The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Guys like Marquez Smith don't always get called upon, and when they do, they don't always shine. Smith - who smacked 30 dingers and drove in even a Bakersfield-crazy 130 runs in 2014 - finally got some PAs in a big league spring game with the Cincinnati Reds today, and he responded by mauling a dinger en route to a 2 for 2 day that featured 4 RBI and, in homage to the guy in the lineup he replaced late in the game, a very Vottoian walk. Props to Marquez for stepping up, and a Dusty Baker Honorary High Five for taking home today's JNMHSotG.
Honorable Mentions are due to: the offense, which busted out 19 hits and 13 runs; Joey Votto, who drove in 3 of those runs; Billy Hamilton, who went 2 for 5 with a pair of runs scored and another pair driven in; Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier, who both dingered; Chris Dominguez, who had 3 hits; Michael Lorenzen, who dodged a shaky 1st inning to clear 3 impressive innings; Kris Negron, who scored 3 runs after a pair of bruises; Paul Maholm, who threw 3 scoreless innings in relief; and Beastie Boy Nate Adcock, who tossed a scoreless inning with a pair of K's.
- Super cryptic Bryan Price super cryptically flipped his lineup a bit today, this time hitting Frazier 3rd and Brandon Phillips 4th, and it paid off early in this one. After consecutive K's from Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto started things, Frazier mashed a lengthy dinger well over the wall in LF. Reds led, 1-0.
- Michael Lorenzen got off to a bit of a rocky start in the Bottom of the 1st, and it allowed the Indians to equalize. Back to back singles from Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis started the inning, and Bourn came around to score two batters later on a sac fly from Carlos Santana. Game tied, 1-1.
- Mes followed his dinger-buddy Frazier in the Top of the 2nd, however, and launched a sky-high solo dinger of his own, this one a bit more to left-center. Brennan Boesch then followed with a single, moved to 2B when Kris Negron was hit by a pitch two batters later, and scored when Billy Hamilton ripped a 2-out double down the RF line. Votto then smacked a 2-strike single up the middle to score both Negron and Hamilton, earning his paycheck and running - not walking - to the bank to cash it. Reds led, 5-1.
- The Reds went back to work in the Top of the 4th, as well, as things continued to unravel for Danny Salazar. Chris Dominguez began things with a single, Shin-Soo Negron was then hit by another pitch, and after Marc Rzepczynski was brought in from the bullpen, Billy Hamilton singled to load the bases. A cross-up led to a passed ball by catcher Yan Gomes that scored Dominguez, and a productive grounder - gasp! - from Votto then scored Negron. Reds led, 7-1.
- The Top of the 8th saw the Reds tack on a pair of additional runs, as a Luis Gonzalez double, fielder's choice from Hamilton, and subsequent double from MiLB RBI King Smith plated the Reds' leadoff hitter for one, and an Irving Falu single added another. Then, in the Top of the 9th, the Reds teed off on Indians pitcher Grant Sides, adding four insurance runs courtesy of a trio of singles, a sac fly, and a booming 3-run dinger from Smith. A few singles against Pedro Villareal sandwiched a Boesch error for an Indians run in the Bottom of the 9th, but that was that. Reds win, 13-2!
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