Sure there's plenty of reasons for negativity around the Reds right now. Yes, they lost to the Mariners today. Yes, it was their sixth loss in a row. But who wants to be negative all of the time? For this recap why don't we just focus on the things we have to be happy about?
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Everyone loves a good ballpark giveaway. Today the Reds had one of their better ones. Ken Griffey Jr.'s time in Cincinnati likely didn't turn out how everyone hoped that it would. However, his trade to the Reds was one of the biggest moments in franchise history, and he still went down as one of the best (and coolest) players to ever play the game.
Today the first 25,000 fans had an opportunity to get their hands on a Ken Griffey Jr. dual bobblehead. Griffey's best years were spent in Seattle and Cincinnati, and today's game provided the perfect opportunity for the giveaway. This will undoubtedly be one of the best items you can pick up at Great American Ball Park this season. Congratulations to those who got their hands on one. If you have an extra, let me know.
Red Reporter's own Derek Grimes attempted to acquire one of these hot collectibles, but to no avail. I'll let him describe the scene today in his own words.
Eric: Were you able to get a bobblehead?
Derek: I did not, they literally ran out as I walked through the gate. I should mention that we were here 40 minutes early. When we walked by the front gate at 2 to eat the line was in the street
Honorable mentions: Billy Hamilton got two hits from the leadoff spot; Ivan De Jesus Jr. singled; John Lamb singled; Steve Delabar, Jumbo Diaz, and Ross Ohlendorf pitched scoreless innings in relief.
- John Lamb did not allow any runs in the first inning. Kyle Seager singled and Robinson Cano walked, but Lamb was able to escape without allowing either to cross home plate.
- Not only did Lamb hold the Mariners scoreless in the first, but he got a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the third.
- John Lamb and Billy Hamilton hit back to back two-out singles in the bottom of the 3rd. Tyler Holt then drew a walk and the bases were loaded. It felt good to have the bases loaded.
- In the 5th inning Lamb was able to hold the Mariners scoreless for the third time! Even though Ketel Marte singled, stole second, Robinson Cano walked, and Marte stole third.
- Oh you want to know how the top of the 6th went? Lamb held the Mariners scoreless again! Franklin Gutierrez did single, and Leonys Martin walked, but Lamb was able to hang another 0.
- Steve Delabar, Jumbo Diaz, and Ross Ohlendorf all pitched scoreless innings in relief. My heart has been strangely warmed.
A FanGraph to make you feel good
- John Lamb's third inning single had some statistical significance. Prior to that hit Reds pitchers not named Brandon Finnegan had been 0 for their last 51.
- If you promise not to tell anyone, something unfortunate did actually happen today. Joey Votto came to the plate with the bases loaded in the 3rd and the 5th. He made the final out of the inning both times. In the words of Marty, "Joey Votto left so many people on base today he could populate a small village."
- During the game Mark Sheldon tweeted that Louisville's Daniel Wright was scratched from his next start. There's been no official announcement, but it's possible he could make his debut for the Reds this week.
- Following the game the Reds announced Jumbo Diaz and Keyvius Sampson had been optioned. Steve Delabar was DFA'd.