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Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said the previous batter, Tucker Barnhart, also had the green light on 3-0.
“Tucker was hitting 3-0, but the pitch was ball four, so he took it,” Riggleman said. “It’s a matter of trust. I trust that Tucker’s going to swing at a strike and take a ball, and I trust Joey’s going to do the same. That’s what he did. He got a good rip on that pitch.”
Although Votto left the bases loaded, the Reds took the lead with four runs in the eighth and won 5-3.