The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game(s)
Anthony DeSclafani spun a gem for the Cincinnati Reds in the one full game they had on the slate on Saturday afternoon, downing the St. Louis Cardinals after the completion of Friday's suspended game also went in the Reds' favor. Disco K'd 10 in his 6 IP, allowed just 4 hits and a single walk, and in the process lowered his season ERA to a nice and tidy 3.67.
Have a trophy, Anthony, and props for leading the Reds to a series win over the Cardinals, something we see around these parts less often than we see Bigfoot.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Skip Schumaker, who hit a 3-run blast in Game 2, his first since the Nixon Administration (and stole a base!); Ramon Cabrera, who smacked the first dinger of his MLB career in Friday's suspended game; Adam Duvall, whose 2-run blast in the Bottom of the 8th of Game 1 proved to be the difference; Brandon Finnegan, who K'd 2 and allowed nary a hit in his first 2 IP as a member of the Reds; and Joey Votto, who went hitless over two games, but managed to walk 4 times, steal a base, and drive in a run over the two games combined.
Key Plays, Game 1
- The Reds and Cards traded single runs early in this one, with a Brandon Phillips single scoring one for the Reds in the Bottom of the 1st, a productive John Lackey grounder plating one for St. Louis in the Top of the 2nd, and Cabrera's dinger putting the Reds back ahead in the Bottom of the 2nd, 2-1.
- Whoever Greg Garcia is homered to tie things up in the Top of the 4th, and the score remained knotted as such overnight as the game was suspended after the Top of the 8th. Duvall quickly rendered that a distant memory when play resumed early Saturday, however, and he donked a 2-run dinger off former Red Jonathan Broxton in the Bottom of the 8th to net the Reds the win, 4-2!
- A Matt Carpenter leadoff double and subsequent single from Jason Heyward got the Cards on the board in the Top of the 1st, but their offense went kaput from that point forward.
- Skip's Skipblast landed in the RF seats in the Bottom of the 5th off Lance Lynn, a 3-run bonk that came on the heels of another failed bunt attempt from the Reds. Failure of intention and failure of execution. A later sac-fly from Votto and RBI single from Tucker Barnhart later, and the Reds had things in the bag. Reds won, 5-1!
- When interviewed after the game, Skip Schumaker told reporters that he was happy to have homered "against the organization I respect the most." That's 2 years and $5+ million worth of team leadership, folks.
- In the watch for the MLB lead in OBP, Votto's day left him at .461 on the season, just a hair behind Bryce Harper, who currently owns a .465 mark after being 1 for 3 in the 6th inning of the Washington Nationals game against the Miami Marlins.
- The Reds will go for the sweep tomorrow, with Raisel Iglesias set to take on Michael Wacha in a matchup of talented young RHPs. First pitch is set for 1:10 PM ET, when most of you will be watching football.