The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Yeah, Robert Stephenson walks a lot of guys. He did it on Tuesday, even. But the one more and more defined way to describe Bob’s starts of late is that he’s become awfully, awfully hard to hit, too.
So, despite the fact that he walked 5 Milwaukee Brewers in his 6 IP, the Cincinnati Reds rookie allowed just 4 hits, fanning 7 in his 102 pitch outing. He’s dropped his season ERA from needing an exponent to just 5.15 with his overall solid performance from the last month, which is precisely the kind of refining we’d all hoped to see in a 2017 season that was dedicated explicitly for these kinds of things.
Congrats, Bob, and keep up the good work.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Scooter Gennett, who doubled, clubbed another homer, and drove in 3 more runs; Joey Votto, who went 2 for 4 and walked; Zack Cozart, who went 2 for 4 with a double, 2 ribbies, a walk, and a run scored; and Raisel Iglesias, who fired 2 perfect innings for the save.
- Through the Bottom of the 6th, the Reds had the game’s only 2 runs. The initial came in the Bottom of the 3rd when Cozart’s double brought in Stephenson (who had reached on an error). The other came in the Bottom of the 6th itself, when Gennett’s double was backed by an RBI single from Eugenio Suarez. Reds led, 2-0.
- Doubles by Domingo Santana and Stephen Vogt greeted Bob when he came out for the Top of the 7th, though, the latter for a ribbie that chased him in favor of Asher Wojociechowski. Reds led, 2-1.
- The Reds, though, put up a 5 spot in the Bottom of the 7th to effectively ice this one (despite some nervy moments later), as Gennett’s 3-run blast capped the scoring in the inning. Reds led, 7-1.
- Ariel Hernandez allowed a 2-run blast to Travis Shaw in the Top of the 8th and later had walk issues that brought in Iglesias with none still out, but the Cincinnati closer-ace-closer ducked further damage from that point forward. A pair of well manufactured runs added insurance for the Reds off Milwaukee reliever Carlos Torres in the Bottom of the 8th, and that wrapped the home plate action. Reds won, 9-3.
- Stephenson walked a pair sandwiched around a single in the Top of the 4th to load the bases with none out, but some savvy pitching got him out the inning sans damage. He struck out 3 in a row to escape, including 2 on his off-speed pitches, which was a delight to behold.
- These two clubs will wrap this series with a 12:35 game on Wednesday. Luis Castillo will make his final start of the season due to having reached the precipice of his innings limit, whereas Matt Garza will go for the Brewers. The Reds called up Amir Garrett, Jackson Stephens, Cody Reed, and Rookie Davis from AAA Louisville earlier in the day to help fill the void left in the rotation by Castillo being shut down.