The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Todd Frazier has been largely in a funk for most of the last two months, but the Cincinnati Reds 3B may well be finding his swing after all. Frazier smacked his 37th and 38th doubles of the season on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers - the latter of which put him in a tie for the MLB lead with Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley - and he drove in the only run the Reds could muster on the evening. Todd walked once, too, and here's to hoping he can finish the 2015 season somewhere close to as strong as he started it.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Joey Votto, who once again was walked 3 times; Brandon Phillips, who continued to hit well from the cleanup spot with a 2 for 4 evening; Ivan De Jesus, Jr., who went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk; and Sam LeCure, who continued his spotless return to the big leagues with yet another scoreless outing.
- John Lamb was quickly roughed up in this one, as back to back doubles from Jimmy Rollins and Yasiel Puig began the Top of the 1st, the latter of which scored the game's first run. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- In the Top of the 3rd, Adrian Gonzalez joined the double party when he laced one to CF with 1-out, and former Reds draftee Justin Turner followed him with his 15th dinger of the season when he launched a towering fly ball over the wall in LF. Reds trailed, 3-0.
- Ryan Mattheus replaced Lamb for the Top of the 6th, and he soon ran into the exact kind of trouble that's haunted him in his first season in Cincinnati. Opposing pitcher Alex Wood singled to CF wit 2-out, and Rollins followed with a long dinger over the wall in RF to put the Reds behind, 5-0.
- A BP single and subsequent double from Frazier got the Reds on the board in the Bottom of the 6th, but that proved the be the last of either team's offense on the evening, and that was that. Reds lost, 5-1.
- Lamb struggled mightily in the early going, and he needed 50+ pitches to get through just two innings. With that said, his final line - 5 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K - shows that he at least had something going for him on the evening. I still like his promise as a mid to back-end rotation guy going forward.
- After Votto's 2nd walk of the evening, he'd reached base 108 times in his last 200 PA. The last time any player in Major League Baseball accomplished such a feat was in 2004, when Barry Bonds did so an astonishing 130 times.
- Ivan De Jesus, Jr. is hitting .266/.338/.406 with plus defense at the majority of the 4 positions in which he has played. He has already rendered Skip Schumaker irrelevant, and with the current way the Reds roster is constructed, he should get every chance to play nearly every day between now and the end of the year so the Reds know exactly how he can fit in to their 2016 utility plans.
- David Holmberg will get another shot to show what he can provide to the Cincinnati rotation tomorrow when the Reds face off against the Dodgers at 7:10 PM ET. He'll be opposed on the mound by Brett Anderson.