The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Joey Votto's back with the big leaguers, and if there's anyone who's capable of making sure this team only gets outscored by a run instead of by five, it's Joseph Daniel. Votto had a single & took a walk tonight, which managed to captain the offense.
Welcome back, Votter.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Jay Bruce, who hit a double, walked, and scored; Zack Cozart who knocked in a run (A RUN!); Devin Mesoraco, who ended his recent slump by smacking a pair of singles; and Billy Hamilton, who had two singles, too.
- A pair of hits got the Los Angeles Dodgers on the board first in the Top of the 2nd. A double from Adrian Gonzalez led off the inning, and he came in to score two batters later when Andre Ethier looped a double of his own down the LF line. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- The shift hit the fan in the Top of the 5th against Mike Leake. Former Reds farmhand Justin Turner nabbed a single to CF, Josh Beckett helped himself with a single that moved Turner to second, and back to back hits from Dee Gordon & Hanley Ramirez plated a trio of Dodgers. Reds trailed, 4-0.
- Turner plagued the Reds again in the Top of the 6th, this time with runners on base. Matt Kemp took a 1-out walk, Ethier singled to move him up a bag, and Turner blooped a doop to score Kemp. A Yasiel Puig 1-out single in the Top of the 6th led to another run, as he came around to score on a double from Gonzalez a batter later. Reds trailed, 6-0.
- The Reds managed to scrape a chalked line on the scoreboard of respectability in the Bottom of the 7th, though few were tuned in to see it. After Paul Maholm relieved Beckett on the mound, Bruce doubled to lead off, and he scored three batters later when Zack Cozart clutched a gritty single into left field. Despite the best efforts of the offense from there out, that summed up the production. Reds lose, 6-1.
- There was a rain delay of some 2 hours prior to the start of tonight's game. That's the major note of tonight.
- Joey Votto has not driven in a run in 31 days. There'll probably be an accountable article about that soon from someone, somewhere.