The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Johnny Cueto threw 45 pitches today over his 2 allotted innings, and he managed to be the only Cincinnati Reds' hurler to keep the Indians off the board through the first 7 IP, thereby garnering his first JNMHSotG honor of the young year. Cueto struck out two, dodged a double and two walks, and - more importantly - mentioned after the game that he felt great. With Cueto, it's never about the performance and always about the health, so it's good to see him in good form after a year's worth of hesitation and trepidation.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Zack Cozart, who doubled to drive in 2 of the Reds' 3 runs; Yorman Rodriguez, who walked and drove in a run on a grounder; Billy Hamilton, who walked and havoc'd; and Corky Miller, for existing.
At no point during the rambling, incoherent later innings were the pitchers even close to anything that could be considered a rational result. Everyone who watched is now dumber for having seen it. I award them no arbitrarily created awards, and may God have mercy on their souls.
Other Keynote Plays (SWIDT?)
- The Reds got Billy Hamilton to 3B with no outs in the Top of the 1st for the 2nd consecutive day, and for the second consecutive day, he didn't score. The RBI disease must have gone airborne.
- Roger Bernardina legged out a hustle triple. He also - according to the radio broadcast - completely misjudged and/or lost a ball hit deep to LF in the Top of the 5th.
- David Holmberg, Daniel Corcino, Ismael Guillon, and Michael Lorenzen are all considered to be among the Top non-Stephenson core of the Reds' pitching prospects. David Holmberg, Daniel Corcino, Ismael Guillon, and Michael Lorenzen all got rocked today. Each allowed at least 2 ER, and they combined to allow 6 BB, 3 HR, and 12 hits in just 5 IP. Oof.
- Jeff Brantley has been driving the #50 Neftali Soto Prestone Chevrolet for the duration of the Skyline Goodyear 300. That's NASCAR for the Cowboy having a prospect crush on Soto. I'll bet you $20 bucks that Brantley hasn't seen his minor league box scores.
- The Reds have kicked ass, had their asses kicked, and a few pitching prospects got beat around a bit. The rust has been shown, and it's now time to start rolling up sleeves and getting to work (read: time to grit the grit out of some grit...speaking of which, Skip Schumaker was 0 for 2 with 2 K's and failed to get Hamilton home from 3B with less than 2 outs).