The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
I don't really know what to say here. The Reds still have a playoff spot pretty much secured, but this one stings. A lot. Baseball can be such a cruel mistress sometimes.
- The Reds offense got started early in this one, sending 8 batters to the plate and scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning. Yovani Gallardo walked Mr. Choo to lead off the game, and el Beeperino and Votto followed with singles to plate the first run of the game. Jay Bruce then walked to load the bases, and Ducky Ludwick followed with a clutch walk to drive in the 2nd run. After a forceout from Frazier, Zack Cozart hit a ball deep to left field that almost cleared the bases, but was caught at the track, scoring a tagging Jay Bruce. Reds lead 3-0.
- In the bottom of the 2nd, Joey Votto did this. It was cool.
- Votto then led of the 3rd inning with a sharply struck single, but Jay Bruce hit what was very nearly a double play ball, forcing Votto out at 2nd. Bruce then surprisingly stole second, which allowed him score on a Toddfather single. Reds lead 4-0.
- Goodroyo was goodroying through 4 scoreless innings, before hanging a breaking ball to Caleb Gindl, who no-doubted one to left field. Reds lead 4-1.
- Not to be outdone, Todd Frazier led off the 6th inning by absolutely annihilating a baseball, depositing it into the LF bleachers. HIT BALL SO HARD, THAT SHIT FRAYZ. Reds lead 5-1.
- Things got hairy in the bottom of the 7th, as Bronson lost his command quickly, walking the bases loaded before getting the hook. Shutdown Sammy came in and got the double play ball the Reds needed, but BP couldn't get a proper grip on the ball, and Jonathan Lucroy scored. Reds lead 5-2.
- Sam Lecure walked Nori Aoki to lead off the bottom of the 8th, and then Dusty decided to knifey-spoony the shit out of the inning. Manny Parra came on for LeCure, and plunked Khris Davis on what would have been ball four. Then came J.J. Hoover to face Jean Segura, who represented the tying run. Segura knocked one to the gap, that should have been caught by Jay Bruce. But as we've seen far too many times this season, Choo didn't call off Bruce or get behind him, and Bruce alligator-armed the ball, allowing Segura to make it to third on a 2-run triple. Ugh. Jonathan Lucroy got Segura in on a sac fly, and the game was tied.
- In the top of the 9th, Jay Bruce came to the plate with 2 on and 2 out. He crushed one to dead center, that would have left the yard had it not been for the efforts of Carlos Fucking Gomez. Ugh.
- Zach Duke, who was brought on in the 8th was left in to face Logan Schafer and Sean Halton. Duke made a nifty play on a high chopper to retire Schafer, before Halton crushed all of our hopes and dreams. Reds lose 6-5.