The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
The idea of asking yourself in May "where would the Cincinnati Reds be without Dan Straily?" given the team's projected starting staff and recent prospect acquisitions would've been hilariously dumb to ask back in, say, February. That's in part because Anthony DeSclafani, Raisel Iglesias, and Michael Lorenzen were healthy at that point, and also in part because Straily wasn't even a Red until late March.
That said, Straily's been the resident ace of the Reds' staff, the lone true dependable starter/reliever/anything on the team through the first quarter-plus of the season, and that showed itself yet again on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Straily allowed just 3 ER in his 7 IP, striking out an impressive 11 Dodgers in the process (against just a lone walk). Keep on acin', Dan, and you'll keep on hauling in trophies.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Brandon Phillips, who singled twice, scored, and walked; Jay Bruce, who tripled and drove in the lone Reds run of the day; and Blake Wood, who K'd a pair of Dodgers as part of a perfect inning of relief.
- The Reds broke the seal on the scoreboard in the Top of the 4th, as Jay Bruce's triple off the wall in CF scored Brandon Phillips (who had singled in front of him). Bruce attempted to turn it into an in-the-park dinger after Joc Pederson banged into the wall attempting the catch, but he was nailed at the plate by a good step and a half. Still, Reds led, 1-0.
- Pederson got revenge in the Bottom of the 4th, though, as his single to RF with the bases loaded scored a pair. Chase Utley singled to begin the loading, and Straily hitting Justin Turner with a pitch and a walk to Adrian Gonzalez finished the job in front of Yung Joc. Reds trailed, 2-1.
- Because the rebooting Reds cannot have nice things, former Reds draftee Yasmani Grandal honked a healthy solo dinger in the Bottom of the 5th. Reds trailed, 3-1.
- Wouldn't ya know, the Reds' bullpen wasn't really needed, and even when it was it wasn't detrimental to the final score. Unfortunately, the offense failed to show up yet again, and that was all she wrote. Reds lost, 3-1.
- 12 of the first 21 batters the Reds sent to the plate against Kazmir struck out. That's less than ideal.
- In/re both sides: good pitching, or just plain bad offense?
- The Reds will head to Milwaukee after this one, where they'll hope to maybe, just maybe, donk some dingers and win a game or three. First pitch is set for 8:10 PM ET on Friday, with John Lamb the starter opposite Zach Davies.
- Alfredo Simon will start on Saturday, in case you needed any additional excuse to get the F out of the house and not watch baseball on Saturday.
- It'll get better, eventually. As for now, that's 10 losses in a row.
- The Reds are trying my patience. [<-- Tunes]