The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Adam Duvall came to the Cincinnati Reds as a hopeful late-bloomer prospect, a 26 year old who had never really had a shot in the big leagues yet had busted brains with a power bat in the minors. So far, 2016 has been exactly what the Reds were hoping for in/re Duvall, as the LF has smacked extra-base hit after extra-base hit, and Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers was no different.
Duvall blasted a 2-run dinger - the only runs the Reds would score on the evening - and that was plenty good enough to take home yet another JNMHSotG trophy. Congrats, Doovy, and here's to keeping it up.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Daniel Wright, who allowed 3 ER in his 5.1 inning MLB debut; Jay Bruce, who doubled and scored; and to the early servings from the Reds bullpen (!!), who provided 1.2 IP of 0 ER ball courtesy of Dayan Diaz, and Caleb Cotham.
- Three singles in a row from the Dodgers started the Bottom of the 1st against Daniel Wright, the last of which - a Justin Turner knock - drove in a run. Wright then got three outs in a row, though, so the damage was limited. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- The Reds did some 2-out damage to Mike Bolsinger's start in the Top of the 4th inning, as Jay Bruce cracked a 2-out double and then scored when Duvall mashed a dinger to CF. Reds led, 2-1.
- The Dodgers struck back immediately, though, as Trayce Thompson led off the Bottom of the 4th with a single and scored a batter later when Joc Pederson doubled to the wall in CF. Pederson then took off attempting to steal 3B - which he did - and he trotted home to score when Tucker Barnhart's throw to 3B went awry. Reds trailed, 3-2.
- A Thompson double chased Wright for good in the Bottom of the 6th, as Dayan Diaz then took over. Diaz promptly walked Pederson before allowing Thompson to score on a single off the right-center wall off the bat of Yasiel Puig. After Yasmani Grandal hit a grounder that nabbed Pederson in a rundown between 3B and home, Howie Kendrick then pinch-hit and smacked a grounder that Votto booted at 1B which allowed Puig to score. Reds trailed, 5-2.
- AJ Morris made his MLB debut from the pen in the Bottom of the 8th. It did not go as Disney would've hoped. Morris retired the first two batters he faced, but he then walked the bases loaded in front of a Turner single up the middle that drove in another pair of runs. Josh Smith then took over, but he allowed a run scoring single up the middle to Adrian Gonzalez, and that effectively wrapped up the scoring. Reds lost (again), 8-2.
- Wednesday's loss marked the team's 8th...9th?...3rd...14th?...loss in a row. Putting the finality of a number next to it at this point seems to presume that the slide is over.
- The Reds shuffled up their batting order in this one, moving Votto to the #2 spot and bumping the usual suspects up accordingly. Why? Well, in this season, why the hell not?
- Scott Kazmir will be the Reds' foe on the mound in the final game of the series on Wednesday, and he'll be opposed by resident Reds' staff ace aficionado Dan Straily. First pitch is set for 10:10 PM ET.