After he and his teammates of the Cincinnati Reds scored 14 runs and 16 hits on Tuesday night, Jesse Winker said the team was a time bomb ready to explode.
The Reds exploded again on Wednesday night, but it was late and a much smaller smoke.
For seven innings, the Miami Marlins had a single hit and it looked like the Reds would suffer their fifth loss in 11 games.
But down, 1-0, in the eighth, Jose Iglesias tied with a home run to right field and Winker, trying to back up his claim, scored a field homer opposite left field to give the Reds a 2-1 victory.
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Homeowners? Beautiful. Defending? Iglesias did more with his glove at the beginning of the game than with his bat at the end of the game, and that home run was a great game, big, big.
The one that ran Miami was a homer in the third inning of veteran Neil Walker, who was a Reds killer when he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cincinnati's only hit was a single in Matt Kemp's first inning, although they had five other runners on foot. Eight Reds in a row fell before Iglesias led the eighth with his home run.
For a while, it seemed as if the two starting pitchers at the Great American Ball Park were trying to see who could push most of the hitters without giving a run.
Reds starter Tyler Mahle, who did not walk with a batter in his first game, walked to four Miami Marlins in the first two innings on Wednesday.
Not to be outdone, Marlins starter Trevor Richards also walked four in the first two innings.
And neither of the two pitchers suffered damage from it. It is not often that eight bases are thrown in two innings and nobody scores, but that was the way it was tonight.
Maybe Mahle should have accompanied Neil Walker with one out in the third. He did not and Y Walker deposited a 1 and 1 pitch in the stands of the right field.
Then both pitchers went to work. Richards hit the side in the third and Mahle tied it, hitting the side in the fourth.
And it was still 1-0 when Mahle left after the fifth, leaving only the homer, two hits, four walks and seven strikeouts.
In two starts, Mahle has allowed a run in 11 innings and the Reds have scored zero runs while on the mound.
Richards, however, continued to throw, keeping the Reds one hit in six innings before he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh.
Jared Hughes, Amir Garrett and Raisel Iglesias put clean slates following Mahle to the mound. Hughes threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Garrett threw 1 1/3 perfect innings with two strikeouts and Iglesias closed it by hitting the side, all swaying, in the ninth.
While the fans were enthralled with the Reds who played over the wall to get this, it was the defense that saved the day.
And that defense was for shortstop Jose Iglesias, whose homer tied the game after he saved some runs at the beginning of the game with his glove.
The Marlins had two with one out in the first when Iglesias extended to his right to begin a double play at the end of the entry in Starlin Castro that saved at least one race. In second place, with the bases loaded, he ran from the shallow left field on the pitcher's mound to grab a slow roller and make a final pitch shot to Curtis Granderson.
"As a team, we played a great defense and that paid off in the end and I always say that the defense wins games," said Iglesias, who provided almost all the necessary glove work. "This was a great example."
From the second play of the inning that saved a race, he said: "I was trying to save a race and when you look at the end of the game, it's probably the play we won the game in. Never take it for granted. "
Iglesias was a late signatory, taken to the camp with a minor league contract. His reputation is like an excellent gloveman with a pop in his bat.
Winker appreciates what Iglesias did and does.
"Churches had a great game and it's fun to watch," said Winker. "It's a shortstop hell and his resume speaks for itself, I'm happy we have it because every night he does something and I'm out there saying, 'Wow.' That double play that started in the first changes. of the game, now you look back and you know that the game changes when you did not realize at that moment because it was 0-0. "
Of the homers that hit home runs, Iglesias, Winker said: "He really gave a good blow to that." That was fun. It brings a lot of energy and a lot of fire and is a very good guy. "
And his home run winner of the game?
"I was just trying to hit the ball hard, not trying to do anything special," he said. "It was a half-average fastball, maybe half and I was trying to put the barrel in it."
He hit him like a double-barreled shotgun.