The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
On the heels of Sal Romano’s excellent start on Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds got another excellent start from a rookie on Sunday. Robert Stephenson was on the bump this time, and he similarly was able to completely shut down the Pittsburgh Pirates offense in his outing.
Bob fired 6 scoreless innings of 1-hit ball, and while he scattered a trio of walks on his day, he fanned 8 and routinely pitched his way out of any potential jam, needing 93 pitches to make it deep enough to log a quality start.
Congrats, Bob, and here’s to the continued improvement.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Eugenio Suarez, who homered and walked while hitting in the #2 spot in the lineup; Scooter Gennett, who thumped his 25th homer of the season; Joey Votto, who walked twice and scored; Deck McGuire, who K’d 2 in his scoreless inning of relief; and Michael Lorenzen, who threw a perfect 9th for the save.
- It took until the Bottom of the 6th for a team to hit the scoreboard, and it was the Reds who finally did so. Jesse Winker led off with a walk, and it haunted Gerrit Cole immediately when Suarez followed with a 2-run shot over the CF wall. That scenario replicated itself, too, as Votto followed with a walk and Scooter backed him with a 2-run shot of his own to chase Cole to the showers. Daniel Hudson then took over, and after Zach Vincej was plunked by a pitch, Tucker Barnhart dumped a triple into the RF corner to give the Reds a commanding 5-0 lead.
- The Pirates finally got on the board in the Top of the 8th, as John Jaso smacked a 2-run homer off Luke Farrell. Reds led, 5-2, and that’s how things wrapped.