The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Devin Mesoraco launched a late-game dinger, and that's the kind of offense the Cincinnati Reds have sorely lacked in recent days, weeks, months. For that he gets the game's JNMHSotG, and we'll all hope it's the kind of mash that breaks him out of his recent slump. Man, this offense needs him, and needs him badly.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Donald Lutz, who smacked a pair of hits - one a double - and scored in his first start of the season; Logan Ondrusek, who tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball from the pen; J.J. Hoover, who similarly tossed a clean inning; and Roger Bernadina, who had a gritclutched RBI.
- Andre Ethier was the culprit early and often this evening, and his marauding of the Reds began in the Bottom of the 2nd when he mashed a solo dinger off Alfredo Simon. Then, in the Bottom of the 4th, the quarter-billion dollar offense combined to knock around the Reds. Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig both reached on singles, and they both advanced a base via sac fly. Adrian Gonzalez was then walked, and Ethier wiped the bases clean with a triple to the corner in RF. Then the nickel & dime portion of the lineup tacked on an additional one, as Drew Butera walked and Ethier scored on a single by Chone Figgins. Reds trailed, 5-0.
- Lutz nutz'd a double in the Top of the 5th, and he scored the Reds first run when Roger Bernadina singled two batters later. A run! Reds trailed, 5-1.
- Sean Marshall pitched in the Bottom of the 7th. He pitched not well. He walked Crawford, hit Puig, and a single by former future Red Hanley Ramirez scored Crawford. Reds trailed, 6-1.
- The Reds attempted to breath life back into their chances in the Top of the 8th, however. Heisey led off with a double, and two batters later Mesoraco moonbombed his 6th dinger of the year to LF. Unfortunately, that was all the offense the Reds could muster, and that was that. Reds lose, 6-3.
- The Reds scored more than 2 runs on Zack Greinke, something that had not happened to him in any of his previous 22 starts.
- See that FanGraph up there? Amazing how little real impact Mesoraco's dinger had. Obviously not an impact bat impacting, it appears.
- The Reds will attempt to end their losing streak against Clayton Kershaw tomorrow. Fun.
- Tonight, Reds batters walked zero times. They struck out 14 times.