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Reds pitching allowed things to get loud while their bats went silent. Let's hope that's quickly getting out of their system.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star(s) of the Game
The lineup's virtual "MVP/GG" and literal "MVP/GG" both paced the offense tonight, as Zack Cozart went 2 for 3 with a walk and the sole run scored and lineup-rock Joey Votto reached base all 4 times with 2 walks, a single, and his 42nd double of the season. Aside from that, the pitching gave up 8 runs and the remainder of the lineup went 2 for 27 with one walk and 8 strikeouts. That's pretty awful, folks.
- The Reds actually got off to the early start in this one, taking the lead in the Bottom of the 1st. Cozart reached on an infield single, and Joey Votto hit a double off the wall (and off *Ryan Braun's head) to plate Cozart. Votto's 42nd double of the season (which puts him in a tie for 2nd in the NL despite his absence) resulted in only his 55th RBI of the season. Sigh. Reds led, 1-0.
- After that, Norichickaboomchickaboom Aoki unleashed his anti-Reds pitching boomstick, and the Brewers struck for 3 runs off Badroyo in the 3rd, and continued to crush the Reds' pen after Arroyo departed. Logan Ondrusek, Sam LeCure, and Alfredo Simon all allowed at least a run, and the Brewers played pile on while the Reds bats remained quiet. Reds lose, 8-1.
- The Reds' loss coupled with the Nationals win at Philadelphia moved the Nationals a full game up in the race for the best record in the NL.
- Somehow, Logan Ondrusek's season ERA still sits at 3.59. I have no idea how it's not at 6.27 where I feel like it should be, but it is.
- For 'KRP, our fearless leader.
- Oh, what the hell...let's make an evening out of it.
- Shall we? We shall. What kind of folks would we be if we didn't?