The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Ivan De Jesus, Jr. has been a bit of a find for the Redlegs this season. He's been neither bad nor great, but he's been the bench bat that Reds have needed (for this year and those gone by). As a bonus, he can play multiple positions on the field, and tonight he flashed the leather along with the bat that showed a bench player with keeping around. On the night, De Jesus Jr. finished 2-4 with a double and a big RBI in the 7th, to go along with a big defensive play at 3rd base, filling in for Todd Frazier.
So here's a trophy, Ivan, and I hope you're still bashing these hits and flashing this glove for the 2016 Reds.
Honorable mention to: Billy Hamilton on a 2-5 night with a run scored, Suarez for going 1-4 with a double, Marlon Byrd with a hit and an RBI of his own, and Anthony DeSclafani for muscling through what wasn't his best day, but enough for his team to win (though it didn't) on 6 IP, 3 ER, 3 SO (with 10 H).
- Another first inning, another Diamondback score. Ender Inciarte grounded out to second base before AJ Pollock singled to right field. Pollock then stole second base right before "Other All-World First Baseman" Paul Goldschmidt walloped a double that scored Pollock. Goldschmidt then went first to third on a Peralta single, just how Scott Rolen taught him, probably. Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging and then Jake Lamb flied out to Marlon Byrd in left, bailing Anthony DeSclafani out of a troublesome inning. Arizona led, 1-0.
- In the top of the 4th, Billy Hamilton squared one up and sent it left field, where it took one hop and bounced over the fence, limiting the speedster to only two bags. Brandon Phillips struck out, Joey Votto Votto'd (walked, that is) and Byrd flew one to center field to knock in Hamilton. Jay Bruce then singled on a ground ball to right that filled the bases full of Reds. Eugenio Suarez grounded to third, who cut down Jay at second but had no play at first (or home), allowing Votto to score from third. Ivan De Jesus Jr. flew out to end the inning, but the Reds took the lead, 2-1.
- In the bottom of the 5th, Ender Inciarte singled before being erased by an Pollock GIDP. Goldschmidt knocked his third hit into center field before David Peralta blasted a ball into the gap, scoring Goldschmidt to tie the game and sending himself to second base. Saltalamacchia singled into right field, scoring Peralta, and then running himself out at second base, ending the inning. Diamondbacks snake their way back into the lead, 3-2.
- The Reds got back into the ledger in the top of the 7th. Eugenio Suarez doubled to lead off the inning, followed quickly by De Jesus Jr's double, scoring Suarez and also chasing Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin. Andrew Chafin induced a pop out bunt from Tucker Barnhart before he was swapped with David Hernandez, who promptly struck out pinch hitting Todd Frazier. Hamilton then popped out to end the inning, but the Reds ended it tied at 3.
- The Reds got to play free baseball in this one. In the bottom of the 10th, Ryan Mattheus was brought in to.. well.. "pitch" for the Reds. Goldschmidt walked, Peralta singled on a ground ball into right. Saltalamacchia laid down the sac bunt that the Reds wish they could've prompted, then Jake Lamb was intentionally walked. Predictably, Chris Owings singled into ah who cares. A run scored. The Reds lose, 4-3.
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- The Diamondbacks scored in the bottom the first inning in every game of this series.
- Billy Hamilton knocked a ground-rule double to left, where he was actually robbed of something more and better. I'd really like to see Billy hit a real life inside-the-park home run. It has to happen.
- Marlon Byrd looks good in the color "trade," and you'd have to think there's a lot of teams that should be kicking the tires. Since coming back from injury in mid-June, the Byrdman has hit .280/.305/.509. He doesn't get on base much, but if you're buying Marlon Byrd for his get-on-baseability, well, you're doing it wrong.
- Then again, there's a not-so-alternate reality that Marlon Byrd is still the starting left fielder for the 2016 Reds. So, who knows.
- #BUNTGHAZI was on in this one, either trying to in questionable situations (Brandon Phillips in the 4th) or just failing to be able to do it effectively (Tucker Barnhart in the 7th). Since bunting seems to be a problem for these Redlegs I've got a wild new suggestion: Don't do it.
- The Reds have lost 5 extra innings games in a row.