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The Brewers-Reds game had the most anticlimactic ending to the MLB season

The Brewers-Reds game had the most anticlimactic ending to the MLB season

The Cincinnati Reds’ 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night at American Family Field featured one of the most anticlimactic endings to any game this MLB season.

Down 6-3 and facing Reds shortstop Alexis Diaz in the bottom of the ninth, the Brewers loaded the bases after Christian Yelich and Willy Adames hit a pair of singles and Rhys Hoskins reached on a groundout fielder on an error by Elly De La Cruz at second. Milwaukee, behind a walk-off from Sal Frelick, then cut the deficit to just one run after Diaz drove in a run and surrendered a single to Jackson Chourio.

The Brewers missed the tying game when Jake Bauers was thrown out at home, but that set the stage for would-be hero Blake Perkins, who stepped up to the plate with the tying run on third base and the game-winning run on second.

Only, somewhat shockingly, Perkins decided to try to bunt, which resulted in a soft pop-up to Diaz and ultimately the game’s end.

Perkins, visibly frustrated, slammed his bat on his helmet as he returned to the cue. After the game, the Brewers outfielder spoke to reporters and admitted it was a “mistake.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“Look, nobody is more disappointed with the turn of events than I am,” Perkins said. “I think the best way to put it is, I know the guys behind me are statistically better. And I thought it would be a surprise for (the Reds) and I thought it would be a higher percentage (of play) for me, and just me in general.

“We’ve got somebody who’s fast in third with a big lead. I tried not to be the hero, I guess is the best way to put it, and obviously it was a mistake.”