The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Scott Schebler has brushed off the shoulder injury that temporarily sidelined him last weekend, and on Monday against the San Diego Padres he kept right on swinging a hot bat.
The Cincinnati Reds RF went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a pair of driven in, and that was the highlight on an otherwise dumpy night featuring another poor outing from a Reds starting pitcher.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Joey Votto and Adam Duvall, who each went 2 for 4 with a run scored; and Drew Storen, who tossed a clean inning of relief with 2 Ks.
- The Reds took an early 2-0 lead in this one, jumping on Luis Perdomo in the Top of the 1st for a pair of runs. They loaded the bases after Perdomo retired the first pair of batters he faced, as Votto singled into LF, Duvall singled on a grounder into the hole between 5-6, and Eugenio Suarez coaxed a walk, and Schebler’s single up the middle plated 2 to put Cincinnati ahead, 2-0.
- Bronson Arroyo pitched. After the Bottom of the 2nd, the Reds trailed 7-2, and Arroyo yielded individual runs in each of the Bottoms of the 4th and 5th to leave Cincinnati trailing, 9-2. If you’ve got a comfy seat and time on your hands, you can find out how here.
- Schebler again got the Reds on the board in the Top of the 7th, singling to leadoff, moving up on a wild pitch, and eventually scoring on a pinch-hit single from Scooter Gennett. Reds trailed, 9-3.
- Mercifully, that’s all the damage we watched, and Cincinnati fell, 9-3.
- Arroyo’s final line: 13 hits allowed in 4.2 IP, to go along with 9 ER and as many strikeouts (2) as dingers allowed. He threw 91 pitches in the process, and with his 40 year old season ERA now sitting at a bloated 7.01, one wonders exactly how much longer the Reds will allow this experiment to continue.
- The 2017 MLB Draft began Monday, and the Reds selected high school RHP/SS Hunter Green with the #2 overall pick. Greene, often talked about as the most high-end prospect in the entire draft, sure as heck looks the part of a future star, whichever path his career follows.
- Scott Feldman will attempt to curtail the current losing streak as the Cincinnati starter on Tuesday, when he’ll be opposed by Padres starter Clayton Richard. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM ET.