The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Tony Cingrani continues to impress, and his poise is beginning to impress me as much as his numbers. Cingrani took the loss tonight, but in the midst of that he tossed 7 innings of 3 hit, 10 K baseball, and looked dominant in the process. He was never fazed by the 2 run HR he allowed, and he actually seemed to pitch better after giving it up. He's a keeper, and we've collectively understated the impact he's capable of having on the Reds in 2013; he's not just a viable starter with shut-down capability, he's also good enough to ensure that there's absolutely zero excuse to rush Johnny Cueto back to the rotation. Get Ace fully healthy, and inform him he's got a freaky deaky replacement throwing darts in his stead.
Honorable Mentions are due to nobody. Woof.
- Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a single. That's important, of course, because it would be nearly 2 hours before a Red got a hit again.
- Hoo-Wee Spaghetti was cruising tonight through the early portion of the game, as he struck out 6 Brewers through the first 3 innings. In the Bottom of the 5th, however, he allowed a leadoff walk to Martin Maldonado, and Logan Schafer followed with some lefty on lefty crime involving a 400+ ft shot over the wall in in right-center. Reds trailed, 2-0.
- In the Top of the 7th, Derrick Robinson, who replaced Chris Heisey after the first inning due to Heisey being hit by a pitch on the elbow, stepped up with 2 outs and hit one to the wall in left field. Robinson rounded 3B and attempted to turn it into an inside-the-parker, but was called out at home by umpire Tim Welke despite most replays showing that he touched home before the tag. That's it, unfortunately; that's all the Reds really managed to muster against Brewers' pitcher Wily Peralta. Reds lose, 2-0.
FanGraph That Looks All Too Common These Days
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- Wily Peralta had never thrown a complete game in his career, much less a complete game shutout.
- Wily Peralta entered tonight with a 3-6 record in his 10 2013 starts in Miller Park, in which he had a 1.80 WHIP, a 6.12 ERA, and an .824 OPS against. Needless to say, those stats shrank.
- I'm not about to say we're all screwed, but it's inching closer and closer to the time for us to all bitchslap our goldfish.
- Poor Chris Heisey. I'm honestly beginning to feel sorry for the guy.
- Poor Reds offense. I'm honestly beginning to feel sorry for them when Chris Heisey isn't able to help them out.
- The End is not Nigh, but the point where things must begin to change may well be. The Reds are 6-12 in their last 18 games, and they're 1-4 in their last 5 against bottom-dwellers Seattle and Milwaukee. It's not quite time for the baby in the basket, but I guarantee you that every time baby feels anything hit its head, baby is screaming to all that will listen, "THE BASKET IS FALLING!"
- It's time for the Reds to find a way, any way, to beat the teams that they clearly should beat.
- It feels like the rain's still pouring down.
- By the Reds side, they've got people who love them...but I hope you never lose the faith that you used to have in them.