The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
I like this Johnny Lamb fella. He threw six strong innings (on just 87 pitches as he was pulled for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh) and struck out eight while walking zero. He left a big meatball up and over the plate for Ryan Braun, but aside from that, he showed that he has the stuff and the guts to put hitters away when he needs to.
Honorable nods go to Joey Votto (natch) and Todd Frazier, who had two hits apiece.
- As mentioned above, Ryan Braun christened the afternoon's Titanic Struggle in the first inning with a prodigious home run to left field.
- The Reds answered right back in the top of the second when Frazier led off the inning with a double and came around the score on a Brayan Peña single.
- The Brewers took back the lead in the third on account of a Martin "I want candy" Maldonado double and a Jon "Blue Boy" Lucroy single.
- Then for a long time, nothing happened. The fourth, fifth, and sixth innings flew by with only a sixth inning two-out Brandon Phillips double to show for it. John Lamb and Wily Peralta had themselves a good ol' good goin' good lookin' go gettin' pitchers' duel.
- Then Skip Schumaker had to go and ruin EVERYTHING like he always does. With two outs in the top of the seventh, he lined a single to left field. So of course, Lamb was lifted for a pinch-hitter, Ivan De Jesus. He struck out.
- Sam LeCure and Jumbo Diaz combined to cough up two runs in the eighth, sealing the win for the Brewers, 4-1.
- I didn't get a chance to follow this game as I had planned. So I don't really have anything to add here.