Giambi HR? I Hardly Knew HR! Indians 5, Reds 2.

Drew Stubbs didn't score, so the Reds were obviously screwed. - Jason Miller

A battle between elder MLB statesmen went the way of the Indians in the 6th, and that proved to be too much to overcome for the Reds.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Tonight, the offense was a bit meh, and the pitching was a bit eh.

Two Reds hit solo doinkers, though, so they'll share the honors tonight. Joey Votto gave the Reds an early 1-0 lead in the 1st with his 10th (that's ten, 10, diez, 10, duck, dive, dodge, 10, and dodge, P-Doc) of the season, and Xavier Paul attempted to get the Reds back in the game in the Top of the 9th with a solo crustacean of his own. Props to both of them for getting big hits in an otherwise uneventful game by the Reds offense.

Xavier Paul has a .393 OBP.

Paul, Xavier Paul, has a .393 OBP. I bet he's an expert at Baccarat and drives an Aston Martin, too.

Honorable Mention is due to Brandon Phillips and Shin-Soo Choo, both of whom were on base twice against their former ballclub. Choo went 1 for 4 with a BB, and Phillips was 2 for 4.

Key Plays

  • Joey Votto put the good guys on the board in the Top of the 1st with a 416 ft hunk thrust that the world knew was gone from the crack of the bat. Reds led, 1-0.
  • Unfortunately, Mark Reynolds guessed breaking ball and crushed an Arroyo fastball about 7,000 ft out to LF. Seriously. That was one of the hardest hit HRs I've seen all season. Game tied, 1-1.
  • Cleveland tacked on another run in the Bottom of the 4th when Asdrubal Cabrera doubled and scored on a Nick Swisher brouble to RF. Jason Giambi then followed with the first of tonight's deep blasts, this one a double. Swisher attempted to brore, but thankfully he was brown out at home by the Reds defense. Reds trailed, 2-1.
  • The game got away from both Arroyo and the Reds in the Bottom of the 5th. After retiring the first two batters, Arroyo allowed back to back singles by Cabrera and Swisher, and with the inevitable matchup with Giambi staring him in the face, Dusty Baker opted to keep Bronson in to face Giambi despite the thonged assassin's track record against Saturn Nuts (as well as his recent track record of crushing pitches thrown by Reds a long, long ass way). It didn't work. Giambi smoked a Arroyo cheeseball deep, and the Indians had a 5-1 lead. Paul's solo HR in the 9th was all the Reds had left, and that was that. Reds lose, 5-2.

Totally Awesome FanGraph Section:


Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Tonight's loss by Arroyo marked the first time since May 8th that a Reds starter took a loss, as that was the night Mike Leake lost against the Braves. Insert comment about pitcher wins being dumb here ______.
  • I've Red Reportered more today than I ever imagine anyone ever Red Reportering. I recapped at midnight, I Red-io Reportered on 1450 the Sportsbuzz this afternoon, I podcasted tonight during the game, and now I'm recapping. That's how strong my love is.
  • I love some Otis, but that last song sounds so, so similar to this one. So listen to them both.
  • Now I'm listening to this. Hey! If you click, too, so are you!
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