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Mets clinch NL East with win over Reds, 10-2

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At least someone gets to be happy at GABP.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

There are surprisingly several candidates for this games JNMHSotG, despite the final score. Joey Votto extended his on-base streak with 3 hits today, but that's ho-hum at this point, right? Not really, it's still really awesome and amazing but, honestly we could give this to Joey everyday and that's just not as fun, is it?

Okay, it sounds like a lot of fun. But I'm going in a different direction today. Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier managed 2 hits a piece, as well as scoring 2 runs a piece, but there was one guy who drove them all in.

Ivan DeJesus Jr. continued his "DeJesus For Bench Spot 2016" campaign, allegedly saying, "Let's make the Reds great again," after his first double of the day that scored two. Junior has been great for the Reds this year, and it's easy to say that this was a lost and meaningless year in Cincinnati, but it is decidedly not lost and meaningless for someone like Ivan DeJesus, fighting for his major league life day in and day out.

And he's put up a valiant fight so far this year. In 204 PAs through today, Ivan the Not-Terrible is batting .262/.333/.404 while providing defense all over the yard. Looks like a solid bench bat to me. Have a trophy, DeJesus.

Honorable mention to those that I've already honorably mentioned above along with Colin Balester and Ryan Mattheus, who offered a combined 4 IP with nothing earned. The rest of the pitching kinda sucked.

Key Plays

  • Lucas Duda hit a grand slam in the top of the 1st. Yep, three guys got on base before him, but does it really matter? Mets, 4-0.
  • The Grandyman still can, and will against the Reds, apparently. Curtis Granderson blasted a solo shot into the right field seats, and the Mets extended their lead to 5-0.
  • The Reds came alive in their half of the 2nd inning. Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier opened the inning up with consecutive singles, and then Ivan De Jesus Jr. lopped a line drive to right field, scoring Bruce and Frazier. Reds get on the board, 5-2.
  • Carlos Contreras spelled John Lamb in the 3rd and was immediately beaten up by the Mets offense. Yoenis Cespedes but was then erased by a Daniel Murphy liner to second. Travis d'Arnaud flew out to left field then Duda followed with a walk (which is a pretty successful meeting with him for Reds pitching). Michael Cuddyer doubled to score Murphy and Duda. Mets expand the lead, 7-2.
  • Burke Badenhop was the latest victim of the Mets home run derby. After allowing singles to Kelly Johnson and Granderson to lead off the 9th, David Wright dingered to center field. Cespedes flew out for the first out of the inning, but Murphy doubled and d'Arnaud singled to move him to 3rd. Amazingly, Duda grounded into a double play to end the inning, rather than hit a home run. Can't get 'em all, I guess. Mets, 10-2.
  • That was it. Mets win, 10-2.

WhyDidTheyEvenFinishThisGameGraphs

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Other Notes

  • Joey Votto extended his consecutive on-base streak to 43 today with a single in the bottom of the 5th. Long live the King.
  • Jason Bourgeois made this play, which was cool.

  • The Cubs clinched a postseason spot last night when the Giants lost to the A's. The Pirates have beaten them twice the past couple of days (winners of their last 8), so they're getting pretty dang close to clinching the home field for the wild card. The Cardinals have won 97 games and will almost certainly surpass 100.
  • With today's win, the New York Mets have clinched the NL East, and the visiting locker room at Great American Ballpark is going to be sticky for weeks.
  • With champagne, you pervs.
  • The Reds are chasing a top pick in the draft, so I guess there's that.
  • Presented without comment:

  • Wanna hear Ryan Adams cover Taylor Swift? I do.