The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Holy team effort! Wilson Valdez came through with the clutch suicide squeeze to score Miguel Cairo, who came through with a huge triple in extra innings. Todd Frazier, stricken with back issues that rendered him a late scratch from tonight's starting lineup, came up with a huge PH double to score Cairo to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th, and Sam LeCure threw nuggets for 2 innings late in the game, mowing down the meat of the Tigers' order without yielding a hit. Zack Cozart and Chris Heisey did what you'd hope the 1 and 2 hitters in a lineup would do: get on base a combined 5 times. Beeper, Luddy, Jay, Hanigan, and Latos helped out with hits, too.
In fact, everyone in the lineup who had a PA tonight got a hit...except Valdez, but we know what he did. That's a nails performance by the supporting cast.
The fact is, though, that the JNMHSotG goes to the best hitter in baseball, Joey Votto. Votto went 3 for 5 with an NBA 3 pointer that almost knocked a hole in the batter's eye in CF. Dude is beast, has been beast, and is in the process of making even his career stats pale in comparison to his 2012 stats.
- The Reds got small ball off and rolling in the bottom of the 1st. Cozart started off with a single, and advanced to second on a Heisey fly out. Joey Votto then hit an infield single, and Cozart scored on a BP infield single. Reds lead, 1-0.
- In the 3rd, Joey Votto happened. Cozart and Heisey each singled, and then Votto FedExed Rick Porcello's existence halfway to KY. Reds lead, 4-0.
- Mat Latos cruised through the first 3 innings, and encountered only a Brennan Boesch solo shot in the 4th as his resistance. That changed a bit in the 6th. Matt Young hit a pinch hit double, and Quinton Berry followed by being hit by a pitch that he pretty clearly was squared to bunt on. Hmm. Boesch followed with a single, and then Miguel Cabrera did his best Joey Votto impersonation by singling to score 2. Latos scrambled, but got out of the inning with no additional damage. Reds lead, 4-3.
- Jose Airydodongo relieved Latos midway through the 7th, and allowed an inherited runner to score to tie the game up. He then yielded a solo pot pie to Delmon Young (I would make a joke here about him, but...well, you make the joke in the comments section), giving the Tigers the lead. Miguel Cairo and Todd Frazier didn't care, however, as the two teamed up to tie up the game thanks to Frazier's clutch double in the 8th. Game tied, 5-5.
- Cairo and Valdez are old. There's no getting around that. Fortunately for Phil Coke, there was no getting around the two of them in the 10th. Cairo lined a triple down the line, and after Hanigan couldn't plate him, Valdez did on a sac bunt. Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! Reds win, 6-5!
- Don't look now, but the Reds are 3-1 in interleague play this year.
- Look! It's jch24 celebrating the big win!
- Day game tomorrow, amigos and amigas. 4:10 EST. Check it!
- Wish Pops a big, fat happy birthday if you will. If he doesn't knock you out, he'll buy you a beer! Happy Birthday, bud.