Hard Jay is ready for June.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Sometimes it's so obvious who the winner is, y'know? Sometimes, you just know who was solely responsible for a series of events, and that makes picking tonight's JNMHSotG easy as pie...pumpkin pie.
The best mid-season acquisition by the Reds since Scott Rolen (the younger), Mr. jch24 gets the nod this evening. The Reds, in case you stat-heads care to (once again) disagree with me, are officially undefeated and undeniably awesome since he was acquired, and I don't see that changing any time soon. Big props to RR's former Jester, esquire.
Honorable mentions are due to Mike Leake (7IP, 1 ER, 7K), Jay Bruce (2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, remember when I picked him last game as a pre-emptive "he's about to be awesome" pick? Yeah, that.), and Johan Santana (no-hitter vs. the Cardinals...many thanks, Senor.)
- The Reds struck early, scoring 2 in the 1st inning. After a quick two outs (TM), Joey Votto singled, and Brandon Phillips followed with a double off the wall, scoring Votto. Jay Bruce followed with a single to right, scoring Phillips. Reds lead, 2-0.
- The Reds havocked their way to another run in the 3rd. Zack Cozart walked (!), advanced on a deep Drew Stubbs fly-out, and scored when Super Joey singled to center. Reds lead, 3-0.
- In the bottom of the 6th, the Astros tried to claw back...but neither you nor I really care. 3-1, Reds.
- In the 9th, Jay Bruce wanked a honker to make it 4-1, and Aroldis Chapman came on to strike out the side to close it out. Reds win, 4-1!
- Cozart and Stubbs, batting 1st and 2nd again tonight, were 0 for 7, BB, with 2 K combined in front of Votto. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
- Mike Leake of early was godawful; Mike Leake, of late, has been awesome. I dare you to out semi-colon that comma, expletives!
- Aroldis Chapman now has 47 strikeouts in 27 innings, with zero earned runs allowed. I now need to tuck under and readjust.