The Joe Walk Nuxhall Memorial Walk Honorary Star Walk of the Game
It’s South Beach. Screw the post-game interview and go out.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Eugenio Suarez, who singled thrice and scored from #2 spot in the lineup (which is a pristine spot for him to be); Joey Votto, who singled, walked twice, and was hit by a pitch; Jose Peraza, who had a 2 hit night; Adam Duvall, who doubled, walked, and made a nifty diving catch in LF; and Tucker Barnhart, who singled and threw out yet another runner trying to steal.
- Somehow the game reached the Bottom of the 4th with no runs on the board despite the fact that Robert Stephenson had walked everyone and your mother and Chris O’Grady - Miami’s starter on the night - had spent all of 2016 Spring Training in Cincinnati Reds camp as a Rule 5 Draftee. I guess I figured something would’ve rubbed off on him in his time in camp that would’ve induced a proclivity to give up dingers. Anyhoo, Derek Dietrich homered off Bob Steve in the Bottom of the 4th to give Miami a 1-0 lead.
- The Bottom of the 5th saw Stephenson walk both Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich to begin the inning - his 6th and 7th walks of the night - and after a coaching visit to the mound, Marcell Ozuna singled to load the bases and chase Bob to the showers. Drew Storen then took over with the bags juiced and proceeded to walk Dietrich to drive in another run. Hmm. Tyler Moore then lifted a sac-fly into LF to bring in Yelich, and the Reds trailed, 3-0.
- Blake Wood yielded a run in the Bottom of the 7th, though it surprisingly game without a walk issued. Yelich singled to begin the inning, and after he stole 2B, he scored on a Dietrich single into LF. Reds trailed, 4-0.
- The Reds finally got on the board in the Top of the 8th, as back to back singles from Suarez and Votto began the inning, leaving runners on the corners with nobody out. A 1-out single by Scooter Gennett drove in Suarez, but that was all the Reds could muster. Reds lost, 4-1.
- Robert Stephenson’s final line: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 2 K on 92 pitches.
- Robert Stephenson —> Bob Steve —> 7 BB —> Bob Walk.
- I’m piling on Bob, which is only somewhat warranted. Especially considering the offense has gone largely in the crapper since the All Star break. Letting Chris O’Grady mow through you is just as much of an indication that things aren’t going well as walking absolutely everyone is.
- Chris O’Grady pitched quite effectively. I mentioned that he was a former Rule 5 pick by the Reds that didn’t stick, which leads me to Jake Cave, the other Rule 5 draftee by the Reds in 2016. He’s, uh, hitting the absolute snot out of the ball for the Yankees’ AAA club at the moment - and is 5 months younger than Phil Ervin, for reference. Dang.
- Cincinnati out-hit Miami 10-7 on the night.
- Vance Worley will tangle with Sal Romano in Friday’s contest, with first pitch set for 7:10 PM ET.