The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
With just four games remaining in the Cincinnati Reds season, it's entirely likely (read: certain) that Anthony DeSclafani made his final appearance of the season on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. If so, Disco went out on a high note, as he allowed just a lone earned run in his 6 IP against a club fighting, scraping, and clawing to sneak into the playoffs.
His final line: 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K on 83 pitches, which lowered his season ERA to a tidy 3.28 in the process. And if that indeed caps his 2016, it caps a dang fine one. Congrats, Disco, and here's to a full 200 inning replication of it in 2017.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Jose Peraza, who had 3 more hits, stole a bag, and scored a run; Adam Duvall, who went 2 for 4 with a triple and a pair of runners driven in; Michael Lorenzen, who tossed a scoreless inning in relief; Hernan Iribarren, who went 2 for 5 with a run scored; and Raisel Iglesias, who tossed 2 innings of scoreless ball to pick up the save.
- Cincinnati cracked the scoreboard first in this one, plating a pair of runs in the Top of the 3rd off former teammate Mike Leake. Peraza singled into LF with 1-out to begin things, and he moved to 2B when Hernan Iribarren singled to CF behind him. Both runners moved up a bag when Joey Votto grounded out, and both then motored home when Duvall dumped a single into shallow LF. Reds led, 2-0.
- The Filthy Cards got one back off DeSclafani in the Bottom of the 5th, and it came after Aledmys Diaz coaxed a leadoff walk - which haunted. Diaz moved all the way to 3B on a subsequent Greg Garcia single, and he then scored on a GIDP hit into by pinch hitter Matt Adams. Reds led, 2-1.
- Iglesias yielded a leadoff triple to Kolten Wong in the Bottom of the 9th, but settled down after that to keep the Cards off the board and clinch the win for the good guys. Reds won, 2-1!
- Joey Votto went 0 for 5 in this one. It's just his third 0 for 5 game of the season. Great White Buffalo.
- St. Louis ain't making the playoffs, probably. Maybe.
- Dan Straily will get the nod for Cincinnati's final road game of the season on Thursday, as he'll take the mound against St. Louis in the series finale. First pitch is set for an hour earlier than the previous games in the series - 7:15 PM ET - and the Cardinals will counter with fireballing rookie Alex Reyes. Turn on, tune in, and drop it like it's hot.
- Wu Wednesday Tunes (for the final time this year, le sigh).