The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
There’s a lot to unpack here, so bear with me...
The outing didn’t end the way that the Reds, Reds fans, and surely Mahle himself would’ve liked, but the fact of the matter is his final line doesn’t accurately display how utterly dominant he was in this game. 6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 11 K.
But he was absolutely in control, and at points on cruise control, in this one up until the 7th inning. It wasn’t until the 7th inning that the Braves would get their first hit of the night. It happened to be a home run off the bat of Freddie Freeman, of course, and Mahle ran out of gas thereafter.
But the first six innings in this one were a sight to behold, hopefully the first of many dominant outings for the Reds youngster. That the presumably good parts of the Reds bullpen yakked it up, is, well, something. But he still gets a trophy.
Scooter Gennett did a little bit of everything tonight. I was ready to bury him after he let a 9th inning grounder by Inciarte eat him up, which let the Braves tie the game. And that was after his first homer of the season and a heads up suicide bunt that played add on for the Reds. But he was the hero tonight, hitting his SECOND home run of the night (and of the season) to scoot the Reds off in this one. For that, he’s getting a trophy, as well.
Jared Hughes was the nails out of the bullpen the Reds needed, after they thought they were going to get it from Garrett and Raisel. Screw it, he’s getting a trophy, too.
Honorable mention to Joey Votto, who honked his first wanger of the year and walked (despite leaving a lot of opportunities out there). Jose Peraza hit thrice more tonight, and Alex Blandino notched two hits and a walk (hashtag start him, hashtag everyday).
- The Reds started the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd inning, but they got a little bit of help as the Braves defense went a bit haywire. Scooter Gennett singled to left before Adam Duvall was robbed of a hit by a diving Nick Markakis in RF for the first out. Tucker Barnhart and Alex Blandino each singled to load the bases. Tyler Mahle singled softly to 1B, but Freddie Freeman’s throw for the force at home pulled the catcher off the plate, so the Reds get the run on the throwing error. Billy Hamilton then grounded softly up the middle, which was promptly mishandled by Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who ended up getting nobody out. Barnhart scored. Jesse Winker came to the plate and hit a sac fly to LF, scoring Blandino. Jose Peraza then smoked a ground ball single passed the diving ATL 2B to load the bases back up for Joey Votto... who grounded out softly to end the inning. Still, the Reds get a lead for the second game in a row! 3-0.
- The Reds added on in the bottom of the 5th with back to back single run jacks off the bats of Joseph Daniel Votto and Ryan Scooter Gennett. Reds up, 5-0 after five full.
- Tyler Mahle took a no-hitter into the 7th inning, but unfortunately, he unraveled a bit to end his night. Freeman punched a homer for the first hit of the night, ending the shutout and the no-hitter in one swing. Markakis pounded a double to the left center field wall before Kurt Suzuki hammered a homer to left, as well. And Tyler Mahle’s magnificent outing ended that quickly, as he was pulled for Amir Garrett. Garrett continued his strong start to the season from the pen, though, allowing only one more Braves hit in the inning. Braves on the board, 5-3.
- Winker led off the Reds 7th with a double that bent passed the jumping left fielder and bounced off the wall. Peraza hit another smoking grounder up the middle to put the runners at the corners. Votto struck out for the first out, but Captain-in-Grit Gennett dropped down a suicide squeeze that scored the pinch running Phil Ervin. Duvall was intentionally walked with two outs, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, before the Reds dialed up a double steal to put the runners at 3B and 2B. That worked out, because Tucker then smacked a single up the middle that was barely gloved by Swanson. It scored Peraza from 3B, but Duvall overran the bag, thinking the ball had gone into the infield, and was thrown out at 3B. Reds get two more big runs, though, 7-3.
- Garrett ran into trouble in the 9th, giving up a towering HR to Freeman, of all people. Markakis grounded out, but Suzuki singled before a Preston Tucker double, and that would end the night for Amir. Raisel Iglesias walked the first batter he faced before getting the 2nd out of the inning. He’d walk Johan Camargo but there was no place to put him. Ender Inciarte then singled on a hard hit ball directly at Gennett, who couldn’t glove it. Two more scored to tie the game. Ozzie Albies grounded out but, ugh. 7-7 heading into the bottom of the 9th.
- The Reds would score no runs in the bottom of the frame to send it to extras.
- Votto opened the bottom of the 12th with a walk before Ryan Gennett scooted the Reds off with his SECOND home run of the game. The Reds finally win, 9-7.
- Devin Mesoraco was slated to start this one, but he was scratched late due to a stiff neck. Hopefully it’s nothing more than that. Or maybe he needs to get that replaced, too.
- Joey’s home run in the fifth was his first of the season. It was his first dating all the way back to September 28th, 2018. On the broadcast, they mentioned it was the third longest HR drought in Votto’s career.
- Alex Blandino is 6 for his last 15 after starting 1 for his first 19. Added a walk tonight, too. Phil Gosselin and Cliff Pennington have combined for 6 hits all season.
- Eugenio Suarez in Louisville for the Bats: 1-2, 2B, 1 R, 2 BB. That’ll do.
- The Reds are 1-1 in Extra inning games this year, which accounts for 1/5 of their wins.
- The Reds and the Braves will ramp it up for the third time tomorrow. First pitch is set again at 6:40 PM EDT. Brandon Finnegan will make his third start and will try to keep the ball in and around the strike zone this time out. He’ll face off against Matt Wisler.