The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
The offense hasn’t really been an issue for the 2017 Reds, and that theme held true tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Reds strung together 13 hits and 5 runs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early implosion by another starting pitcher. 3 of those hits came by the way of Tucker Barnhart, who finished the evening by going 3 for 4 with a double, a triple, and 1 RBI.
Honorable mentions are due to: Eugenio Suarez, for going 2 for 5 with 1 RBI; Adam Duvall, who was 2 for 5 and scored 2 runs; Jose Peraza, who was 2 for 4 and drove in a run; and Lisalverto Bonilla, Tony Cingrani, and Ariel Hernandez, for combining to throw 4.1 shutout innings and giving the Reds a chance.
- The Reds struck first in the top of the 2nd inning. Devin Mesoraco singled with two outs and then, as they tend to do in Cincinnati, went first-to-third on a single by Tucker Barnhart. That brought up Jose Peraza, who hit a single into right field to drive in Mesoraco. Reds led, 1-0.
- The Reds were able to mount another 2-out rally in the top of the 3rd inning. After groundouts by Scooter Gennett and Joey Votto, Adam Duvall came up and smacked a triple to left field. Eugenio Suarez followed him up with a clutchy single on a line drive to center. Reds led, 2-0.
- The wheels started falling off for Amir Garrett in the bottom of the 3rd. He led off the inning with walks to Taylor Featherston and Steven Souza, Jr. Those walks ultimately haunted, as Corey Dickerson hit a 1-out single into right to score Featherston. After an Evan Longoria groundout, Logan Morrison would slap a 2-strike pitch into left to bring in both Dickerson and Souza.
- Things did not go much better for Garrett in the bottom of the 4th. After a 1-out walk to Taylor Featherston, Jesus Sucre lined a pitch that barely cleared the fence over the 315’ sign in left for a 2-run dinger. After a lineout by Steven Souza, Jr., Corey Dickerson hit a solo shot over the wall in left-center. That ultimately ended Garrett’s evening, and the Rays led 6-2.
- Nothing else really happened until the top of the 8th. Devin Mesoraco smacked a 2-out double to center and then Tucker Barnhart followed him up by hitting a triple to center to cut the Rays lead to 6-3.
- With 2-outs in the 9th, Joey Votto absolutely destroyed a pitch to right field that nearly hit the scoreboard to cut the deficit to 6-4. Adam Duvall then came up and doubled down the line. That brought up Suarez, who drove in Duvall with a single to left to bring the Rays lead down to 1. Unfortunately, Scott Schebler struck out to end the game, and the Rays won 6-5.
- Ariel Hernandez made his return to the majors and retired the side in order. He is still perfect through 11 batters-faced.
- Joey Votto’s home run in the 9th put him at 20 on the season, tying him with former teammate Jay Bruce for 2nd in the National League.
- The Reds will play the rubber match at 12:10 PM ET tomorrow. Tim Adleman (4-3, 4.22 ERA) will start for the Reds, while Erasmo Ramirez (3-2, 5.17 ERA) will start for Tampa Bay.