The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Reds rookie J.J. Hoover continues to impress, and I can't thank Walt Jocketty enough for making the move to trade Juan Francisco for him. Not only did Walt opt for the correct 3B prospect (Frazier), he managed to pluck a gem from the deep pocketed Braves' bullpen, and Hoover continues to impress. His perfect inning tonight brought his season ERA down to 2.12, and I truly hope his usage continues to be more high-leverage than not.
Honorable mention is deserved by Drew Stubbs, who was the only Red to reach base multiple times tonight. Let it be noted, for the record, that both of Stubbs' hits were off a LHP, and that's exactly the kind of situation in which he needs to be used. Stubbs has his faults, and they're obvious; that said, Stubbs also has his strengths, and those, too, are obvious. He's not the type of player that can succeed for 160 games and 700 PAs, but he can succeed in situations that match his talents. Incidentally, one of those talents is hitting monster bombs off of Lincecum in playoff situations.
The supergrover Memorial Honorary Red Reporter(s) of the Game
We RR's are a loyal bunch for certain. We're dedicated, we're passionate, and, lately, we travel quite freaking well. Tonight's honor is (and should be) bestowed on those great RR's who, despite the fact the Reds have already clinched, decided to road trip to St. Louis to catch the end of the season in enemy territory. To my knowledge, current STL residents Cy Schourek and Eastwindquinn are putting up with the likes of -ManBearPig, Charlie Scrabbles, and crolfer, and my lord, that's quite the crew of folks. I pity the fools that walked into their seats to find that crew sitting next to them.
Props for the team pride, boys. I can't wait to read the eyewitness report.
- The Reds actually cracked Garcia first tonight, smallballing their way to a run in the Top of the 3rd. Drew Stubbs led off with an infield "single," advanced to second on an Arroyo sacrifice, and scored on a BP single. Unfortunately, the Cards struck right back in the bottom half, as Garcia homered to lead off the inning, Carlos Beltran walked, Matt Holliday singled, Allen Craig doubled, and Yadier Molina hit a sac fly. Reds trailed, 3-1.
- In the 6th, Necktats singled and scored on Daniel Descalso's triple. Reds trailed, 4-1.
- A Scott Rolen double in the Top of the 7th led to the final run of the game. Rolen then moved to 3rd on a passed ball and scored on Hanigan's sac-fly. Unfortunately, the Reds ended with that, losing 4-2.
- Chalk this game up to Hanley-Karma. Don't be a Red, Don't go to playoffs. Sorry.
- With the 7 Ks tonight by Reds pitchers, they set a new single season club record, eclipsing the 2008 vintage. The difference, of course, is that the 2012 edition didn't get to pitch to Adam Dunn in Spring Training and pre-game! /RR2008'd
- I'd love to know where the Reds were going to play this weekend so that I could go ahead and lop off my arm for tickets. Unfortunately, the Nats and the Reds just won't sort it out (Nats lost tonight, too).
- Canciones? Cancion! Y tambien una otra, porque ustedes se merecen!