The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jose Peraza has been on a tear since returning to the Cincinnati Reds, and Wednesday night was no different. Peraza tripled, singled (which was nearly a double until replay deemed him out attempting to take second), and was once again the sparkplug at the top of the order that the front office had hoped to see when they traded for him almost a year ago.
No, the Reds didn't put together any sort of offense at all and got thumped around thoroughly, but that wasn't Peraza's fault, at least. On a night where there wasn't much to celebrate, that's trophy worthy.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Eugenio Suarez, who doubled and was plunked; Tyler Holt, who singled and walked; Tony Renda, who singled and walked, too; and both Abel De Los Santos and Jumbo Diaz, who each threw scoreless innings from the bullpen.
- There are two certainties in baseball: the Cubs will never win a World Series, and walks will haunt. The former we'll watch play out over the next month and a half, but the latter bit the Reds in the butt in the Top of the 2nd. Tim Adleman walked both Chris Carter and Scooter Gennett to begin the inning, and after a productive grounder moved them both over a base, both scored on a dinked single into LF off the bat of Manny Pina. Reds trailed early, 2-0.
- Milwaukee tacked on another pair of runs in the Top of the 3rd, and walk once again was the culprit. Adleman retired the first two batters he faced in the inning, but then walked Carter before serving up a meatball that Gennett smoked into the RF seats for a 2-run dinger. Reds trailed, 4-0.
- The Top of the 8th featured Ross Ohlendorf on the mound, and it also featured a 3-run dinger from Domingo Santana, because of course it did. Because said tenets are true, both Carter and Ryan Braun had walked before said dinger. Because of course. That was that for the scoring, unfortunately, and the Reds lost 7-0.
- Abel De Los Santos made his Reds debut tonight when he took over for Adleman in the Top of the 6th, and when he did he became the 31st pitcher Cincinnati has used so far this season. As Former Fearless Leader Joel Luckhaupt noted on Twitter, that's a new single season record for quantity by this franchise.
- There's an off-day tomorrow, because your shins need kicking, apparently. The Reds will resume the final portion of their season on Friday, however, when the Pittsburgh Pirates sail down the Ohio River to play four games in three days in GABP. Friday night's affair will feature Robert Stephenson on the mound for the good guys, while Ryan Vogelsong will be the first Pirates pitcher tasked with hitting batters from the mound for Pittsburgh. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET.