For the third time this season, Winker won a game for the Reds in extra innings by leading off and driving in the automatic runner stationed on second base. His RBI single in the top of the 10th inning scored Nick Senzel to spark a four-run rally for a 5-1 Cincinnati win over the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon to take the three-game series.
“I just try to simplify it. We have Senzel on second, the fastest guy on our team and one of the fastest guys in the league, a great baserunner,” Winker said. “My job there is to move him up to the next base for the guys behind me. That one found a hole, so I was pumped.”
Winker, who leads the National League with a .375 average, led off the 10th inning with a two-run homer for a 5-3 win over the Dodgers on April 26. On May 5, in a 1-0 Reds win over the White Sox, Winker hit a walk-off RBI single as the second hitter of the 10th inning.
On Wednesday in a 1-1 count against reliever Duane Underwood Jr., Winker scorched a ball on the ground into left field.
“He can hit. Just really not fazed by any situation,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Not that it’s easy. He works as hard, if not harder than anyone else at it. But he loves to hit, and he’s up for any challenge. He likes…