Craig Kimbrel blows save, game with back-to-back homers

Butch Dill

Kimbrel might be awesome, but that wasn't enough against the Reds on Tuesday.

Craig Kimbrel is one of baseball's best relievers, but he's had things a bit rough in 2013. By "rough", I mean he's only really good instead of god-like, and it's only been about a month, so no need to worry or anything. That doesn't necessarily make Tuesday night's blown save -- and then loss -- against the Reds any easier to deal with.

Devin Mesoraco came up against Kimbrel as a pinch-hitter with no one on base in a 4-3 game, and proceeded to go deep on a full count pitch for his first homer of the year:

Mesoraco-homer

It was nearly a fly out, but had just enough on it to clear the wall and the glove of Braves center fielder B.J. Upton. This allowed the inning to continue, bringing up Shin-Soo Choo, who promptly repeated Mesoraco's feat with a more impressive shot to left center:

Choo-homer

That was Choo's second homer of the game, and his seventh of the year. The Reds acquired him this off-season in the three-team swap that saw Trevor Bauer and Didi Gregorius, among others, change addresses, and has hit .333/.465/.587 with 17 extra-base hits while leading the National League in runs, hits, OBP, OPS+, HBP, and total bases. Seems to be working out for them!

Bonus celebratory fireworks gif!

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Shot off before the telecast's scoreboard even updated. Those Great American Ballpark folks are on their game, or have just been watching a lot of Choo this season.

For more on the Reds and Braves, visit our SB Nation sites Red Reporter and Talking Chop

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