The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Ryan LaMarre bounced into an inning-ending double play in the Top of the 7th, and while on paper that wasn't the greatest thing ever created, it did produce a byproduct worth high-fiving.
Skip Schumaker stood in the on-deck circle set and ready to pinch hit for Cincinnati Reds starter Raisel Iglesias, and had LaMarre done anything other than produce a pair of outs on a single swing, the talented Reds rookie's evening would've been over. Instead, the double play meant we got to see another inning of work from Iglesias, and in a season that has little other than baseball purity on display, that's the kind of thing worth rooting for.
So, have a trophy, Ryan. I'll tune in to watch Igloo over Skip any day.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Iglesias, who was a hard luck loser despite pitching amazingly once again; Joey Votto, who singled and walked twice; and...that'll do.
- A leadoff walk to Scooter Gennett began the Bottom of the 1st. Lo and behold, it haunted. Johnathan Lucroy followed with a double that scored Gennett, and a later single from Khris Davis schored a sechond rhun for Milwhuakee. Reds trailed, 2-0.
- After that, Igloo settled in and recaptured the form that he had on display in his last start (the one where he struck out 13). He sat down 16 consecutive Milwaukee hitters at one point, and it wasn't until the Bottom of the 7th when he yielded another run. That came via a solo dinger off the bat of Domingo Santana, and it put the Brewers ahead, 3-0.
- The Cincinnati bats continued to snooze, and after the Brewers added a pair of runs off Collin Balester in the 8th, the scoreboard's job was done for the evening. End result: Reds lost, 5-0.
- The 16 consecutive batters retired in a row by Iglesias was a Cincinnati Reds record for a pitcher whose name started with 'Raise.'
- Other Notes are tough to come by when the team starts nothing but rookies and scores no runs. You, however, hold these truths to be self evident at this point.
- The Reds probably play the Brewers again on Saturday. That would make sense, right? Skip Schumaker will probably play, however, which won't make much sense.