The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Washington Nationals, 9-2, on Wednesday.
Just by taking a quick look at the score, you would think Cincinnati was always up in the score, but that wasn’t the case.
In fact, the Nats went ahead in the very first inning, after Lane Thomas scored on a wild pitch.
However, the Reds are just too good for this current version of Washington.
In the second frame, Cincinnati brought their slugging power to the game, as Joey Votto homered and Tyler Stephenson and Will Benson drove in runs with doubles.
Just like that, Cincinnati paved the way to score another comeback win.
They now have 31 such victories in 2023, which was almost a record.
“The Cincinnati @Redscompleted their 31st comeback win in their 87th game this year. In the last 50 seasons, only two MLB teams have had more comeback wins in their first 87 games of a season, the 2004 New York Yankees and the 1999 Cleveland Indians, both with 34,” OptaSTATS tweeted.
The Cincinnati @Reds completed their 31st comeback win in their 87th game this year. In the last 50 seasons, only two MLB teams have had more comeback wins in their first 87 games of a season, the 2004 New York Yankees and the 1999 Cleveland Indians, both with 34. pic.twitter.com/r8kECGLjLl
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) July 6, 2023
They 2004 Yanks and 1999 Guards (then Indians) were very solid ballclubs, and while they didn’t win the World Series, people remember them as exciting teams.
The Reds are surely hoping that they can win the Fall Classic themselves.
They would need to make some pitching additions, sure, but it’s hard not to dream when the team is 48-39, in first place of the NL Central, and showing the ability and resilience to come back when down in the score.
Fans in Cincinnati are allowed to dream, and nobody can tell them there isn’t hope.