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Mr. Pitchy Isn't Pithy: Reds lose 4-3

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A sloppy game didn't go the Reds way. What else is new.

killin' it, bro
killin' it, bro
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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Zack Cozart went 3-4 with a game-tying double. He has basically been playing out of his gourd all year and it's been a delight to watch Ozzie Tulowitzki out there for the Reds. BP, Brayan Pena, and Devin Mesoraco also had very fine games with Mesoraco getting his first XBH and RBI of the year on May 10.

After the game, Jim Day asked Mes if he had any kind word for Mothers' Day. Mesoraco explained that he has no mother and was formed out of clay in a rabbi's attic. A confused Jim passed it back to the booth as Mesoraco ate the microphone whole.

Key Plays

  • Both Danks and Lorenzen were using up a ton of pitches today. The Pale Hose struck first after Tyler Flowers doubled and Pope Bonifacio got him in with a single in the second, CHI up 1-0.
  • In the fourth, Phillips got aboard with one out after an Alexi Ramirez nifty stop took LaRoche off the bag on the throw. A wild pitch moved BP to second, but Mesoraco crushed a triple to bring him in and tie the score.
  • Cingrani shook off the rust to come in. He closed out the sixth okay, but led off the seventh with two 4-pitch walks. A couple deep flyballs moved those guys around, and one came in to make the score 2-1.
  • In the 8th, Jumbo let on a leadoff single, who was bunted to second and wild pitch'd to third. A grounder got him home to make the score 3-1 Chicago.
  • David Robertson came in to close the game for the White Sox. Fortunately, the bottom of the lineup. Mesoraco crushed a single and Pena followed it up with a single of his own. Both catchers were subbed out for pinch runners, which came to be nifty as Cozart lined a double down the LF line to tie the game. With none out, a runner on second, and 1-2-3 up...Hamilton + Byrd struck out and Votto went 4-3. Still, the game was at 3-3.
  • Chapman got two outs in the bottom of the ninth, which is cool but teams get three. Avisail'd one to lf for a single, Alexei Ramirez missile'd one to cf for another. Chapman threw a wild pitch to put them at second and third, and Gordon Beckham then looped a single to bring one home. White Sox win 4-3.

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Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • The teams wore pink trim today for Mothers' Day. The Sox' black-and-pink combo was actually really fresh.
  • Reds' next game is back home, as Shelby Miller and the Braves come to face Mike Leake and the Reds at 7:10 pm ET.
  • In the 7th inning, I was like "oh this is a boring game I have no problem taking the recap." Oh well.
  • Losing 2 of 3 to the White Sox is really freaking frustrating. It was just a bleak as heck series weather-wise and attitude-wise as everyone in Chicago is watching basketball. It's like the Reds got distractedly defeated by someone who'd rather be reading a book.
  • Tony Cingrani got to face his hometown favorite team, which, good for him. Always nice to see that.