The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Chris Heisey and his 2 honked wangers get the nod today. Heisey had been banished to the end of the bench with the successes of Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier (and the emergence of Xavier Paul as a decent pinch-hitter), but he contributed hugely today in what was otherwise a mundane getaway-day lineup. In all, the Reds hit 4 homers today (Dioner Navarro and Brandon Phillips each had one) in support of Mat Latos, who picked up his 11th win of the season after a rugged 7 inning, 2 ER performance.
Solid work by the guys with Luddy, Rolen, Hanigan, and Votto out.
The supergrover Memorial Honorary Red Reporter of the Game
Hey, boy Blue is back, and the dude was on fire today. If you're too busy to delve into the game thread, do yourself a favor and ask him what Clint Hurdle thinks of Yadier Molina. Do it.
- It was a rather rough 1st inning for Latos, as it took him over 30 pitches (and some solid defense) to escape. Chris Young led off with a single, but was gunned down at 2nd by Jay Bruce as he tried to stretch it into a double. Silly. Aaron Hill walked and went to 3rd on Paul Goldschmidt's single. Hill then scored on a Latos' balk, and Justin Upton walked before Latos got Wheeler to ground out. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- In the 4th, Upton singled and scored when Jake Elmore's ball went on a mission from God into LF for a double. Reds trailed, 2-0.
- Things got crackin' for the Reds in the 7th. Frazier hit a one out double down the line and was followed by Heisey's destructoblam to deep, deep CF. After Miguel Cairo predictably did absolutely nothing, Dioner Navarro hit a line-shot HR to LF. Reds led, 3-0.
- In the 8th, Drew Stubbs didn't strike out. That deserves its own bullet point.
- Following Stubbs' infield single (no, he didn't make great contact), BP crushed dreams to CF to put the Reds up 5-2. Three batters later, Heisey launched his second shot, and the Reds' pitchers closed the door accordingly. Reds win, 6-2!
- Heisey on the season: .282/.320/.426. Stubbs on the season: .221/.287/.362.
- The top 2 batters in the order were a combined 3 for 29 with 11 Ks and 0 (zero) BB in the 3 game series. They did combine to score 2 runs, however...and Wilson Valdez got one of them.
- Reds pitchers, on the other hand, combined to go 3 for 8 with a HR, RBI, and 0 (zero) Ks. Chew on that.
- A Reds day game followed by Maria Sharapova at the US Open under the lights? Yes, please!
- A good late summer evening track to listen to with a cold beverage in your hand and your feet kicked up on the front porch. Speaking of which, this here might be the greatest rock and roll song ever recorded.