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Reds lose on Rizzo's walk-off. CHC 1, CIN 0.

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What's another 1-run loss?

This guy scored as many runs as guys being paid to score runs.
This guy scored as many runs as guys being paid to score runs.
David Banks

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Yorman Rodriguez picked up the first hit of his Major League career in a pinch-hit appearance in yesterday's game, and since the residents of this bloghole were too previously disposed to write a recap, we missed getting to dote on him.

Guilty as charged.

Fortunately, Yorman opted to swat another hit tonight, and since nobody else on the offense managed to do much of anything, he gets an Honorary Memorial Honorary Star of the Game named after Nuxy the great.  Yorman went 1 for 4 and, well, with this offense, that's a damn fine development.  Have a trophy, whippersnapper, and know that there's a massive void in LF should you choose to keep swattin' singles.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Alfredo Simon, for pitching scoreless ball after a near-disaster of an opening inning; Billy Hamilton, who walked twice (!!); uhhhhhhhhhhh... ; and Manny Parra, for throwing gas and looking vaguely like the dominant reliever he was last year.

Key Plays

  • Right before the All Star break, Joey Votto was sent to the DL with a quad issue...
  • Then, in the Bottom of the 9th, the Anthony Rizzo who had missed time recently with a bad back whacked a walk-off dinger to win the game for the freaking Chicago Cubs, sending Pedro Villareal and the rest of the Reds back to their tiny, rusty locker room in probably not a ton of anguish since the season's been toast for a month.  Reds lose, 1-0.
FanGraph Mocking Bono's Voice in the New U2 Song You've Heard Eleven Times Since Opening This Page

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Other Notes

  • As was mentioned above, Billy Hamilton took a pair of walks tonight.  It's just the second time all season he's walked more than once in a game.  Coincidentally, the only other time he walked more than once was on August 28th, also against the Cubs.
  • There was a stiff breeze blowing straight in from the OF today, and that did wonders to limit potential damage on deep fly balls.  Javier Baez and Kris Negron both fell victim to its wrath, but Rizzo didn't.
  • Anthony Rizzo is a big, strong, future NL-menacing dude.  Dang.
  • With tonight's loss, the Reds have been eliminated from the NL Central race.  They must win each of their remaining games to finish over the .500 mark.
  • Tunes.
  • More tunes, since that album just destroys things.