Food was made for eating, songs were made for singing, and ninth innings were made for walk-offs. It’s just the way it’s supposed to be.
Late last night, for example, the Cincinnati Reds trailed the St. Louis Cardinals heading into the bottom of the ninth inning at home. After leadoff singles from Joey Votto and Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler – who was just recalled that day from Triple-A to replace the traded Jay Bruce – stepped up the plate.
After getting ahead in the count 2-1, Schebler turned on the fourth pitch of the at-bat and crushed a game-winning, walk-off, home run off Cardinals closer Seung-hwan OH. Check it out:
On an evening that featured a 7 combined home runs from both teams, Schebler’s late-inning blast was not the furthest (416 feet), but it was the hardest hit (109.6 MPH) and certainly left the ball park. That’s a no-doubter, moon shot, regardless of where it landed. Ninth innings were made for walk-offs, and that’s one hell of a way to return to the Majors.