The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
There was lots of kicking of the tail tonight by our Reds, with Ryan Ludwick, Jay Bruce, and Drew Stubbs all pitching in to kick some. With that said, Roy Frazier gets the nod this evening, as his 2 for 4 night featured a superhonker, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, and continued solid defense at 1B. His season OPS now sits at .889, and if voters overlook him as being the best rookie in the NL this year, they're just domb. Domb, I tell you. Morans even.
The supergrover Memorial Honorary Red Reporter of the Gamethread
Lots of awesomesauce in the thread tonight led to well over 800 comments, and lots of you were around to participate. Our very own thread-leader Emeritus stopped by earlier than usual tonight, however, and therefore Madville gets the nod this evening. His band in the '80s played a reggae version of my favorite Stones song. That should win by itself, but the fact that Mads is the coolest thing since sliced bread was stored in the freezer puts it over the top.
Good to see ya around these parts, buddy.
- Luis Valbuena knocked a solo fudge off of Bronson Arroyo in the Top of the 2nd to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead, but that was to be short lived. In the bottom half of the inning, Todd Frazier singled, stole second, and scored when the Cubs attempted to play defense on a Ryan Hanigan grounder to second base. Game tied, 1-1.
- The Reds saw the Cubs and raised them on their amateur hour bet in the Top of the 4th. Starlin Castro singled to center, Brett Jackson reached on an infield single, and Castro later scored on an Arroyo wild pitch. Steve Clevenger walked, and pitcher Travis Wood singled in another run. Cubs led, 3-1.
- The Reds are a good team, and they yet again showed another solid trait of "being a good team." Namely, they scored immediately after being scored upon, and they did so in spades in the Bottom of the 4th. Ryan Ludwick led off with a funk pump to deep left, Jay Bruce was hit by a pitch, and Todd Frazier followed with a 2-run Vortex ride. Later in the inning, Bronson Arroyo doubled, Zack Cozart doubled, and Drew Stubbs tripled, as the Reds tacked on 5 runs in the inning to lead 6-3.
- In the Bottom of the 5th, Jay Bruce hit his 4th HR in 5 games, a solo blast to make it 7-3. Arroyo, Arredondo, Broxton, and Chapman (??) would combine to quiet the Cubs bats the rest of the way, and the game belonged to the Reds, 7-3!
- The Reds did not walk a single time in this game. It's the first time the Reds have sent at least 33 batters to the plate in 8 innings of hitting without taking a walk since this.
- If you are one who believes in WAR without pretense, criticism, or fallacy, you'll be happy to know that Bronson Arroyo is already a 3 WAR better player than he was last season.
- Ryan Ludwick, please agree to your option for next year. Please. Please.
- Seemed like it was classic rock night in the Gamethread this evening. Awesome. That means tonight's jams are this, this, this, and this. I love Fridays.