This man is US Army Green Beret Captain William Lyles III, a wounded veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Not only would he be more fun to root for than about 40% of our rotation, but the Twitter trolling of John Fay asking if his beret was green would be delightful. Sign 'im, Walt! (Serious thanks to Capt. Lyles and all others for the sacrifices made on behalf of their country.)
Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Chris Valaika. The Lake Monster went 2-2 (cuz that's what a muthafuckin' monster do!) before giving way to Miguel Cairo, who struck out. Honorable mentions go to Joey Votto for hitting a home run, and Chris Heisey for hitting a triple. Both of them had only one hit, but more total bases than our Star of the Game. JNMHSotG is a flawed stat!
- Edinson Volquez pitched for the Reds and... ok, I guess we could just fast forward to the part where the Reds lose after that opening. But no! He was actually fairly effective, despite walking four. He got through the order the first time without incident, but Ty Wigginton took him yard in the fourth inning. It's Coors. It happens. Rockies lead, 1-0.
- Eric Young singled with one out in the fourth inning, then stole second and third. With that, it was a simple matter for Jordan Pacheco to single up the middle and drive him in. Rockies lead, 2-0.
- Eric Young used his speed to torch the Reds again in the seventh inning, this time against Logan Ondrusek. He bunted for a single, then stole second. It was his third swipe of the game. Dexter Fowler then looped a single to right and Young went to third. Ramon Hernandez allowed his second passed ball of the game, and Young scored again. Fowler advanced, and went to third on Jordan Pacheco's grounder. Ondrusek intentionally walked Seth Smith and coaxed a grounder to second out of Kevin Kouzmanoff. The Reds were only able to get the out at first, and Fowler scored. Rockies lead, 4-0.
- Joey Votto homered off of Jason Hammel in the ninth to salvage some measure of respectability. Reds lose, 4-1.
- Drew Pomeranz made his major league debut. He was one of the pieces Colorado received for Ubaldo Jimenez, and pitched just as effectively as Jimenez might have. The Reds only scratched together two singles, both by Valaika, off him. Pomeranz only went five innings, but then again, so did Volquez. Jason Hammel pitched four innings to earn his first save of the season.
- Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton, and Carlos Gonzalez all had the night off. Losing to a rookie and the B-team is bad enough, until you realize that Rookie and the B-Team sounds like the name of some cover band.
- Edinson Volquez has pitched 90 innings for the Reds and walked 59, or 5.9 per game. Yeesh.
|Final - 9.11.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Drew Pomeranz (1 - 0)
SV: Jason Hammel (1)
LP: Edinson Volquez (5 - 5)