And the Beat Goes On...Ludwick-Lead Reds defeat Padres, 6-4.

Hey! Two nights in a row! (Thanks for the updated photolog, SBNation.)

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Who else? Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in 4 runs (again), and gets the nod (again) for the JNMHSotG (again). This guy is a wrecking ball, and I'm beginning to think it's a shame that the rest of the Reds' sluggers aren't healthy at the same time he's crunching. Luddy is materializing as exactly the RH cleanup bat envisioned by Walt and Dusty, and I'm absolutely certain he's the reason why the Reds passed on trade deadline OF options. Remember how last night I compared Ludwick's season OPS to Carlos Beltran's? Welp, now it stands at .888 to .891. Luddy's lurking, Carlos. Lud uh, Lud uh...Luduh Luduh Luduh Luduh!!!

Honorable mention to Zack Cozart, who led off with his 11th "MVP/GG" of the season; Drew Stubbs, who was 2 for 3 with a BB and 2 runs scored; and Johnny Broxville, who tossed a spotless inning (with a K) in his Reds debut.

Key Plays

  • While thankfully tonight's start by Bronson Arroyo turned out to be of the Mediocroyo variety, it sure looked early on like it would be of the Badroyo sort. Arroyo walked Alex Amarista to open the game, and two batters later Chase Headley Lamarre'd one deep to right. Padres lead, 2-0.
  • The Luddite lead Reddites struck back quickly, however, plating 3 in the bottom of the 1st. Cozart led off with a shark with a freaking laser on its head, and Ludwick later followed with a 2 run midget toss. Reds lead, 3-2.
  • With Kip Wells and Bronson Arroyo on the mound in GABP, this game unsurprisingly weeble-wobbled. In the top of the 4th, Arroyo allowed 4 consecutive hits by Wells, Amarista, Venable, and Headley, resulting in 2 Padres runs. Pads lead, 4-3.
  • Our Reds struck back in the bottom of the 5th. Drew Stubbs singled and scored on Jay Bruce's double; later, Ludder singled to score Bruce. Reds lead, 5-4.
  • The bottom of the 7th was a bit muddied, but after a few walks, hits, and double switches, Ryan Ludwick singled (again) to score Drew Stubbs, who had also singled (again). The modern day Nasty Boys of Broxton, Marshall, and Chapman came on to pitch a scoreless 7th, 8th, and 9th, and the Reds won 6-4!

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via www.fangraphs.com


Other Notes

  • Drew Stubbs took a commanding lead over Shane Victorino (0 for 4) in the KMiB/RBK avatar bet. Though I'm in a glass case of emotion, I'll gladly accept the current deficit.
  • Tonight's win makes 19 of 22, putting the Reds 22 games over .500 for the first time since September of 2010. We know what happened then.
  • Welp, today would've been Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday. That's good enough to be my theme for the tunes o' the evening. Heck, make that two, barkeep.
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