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The Last Game For Forever. Reds 8, Braves 4.

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As MLB heads into the All-Star break, the Reds can at least take some good feelings with them.

I can't stop looking at this picture.
I can't stop looking at this picture.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Shin-Soo Choo has been Stokke-hot of late, and today was no different. Choo went 2 for 3 with a HR, 2 BB, and 3 runs scored, and has picked up the groove that had him rolling through the first two months of the season. Hopefully, this hot stretch (he's sporting an OPS over .900 for the month of July thusfar) will help erase the memory of his .711 OPS June.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Jay Bruce, who went 3 for 5 with a HR, his league-leading 28th double, and an opposite field liner in the 9th that was a great catch by Jose Constanza away from being another extra base hit; Logan Ondrusek, who tossed 2 scoreless innings in long-relief following Tony Cingrani's short outing; and Joey Votto, who was 1 for 3 with a double and two walks (I swear that's Joey's line every single game).

Key Plays

  • The Braves took an early lead in this one thanks to a bit of good fortune (for them) and timely hitting from a guy who don't even play. After Tony Cingrani had retired the first two Braves of the inning, Reed Johnson hit a high infield pop up that Todd Frazier lost in the sun. It landed for an "infield single," and Derrull Lehrr followed with a double to score Johnson. Cingrani walked the next two Braves, but fortunately snagged a liner hit up the middle by Jose Constanza to end the rally. Reds trailed, 1-0.
  • Cingrani got the Reds' rally started in the Top of the 3rd, however, with a perfectly placed bunt that went for a single. Choo followed with a single to center, and after Derrick Robinson popped up, Joey Votto laced a double to the wall that scored Hoo-Wee Spaghetti and moved Choo to 3B. Brandon Phillips followed with a run-scoring ground out to SS, and Jay Bruce then crushed a liner over the wall in RF for his 19th HR of the season. Reds led, 4-1.
  • Cingrani allowed a walk and a single to lead off the Braves' half of the 4th, and that left runners on 1B and 3B. Evan Gattis then lined out to Zack Cozart, but Andrelton Simmons came in to score from 3B on a subsequent throwing error by the Zackuum. Reds led, 4-2.
  • Choo led off the Top of the 5th with an opposite-field solo HR, and after Dan Uggla matched Choo with a solo shot of his own in the 8th off of Sam LeCure, the Reds put things away with a 3 run 9th. Choo walked to lead off, and he moved to 3B on a Robinson sac bunt. Votto was walked intentionally, and Brandon Phillips hit an opposite field double to score them both, and after Jay Bruce lined out to the wall in LF, Todd Frazier hit a single to score Phillips (who had tagged and gone to 3B). Aroldis Chapman, who had already been warming, came on for the Bottom of the 9th, and aside from a HR allowed to Simmons, was his usual overpowering self. Reds win, 8-4!

FanGraph Section That's the Kind of FanGraph Section You Want To See Heading Into 4 Days Off

<iframe src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="450" width = "450" style="border:1px solid black;"></iframe><br /><span style="font-size:9pt;">Source: <a href="">FanGraphs</a></span>

Other Notes

  • Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Aroldis Chapman will catch a flight to New York this evening to participate in the All-Star Game festivities. Already there was Billy Hamilton, and I'd tell you how he did if I could find the game's box score anywhere on the internet. Seriously. I've looked for 15 minutes and can't find a thing.
  • I'm one of the few people I can find who actually enjoys the All-Star game, and I think I finally figured out why. It's the only freakin' baseball game for 4 days, so you're damn right I'm going to watch it.
  • Tunes? Tunes.