The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Who else? Chris Heisey is making me sound like a broken record of late, but he's playing so well that it's truly hard to give the honor to anyone else. Heisey went 2 for 3 again today, and he clobbered the biggest slobberknocker of the afternoon - a 3-run Ectoplasm that broke the game open for the Cincinnati Reds. Yea, Chris Heisey is still knocking the snot out of me, you, the ball, and all points in between.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Todd Frazier, who clubbed a large solo homer, walked, and scored twice; Alfredo Simon, who battled through 4.1 innings of 1-run ball by scattering 5 hits, striking out 3, and walking none; Trevor Bell, for clowning his way through a spotless inning and striking out 2; Tucker Barnhart, who went 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored; and Ramon Santiago, who had a double and a single in 3 PAs.
- Bryan Price opted to put Todd Frazier in the 3 spot in the lineup today opposite LHP Paul Maholm, and Frazier immediately rewarded his new skipper by Vottoing with 2-out and none on in the Top of the 1st. In the Top of the 2nd, Brayan Pena worked his way to second courtesy of a walk and a delayed steal of 2B (SPEEDY NERT ALERT!), moved to 3B on a Skip Schumaker gritty groundout, and scored on a wild pitch. Reds led, 2-0.
- The on-base havoc continued in the Top of the 3rd, as Billy Hamilton reached on a throwing error by Hanley Ramirez at SS, moved to 2B when Frazier walked, and scored on a Jay Bruce single. Next up was Heisey, and his dougie scored both Frazier and Bruce. Reds led, 6-0.
- Simon ran into some trouble in the Bottom of the 4th as consecutive singles from Juan Uribe, Andre Ethier, and Scott Van Slyke loaded the bases, but allowed just one run (via sac fly) and struck out two to escape with a 6-1 lead. Lee Hyde took over for Simon with 1-out in the Bottom of the 5th, and Ramirez got some revenge by crushing a solo HR of his own. Reds led, 6-2.
- Subs galore blasted the scoresheets in the Top of the 8th, and a few of them commenced offending. Barnhart hit 1-out double, Kris Negron singled to move him to 3B, and Barnhart then scored on a Chris Nelson sac-fly. Tucker then showed he can be a Team MVP by scoring an RBI in the Bottom of the 9th, as his single scored Neftali Soto after a Soto single, Josh Fellhauer walk, and Jason Bourgeois single. That capped the scoring, and the Reds finally found themselves on the smiling side of the scoreboard. Reds 8, Dodgers 2.
- I can't decide which wait was longer and more mind-numbing: this Reds losing streak, or signing up for health insurance. Both made me want to dig my brain out with a spoon.
- Does anyone else instantly think of this when they see/hear Pedro Beato? Every.Single.Time. Beato tossed a scoreless inning today, too. Bee-to.
- Skip Schumaker went 0 for 3 with 3 LOB against fragments of his former club. That lowers his Spring average to a paltry .478.