The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
With all due respect to Bronson Arroyo, who was masterful today, Joey Votto wins.
He wins the JNMHSotG, he wins baseball games, he wins MVPs, he wins that Canadian Athlete of the Year award thingomasomethin', he wins over your girlfriend, my girlfriend, his girlfriend, and he wins both life and the internet.
If only we knew what he was actually getting paid to do.
After today's 4 for 4 performance (which included a double, a homer, and two walks), Joey Votto now sits at .346/.473/.531, and his 1.004 OPS is now over his career average and in the Top 5 in the NL. As -ManBearPig is wont to say, that's delicious.
Honorable Mentions are due to several Reds, obviously, as the pitching was stellar and the bats broke out in a big way. Arroyo threw 7 2/3 innings and was as effective as Goodroyo has ever been (i.e. throwing strikes and inducing weak contact); Todd Frazier broke out of his 0 for 20 streak with 2 hits; Jay Bruce was 2 for 4 with a sac fly; Ryan Hanigan was 1 for 3, scored 2 runs, walked, and hit his 1st HR of the season; and Donald Lutz was 2 for 5 with a smashed double and a million dollar smile.
- The Reds broke through in the Top of the 2nd when Todd Frazier led off with an infield single, Donald Lutz crushed a hard single past Chase Utley, and Ryan Hanigan hit an elevated Kyle Kendrick fastball deep over the LF fence for his first HR since July of last year. Reds led, 3-0.
- In the Top of the 6th, Ryan Hanigan led off by being hit with a pitch, and Bronson Arroyo sacrificed him to 2B. Zack Cozart then scooted one past Ryan Howard down the line for an opposite field double, and much to the disbelief of Chris Welsh, Hanigan scored from 2B. Reds led, 4-0.
- The Reds played add-on in the Top of the 8th. Shin-Soo Choo led off with a single, Votto singled, and Brandon Phillips reached on an infield single to load the bases. Former Red Jeremy Horst was brought in for the lefty/lefty matchup with Jay Bruce, but Bruce launched a fly ball deep enough to score Choo on a sac fly. Philippe Aumont was brought in to face Frazier and promptly threw a pitch to the backstop that allowed Votto, who had moved to 3B on Bruce's fly out, to score. Phillips moved to 2B on the wild pitch and then scored when Frazier singled to CF. Donald Lutz then followed with a crushed liner to left-center that scored Frazier from 1B. Reds led, 8-0.
- In the Top of the 9th, Choo singled to LF, but was out at 2B on a Cozart groundout. Joey Votto then hit a ball a billion miles to score them both. Joey Votto is good at baseball, boys and girls. Alfredo Simon was good enough to shut down the tail end of the Phillies' chances, and that was that. Reds win, 10-0!
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- Beginning with Votto's HR last night, he's now reached base in 7 straight PAs. Today was also the 6th time in his career where he has reached base at least 5 times, and the first time he's reached 6 times in one game.
- Neftali Soto entered the game for Votto at 1B in the Bottom of the 9th to make his Major League debut. He punched his glove, chewed some gum, spit a bit, and got in the ready position a few times. Looks like a baseball player to me.
- Brandon Phillips is hitting .281 with a .324 OBP; Jay Bruce is hitting .280 with a .324 OBP. Brandon Phillips is making $10 million this season; Jay Bruce is making $7.5 million this season. Both are on pace to have over 100 RBI this season. Tune in regularly to see which one gets treated like an MVP and which one gets treated like a replacement player.
- I'm in an INXS mood. Sue me.
- This is amazing. Click the link in the tweet.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Joey Votto has a career 155 adjusted OPS. Here's the elite company he's keeping: <a href="http://t.co/iFcRlcOAbF" title="http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/DgFbZ">bbref.com/pi/shareit/DgF…</a></p>— Bill Baer (@CrashburnAlley) <a href="https://twitter.com/CrashburnAlley/status/335894456198909952">May 18, 2013</a></blockquote>
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