The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
In a low scoring game that featured extra innings, an overnight suspension of play, a rain delay upon the resumption of the game, and a pinch hit appearance by Mike Leake, there really wasn't much to pick from for player of the game honors. So the two Reds catchers will share the JNMHSotG honors today. Tucker Barnhart, who started the game, and Brayan Pena, who entered the game as a pinch hitter and stayed in after Barnhart was pulled for a pinch runner, combined for four hits with Barnhart representing the only Reds run of the game.
Honorable mentions are due to Skip Schumaker for a pair of back to back fantastic defensive plays to keep the Mets off the basepaths in the bottom of the seventh, and the Reds bullpen for seven and a third innings of scoreless work both yesterday and today prior to Nate Adcock's run allowed to end the game.
- Michael Lorenzen breezed through the Mets lineup rather easily the first time he faced them, but when he ran into the red-hot Curtis Granderson in the bottom of the 3rd, New York's RF blasted another dinger, this time an opposite field solo shot. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- The Reds got that run back in the top of the 5th against Matt Harvey, however, thanks to Barnhart's double and a later two-bagger from BP. Game tied, 1-1.
- The Mets managed to load the bases in the bottom of the 6th off Lorenzen courtesy of a single and a pair of 2-out walks (the last of which was the final batter of the Reds rookie's day), but Manny Parra got Granderson to fly out to end the rally. Immediately afterwards, the tarp was brought out and the game was suspended due to rain.
- And then, for a long time, nothing happened.
- After that, nothing continued to happen.
- In the bottom of the 13th, Dilson Herrera drew a lead off walk off of Nate Adcock, and then advanced to third on Granderson's single. Ruben Tejada then reached on a Eugenio Suarez error to load the bases with no outs. Lucas Duda then knocked the run in with a bouncing ball to first that Joey Votto misplayed. Mets win 2-1.
- Special thanks to Wick Terrell for covering last night's portion of the Key Plays.
- For the record, the Mets pitched Carlos Torres, Ales Torres, Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, Logan Verrett and Bobby Parnell in today's part of this game. It will be interesting to see how available those guys are in the second game, especially since the Mets are starting rookie Steven Matz in his first career start.
- By the same token, the Reds pitched Ryan Mattheus, J.J. Hoover, Burke Badenhop, Carlos Contreras, and Nate Adcock with rookie Josh Smith making his second career start in the late game.
- I literally didn't realize Contreras was on the roster.
- This game ended almost exactly 24 hours after it began.
- Let's all meet back here at Red Reporter for today's scheduled Reds game, due to start shortly.