The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Shin-Soo Choo was on base in 2 of his 4 PAs today, walking once and being hit by a pitch for the 5th time already this season, and Joey Votto may well be emerging from his slumber as he went 2 for 3 with a walk and his first double of the season. Also, Homer is still a terrible name for a pitcher.
The story today was all Cardinals, unfortunately, and once again a large portion of their production came from unlikely sources. Matt Adams, a former 23rd round draft pick out of Slippery Rock University, hit his second HR of the series (along with an RBI double), Matt Carpenter (a former 13th rounder himself) went 4 for 5 with a HR, and presumptive 4th starter Jake Westbrook tossed a complete game 5-hit shutout.
Oof. I think I need a shower.
- The game was actually a pitchers duel until there were 2 outs in the Bottom of the 5th, when David DeWitt suddenly morphed back into Homer. John Jay hit a solo shot out to CF (that landed just inches beyond the reach of Choo), Carpenter singled, Matt Holliday doubled in Carpenter, and Carlos Beltran hit a long HR out to RF. Reds trailed, 4-0.
- Since Bailey was sitting just around 70 pitches, he was sent back out for the Bottom of the 6th, likely since the Reds have a fairly gassed bullpen and face a stretch of 20 days with consecutive games following tomorrow's off day. Or something. Regardless, things didn't go well, as David Freese led off with a single, Adams hit a long HR, and Pete Kozma hit a liner off of Bailey's leg that went for a double. Bailey then exited (due to his performance, not due to injury), and the recently recalled Logan Ondrusek promptly gave up a 2-run HR to Carpenter that, again, landed just inches beyond Choo's reach over the CF wall. Reds trailed, 8-0.
- Alfredo Simon came on to pitch the Bottom of the 8th, and the Cardinals hit him hard, ultimately scoring on an Adams double and, of course, a single by pitcher Jake Westbrook. The Reds went meekly into the afternoon sun after that. Reds lose, 10-0.
- This was Jake Westbrook's first shutout since 2006.
- If my math is correct, Joey Votto has not hit a HR since an 8th inning shot off of Twins' pitcher Scott Diamond on June 24th of last season...or 211 PAs. Two hundred and eleven. I miss the real Joey Votto.
- I hate Pythagoras and the law of averages. Here's Hef and Deep Purple.