Saturday, August 17, 2013

Video: Watch Jonathan Lucroy stomp on hearts of Reds fans with walk-off blast

It's been said before that all good things must come to an end.

Such was the case Friday night at Miller Park, as Cincinnati's five-game winning streak was abruptly snapped, thanks in part to a two-run walk-off homer by Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the bottom of the ninth off Aroldis Chapman.

Down to his final strike, Lucroy buckled down and proceeded to launch a towering blast over the left field wall to propel the Brewers to a 7-6 victory.

It marked Chapman's (3-5) fifth blown save of the season.

"He hung a slider to him and he didn't miss," manager Dusty Baker said.

The dramatic home run was a bit of redemption for the veteran Lucroy. Chapman went up against Lucroy in his major league debut three years ago and struck him out as the first hitter he ever faced. Each of the next four times they saw each other before Friday night ended in a strikeout, too.

With the loss, the Reds lost a chance to overtake the Cardinals for second place in the National League Central Division standings. Baker's bunch remains one-half game back of the Cardinals for both second place and the top Wild Card spot. Meanwhile, the Reds remain 3.5 games back of the division-leading Pirates.

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