The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Adam Duvall didn’t get the start on Wednesday, but he sure made an impact after entering play late for the Cincinnati Reds.
Duvall got his first chance at the plate against the New York Mets in the Bottom of the 10th inning against reliever A.J. Ramos in a 1-1 game, and responded with a laser of a dinger into the seats behind the LF wall. That’ll do, Doovy. That’ll do just fine.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Sal Romano, who allowed just a lone ER in 6 IP; Raisel Iglesias, who fired a pair of perfect innings of relief (with 3 Ks); Jared Hughes, who also tossed a perfect inning from the ‘pen; and Jose Peraza, who walked, singled, and made a pair of snazzy plays at SS.
- The Mets opened the game by confusing the hell out of everyone - including themselves. Turns out they batted out of order, as the lineup card they released to the press earlier in the day didn’t quite match-up with the one they submitted to the umpires at the outset of the game, and after everyone stood around looking at each other funny, the Top of the 1st was over. MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo has more on the kerfluffle.
- New York scraped across the first run of the game in the Top of the 3rd off Romano, as Brandon Nimmo led off the inning with a triple before scoring on a productive grounout from Asdrubal Cabrera. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- The Reds finally got that run back in the Bottom of the 6th off Zack Wheeler. Jesse Winker opened the inning with a walk, and he moved up to 2B on Peraza’s single. That put Winker in scoring position for Joey Votto, who responded by bonking an RBI single into RF. Game tied, 1-1.
- Duvall, as I mentioned above, clubbed a Ramos meatball into the LF stands in the Bottom of the 10th, and that was that. Reds won, 2-1!
- Prior to today’s 1-run victory, the Reds had lost 15 of their previous 16 1-run games, as Former Fearless Leader Joel Luckhaupt made note of earlier in the week.
- Sal Romano’s day was largely excellent. His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 K on 96 pitches. I think it’s safe to say he’ll be keeping his rotation spot for the time being despite the recent addition of Matt Harvey.
- The Reds will travel to Los Angeles later today, and on Thursday they’ll begin a four game series against the Dodgers. Tyler Mahle is scheduled to start for the Reds in the series opener, though the Dodgers haven’t yet listed their rotation for the series (since they’re dealing with all manner of injury issues there). First pitch Thursday is set for 10:10 PM ET.