The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jose Peraza had yet another solid game at the plate on Saturday, as the newest hyped position prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system went 3 for 3 with a stolen base against the Seattle Mariners. That raised his Cactus League average to a smooth .400 in an infinitely small and unimportant sample size, but it's wonderful at least to see the early returns prove yielding.
Have another trophy, Jose, and keep on whackin'.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Cody Reed, who tossed a stellar 3 innings in which he allowed just a single hit while striking out 4; Chris O'Grady, who bounced back with a clean inning; Joey Votto, who went 1 for 2 with a run scored and a walk (drink); and Jay Bruce, who tripled and drove in a pair.
- Seattle finally broke the seal in this one, though it took them until the Top of the 6th to make it happen. Shawn O'Malley led off with a triple to LF off pitcher Blake Wood, and he scored two batters later when Luis Sardinas singled to CF. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- Cincinnati, however, wasted little time in getting back at the Mariners. Peraza singled to begin the Bottom of the 6th, and he motored to 3B when Votto singled two batters later. Then, after Adam Duvall flied out, Jay Bruce mashed a triple to CF that cleared the bases, and all was momentarily right with the world. Reds led, 2-1.
- Carlos Contreras took over for Cincinnati in the Top of the 8th, and shit proceeded to hit the fan immediately. Braden Bishop and Rayder Ascanio smacked back to back singles to open the inning, and a force-out at 2B on the next PA left runners at the corners with just a single out. Dae-Ho Lee then singled to score Bishop, and Tyler O'Neill followed by corking a 3-run dinger to break the game wide open. Unfortunately for the Reds' offense, that was the last of the scoring on the evening, and the good guys lost, 5-2.
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- Jay Bruce went 0 for 2 with 2 Ks on the evening prior to his 2-RBI triple. A disproportionate proportion of you were absolutely disproportionately angry about that at the time.
- Late night games will be much more entertaining when they count for real.
- These two teams will flip-flop roles on Sunday, with the Reds heading to Peoria to once again face the Mariners. Anthony DeSclafani will take the mound for the start opposite Nathan Karns, with first pitch set for 4:05 ET.
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