The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Mat Latos just continues to kick ass, and kick ass, and kick ass, and kick more ass. Tonight was no different, as he motored through 7.1 shutout innings tonight, picking up his defense's lapses at times while keeping the ball down and in the zone against a team that's stingy with their pitch selections. Latos hit a bit of a bumpy patch about a month ago, but he's rebounded to show us all, once again, that he's worth every penny and prospect the Reds have exchanged for him.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Joey Votto, who was 2 for 3 with 2 deliciouses; Jay Bruce, who Chuck Taylor'd the 1950's out of a Dan Straily fastball; and Dusty Baker, for remembering Aroldis Chapman existed.
- Jay Bruce kicked the Reds into high gear when he led off the Bottom of the 2nd, as he waited on a Dan Straily sortafastball and hit it the other way for a line-drive HR. Reds led, 1-0.
- In the Bottom of the 3rd, Brandon Phillips came to the plate with one out and runners on 1st and 3rd for the second time in the game, and he redeemed himself with a run-scoring single following his GIBP in the Bottom of the 1st. Reds led, 2-0.
- Shin-Soo Choo led off the Bottom of the 5th with a double to the wall in centerfield, and when Derrick Robinson was (again) asked to bunt (again), reliever Jerry Blevins promptly threw it into right field, thereby allowing Choo to trot home. Reds led, 3-0.
- Aroldis Chapman? Aroldis Chapman! The Reds' closer finally was asked to pitch tonight, and he gave up a homer to some guy who nevermind it's not important. Aroldis Chapman! He pitched! He's alive, and well! Reds win, 3-1!
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