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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Homer Bailey put together a pretty decent night (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, and 5 K).  He struggled with his command early on, and threw near 30 pitches in the first inning.  However, Bailey was able to keep the Marlins off the board, and turned the game into a snooze fest.  At least it was for me.

Honorable Mention goes to Jumbo Diaz who pitched 1.1 innings and struck out the side in the 9th.  Gritty McSkip had two hits. Nope, skrew that, he sucks in left field and that negates all good things.  I guess we can give a shout out to Billy Hamilton for his RBI double, as it was the only run the Reds scored.  Billy would strikeout three times, though.

Key Plays
  • The first two innings of the game were incredibly quiet.  Homer held the Marlins scoreless in the first two innings, but was throwing a lot of pitches.  He allowed two runners in the first and one in the second, but got out of the 2nd inning with a double play and a lineout.
  • In the bottom of the 3rd, the Marlins would put the first run on the board.  Christian Yelich hit a one out double into the left field corner.  Jordan Valdespin would single in Yelich on a line drive to Billy Hamilton in the very next at bat.  Marlins lead 1-0.
  • A little girl ran on to the field in the 7th.  That was pretty cool, but where the hell are the parents?
  • Literally, nothing happened in this game until the top of the 8th.  I don't even think the game existed.   Ramon Santiago started the inning with a single to right field.  Bryan Morris would come in to relieve for Eovaldi.  Zack Cozart would sacrifice Santiago to second base, and then Jack Hannahan as called on to pinch hit for Bailey.  Naturally, Hannahan struck out.  Thrilly Hamilton came to the plate and hit a line drive single to left field.  Santiago would score on a close play at the plate.  Mathis played way back on the plate, instead of blocking it this time, and Santiago was able to beat the tag.  Jay Bruce was intentionally walked to bring a force play to every base.  Todd Frazier struck out.  Reds and Marlins are tied at 1-1.
  • Manny Parra would enter in the bottom of the 8th and get the first two batters out.  Jordany Valdespin would reach on a bunt single down the first base line, and that was all for Parra with Giancarlo Stanton coming to the plate.  Jumbo Diaz was brought to the mound, and he got Stanton to ground out to Cozart at short.
  • In the top of the 9th, Pena hit a ball to right field and tried to stretch it into a double.  Adeiny Hechavarria fielded the throw from Giancarlo Stanton and tagged Pena on the back of the helmet.  Pena was adamant that he wasn't tagged, and Price challenged.  The call was confirmed and Pena was out at second base.  Skippy McGrit singled.  Ramon Santiago would strike out looking.
  • Pedro Diaz wasn't messing around in the bottom of the ninth.  He gave up a single and struck out the side.
  • With on out in the 10th, Chris Heisey hit a line drive off the wall, and then got a good bounce.  Heisey would end up at third base with a triple.  Billy Hamilton struck out swinging on three pitches.  We got sad.  Bruce would then strike out swinging.  So, the Reds stranded Heisey at third with less than two outs.  It was a good thing Thom was commentating this game.
  • The bottom of the 10th would see Sam LeCure enter the game and promptly give up a leadoff double to Jeff Mathis.  Apparently, Gritty McStupidface misplayed the ball in left field.  I didn't see the play, but I totes believe it.  Reed Johnson was called on to sacrifice Mathis to third, and then Yelich hit the game winning single.  Reds lose 2-1.  Shit.
SadGraph

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Other Notes

  • This is frustrating.  It would have been really nice to see the Reds win 3 and a row and claim the series tonight.  Alas, they disappoint me again.
  • Jumbo Diaz is pretty freaking awesome.
  • Redmond made a pretty good call by making Billy hit right handed.
  • The Reds struck out 12 freaking times.
  • I wish Christian Yellich played for our team, but he doesn't so I kind of hate him.
  • This song usually cheers me up. TUNES