The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Michael Lorenzen was the star of the gamethread and also the game. It's rare to see a shaky-wheeled start that ends 7IP, 8H, 2ER, 1BB, 5K but hey, here it was. The rookie had some rickety innings, but also some <10pitch ones. He also chipped in an RBI single. I have no idea if his peripherals are going to start matching his ERA or vice-versa, but he's an interesting case. Especially considering he was a centerfielder two years ago.
Props to Frazier and Bruce for home runs, as well as to Byrd and Suarez for 3-4 days. Suarez probably had the emptiest 3-4 day possible; all singles, no runs, and no rbis, but I'm enjoying watching him play. He also had a great relay.
- Things started bad. Gordon singled, stole a base, moved to third on a single, and scored on a grounder to make the score 1-0.
- Things got better in the bottom of the inning, with a Votto walk and Frazier home run, as God intended. Reds up 2-1.
- Justin Bour, who is in no way Michael Bourne, walloped a homer in the top of the second to tie the game.
- Things looked bad in the fifth after Dee Gordon got on and Dietrich smashed a double off the wall. But Billy Hamilton played it perfectly and Suarez had a gorgeous relay throw to nab Gordon at home and keep the score at 2-2.
- The sixth was, as Michael Caine would say, very good indeed. Votto started it off with a broken-bat single, then Jay Bruce absolutely crushed his 11th homer of the year. Consecutive singles by Byrd, Suarez, and Lorenzen – the latter two were very nice opposite-field pieces of hitting – got another run home to make it 5-2 Reds.
- Aroldis Chapman loaded the bases with no outs in the 9th, which was kinda lame. But then he struck out three Marlins on 10 pitches, so maybe he was just channeling ol' Degree of Difficulty Lorenzen.
- Perhaps this investigative piece into those little teal/purple paper cups is of interest. I'm old enough to remember the scarlet-and-grey ones they replaced.
- Also great is Cal Sunday's article on Task Force Two, "The Seal Team 6 of Emergency First Response."
- I mentioned this in a comment, but seven of the top-20 defending pitchers since 2010 have spent time with the Reds.
- Reds are off on Monday before taking on the Pirates on the 23rd, with Cueto facing Jeff Locke at 7:10 ET.
- I missed Tunes yesterday, so here's a not-altogether-unpleasant summery jam from that two-year period when mandolins ruled American music.
- Father's Day Tunes.
- Today's the longest day of the year, which means days get shorter starting tomorrow. What better way to celebrate that than Bummer Pop? Off-Day Tunes.