The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Devin Mesoraco jumped from the DL right back into the heart of a depleted Cincinnati Reds batting order, and the catcher from Punxsutawney, PA proceeded to smash the key dinger against his home-state Philadelphia Phillies. Mes launched a 1st inning, 3-run blast, his second homer in as many days (when including his stint with the Louisville Bats on rehab), and that proved to be the difference in the game. Enjoy your JNMHSotG, Devo Mescaline, and do us all a solid and keep smashing like you're Mickey Mantle for the next few months, would ya?
Honorable Mentions are due to: Brandon Phillips, who had another multi-hit evening; Aroldis Chapman, who picked up a save despite some minor sketchiness in the 9th; and the starting pitcher, who pitched well.
- All the pertinent scoring action took place in the Top of the 1st inning. Hamilton led things off with a single, and he moved to second on a flared single to LF from Skip Schumaker. After Kyle Kendrick retired both Phillips and Todd Frazier on pop-outs, Mesoraco launched a letter-high pitch over the wall in the LF reminiscent of his persistent bashing of earlier this season. The Reds pitching held the Phillies in check, and the game motored on to a triumphant finish for the good guys. Reds win, 3-0!
- Todd Frazier's 14 game hit streak came to an end tonight, unfortunately with many of his nearby Toms River, NJ fans in attendance. He'll fly one to the moon tomorrow though, I'm sure.
- Joey Votto's knee is OK! That's great news, but Brayan Pena looked competent enough at 1B tonight to make rushing Votto back seemingly senseless. Pena, by the way, was robbed of a double by a great OF catch by Domonic Brown tonight. NERTS!
- Road tunes.