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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

An 8-run eighth inning propelled the Reds to a 10-6 victory over the Royals on Monday. It was a truly collective effort, so we’re going to make Juan Perez, Hernan Iribarren, and Arismendy Alcantara share the JNMHSOTG today.

Both teams combined for just one run over the first six innings, and then 15 runs in the final three. Cincinnati was trailing 4-2 going into the top of the eighth inning when the floodgates finally opened. The Reds got eight hits in the inning, and two runners reached base after getting hit by pitches. Perez went 2-3 on the day with a double, and a triple, knocking in two runs. Iribarren was 2-2 with an RBI, and Alcantara was 2-2 with three RBI.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Tim Adleman the hitter. Adleman didn’t pitch well on the day, but he did blast a two-run double to give the Reds a 5-4 lead in the eighth.

Key Plays

  • With the scored tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Tim Adleman came into the ballgame and promptly gave up this monster home run to Ryan O’Hearn to give the Royals a 3-1 lead.

  • After Adleman gave the Reds the 5-4 lead, Juan Perez knocked a double down the left field line to extend the lead to 6-4.
  • Hernan Iribarren followed a couple of batters later with a soft pop-up that landed just past the shortstop, and brought another run to the plate.
  • Zach Vincej followed Iribarren, and became the second Reds player in three days to get hit in the head with a baseball. He’d exit the game for precautionary reasons, but seemed like he wanted to stay in the game.

  • Arismendy Alcantara followed that up with yet another single, knocking in two more runs to put the Reds ahead 10-4.

Other Notes

  • Rookie Davis started the game, and held the Royals mostly in check. Davis pitched four innings, allowing just one run on four hits. O’Hearn hit a double off of him in the fourth to start the scoring.
  • Adleman had a rough day on the mound for the third game in a row, allowing three runs in three innings.
  • Joey Votto got a hit! Joey Votto got a hit! Let’s all just take a moment, and remember what that looks like.

  • Tuesday the Reds will try to get their spring training record above .500 when they face the Los Angeles Angels at 4:05 in Goodyear Ballpark. Cody Reed will take the mound for the Reds against JC Ramirez for the Angels.

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