(AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
Mat Latos was dealing. The Red Sox bats were dead and off the board until the 7th. With 2 outs in the 8th inning, Reds up 2-1 and a runner on base, Jonathan Broxton threw a pitch up and in on Yoenis Cespedes.
It was a brush back pitch, trying to get him on his heels.
Cespedes came up with the best solution: Park a go ahead homer into center field and make a loser out of the Reds, pushing them 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot and just a game over .500.
If the defending World Champs are going to be reduced to spoiler status, they might as well take a few bullpens down for the count and make Cespedes angry.
It is more fun that way.
Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
45 Dodged Bullets 36 Teeth Grinders
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Chris Sale dominated the Giants over 8 shutout 12 strikeout inning but the White Sox bullpen blew the game in the 9th. Gordan Beckham gave the White Sox a 3-2 10th inning win. TEETH GRINDER
43 Dodged Bullets 41 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Mat Latos was superb for the Reds over 7 innings. But Yoenis Cespedes homered after a brush back pitch and the Red Sox came from behind to win, 3-2. DODGED BULLET
38 Dodged Bullets 48 Teeth Grinders
This tally includes the A’s teeth grinder from Monday.