The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Ryan Ludwick hit his 26th hoagie & grinder of the season in the 8th in a futile attempt at a comeback, but hopefully it's a sign of better things to come from the Reds' mid-season savior. Despite his great rebound season, Ludwick has struggled to the tune of a .655 OPS in September before tonight's game, and the Reds offense has struggled right with him. Let's hope that tonight's the night that gets him going in the right direction again.
Honorable mentions are well deserved by Ryan Hanigan (1 for 3, run scored, 2 runners caught stealing), Tony Cingrani (3 K in 1.1 IP of relief), and Wee Wilson Valdez (2 for 4, RBI).
The supergrover Memorial Honorary Red Reporter of the Game Thread
angeeh, you're the best (again). Is she RR's resident house mom? The hot sister of the house president? The nurse we all dream of? I ask you all as if you know, but the reality is that there's only one RR with a mind enough like a steel trap to know the answer...and that's angeeh herself.
Tonight she did her damnedest to make sure -ManBearPig (and the rest of us, for that matter) can take care of ourselves a bit better and maybe, just maybe, rehab our way out of both new and lingering dirty-30 induced injuries.
Just to clarify, loyal RRs, the rules go like this: 1) if you're 30, don't act like you're 20. 2) if you're 30 and act like you're 20, don't act surprised when you can't stand up without a yelp in the morning. 3) if everything still hurts 3 days later, do everything you can to get angeeh to help you out. We're an aging bunch, and with playoff season around the corner, I fear we'll all need plenty of her recommendations.
Thanks for taking care of us, angee.
- For the third straight start, this one got ugly early for Johnny Cueto. Ruggiano singled in the 1st, and Jose Reyes followed with another single before Giancarlo Stanton tripled them both in. Carlos Lee hit a sac-fly to score Stanton, and the Marlins led 3-0.
- The Reds threatened to threaten in the 3rd when Hanigan singled, advanced on Cueto's sacrifice, and score on Valdez's single. That was that, though, and the rally ended. Reds trailed, 3-1.
- Jay Bruce tripled in the 4th and scored on a Scott Rolen infield single, but the Marlins came back in the 5th to score 3 on a Reyes double and Lee homer. Reds trailed, 6-2.
- The aforementioned Luddy-smack broke the monotony in the 8th, scoring both he and Votto to cut the lead to two, but that was all the Reds had in their holster tonight. Reds lose, 6-4.
- Since it's playoff season and our MVP 1B is back, I've taken to calling both of my cats Joey Gato. I suggest any of you who have the chance do the same.
- Drew Stubbs was 0 for 3 with 2 Ks in his start tonight. Come to think of it, the Bengals could use a decent deep threat to complement A.J. Green.
- Jams? Soul Donkey!
- Moar Jams? Jams!
- Moar MOAR Jams?! We don't have many of these left...so JAMS!