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Joey Votto homers again, but Reds lose to Angels 9-2

Late night oof.

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

There wasn't much to write home about in the positives column for the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, as the Los Angeles Angels offense wasted little time in knocking around Dan Straily and putting an effective thumping on the team as a whole.

Joey Votto did honk a 2-run dinger, however, and that proved to be the single most influential thing that happened on the Reds' end on the evening.  So, have another trophy, Joey, and submit a complaint to when ya get a chance to complain about Cincinnati baseball fans being blacked-out from watching this game, since that seems wholly full of bull honkey.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Billy Hamilton, who singled, stole his 54th base of the season, and scored; and Ramon Cabrera, who went 2 for 3 with a double.

Key Plays

  • Joey Votto turned around the first pitch he saw from Matt Shoemaker in the Top of the 1st, prompting me to debate whether or not using a sentence that included both "first" and "1st" was appropriate in this lawless, unaccountable blogging world in which we live.  The turn-around went for a dinger, of course, and since Billy Hamilton was on base when it happened, it left the Reds ahead early with a promising 2-0 lead.
  • Shit, as it is wont to do, then hit the fan.  Mike Trout homered.  Albert Pujols did, too.  Mike Trout doubled, and Mike Trout then scored when Albert Pujols singled.  C.J. Cron homered.  Jefry Marte forgot an 'f' during this dinger parade, but he dingered, too, nonetheless.  Kole Calhoun then dingered, too, and by the end of the Bottom of the 4th, Dan Straily had been chased, Alfredo Simon was pitching for the Reds for some godawful middle-finger of a reason, and the Reds were behind, 8-2.
  • Alfredo Simon, pitching for the Reds.  In August of 2016.  There are aspects of "rebuilding" that account for requisite retread appearances more often than you'd like, but I must have missed the memo that hiring reprehensible bullshit and turning to it again and again and again was part of that process.  The Reds were then behind 9-2, and unfortunately that's how the game would wrap.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Dan Straily entered this contest with a 1.98 ERA in 8 starts since the All Star break.  That went up.
  • Jose Peraza started, singled in the Top of the 3rd, singled, and exited the game shortly thereafter after being hit behind the right ear by a throw-over from Matt Shoemaker.  Peraza stayed down for quite sometime while being checked out by Reds medical staff, though it appears it's nothing more than a facial contusion for the talented young infielder.
  • Did I say "infielder?"  The official Reds roster apparently has other ideas.
  • Tim Adleman will toe the rubber for the Reds on Tuesday against the Angels, and he'll be opposed by featherballer Jered Weaver.  First pitch is set for 10:10 PM ET, but at least this one is scheduled to be televised by FS-Ohio, so you can tune in should you choose.
  • Tunes.