The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
When the Reds traded Mike Leake to the Giants last July, they received the Giants top prospect in Keury Mella and a 26 year-old left fielder as a throw-in. That throw-in came into today hitting .264/.301/.528 with 7 HR and 16 RBI. He added that total as a part of a 1 for 4, 1 HR and 1 RBI performance against the Seattle Mariners this afternoon. He also threw out Kyle Seager at the plate in the 5th to keep the Mariners' lead at 1 run. Adam long ago cemented himself in the role as the starting left-fielder, and continues to impress with his ability to hammer the baseball.
Have a trophy, Adam, and keep on smacking the cover off the ball.
Honorable mentions go to: Brandon Phillips for opening the scoring with a 2-RBI double as a part of his 1 for 4 afternoon; Zack Cozart for hitting yet another double to continue his great start to the season; Ramon Cabrera for going 2 for 4 this afternoon; and Dayan Diaz for pitching a scoreless inning in relief in his major league debut.
- The Reds got things started early offensively. Zack Cozart led off the bottom of the 1st by smoking a double to left field. After Billy Hamilton
fouled one off the knob of his batwas hit in the hand by a pitch, Joey Votto would follow that with a single to right field to load the bases. Still with nobody out, Brandon Phillips would smack a Dat Dude Double to the gap in right center to plate Cozart and Hamilton for an early 2-0 lead. This would bring up Jay Bruce, who would hit a line drive straight at the center fielder that was deep enough to bring in Votto on the sac-fly. Eugenio Suarez struck out and Adam Duvall flew out to right to end the inning, but not before the Reds would jump out to a 3-0 lead.
- The Mariners were able to find an answer in the top of the 3rd. Wade Miley and Leonys Martin led off the inning with singles, which was followed by a ground out by Norichika Aoki that would send Miley to 3rd. Robinson Cano would come through with his first hit of the series on an RBI single that cut the lead to 3-1. After a wild pitch that would move the runners over, Nelson Cruz had an RBI ground-out that would plate Aoki. Kyle Seager would then pop out to end the inning. Reds lead, 3-2.
- The Reds were able to extend their lead in the bottom of the 4th when the aforementioned Duvall Doovled a bomb shot for his 8th dinger of the season on a solo shot to left-center field. Reds lead, 4-2.
- It didn't take long for that lead to disappear, as things began to fall apart for the Reds in the top of the 5th. After Leonys Martin and Nori Aoki led off the inning with infield singles, Robinson Cano was able to lift a sac-fly to center to score Martin. Nelson Cruz would then walk, where Kyle Seager would follow up with an RBI single to center to tie the game at 4-4. After a walk to Adam Lind, Seattle would take the lead on a RBI single from Steve Clevenger. Seager was thrown out trying to score on the play and Shawn O'Malley ended the inning with a ground out. Mariners lead, 5-4.
- Both bullpens were lights-out, save for a few scattered hits here and there, and that was all for the scoring. Mariners win, 5-4.
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- The Mariners bullpen was even better than the Reds' bullpen, unfortunately, retiring all 9 batters they faced in their 3 innings of work.
- Dayan Diaz was the 7th Red to make his major league debut this season. They had 9 major league debuts in all of 2015.
- Speaking of debuts, it was announced this morning that Daniel Wright would make his MLB debut on Tuesday against the Dodgers, becoming (at least) the 8th Red to debut this season.
- Eugenio Suarez is struggling mightily at the plate right now. He was 0-4 with 4 Ks this afternoon, and had struck out in 7 of his last 10 ABs heading into today.
- The Reds travel out west to face the Los Angeles Dodgers to kick off a 10-game road trip. Brandon Finnegan takes the hill against Clayton Kershaw at 10:10 PM EDT.