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About Last Night: Reds Win 4-3 in 10

Jay Bruce hits a walk-off home run, Chris Welsh talks muppets, and LeCure grew a Corky. This was way better than the night before.

Jamie Sabau

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

The bats were awfully quiet tonight and Arroyo pitched 7.2 solid but gave up 12 hits, so I'm a bit at a loss. Giving Sam LeCure the JNMHSotG for a single flyout seems ridiculous, but it's good to see him come back, and in his postgame interview he sounded genuinely hurt by his bad pitching in the past couple of weeks. Plus, he grew a Corkstache. So yeah, he'll take it.

Honorable mentions to Arroyo for the aforementioned 7.2 innings when the bullpen really needed it, a 2-4 night from Hanigan, and of course, a walk-off opposite-field Jay Bruce Jade Spruce.

Key Plays

  • The Reds struck first, as has been their wont recently. Choo ledoff with a double and stole third after a Derrick Robinson flyout (who, after an 0-4 night, the bloom is starting to come off of). BP hit a high chopper over the drawn-in shortstop's head to make the score 1-0.
  • In the next inning, the Reds got leadoff singles from Cozart and Hanigan. Arroyo hit a bat sacrifice, but nobody was covering second, so the Brewers had to take the out at first. Choo then hit a ground ball to Scooter Gennett that went right under his glove to plate Cozart. Robinson and Phillips got out to end the otherwise threat. Reds 2-0.
  • Scooter Gennett made up for it with a leadoff home run in the top of the third. Welch told a long, weird, story of how Scooter got the nickname "Scooter", and then talked about Muppets and Muppet Babies for a while with Kelch around the action. Welch also copped to having a Spiderman suit in his closet after Kelch needled him about it. This is my favorite broadcasting team, because they actually like each other. Anyways, Reds up 2-1.
  • In the 6th, Arroyo loaded the bases with two singles and a Frazier error. So not really Arroyo's fault at all. But anyways, hitting Martin Maldonado with the bases loaded WAS his fault, and the Brewers tied the score at 2-2. Arroyo was able to get out of the jam.
  • In the bottom of the inning, Frazier singled and then got all the way to third on a Yuni Betancourt error. John Joseph Hannahan the Fourth got him home with a sac fly to put the Reds back ahead 3-2.
  • Martin Maldonado hit a two-out homer in the 8th to tie the score. Arroyo then let up singles to Gennett and END (END is back!), walked Aoki, and then left the two-out mess for Sammy against one of baseball's hottest hitters, Jean Segura. Segura popped to Brandon Phillip to end the threat.
  • In the bottom of the 10th, against erstwhile honkbaler Burke Badenhop, Jay Bruce hit a homerun just out of the ballpark to left center. Well done, young man. Reds win 4-3.

This is a Fangraph of the Reds' most recent victory

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Happy Bruce is fun. Getting dunk tank'd by Hanigan, giving who I think is Choo's son a high-five, having great hair, and generally seeming like a good dude to be around.
  • Reds face the Brewers again at 4:05 ET today. Homer Bailey faces Yovani Gallardo in what should be a K-happy matchup
  • This is only getting up in the early morning, so let's hope that Aris San is an acceptable way to start your AM.