Votto JUST shy of epic HR: ‘That’s baseball’

NEW YORK — So close. Just shy. Only inches from making some history.

Instead of a record-tying eighth consecutive game with a home run Saturday, Joey Votto had to settle for an extremely hard-hit and very long single vs. the Mets in the top of the eighth inning. The first baseman finished 1-for-5 without a homer. As much as that may have stung, what hurt Votto and the Reds much more was blowing a late lead, missing some opportunities and ultimately losing the game, 5-4, in 10 innings at Citi Field.

“It felt like we had it in hand, and coming up short is pretty frustrating,” Votto said of the loss. “It feels frustrating, for sure.”

Following Kyle Farmer’s leadoff single in the eighth against Seth Lugo, Votto attacked an 0-1 pitch and launched it to right field. The drive ricocheted off the orange line at the top of the fence and back into play. According to Statcast, the exit velocity off the bat was 109.4 mph and the ball traveled a projected 377 feet. It would have been a home run in 10 other Major League ballparks, including Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.

Votto is the eighth player in AL/NL history to have a seven-game streak with a homer and he would have been only the fourth player to make it eight — after Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993).

“I was like, ‘Good…

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