The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Well, Devin Mesoraco was on base in 2 of his 3 PAs tonight, walking twice while showing the increased plate awareness we'd hoped for during his later prospect days. While he still has a way to go in his control of the running game, he's improving at the plate at roughly the same rate in the Majors as he did in the Minors (in essence, he's getting there slowly, but surely). The Reds are going to be patient with him and we should have similar patience. He's a growing force, not a current force, and that's still an asset. Keep in mind, it took multiple rounds of financing and roughly $25 million in venture capital funding before Google turned a profit. It's coming soon.
Honorable mention is due to Joey Votto, whose opposite field solo HR was the end-all, be-all for Reds runs and hits tonight. "Slumping" Votto now has a .944 OPS and is on pace to hit 28 HR this season. I...y'know, I'm just going to bite my tongue here and let someone else making a dumb comment about his production this season.
- It took all the way until the Bottom of the 2nd to find out it was an Arroyooohhhhhno kind of evening. Ian Desmond singled, Bill Hall All-Star Danny Espinosa doubled, Kurt Suzuki singled, Gio Gonzalez sacrificed, Denard Span reached on an infield single...Bryce Harper homered, Jayson Werth singlyed, Desmond grounded it to drive in a run, Espinosa homered, and finally the 2nd, wait, the 3rd was over. It was 2 innings of pain for Bronson Arroyo fans. Reds trailed, 6-0.
- Votto tried to rally troops in the Top of the 4th with his solo honker, but that was all the Reds could muster. Two more Nationals runs crossed off of Logan Ondrusek in the 8th, and that was that...quickly. Reds lose, 8-1.