to recover, allow us to briefly summarize the absolutely bonkers ending of the Reds-Rockies game. Colorado trailed, 4-3, heading to the bottom of the eighth. Luckily, they also employ Carlos Gonzalez:
The Rockies would tack on another run and take a 5-4 lead into the ninth, needing just three outs to lock down a victory. But the Reds have a sweet-swinging, submarine-tossing lefty of their own, and he apparently took CarGo's dramatics as an invitation to engage in some home run H-O-R-S-E:
"Surely," you say, "there must be some universal law preventing one game from having any more zaniness than has already been seen." Oh, you sweet, innocent thing. We are but just getting started. On to the ninth!
With one out, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon knew his team needed a baserunner to get things started, so he went rogue and dropped a bunt down:
He then attempted to swipe second, but appeared to be hosed by Cincy catcher Tucker Barnhart ... that is, until Colorado challenged the play and the umpires overturned the out call. Runner on second, still just one out. And after a groundout moved Blackmon to third, this happened, because of course it did:
That would be a wild pitch, and your ballgame. COMMENCE WITH THE GATORADE: