The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Derrick Robinson should not be doing this.
Derrick Robinson has not done this before.
Derrick Robinson should not be expected to do this in the future.
Regardless, Derrick Robinson is doing this, and tonight was yet another example. Robinson went 4 for 5 with a double and a run scored from the leadoff spot against a LHP, and he's been easily the revelation of the season for the Reds. Picked up in the offseason after a career of underperforming in the Royals organization (cue Royals joke), Robinson was signed by the Reds after a half decade in the minors with a .321 OBP, and after tonight he currently sits at .301/.387/.376 on the season. Considering the Indians gave Michael Bourn roughly $50 million to be their leadoff hitter and have been rewarded with a .300/.349/.394 line so far, Reds fans should be ecstatic so far at what Robinson has provided as the secondary leadoff hitter and stopgap LF.
Whether he'll continue or not is beside the point; so far, he's done everything any team could ask for, and it makes me feel that much worse for Royals fans.
Honorable mentions are due to Joey Votto, who homered and walked; Hail Cesar Izturis, who went 3 for 4 with a double (what?); and Curtis Partch, Manny Parra, and JJ Hoover, who combined for 3 scoreless innings after Badroyo went all Succubus.
- Bronson Arroyo appeared to be sitting on the dock of the bay rather than in the stadium by the bay, and his frisby-curves weren't fooling anyone. After getting through the 1st inning unscathed, Badroyo's front wheels fell off in the 2nd. Brandon Moss doubled to center, and after Josh Donaldson reached on a ball that Zack Cozart did well to knock down, Josh Reddick doubled to score Moss. Stephen Vogt then hit a sac fly for his first career MLB RBI, and the Reds were quickly down, 2-0.
- More fun ensued in the Bottom of the 3rd! Coco Crisp led off with a walk that would haunt, and after Seth Smith flied out, Jed Lowrie singled, Yoenis Cespedes singled to score Crisp, Brandon Moss hit a sac fly to plate Lowrie, and Josh Donaldson hit a hanging frisby-hoo-ha from Arroyo a mile out to the LF bleachers. Reds trailed, 6-0.
- Joey Votto homered just for fun in the Top of the 4th because, well, that's just what Joey Votto does. It was so fun, he didn't even notice it was gone until he was already chugging into 2nd for what looked like him thinking he'd doubled. He's the best, guys. Reds trailed, 6-1.
- The A's got another run in the Bottom of the 4th after Crisp walked and haunted, again, but the Reds threatened to threaten in the Top of the 5th off starter Tommy Milone. Hail Cesar Izturis doubled with 1 out, Robinson reached on an infield single that moved Choo to 3B, and Choo hit at sac fly to plate Julius. Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, and Jay Bruce then walked in succession, the latter of which plated Choo, and what looked like a rally was on. Unfortunately, NO ARRBEEEYEZ. A back and forth on-base game would ensue, but nobody else would score despite the Reds best on-base-getting efforts. It's like Billy Beane made a movie about that shit or something. Reds lose, 7-3.
Fangraph That Doesn't Accurately Portray the Reds ABs With Runners On...Or Does It???
- This was the Reds' first game after a day off that followed 17 consecutive days with games. Maybe they should get back into the swing of th...THEY'VE GOT A DAY OFF ON THURSDAY TOO DAMMIT BUD!
- Oakland, y'alls.
- Magnum P.I. for President.
- Love on some Oakland, y'all.
- And just because it makes me feel better...