The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Scooter Gennett is hitting .308/.346/.592 with 11 dingers and 40 runs driven in.
Scooter. Scooter Gennett.
After Sunday’s 4 for 5 day, the infielder the Cincinnati Reds got for a song off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers owns the team lead in both batting average and slugging percentage, which are as comical as they are factual. In the grand scheme of savvy moves made by the Cincinnati front office in recent years, the seemingly innocuous addition of Gennett at the start of this year now appears to rank right up there with adding Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, and Eugenio Suarez as under-the-radar pieces, sprinkled with the same sort of quack luck that the Dan Straily addition came with just last season.
Scooter homered on Sunday against the Washington Nationals, dinked an RBI single into LF, scored twice, and was the single most impacting force on a day where the Reds needed some good vibes after losing 18-3 just a day before. That’s trophy worthy, of course, as much for Scooter as for the front office that claimed him in the first place.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Scott Feldman, who allowed just 2 ER in 7 rock solid innings on the mound, striking out 5 against just 2 walks in his 119 pitch outing; Tucker Barnhart, who had another 2 hits (one being his 15th double of the season); Billy Hamilton, who doubled & scored while collecting 2 hits for the second straight game; and Raisel Iglesias, who sat down all 4 batters he faced.
- The Reds put up a 5-spot in the Top of the 1st, opening the game with the first four batters reaching base. Hamilton doubled and scored a batter later on a bloop single by Gennett, and Scooter then scored on Votto’s single when Bryce Harper’s attempt to nail him at 3B bounced off his back and skipped away. Adam Duvall then coaxed a walk, back to back outs on grounders scored Votto, and after Jose Peraza reached on an infield single in the hole between 3B & SS, Barnhart drove in both runners with a double off Harper’s glove in RF to leave Cincinnati ahead, 5-0.
- Scootypuff went to one knee to crush a Roark off-speed pitch over the RF wall in the Top of the 2nd, a solo shot that put the Reds ahead, 6-0.
- Michael Taylor got the Nationals on the board in the Bottom of the 4th when he lifted a 2-run homer over the wall in left-center with Adam Lind on base, his third homer in the last two games. Reds led, 6-2.
- After that, the scoring completely dried up, and the combination of Feldman, Tony Cingrani, and Iglesias put a bow on the series-salvaging W. Reds won, 6-2.
- Taylor’s 4th inning homer marked the 18th consecutive game in which Reds pitching has allowed a dinger. That’s a club record.
- The Reds will be en route to St. Louis on Sunday evening, since they’ll tangle with the Cardinals on Monday in a make-up game for the April 29th contest that was rained out. It’ll feature Brandon Finnegan in his return to the mound for the first time since hitting the 60-day DL with a shoulder issue back in April, and he’ll be opposed by Michael Wacha. First pitch is set for 4:15 PM ET.
- Since Finnegan will need a spot on the 25-man roster and the 40-man roster - both of which are currently full - there’ll be some roster shuffling prior to tomorrow’s first pitch. My best guess: Lisalverto Bonilla will be optioned back to Louisville after his lengthy outing from Saturday, and Bronson Arroyo will be moved from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL to open up a 40-man spot.