The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
The top of the order for the Cincinnati Reds reached base six times against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, as Jose Peraza, Scooter Gennett, and Joey Votto combined for five hits and a walk. Unfortunately, that only resulted in a pair of runs scored, and when you loop that in with the same old story for these Reds - brutal pitching - you end up with Cincinnati again on the frowning side of the scoreboard.
So, with that in mind, Wandy Peralta gets today’s honor, as he tossed a pair of perfect innings in relief, even taking over with the bases loaded and nobody out in the Bottom of the 6th and getting out of the jam unscathed - and needing just five pitches to do so. He’s struggled a bit after his rock solid start to the season, but today’s outing was much more in line with how he began the year.
- Tommy Pham went full roadrunner to the Reds’ Wile E. Coyote in the Bottom of the 1st, beginning with the leadoff walk he coaxed off Brandon Finnegan. He then slow-played Patrick Kivlehan after a fly-out to CF, eventually tagging up and taking 2B after Kivlehan had softly thrown the ball back to the infield. Pham then stole 3B and later scored on a passed ball by Devin Mesoraco to complete the gift of a turn around the bases. Finnegan then walked Stephen Piscotty before serving up a 2-run blast to Jedd Gyorko, and the Reds trailed early, 3-0.
- The Reds got a run back when Adam Duvall brought in Scooter Gennett with a sac-fly in the Top of the 4th, but after Finnegan left injured in the Bottom of the 4th, Austin Brice gave that run back (and more). A Pham single scored Paul DeJong - who had earlier doubled - before Randal Grichuk launched a 2-run homer over the wall in CF to leave Cincinnati behind, 6-1.
- The Cardinals tacked on another pair of runs in the Bottom of the 6th off Brice, as Greg Garcia (hit by pitch) and Pham (single) scored on RBI singles by both Grichuk and Gyorko, respectively. Reds trailed, 8-1.
- Duvall sac-flied the Reds into another run in the Top of the 8th, scoring Scooter after he’d reached 1B on a fielder’s choice that netted Jose Peraza out at 2B and had motored to 3B on Votto’s double. That, however, wrapped the scoring on the day, and the Reds fell again, 8-2.
- Finnegan exited immediately after wincing on the follow-through of a pitch with none out in the Bottom of the 4th. For a guy who obviously just fought through the rigors of rehab and a 60-day DL stint, he sure didn’t have the expression of a guy who thought whatever injury he’d just picked up was minor, either. Damn.
- Finnegan’s final totals from what may well be the final time we see him pitch for a while: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K on 58 pitches.
- If you get the impression that the hot start to the year we saw from Eugenio Suarez was ages ago, you’re not wrong. He entered Monday’s game having hit just .232/.333/.374 over his previous 55 games (222 PA), his season OPS dropping from a peak of 1.200 down to just .828. His 0 for 3 day today lowered that down to .819.
- Tim Adleman will be on the mound in GABP Tuesday for the first game of a series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Them beers will send Junior Guerra to the mound, and first pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET.