If this five got any lower, it'd almost be at the level of most Reds' fans hearts. Almost.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star(s) of the Game
Remember that one time, y'know, when we, like, swept the Cardinals on National TV? Wasn't that awesome?
Yeah. Just think about that for awhile.
Drew Stubbs hit a lefty pretty decently, collecting 2 hits and some RBI. Todd Frazier made a nifty play on defense and had a ground rule double. That was pretty cool. Chris Heisey had two more hits, and Alfredo Simon came on in long relief and tossed 3 scoreless innings, which was also nice to see. Bill Bray looked terrible, so there's that.
Joey Votto. I miss Joey Votto. Sigh.
- Bronson never really got going tonight, but boy, the Diamondbacks sure did. They opened the game with 5 straight hits, one of which was a bases clearing double by Miguel Montero. Even the first outs of the game came on a line shot by Lyle Overbay that Frazier managed to snag, allowing him to turn two. By the end of the first, the Reds were down 4-0, a margin too large to overcome.
- They fought back, however, and didn't let the bad news and bad start totally keep them down. They shaved one run off the deficit in the bottom of the 1st, as Brandon Phillips' single plated Stubbs after he had singled and Frazier had doubled. They picked up 2 more in the bottom of the 2nd, as Stubbs again singled, this time plating Heisey and Ryan Hanigan, both of whom had singled ahead of him.
- The Reds trailed 4-3 in the top of the 3rd, when Miguel Montero hit a tomahawk HR out to right. That ended the scoring, and the Reds lost, 5-3.
- Ain't no sunshine when he's gone. Seriously, it's raining right now.
- Joey Votto hurt his knee in June, and will have surgery tomorrow. Tomorrow is July 17th. That time lag coupled with the OBPs used at the top of the lineup makes me wonder if the TI-82s in the Reds' offices have some sort of virus in them.
- Willie Harris will likely be reca...y'know, just nevermind. We'll sort it out some other time. Go Reds, though.