I haven't been paying attention to baseball. Apparently the Marlins are good. Reds lose, 7-6.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jeremy Hermida.  The low-risk, apparently-no-reward signing of the offseason had a decent game against his former team, hitting a three run home run.  Honorable mentions go to Jay Bruce and Jordan Smith.

Key Plays

  • In case you'd forgotten that the Reds are terrible in the first inning, Travis Wood did his best to remind you.  Emilio Bonifacio tripled to lead off the game, and All-Star Omar Infante hit a sacrifice fly to bring him the last 90 feet.  Hanley Ramirez doubled, and Gaby Sanchez walked.  After a pop out, John Buck hit his first home run since Opening Day.  It wasn't over, as Wes Helms singled and Scott Cousins walked.  Then Javier Vazquez singled to bring around Helms.  Marlins lead, 5-0.
  • Jay Bruce showed that the second spot in the batting order is agreeing with him by homering in the bottom of the first.  Marlins lead, 5-1.
  • Wood got through the second and third innings fairly easily, but couldn't make it out of the fourth.  He gave up a second hit to Javier Vazquez and Emilio Bonifacio doubled to put two runners in scoring position.  Omar Infante lined out and Carlos Fisher came in in relief.  The first batter of the 2011 season he face, Hanley Ramirez, singled to center and drove in two runs.  Marlins lead, 7-1.
  • Once again, the Reds answered right away.  In the bottom of the fourth, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto walked, and one out later Jeremy Hermida got his first hit as a Red - a three run homer to right field.  That's right, the Hitless Wonder was batting fifth.  Marlins lead, 7-4.
  • The Reds attempted a furious comeback in the ninth inning.  With one out, Ramon Hernandez and Paul Janish hit back to back doubles off of Leo Nunez.  Pinch hitter Chris Heisey struck out, but Drew Stubbs singled and Janish scored the second run of the inning.  Stubbs then stole second base, but Jay Bruce struck out looking to end the game.  Marlins win, 7-6.


via www.fangraphs.com

Other Notes

  • The Marlins are undefeated on Fridays.
  • Travis Wood has given up 8 hits in each of his last three starts.
  • The Marlins' record of 16-8 is a club record through 24 games.



Final - 4.29.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida Marlins 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 11 0
Cincinnati Reds 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 6 7 0
WP: Javier Vazquez (2 - 2)
SV: Leo Nunez (8)
LP: Travis Wood (1 - 3)

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