The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Even though Mat Latos was taken out of the game a tad earlier than we otherwise would have expected, he gets the nod tonight. Latos threw 6 shutout innings tonight and left after having thrown just 91 pitches. While the decision was a little odd at the time given his penchant for crossing the 100 pitch mark routinely, there is something to be said for Dusty Baker pulling a pitcher before seeing him wear down and get hit hard. We complain about that often, so hat tips are due when hat tips are deserved. Latos is currently riding a 17 inning scoreless streak, which rocks down to electric avenue.
And then we'll take it higher.
Honorable mentions are due to Brandon Phillips, who singled, walked, and provided a few of his vintage spectacular defensive plays; Joey Votto, who was 2 for 4 with an RBI single that opened the scoring; and Shin-Soo Choo, who was, and is, just totally freaking awesome.
- The Reds wasted no time in getting to Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, as Shin-Soo Choo doubled on the first pitch of the game. Zack Cozart sacrificed to move him to 3B, and Joey Votto singled on the first pitch he saw to plate Choo. Reds led, 1-0.
- In the Top of the 4th, Phillips singled but was out at 2B after Jay Bruce hit into a fielder's choice. No matter, though, as Todd Frazier doubled to move Bruce to 3B and Xavier Paul followed with a broken/shattered/sawed bat grounder up the middle to score Bruce. Reds led, 2-0.
- Jonathan Broxton continued in his unimpressive ways tonight in the 8th when he, rather than Chapman, was brought in to face the heart of the Cardinals lineup [facepalm.gif]. In the course of 3 pitches, he surrendered doubles to Allen Craig and Yadier Molina, and suddenly it was a 1 run game. Thankfully, he battled through with the help of some adept defense, and that was all the Cardinals could muster. Chapman closed out the 9th against a Robinson, Jay, and Carpenter, and that was that. Reds win, 2-1!
- There are no buttholes on this team.
- Before tonight's game, Mat Latos already had a better ERA, ERA+, WHIP, and K/BB as a Red than as a Padre. FIND MORE MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND AND SIGN THIS GUY PRONTO.
- When the Reds play like this, everybody wants some.