Our slingshots have failed.
That was old-fashioned stuff.
Slingshots, dear boy
are not modern enough.
- Dr. Seuss, The Butter Battle Book
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Devin Mesoraco tried his best to muscle the Cincinnati Reds to a 9th inning comeback victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, but his 3-run dinger couldn't erase the entire deficit. Regardless, Mes gets the nod today after a 2 for 4, 3 RBI day that also saw him nail a runner trying to steal on him. In a year that is becoming increasingly nondescript, Mesoraco's emergence continues to be the biggest development, and that may go a long way towards the long-term strategy used in rebuilding this team's offense.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Alfredo Simon, who allowed a 2-run dinger to Paul Goldschmidt but not much else in his 7 innings of work; Skip Schumaker, who went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI double; and Ryan Ludwick, Ramon Santiago, and Todd Frazier, who each picked up a hit and a walk on the afternoon.
- Alfredo Simon cruised right along for the first 5 innings, but he then ran into Arizona's MVP candidate in the Top of the 6th. After a leadoff runner was erased on the basepaths trying to steal, Aaron Hill reached on an infield single and Paul Goldschmidt followed by launching his 19th dinger of the season. Reds trailed, 2-0.
- Both prior to Goldschmidt's dinger and afterwards the Reds ran forwards, backwards, upside down, and blindfolded, and as a result ran themselves out of any chance of a rally. Any batter that got on base and didn't run into an out sadly was left on the bases, too, as the Reds managed to strand 9 batters through the first 7 innings.
- J.J. Hoover was brought on for the Top of the 8th, and unfortunately he did what he's done for much of the season. David Peralta smacked a leadoff triple off the wall in CF that came about a foot shy of being a dinger, and he later scored on a sac fly from Mark Trumbo. Reds trailed, 3-0.
- The Bottom of the 8th saw Mesoraco's early single negated by a Ryan Ludwick GIDP, but that was followed by a Brayan Pena walk and a gritty-grittay double to the wall in left-center by Skip Schumaker. Donald Lutz was tasked with pinch hitting, but he grounded out to 1B to end the inning. Reds trailed, 3-1.
- Carlos Contreras took the mound for the Reds in the Top of the 9th, and after he allowed a leadoff walk to Gerardo Parra and got a line-out to RF (thanks to a running catch from Lutz), former Red Didi Gregorius mashed a laser dinger down the RF line to put the game seemingly on ice. Reds trailed, 5-1.
- Not so fast, my friends. The Reds put together a noble rally in the Bottom of the 9th, as a pinch-hit single from Billy Hamilton and Ramon Santiago walk allowed Devin Mesoraco's LF dinger to bring home a pair of buddies and trim the lead to just one run. Unfortunately, Ryan Ludwick followed by swinging and missing at three consecutive four-seam fastballs from Addison Reed, and that was that. Reds lose, 5-4.
- Back to being under .500.
- It's fitting that with the trade deadline looming and the Reds completely inactive a player they developed and then traded away put the nail in their coffin.
- Chris Heisey was thrown out at 2B while trying to stretch a single and a Trumbo bobble into a double, Ramon Santiago was thrown out trying to steal with 1-out and runners on 1B & 2B in the same inning, Kris Negron got tagged out in a rundown between 2B & 3B with 1-out in the 7th, and a partridge in a pear tree.
- Speaking of that 7th inning out made by Negron, he had led off the inning with a single, and with the team down 2 runs he moved to 2B on a bunt by Chris Heisey. A bunt. Down by 2 runs. Chris Heisey bunted. This is a guy who has started as the cleanup hitter three times this year and whose last two starts were as the 5 hitter in the lineup. Why.
- Gregorius, the man the Reds traded away in the 3-team Shin-Soo Choo deal a year and a half ago, went 6 for 14 in the series with a dinger, a triple, 2 RBI and some spectacular defense. He's now hitting .254/.336/.449 in 118 AB this season. Also leaving the Reds in that trade was Drew Stubbs, of course, who is hitting .300/.340/.514 while on pace for 17 HR and 17 SB for the Colorado Rockies this season. At least the Reds had Choo for his 2013 and not his 2014. Yeesh.
- During the game, the St. Louis Cardinals sent minor league OF James Ramsey to the Cleveland Indians for SP Justin Masterson. The Chicago Cubs also acquired Felix Doubront from the Boston Red Sox, who appear to be willing to sell everyone since they're also reportedly on the verge of trading Jon Lester to the Baltimore Orioles.
- The Reds, meanwhile, have no money and are talking to no one.
- Cincinnati will head to South Florida to take on the Florida Marlins for 4 games beginning tomorrow at 7:10 PM ET. Johnny Cueto will presumably take on Tom Koehler, but since tomorrow's the trade deadline, who knows.