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The Cincinnati Reds lost a baseball game, believe it or not

They did.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Joey Votto smacked an RBI single to extend his on-base streak to 44 games on Sunday against the New York Mets, and that's a duo of accomplishments worth celebrating.  The RBI deserves some dap since it was the lone run to cross the plate for the Cincinnati Reds on the day (and because RBIs mean everything), and the on-base streak brings him yet another game closer to Pete Rose's streak of 48 in a row from back in 1978.

Either that, or you can celebrate Skip Schumaker getting 3 hits from the leadoff spot.  I'll let you pick your battles when it comes to the 63-92 Reds.

Key Plays

  • Keyvius Sampson was rocked early, often, and Amadeus in this one.  The Mets scored one in the Top of the 1st, and two in each of the Top of the 2nd and Top of the 3rd.  Featured in that scoring outburst was an RBI double from Michael Conforto, a 2-run dinger off the bat of Dilson Herrera, and singles on a pair of occasions from opposing pitcher Jacob deGrom.  Ouch.  Reds trailed, 5-0.
  • Sam LeCure took over and pitched a clean Top of the 4th, but walks and a goo-ball error from Ivan De Jesus in LF cost the Reds another two runs.  Said error also came off the bat of deGrom, and it allowed a pair of runs to score, meaning four runs scored off deGrom making contact on the day, which is just one more example of the kind of life-sucking awfulness Reds baseball has endured throughout the 2015 season.
  • Michael Lorenzen got some work in relief, yielding a dinger to Kevin Plawecki in the Top of the 6th to put the Reds behind 8-0.
  • Votto singled off deGrom in the Bottom of the 7th to score Schumaker - who had also singled - and that was the single most highlighty highlight of the day.  Reds lost, 8-1.
Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes
  • Sampson's final line:  2.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 K.  The most polite thing I can opine about that is that I think he'll be a solid bullpen piece next year.
  • Sam LeCure's ERA sits at 3.38.  Peripherals and radar guns suggest he'd be better served as Doug Flynn's replacement in the radio booth after this year, but perhaps he'll stick around for another year based on what he's shown since being brought back from Louisville last month.
  • Votto walked in addition to his single, which has his season OBP at a brain-melting .464.  Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 in his game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, and that dropped his to an also brain-melting .467.  The race for Votto's 5th OBP title in six years is most certainly still on.
  • The Reds claimed Tyler Holt off of waivers on Sunday, picking up the speedy notaprospect from the Cleveland Indians while moving Kris Negron to the 60-day DL.  Nothing to see here.
  • Cincinnati will head to Washington to take on Harper and the Nationals on Monday, with first pitch set for 1:05 PM MT.  It may be awful enough to make you actually want to work instead of watching.
  • Jay Bruce's OBP is .297.  What the living hell, Jay?
  • Tunes.