The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
I'm gonna give it to Joey Votto, even though this was a tough decision. I kind of want to give it to Brandon Phillips for doing his thing on offense and the stellar plays on defense, but Votto did have the one big hit for the Reds. Joey had a Vottoian evening, going 1 for 2 with 2 walks and a clutch 2 RBI single. The single was a text book Joey Votto at bat. He went down two strikes to zero walks and slowly worked his way to 2-2. Then he hit a line drive to left center to score two runs. It was a thing of beauty.
Honorable Mention are due to: Brandon Phillips who had a single, walk, and two redonkulous defensive plays in the late game; Skip Schumaker who single, walked, and narrowly missed hitting another double. I feel like Skip has hit a weird amount of doubles considering his amount of suckitude. I'm also going to give an honorable mention to Jon Moscot. It was the kid's major league debut. He didn't pitch well, giving up 4 earned runs in 5 innings, with 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 2 solo home runs. However, I think he looked better than his line indicated. He came out strong and looked gun shy because of a tight strike zone. I know this is hypocritical after not giving Lorenzen a honorable mention after his last start.
- Welp, Jon Moscot ran into some trouble in the first inning. He struck out the first batter he faced, but then surrendered a walk, seeing eye single, seeing eye single, and another walk to score the first run. Then, he coerced a sac fly to bring in another run, walked a batter to load the bases again, and then got a pop out to finish the inning. It took 37 pitches for Moscot, but he finally got out of the jam. Padres lead, 2-0.
- Moscot gave up his first home run of his major league career, a solo shot to Wil Venable. For some reason, I really don't like Wil Venable. Padres lead, 3-0.
- Moscot gave up another solo shot, this time to Will Middlebrooks. Dang. Padres lead 4-0.
- Phillips kept doing awesome things, and Joey Votto walked for the second time of the game. DRINK! Reds put on a double steal, because why falcon not? Todd would hit a bloop to right field on the next pitch, and Matt Kemp made a fantastic driving catch and lost his hat in the process. Padres still winning.
- Tucker Barnhart led off the inning with a line drive single. Ivan De Jesus pinch hit for Moscot and struck out. Hamilton hit an infield single, and Phillips walked. Joey Votto came to the plate, bases loaded, and quickly fell down, 0-2. Joey worked the count to 2-2 and drilled a single to left center field scoring Barnhart and Hamilton. Toddy struck out and made me sad, and Jay Bruce struck out looking. Le sigh. However, Reds cut the lead. Padres, 4-2.
- Burke Badenhop came into the 6th inning and got two outs. Then, he gave up a line drive single and a double to the left field wall to score a run. The tarp immediately came onto the field. I wasn't back in time when they resumed play, so someone finished the inning. Maybe it was Badenhop, maybe it wasn't. Anyhoo. Padres, 5-2.
- Pedro Villareal entered the game in the 7th and gave up another solo bomb to Derek Norris. Other than that, he got through the rest of the inning unscathed. Padres, 6-2.
- Some stuff happened, but the Reds went quietly into the night. Padres win, 6-2.
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- Brandon Phillips made another nifty play which should be a webgem or whatever we are suppose to call it. He fielded a ball deep in the hole between second and first and gave a helluva shovel pass to Villareal who was covering first.
- Holy shit. Brandon Phillips did something freakish again. He started a double play by fielding the ball up the middle and flipping it behind his back to Cozart. Jeeeeeeeeez, Louise.
- Like I said above, I think we need to take Moscot's start with a grain of salt. He was obviously nervous. I liked what I saw from him pitch wise. He was around the plate and wasn't given much of a strike zone early on. I'll look forward to his next start.
- Jason Marquis was DFA'd, so falcon celebrate.
- Pat Venditte made the first ever start by a switch pitcher in major league history tonight. That's freaking sweet. I don't know why he never got more of a chance. His numbers were always good.
- Tomorrow's Saturday. PARTAY!
- TUNES.... Sorry, I'm stil on my Sturgill Simpson kick and I've been drinking. I appreciated the guitar play in this one. I'll pick something else next time.