The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Joey Votto walked once, homered twice, and...dear god, he’s just the absolute best.
Votto entered the game having hit an absurd .353/.454/.624 over the last 365 days, in which time that 1.079 OPS had featured 39 doubles, 37 homers, 113 RBI, and a completely absurd 110/79 BB/K ratio. (Yes, that’s the BB/K ratio, not K/BB.)
The Cincinnati Reds got shellacked thoroughly by the Milwaukee Brewers on the day, but it certainly wasn’t Votto’s fault. And watching one of the best offensive players I’ve ever seen play the game certainly is fun regardless of what the final score suggests.
Honorable Mentions are due to: you, for watching the game and/or still being interested enough to end up here to read about it.
- Ryan Braun homered in the 1st. Manny Pina homered in the 2nd. Jonathan Villar homered in the 3rd and the 4th, which sandwiched the RBI double hit by Jesus Aguilar that came later in the 3rd. Of course, Aguilar later homered in the 4th, too, which came after another RBI single by Pina, all of which is a convoluted way to say that the Brewers held an insurmountable 10-0 lead by the end of the Top of the 4th.
- Votto, however, cranked a solo homer in the Bottom of the 4th, the first Cincinnati hit of the day. He did something similar in the Bottom of the 7th, too, which just so happened to be Cincinnati’s 2nd hit of the game. Reds trailed, 10-2.
- Domingo Santana played add-on in the Top of the 8th, however, when he cranked a solo homer off Ariel Hernandez that put Milwaukee ahead, 11-2.
- The Reds managed to creep a run across the plate in the Bottom of the 8th, although it came on a GIDP with the bases loaded and nobody out. That, however, was the end of the road, and the Reds fell, 11-3.
- All Star voting concludes tonight, so if you’ve got a minute (and a dozen random email addresses), go drop a few votes for Zack Cozart and Votto, whydoncha?
- Speaking of Cozart, it certainly sounds as if he’ll come off the 10-day DL tomorrow.
- The Chicago Cubs roll into town tomorrow for a weekend series, and they’ll send Mike Montgomery to the mound to start the opener. Scott Feldman will toe the rubber for the Reds, with first pitch set for 7:10 PM ET.