The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Chris Heisey was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles today (one of which plated the Reds' only run of the game), so he get's the nod today. Heisey has now hit safely in each of the last three games in which he's started, including both games he's gotten a start in the OF since his return from his lengthy hamstring-induced DL stint. Since he's likely to get plenty of chances against LH starters over the next month or so, it's nice to see him with a pair of extra base hits in a start against a lefty.
Honorable mentions are due to today's pitchers, as Bronson Arroyo tossed a decent 6 innings of 3 ER, 6 K, 1 BB, 5 hit baseball, and was backed up by scoreless frames by Alfredo Simon (whose ERA dropped under 3), Manny Parra (whose ERA dropped under 4), and Aroldis Chapman (who?).
- For the third consecutive game, the Mariners got on the board in the Top of the 1st innning against the Reds. This time, it was via a line-shot solo HR by Nick Franklin that just cleared the wall in right-center. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- In the Top of the 3rd, Kyle Seager walked and haunted. Seager's one out walk was followed by Raul Ibanez being old and scary looking, which was then followed by a Justin Smoak opposite field HR that scored two and was so, so much better than the opposite field HR that Yonder Alonso would've hit (/oldRRjoke'd). Reds trailed, 3-0.
- The Reds attempted to chase Joe Saunders in the Bottom of the 7th when Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey hit back to back one out doubles to score the Reds first (and only) run. Unfortunately, Ryan Hanigan and PH Derrick Robinson followed with a pair of groundouts, and that was all the Reds offense managed to muster...mustered to manage...mustard and mayonnaise...you get it. Reds lose, 3-1.
FanGraph That Will Make You Not Want To See FanGraphs Anymore*
- When Bronson Arroyo allowed the 1st inning HR to Franklin, it was his 235th allowed as a member of the Reds' pitching staff, setting a new club record previously held by Tom Browning. It means he's allowed a ton of homers, yeah, but it's every bit as indicative of him having just plain pitched a ton as a member of the Reds. Take it as a badge of honor, Saturn Nuts.
- The Reds were 1 for 7 with RISP today, which makes them 2 for their last (Alfredo Simon's weight times Jonathan Broxton's pant-size) in games not played on July 6th, 2013. I think. Ask Slyde.
- Today's loss makes the Reds 2-8 in their last 10 interleague games. Drat.
- The Reds hit the road for a 7 game road trip through Milwaukee and Atlanta to wrap up the first half of the season. I'm guessing that losing a home series to the Mariners was not the way they wanted to leave town.
- Tunes? Tunes.