In Jersey they don't do "beast mode." In Jersey, they hold up a severed hand to celebrate their extra base hits.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star(s) of the Game
Aroldis Chapman, in part because he doesn't win these very often. He entered in a one run game and was as dominant as we've seen him. The Cubandolero K'd the side, throwing no fastball less than 99 MPH and yielding 7 swinging strikes in 15 pitches (with just one foul ball).
Very honorable mentions due to Homer Bailey (6.2 IP, 8 K, 0 BB, 2 ER, RBI double) and Chris Heisey (2-4, HR, 2 RBI). OK, give it to Homer.
- In the game's second at bat, Drew Stubbs hooted a blowfish to right field.
- The lead was short-lived. Chris "Disease Name" Denorfia, who fielded all three balls in play in the first inning, boosted a candy bar to center field. That's PetCo's centerfield. It landed in a sandbox, creating an immediate Lord of the Flies situation. The Padres wouldn't need a position player until the second inning.
Bailey settled down and both he and Richard cruised through three straight 1-2-3 innings. Nothing much happened until the 5th.
- Todd Frazier, as he's been doing with regularity lately, broke the calm with a double. Mesoraco brought him in on an RBI ground-out. Clayton Richard sought the relief of the pitcher's spot, but Homer Bailey up and hit a Votto of his own to score Chris Heisey.
- The Padres got one back in the 6th (and 7th and 8th).
- The Reds big inning came in a three-run 7th. Two baseball points were scored when Chris Heisey-berg provided the velocity AND position of a baseball: fast and over the wall. Stubbs also flashed his speed, stealing his 17th base of the season and causing Jazz Man to make a clutch throwing error. He was stranded at third.
- It stayed 6-5 into the ninth and that's where it will stay forever. Chapman looked positively inevitable, striking out the side, hitting 102 on the gun and dropping in on a few sliders. Reds win!
- The Pirates won earlier tonight, so the Reds remain one game back.
- Chris Denorfia, Homer's teammate in Chattanooga and Lousville, had a good night and is having a good year (.304/.363/.440). At 32, with a year and a half left of control, he's a definite trade candidate.
- Chapman's K/9 skied to 16.3, still the highest in the majors and now the only above 16.0.
Next up: Series and first half finale, Cueto and Jason Marquis. 4:05 EDT at PetCo.