The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Pete Rose of the Game
The Cincinnati Pete Roses honored the Reds on Friday, letting them play a game in the midst of the celebration of Pete Rose being and having been Pete Rose.
Pete Rose would've probably gone 4 for 5 with a double, stolen base, three runs scored, and a lineout on a great catch in CF, so he gets the JNMHPRotG tonight. Congrats, Pete, and thanks for letting the Reds be the second most talked about baseball entity in Cincinnati for the last fortyish years.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, George Foster, Ken Griffey, Sr., Dave Concepcion, Cesar Geronimo, and Jack Billingham, who would've beaten these San Diego Padres by a jillion.
- It's Pete Rose weekend.
- Pete Rose was in the booth.
- Pete Rose talked.
- Lee May hated catching fly balls, according to Pete Rose.
- Wil Myers smacked a solo homer in the Top of the 1st. Reds trailed, 1-0
- Pete Rose is jealous of Joe Morgan's statue.
- Pete Rose loves Joe Morgan.
- Remember the actual 2016 Reds?
- Pete Rose said Bob Gibson would've thrown inside to Barry Bonds because he wore more armor than vehicles in Afghanistan.
- Pete Rose thinks Joey Votto is one of the 10 best hitters in the game. Pete Rose said Frank Thomas disagreed with him.
- Cody Reed walked Derek Norris with 1-out in the Top of the 2nd, and that haunted when a single moved him to 3B and a balk by Reed brought him home. Reds trailed, 2-0.
- Pete Rose's white leather shoes.
- Pete Rose.
- A trio of singles against Reed loaded the bases in the Top of the 3rd, but the young lefty then induced what appeared to be a tailor made double-play ball right at Zack Cozart. Unfortunately, it took a bit longer to develop than usual, and Norris busted it up the line to beat the relay through from Brandon Phillips. That allowed Matt Kemp to score from 3B, and the Reds trailed, 3-0.
- Billy Hamilton smoked a triple to the wall in RF to begin the Bottom of the 3rd, and he scored three batters later after a Tucker Barnhart K, a walk taken by Cody Reed, and airball attempt at fielding a Cozart grounder at SS by Alexei Ramirez. Votto followed with a walk, and Reed then motored home when a slow chopper to Yangervis Solarte off the bat of Phillips was booted by the Padres' 3B. Bruce then muscled a jam-shot single into RF to score both Cozart and Votto, and the Reds led, 4-3.
- Former Red Adam Rosales helped tie things in the Top of the 4th, as he coaxed a walk, stole 2B, and scooted home on a laser of a single up the middle by Myers. Game tied, 4-4.
- The Pads tacked on another run in the Top of the 5th as Solarte led off with a single, moved to 2B on a productive groundout, and then scored on a single by Ramirez. Reds trailed, 5-4.
- Raisel Iglesias took over for Reed for the Top of the 6th, and Rosales promptly smoked a solo dinger over the wall in CF. Reds trailed, 6-4.
- Michael Lorenzen made his season debut in the Top of the 7th, and he, too, joined the dinger allowance parade, as a 98 mph meatball was blasted for a 2-run oppo blast by Melvin Upton, Jr. Reds trailed, 8-4.
- JJ Hoover took over for the...y'know, nevermind. Reds lost, 13-4.
- Pete Rose.
- Toby Basner was being paid to call balls and strikes as the home plate umpire in this one, only someone forgot to tell him he was supposed to know what was a ball and what was a strike. Padres starter Colin Rea racked up four K's looking in the first 2 innings, and three of them came courtesy of third strikes that were nowhere near the zone. Good job, good effort.
- Bryan Price had enough of that bull honkey in the Bottom of the 3rd, and got tossed by the guy who had no idea how to do his job.
- Pete Rose.
- The Padres scored at least one run in each of the first eight innings played in this one.
- Pete Rose.
- Lorenzen repeatedly touched 99 mph with his fastball in his inning in relief according to the TV broadcast, though the stadium showed he hit 100. That's a dang nice attribute, but so is hitting your spots. He's still got a ways to go in that regard.
- Pete Rose will be on center stage again tomorrow, with the Pete Rose Hall of Fame inducting Pete Rose followed by Pete Rose retiring Pete Rose's #14. Tune in early and often, and you might actually stumble into hearing Brandon Finnegan pitch against Drew Pomeranz at some point around 4:10 PM ET.