The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Ramon Cabrera surely didn't pop up in your offseason discussions about the direction of the Cincinnati Reds, not with Devin Mesoraco sporting a healthy hip, Tucker Barnhart having proven himself capable in 2015, and former 1st round draft pick Kyle Skipworth still floating around on the 40-man roster. Mesoraco's likely season-ending injury and Skipworth's transfer to the 60-day DL brought Cabrera back to the big leagues, however, and on Sunday he provided the best bit of offense the Reds could muster against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cabrera singled, was robbed of another would-be hit on a nice catch in CF, walked twice, and scored, in the process being the only Red to reach base more than once on the afternoon. Career game? No, but a dang solid contribution that the Reds would love to get from any and all players they send to the batter's box. So, have a trophy, Ramon.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Adam Duvall, who dingered; Tyler Holt, who tripled; and all three Reds relievers who pitched (since each of the allowed at least one run); and me, for forgetting how Honorable Mentions are supposed to work for the day.
- Ryan Braun put the Brewers on top early in this one, lining a laser for a solo homer that just cleared the wall in LF (while travelling at roughly mach four) with 2-out in the Top of the 1st. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- The Reds jumped in front in the Bottom of the 3rd, however, beginning with a 1-out walk taken by Ramon Cabrera. He scored two batters later on a 2-out triple off the bat of Tyler Holt, and Holt scored when backed by an RBI double from Ivan De Jesus, Jr. Joey Votto then poked a single to CF to plate De Jesus, Jr., and the Reds were then ahead, 3-1.
- Duvall tacked on another run in the Bottom of the 4th when he smacked a solo dinger over the wall in right-center, his 6th homer of the season. Reds led, 4-1.
- Steve Delabar took over for the Top of the 5th after John Lamb exited with an apparent injury, and because the bullpen is in charge of bullpenning, he promptly served up a meatball that Hernan Perez turned around for a solo homer to the seats in LF. Reds led, 4-2.
- Braun played a large part of the next Brewers' run, too, as he looped a 1-out double over the head of Brandon Phillips into CF and scored a batter later when Jonathan Lucroy snuck a double down the LF line that just stayed fair. Reds led, 4-3.
- It was Blake Wood's turn to pitch erratically from the bullpen after Delabar's day was done, and he followed suit in perfect form. He walked Ramon Flores to lead off the Top of the 7th, something that we all knew was sure to haunt. Flores took 2B on a wild pitch with pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis at the plate, and Nieuwenhuis later joined Flores on the bases when he, too, walked. Back to back productive ground-outs followed, the second of which scored Flores to tie things, 4-4.
- Ross Ohlendorf was tasked with bullpenning the Top of the 8th, and boy did he bullpen in a very Redsy fashion. Lucroy led off the inning, and he honked a solo dinger against Dorf, thereby becoming the 9th (!!) player to homer against a Reds reliever this season in the first plate appearance of said reliever's outing. That's, well, that's not good at all. It proved to be the final scratch on the scoreboard, too, as a would-be rally in the Bottom of the 9th was thwarted when Billy Hamilton pinch-ran into a caught stealing at 2B for the game's final out. Reds lost, 5-4.
Rolling On The Floor Graphing My Ass Off
- John Lamb allowed just a lone run in his 4+ IP, but he exited four pitches into the Top of the 5th due to what seemed to be pain in his left wrist/hand. The Reds' broadcast showed replay of Lamb's PA that resulted in the final out of the Bottom of the 4th, a groundout in which Lamb appeared to wince after making contact.
- Later, the Reds announced that Lamb left due to a "sprained left thumb." It'll be quite interesting to see if he'll be capable of making his next scheduled start.
- Today's loss leaves them in last place in the NL Central. I'm not certain, but I think that means we're supposed to start filling up champagne bottles?
- The Reds will welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to town for a three game series beginning Monday evening. Dan Straily will toe the rubber for Cincinnati opposite Jon Niese, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.