The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Ramon Cabrera entered the season as a bit of an afterthought for the Cincinnati Reds. Hey, Devin Mesoraco will be healthy! Tucker Barnhart showed he was plenty capable last year! They just used a 1st round pick on a catcher Tyler Stephenson, so let's talk about him!
Then, of course, the Reds' catching situation fell largely apart, and Cabrera - who had quietly reached base at a solid clip in his 8+ years in the minors - suddenly found himself in a spot with a chance to shine. So far, he's capitalized in somewhat limited action when called upon, Sunday's 2 for 3 afternoon yet another example. Cabrera doubled in the team's lone run, in the process lifting his season OBP to .342. That mark ranks as third best on the team among all players with at least 35 PA, by the way.
So, congrats Ramon, and here's to keepin' on.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Josh Smith, who threw a pair of scoreless innings in relief (striking out 3 while allowing just a lone hit); Joey Votto, who was 2 for 4 with a couple of singles; and Eugenio Suarez, who walked, was hit by a pitch, and just so happened to pick a day where that served as an offensive highlight relative to his peers.
- The A's were not kind to John Lamb in the Top of the 2nd. Marcus Semien uppercutted a 2-run homer down the LF line after Billy Butler led off with a single, and that was immediately followed by a Josh Phegley single and a 2-run dinger to CF by Jake Smolinksi. Reds trailed, 4-0.
- Cincinnati poked back in the Bottom of the 2nd with a minor 2-out rally, thanks to Steve Selsky singling to LF and Cabrera backing that with an RBI double to the wall in LF. Reds trailed, 4-1.
- The scoring dried up for a long stretch after that, up until Danny Valencia turned around an A.J. Morris meatball for a solo homer in the Top of the 8th. Another run came on a series of hits off JC Ramirez in the Top of the 9th, and the Reds' bats went quietly from that point forward. Reds lost, 6-1.
- The Reds will head south this evening, and they'll start a four game series with the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Daniel Wright will get the start for Cincinnati as Alfredo Simon has finally been pulled from the starting rotation, and he'll be opposed by Aaron Blair.
- Yes, the Reds are bad. Yes, the Braves are worse. Yes, I'll damn sure still be watching because baseball - even when bad - is still rock solid awesome.