Duvall, video crew hailed as heroes after win

Reds plate game-winner on left fielder's replay-aided RBI groundout

May 29th, 2016

MILWAUKEE -- The box score on Saturday will show that red-hot-hitting Adam Duvall came through again. Sure, Duvall provided the last four RBIs that helped deliver the Reds to a wild 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Brewers that finally snapped an 11-game losing streak.

Cincinnati was trailing by a 6-1 score entering the seventh before it scored five two-out runs -- with Duvall's three-run homer being the game-tying moment.

"It couldn't come at a better time," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

But it was the eyes of Reds manager of video scouting Rob Coughlin that deserve an unofficial assist. It was a 6-6 game in the top of the ninth when Duvall appeared to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Not so fast. Coughlin alerted the dugout that Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett's foot was not touching the base for the force play as Jay Bruce slid. Rules enacted in the offseason eliminated the so-called "neighborhood play," and forces infielders to touch the base without worrying about take-out slides.

"It's a new rule this year, and it's something you have to pay attention to every double play if you can," Coughlin said. "I just try to check it every time. Luckily we had a good view."

The Reds were out of challenges, so Price alerted umpire Jim Joyce to ask for a crew chief review as Milwaukee was walking off the field and preparing for the bottom of the ninth.

"That's Rob Coughlin all the way," Price said. "The feedback I got from Rob and [bench coach] Jim Riggleman, who was running back and forth, was that he was off the bag; he did not have contact with the bag. I can only go off the information I get in that situation from Rob. Any choice, I defer to our video guys."

After the review, the call was overturned. Joey Votto was allowed to score and Bruce returned to second base.

"That went from a low point in the game to a high point of the game, I was fortunate," Duvall said.

If it wasn't for Duvall and the Reds hanging in there while down by five runs, the game wouldn't have been decided by pixels on video screens.

Against Michael Blazek in the seventh, Votto hit a two-out single, followed by singles from Brandon Phillips and Bruce. Next came Duvall, who lifted a high 3-2 slider into the left field seats. It was his team-leading 11th homer, and his fourth in his last six games.

"Yeah, we kept fighting. Got some timely hits there. Kind of worked out," said Duvall, who has seven RBIs in the last two games vs. Milwaukee, including a three-run homer in Friday's loss.

For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Reds' clubhouse seemed looser with the weight of daily losing gone. Music played loudly, and players joked with one another.

"I feel like this one is the perfect image of the season," center fielder Tyler Holt said. "We've been battling and battling. It's not just one person; things haven't been falling our way so we just have to keep doing what we need to do to get better as a team and as individuals and try to get some wins."