The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
On a night where the Cincinnati Reds were tasked with tackling St. Louis Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez, finally, finally getting a good start from a starting pitcher was of the utmost importance. Fortunately for the Reds, Asher Wojciechowski was up to the task of going toe to toe with one of the game’s best.
Asher fired 6 innings of 2 ER ball, the kind of start that has fallen completely by the wayside for Cincinnati starters over the last month-plus, and continues to flash the kind of talent that made the now 28 year old a 1st round draftee in the first place. He’s been a journeyman to date, but if fellow rotation mates Tim Adleman and Bronson Arroyo can occupy rotation spots given their travails to date, who’s to say that Wojciechowski can’t stick around and perform well from here on out, too?
Heck, he’s got a half-bit in common with Dan Straily, now that I think about it.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Adam Duvall, who singled and threw out two runners in key moments on the bases from LF; Eugenio Suarez, who bonked a game-tying 2-run double; Scooter Gennett, who bonked a game-leading 2-run double; Billy Hamilton, who singled and walked; Zack Cozart, who had 2 more hits and scored a run; and the combination of Lisalverto Bonilla, Michael Lorenzen, and Raisel Iglesias, who fired dominant zeroes from the bullpen.
- Wojciechowski cruised through the first 4 innings on Monday night, albeit with the help of a few well-timed double plays. St. Louis finally got to him in the Top of the 5th, however, as both Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham doubled to begin the inning, the latter scoring the former. Pham later scored from 3B on a squeeze bunt by pitcher Carlos Martinez, which left the Cardinals pitcher on 1B with Paul DeJong - who had singled - on 2B. DeJong then attempted to score on a Dexter Fowler single into left-center, but Duvall made a perfect throw home to nail him at the plate. Still, the Reds trailed, 2-0.
- The Reds entered the Bottom of the 7th with Carlos Martinez cruising and only 1-hit to their name, with 14 consecutive retired. That changed quickly, however, as Hamilton reached on a bunt single, Zack Cozart singled through the left side, and Joey Votto coaxed a walk to load the bases. Then, after Duvall had K’d after Martinez hit 100 mph on the radar gun, Suarez smoked a liner to deep CF that Dexter Fowler had slip out of his glove on what otherwise would’ve been a fantastic catch. Billy and Cozy motored around to score to tie the game and chase Martinez, and with lefty Kevin Siegrist on the mound, the lefty-swinging Gennett dumped a double into RF to clear the bags. Reds led, 4-2.
- From that point on, the stellar Reds bullpen was nails to close things out, and Cincinnati took home a W, 4-2!
- Scooter Gennett wears #4 now, by the way. It seems this particular slap in the face has been somewhat of a wake-up call for the Reds.
- Zack Cozart now has a 1.053 OPS, and there’s no sample small enough for that not to be fun to smile about.
- Speaking of which, Cozy’s up to #2 in All Star Game voting at SS behind Corey Seager, and is gaining serious traction. For Cozart’s sake, get your butts over to MLB.com’s ballot and vote, vote, vote for him and his fantastic season.
- Game two of the four game set between the Reds and Cards is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:10 PM ET at good ol’ GABP. It will feature a pitching matchup between Adam Wainwright and Tim Adleman, and you should tune in vociferously. Or, at least vociferously in a Red Reporter bloghole sort of way.
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