The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Chris Heisey has returned to the lineup not with a full-fledged "vengeance," per se, but with a "for the Reds that's a full-fledged LF vengeance" vengeance. Heisey got the start for the second consecutive night in LF, and he responded with his second consecutive 2 for 3 evening, this time with a solo HR factored in. It's SSS, of course, but Heisey is now outslugging Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier, Xavier Paul, and Derrick Robinson, Zack Cozart, Ryan Hanigan, and Devin Mesoraco; SSS and all, his .415 2013 mark is still lower than his .431 career mark, and it's higher than every LF option the Reds have and, somewhat shockingly, higher than every other RH hitter on the Reds 25 man roster. Man, I hate when I hate the facts I run across.
Honorable mentions are due to J.J. Hoover, who tossed two innings of scoreless ball...and, well, yeah. Make that a singular "mention."
- The Reds broke the seal in the Top of the 1st tonight. They must've been tailgating. Joey Votto hit a 2 out smokebolt that was initially ruled an error (but was later changed to a hit), and after Brandon Phillips hit a first-pitch single to move Votto to 2nd, Jay Bruce hit a deep single to right-center that plated Votto. Reds led, 1-0.
- Homer's no-no no-no dreams were dashed early, as he allowed a hit to the second batter he faced and surrendered 2 runs in the Bottom of the 1st. Jean Segura singled to right with one out, stole second, and scored two batters later when Johnathan Lucroy mettwurst'd a cheddarbrat out to the LF seats. Reds trailed, 2-1.
- Walks haunted in the Bottom of the 2nd, when Bailey walked opposing pitcher Kyle Lohse, Norichickaboomchickaboom Aoki bunted to move him over, and Lohse scored on a Segura double. In the Bottom of the 3rd, the Brewers tacked on a fourth run in a similar fashion, this time after Juan Francisco child-ate a two out single and scored on a Rickie Weeks double. RISP, man. Reds trailed, 4-1.
- The claw-back began in the Top of the 4th, though, with a Chris Heisey line-shot HR to left field one pitch after he hit the deck on an inside heater from Lohse. In the Top of the 7th, the Reds got a leadoff single from Heisey, but he was quickly erased by a GIDP from Mesoraco. Cesar Izturis pinch-hit for Logan Ondrusek, singled, and moved to third on a hustling play after a single from Shin-Soo Choo. Xavier Paul then hit for Zack Cozart as part of the double switch that saw Izturis hit, and his single scored Izturis. Reds trailed, 4-3.
- In the Top of the 9th, the Reds looked as if they had things right where they wanted them despite Izturis and Choo getting out to start the frame. Derrick Robinson pinch-hit and walked after an excellent PA, and Joey Votto stepped into a game deciding situation. Votto launched one to deep centerfield, but unfortunately, Carlos Gomez is freaking good. Gomez skied and brought back what appeared to have been a Votto HR, and that was that. Damn. Reds lose, 4-3.
FanGraph Section That Should Have a -ManBearPig Photoshop of Gomez Climbing It
- It would've been super cool to see Francisco Rodriguez blow a save. It would've been super cool to see Joey Votto hit a game-taking HR in the 9th. To see those things happen to each other would've been too much for the populace to handle, so perhaps we should actually thank Carlos Gomez for saving all of humanity. Perhaps.
- John Axford, former Reds draft pick, once again let a run score against the Reds. It wasn't charged to him, but it's always entertaining to see a guy continually fail to perform after shaving his amazing facial hair. The Civil War general look worked for you, Axford. I suggest you go back to it immediately before facing the Cardinals and Pirates for a few games.
- Ryan Hanigan was a late scratch after feeling discomfort in his wrist during batting practice; that forced Devin Mesoraco into starting tonight despite obvious back pain. While Mesoraco gutted it out admirably, I expect a roster move tomorrow that will feature one of the two Reds' catchers hitting the DL. The mustachitude of the Reds may rise exponentially tomorrow...
- Hitting with Carlos Gomez in CF for the other team scares me. I couldn't believe it. Somethings in this world you just can't explain.
- Homer Bailey didn't replicate Johnny Vander Meer. Nobody has replicated Johnny Vander Meer.
- I wish Joey would've seen the ball he crushed on the other side.