Two Reds rookies lead the way in walk-off win

CINCINNATI — One is a highly touted prospect, and the other took a longer road to reach the Major Leagues. But both Spencer Steer and Chuckie Robinson are Reds rookies who have been trying to navigate through tough times at the plate.

That made Tuesday’s 3-2 walk-off win over the Cubs at Great American Ball Park a little sweeter for the team. Cincinnati was trailing, 2-0, in the seventh inning when Robinson hit the game-tying two-run home run. In the bottom of the ninth, Steer’s RBI double to center field scored Stuart Fairchild to end the game.

“What these young players are experiencing right now at the end of the season … a lot of times when you have a successful season [as a batter], you can point back to the last week of a season or last few games,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It can be one at-bat, one game where something clicks. They’re at that point in their career where even one game can give you confidence, you can get a feel, you can experience what it takes to win a game and contribute to that.”

On the heels of losing six straight games, Cincinnati has won back-to-back contests to move to 62-99 with one game remaining as it tries to stave off the second 100-loss season in franchise history.

It had the makings of a hard-luck game for much of the night. Starting pitcher Luis Cessa allowed…

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