The Juice: D-Backs top Reds after blown saves by Heath Bell and Aroldis Chapman (Big League Stew)

By at 23 June, 2013, 2:18 am

The Juice returns for season No. 6! It's almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. A fun day of baseball was highlighted by a wild game out west. For 5 2/3 innings, Cincinnati Reds starter Mike Leake was absolutely perfect. 17 Arizona Diamondbacks up, 17 down, right up until the opposing pitcher, Patrick Corbin, brought him back to reality with a double. That was Leake's first mistake of the day. His second and final mistake immediately followed as Gerardo Parra put Arizona ahead 2-1 with a two-run homer. The action would settle down again as both starters worked through the eighth. Then it went to the bullpens and the real fun began. In the top of the ninth, D-Backs closer Heath Bell did something that no Arizona reliever had done before. For the fifth consecutive appearance, he allowed a home run . Ouch. It was a two-run shot by Jay Bruce (his second of the game) which put Cincinnati up 3-2. It also cost Corbin a chance to go 10-0. Double ouch. After walking the third batter, Bell was removed and his status as closer was immediately called into question. Moving on to the bottom of the ninth, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was somehow less effective than Bell. He faced only four batters, retiring none. Single, walk, walk, two-run walk-off single from Jason Kubel wins it for Arizona, 4-3 .
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