Inside their success in extra innings

DENVER – People can debate whether the automatic runner at second base rule in extra innings is a good or bad thing for Major League Baseball, but there’s no debating how the Cincinnati Reds have benefitted from it. 

The Reds have played the most extra-inning games in MLB this season and they’ve posted a 6-2 record in them. They’ve scored the automatic runner at second base in all eight games. What the Reds have done so well is moving the runner at second base to third with their first hitter.  

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Here’s a look at the Reds’ extra-inning games this season:

May 12, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Nick Senzel (15) crosses home plate with the game winning run as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Michael Perez (5) looks on during the tenth inning at PNC Park. The Reds won 5-1 in ten innings.

Reds win 6-5 in 10 innings at Arizona Diamondbacks (April 9): Mike Moustakas moved the automatic runner over to third base with a groundout on the right side of the infield. After an intentional walk and a strikeout, Tucker Barnhart hit a two-out, RBI single into left field.

Reds win 3-2 in 10 innings vs. Cleveland (April 16): Tyler Naquin advanced the runner from second to third with a flyout to center field. Following an intentional walk, Tyler Stephenson hit a walk-off single to right-center field.  

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