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Open your heart to him.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Todd Frazier went 3 for 4 with a single, double, and a solo dinger.  He also scored two runs and knocked in two RBI.  If he wasn't such a merciful Todd, he could have had a triple to complete the cycle.  What Todd is doing to baseballs right now is just unfair, and it comes with stellar defense at the hot corner.  It is a privilege to watch him play the game, and I hope we get to watch it for long time.  Thanks, Todd!

Honorable Mentions are due to: Brandon Phillips, who went 2 for 4 with a single, dinger, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored; Jay Bruce, who hit a two run double and walked twice; Joey Votto, who singled, walked, scored a run, and took a fastball to the back like freaking adult; Tony Cingrani, for striking out the side in the 8th; and Manny Parra, for a clean inning to finish the Nationals.

Key Plays

  • In the bottom of the first, Tanner Roark hit Votto in the back with a fastball.  Guess what?  Votto ran to first and didn't say a damn thing.  I like Bryce Harper, but Votto could teach him a thing or two.  The Reds ended up getting two batters on after a Jay Bruce walk.  If Votto would have scored it would have been hilarious.  This didn't happen, but this is a big reason why MLB managers, I'm talking about you Matt Williams, are incredibly stupid.  Game knotted at 0-0.
  • In the top of the second, Tanner Roark hit a ball to the right center field gap.  Michael Taylor was motoring from first.  Billy Hamilton got the ball quickly and then fired to Brandon Phillips.  Phillips made a perfect throw to Tucker Barnhart who tagged Taylor in the face/neck region before he touched the plate.  OUT.
  • Todd Frazier ToddyBopp'd a fat 93 MPH fastball from Roark in the bottom of the fourth.  He hit it really far and Muffins and I called it.  It was pretty awesome.  Reds lead 1-0.
  • In the bottom of the fifth, Brandon Phillips turned on one, squashed the bug, and clobbered a deep drive to left field.  It was a solo shot.  With two outs Votto hit a single, and Frazier followed up with a single of his own.  Bruce hit one deep to center field but just got under it.  Reds lead 2-0.
  • Michael Lorenzen loaded the bases in the 7th with 1 out which brought in JJ Hoover.  Hoover gave up a single to the first batter he faced, scoring two runs. The next batter hit a line drive to Joey Votto who stepped on first to complete the double play.  Game tied 2-2.
  • In the bottom of the 7th, Marlon Byrd reached base and Price had Billy bunt.  Byrd was thrown out at second.  Bryan Price is stupid, too.  However, Billy would steal second with a very good throw that almost got him.  He went to take third and Brandon Phillips swung at the pitch.  The ball barely went under the shortstop's glove and Billy raced to home.  They walked Joey cause he's beautiful.  Then, with all praise be to Todd The Father Almighty, my Lord Todd hit a RBI double to center field scoring another run.  Jay Bruce swiftly deposited a pitch into the right field corner scoring two more Reds.  Bruce stole third because these Reds don't stop, Cozart walked, and Brennan Boesch (who?) hit a single to right field.  That scored Jay Bruce and Cozart moved to third.  Tucker Barnhart scorched a ball to right field which scored Cozart.  Marlon Byrd went to the plate for the second time in the inning and grounded into a double play.  Reds lead 8-2.
  • The Nationals didn't score any more runs.
FunGraphs
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Other Notes

  • The Reds swept the Nationals if you didn't read the title.
  • Matt Williams is an ass.
  • Joey Votto is awesome.
  • Brandon Phillips said in his post game interview that he also has bone spurs in his foot.  I hadn't previously heard that, but whenever I hear the word "bone spurs" I squirm a bit.  Sounds painful.
  • Jim Day was creeping on people in the Diamond Seats and Jeff Brantley said some funny stuff while Jim was creepin'.
  • The Reds are off tomorrow and Johnny Cueto is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday.
  • TUNES