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Snake bit - Reds lose 13-2 to Dbacks, author reheats old device for title of recap

Kennedy was downright senatorial in his dominance last night.
Kennedy was downright senatorial in his dominance last night.
Joe Nuxhall Memorial Star of the Game

Ian Kennedy twirled a masterful game, scattering six hits and a walk over eight innings, striking out an impressive nine.  His changeup was particularly nasty, frustrating Reds hitters all evening.  Honorable mentions go to Miguel Montero, who went 3-3 with a pair of a doubles and a walk, and Joey Votto, who was the lone bright spot for the beleaguered Reds offense.  He went 2-4 with a double and a Dunnesque homer.

Key Plays

 

  • The Diamondbacks got on the board early, as Red-for-a-minute Willie Bloomquist led off the 1st with a double.  After a sac bunt from Kelly Johnson, Justin Upton drove him in with a single.  A Stephen Drew double later in the inning brought Upton around to score.  2-nil.
  • Travis Wood took a while to settle down, but he did eventually.  In the 2nd Miguel Montero led off with his first double of the evening, and later scored on a wild pitch.  3-nil.
  • The Reds would counter in the top of the 3rd, as Paul Janish led off with a single.  After a Drew Stubbs single, Brandon Phillips brought Janish home with a sac fly.  The rally was killed when Stubbs was picked off 1st though.  3-1.
  • As I said, Wood eventually settled down, at one time retiring eight in a row.  But the wheels came off and the game got out of hand in the 6th.  Wood gave up a pair of walks, a single, and a double to begin the inning and was pulled in favor of Logan Ondrusek.  He would put out the fire, but by then the Snakes had scored another three runs.  6-1.
  • Matt Maloney gave up six runs in the 8th, including a pair of home runs.  That will not look good on his CV.
  • Joey Votto crushed one a good 420 feet in the 9th, but you don't get extra runs for style.  13-2 is your final score.

 

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Other Notes

 

  • Paul Janish went 2-4 with another pair of singles.  He has 10 hits so far on the year, but only one of those has gone for extra bases (a double).  He's hitting .455/.455/.500.
  • Jonny Gomes walked twice, increasing his season total to a league-leading 10.  He has only two hits so far this season, but a .462 OBP.  
  • Jay Bruce picked up his first extra-base hit of the season, doubling in the 7th.  He also struck out twice.  He's stumbled mightily out of the gate, posting a .604 OPS thus far.
  • It was Opening Day for the Diamondbacks, and they sold out Chase Field's 48,000+ seats.  Reports are that many of the upper deck seats were empty, though.