The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Hail Cesar! Cesar Izturis's opposite field single in the Bottom of the 13th plated Jay Bruce and completed the Reds' rather improbable comeback tonight, and that's good enough for the JNMHSotG. Izturis beat out Jason Donald for the last spot on the Reds' 25 man roster out of Spring Training, and he's done everything we, as fans, could ask of him so far (meaning: not screw up on defense and get a hit here or there that will make us remember you forever). So far, so good.
Very ecstatic Honorable Mention is due to Jay Bruce, who quit living homeless on others' couches and finally found a home(r) of his own (along with the game-tying 2-run double in the 13th); Mike Leake, who battled through 7 innings while allowing just two runs and striking out 5; and Sam LeCure and J.J. Hoover, who both pitched over an inning each despite the depleted bullpen and held the Cubs scoreless.
- David DeJesus led off the game with a homer off of Mike Leake. That jerk. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- In the Top of the 3rd, Darwin Barney Gold-Gloved a single, advanced on a sac bunt, and then scored on an overpaid Starlin Castro single. Reds trailed, 2-0.
- The Reds got to shimmying in the Bottom of the 7th. Bruce led off with an Orange Crush over the RF wall to put the Reds on the board, and after Chris Heisey reached on an infield single, Jack Hannahan hit a deep fly ball to RF that the Cubs helped derp into a triple off the wall. Thankfully, this was not the last time (or the last Cubs RF of the game) there would be a misplay in RF. Game tied, 2-2.
- In the Top of the 13th, Beef Wellington Castillo hit a grounder that was booted by Todd Frazier at 3B, and Luis Valbuena followed with a 2-run Egg Bendedict. Fortunately, the Reds aren't a bunch of Mr. Fails, and they decided to clutch their way into being forever remembered as clutchitudes. Xavier Paul led off the Bottom half of the inning with a single, and Brandon Phillips doubled under the diving glove of former Red Dave Sappelt. Jay Bruce then doubled to right-center, and after Todd Frazier grounded out meekly to 2B (which moved Bruce to 3B), Cesar Izturis singled in Bruce. Reds win, 5-4!