The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
It’s no secret that we absolutely adore Joey Votto around these parts. I mean we gave him his whole damn week, and that doesn’t account for the years of digital ink we’ve spilled praising him, long before it was cool to (if such a time ever really existed).
But good pitching; more specifically, good starting pitching is so damn important to this team. The offense fired on all cylinders tonight and probably could’ve overcome a typical Reds-like starting performance. But, for the second outing in a row, Sal Romano provided much more than what we’re used to and for that, he’s getting the trophy.
He wasn’t particularly dominant despite the 7 IP, 0 ER portion of the line. He walked 4, which is too many, but he did strike out 6 which ties for second most in any game this season (he did it in his first start of this month, too). Still, when you consider what he last time out against a different AL Central foe (8 IP, 1 ER), it’s certainly possible that this is the best 15 IP stretch of Sal’s young career, at least when you’re looking pure results.
So, do you’re damn thing, Romano. No one’s taking your spot with games like these.
Honorable mention to Joey Votto, of course, who cranked his first HR in forever that also happened to be a granny that bust this game wide open only three innings in; Tucker Barnhart, who reached 4 times (3 H, 1 BB) scored 2 runs and added an RBI; Jose Peraza hit, walked, and scored 3 runs, while Billy Hamilton cranked a dinger on a 2 hit, 1 walk, 2 R night. Adam Duvall hit thrice and batted in 2 runs, while also walking and should probably be further up on this list but damnit the Reds offense did all the things.
David Hernandez allowed nothing out of the pen, as well, which is fairly customary for him at this point.
- The Reds made some big noise in the bottom of the 3rd inning. A walk to both Billy Hamilton and Tucker Barnhart was sandwiched around Jose Peraza single that loaded the bases for Joey Votto. Votto choked up on that big stick and swatted one high and deep into the outfield. So deep that it went over the wall for GRAND SLAM by Joey D. Votto. Scooter and Duvall would reach thereafter but would ultimately end up stranded at second and third. Still, that’s a crooked number on the board for the Redlegs, 4-0.
- Billy grounded out to begin the 4th, but Peraza worked a 1-out walk (really, it’s true) before Tucker smoked one down the LF line, just out of the reach of the Tigers third baseman. Peraza scored from first for the only run of the inning, as Votto and Eugenio Suarez lined out consecutively for outs two and three. Reds, 5-0.
- In the bottom of the 6th, Billy turned on a curve and sent a rocket of a line drive to the seats in RF for his third dinger of the season. Peraza grounded out for the first out but Tucker singled, Joey walked, and Suarez singled to load the bases for Scooter Gennett. He, somewhat surprisingly this season, didn’t hit one far enough to do any damage. That’s okay, though, because Adam Duvall did, sending a line drive past Castellanos in RF to score two. Jesse Winker struck out to end the frame. Reds add 3 more, though, to lead 8-0.
- The Reds did a lot of 2-out work in the bottom of the 7th. Billy singled after a PH strike out by Scott Schebler. Peraza grounded into a fielder’s choice that probably should’ve been a GIDP, but Tigers RP VerHagen took the throw into 1B to the face which actually caused him to be removed from the game. Buck Farmer replaced him (what a damn name) and gave up a single to Barnhart that fell in, and then walked Votto to load the bases. He hit Suarez with a pitch despite being nowhere to put him. Suarez scored. Gennett flied out to the warning track to end the frame. Reds get one more, lead 9-0.
- Man, Wandy Peralta is struggling. He entered the 9th given a 9 run lead and, well... he allowed three consecutive Tiger singles. He then walked JaCoby Jones for the Tigers first run. Leonys Martin then smacked a double to score two more. Then Peralta hit the showers without retiring a single batter in the top of the 9th. Yikes. Dylan Floro replaced, and gave up a sac fly to Jeimer Candelario that plated Jones. Ronny Rodriguez walked before another sac fly plated Martin. Thankfully and mercifully, John Hicks flew out to end the inning and the game. Tigers get 5 in the inning but lose to the Reds, 9-5.
- You might’ve read somewhere today that Joey Votto hadn’t homered in 30 games. That ended tonight when Votto scraped one just over the wall in RF. This really just all serves as proof that Joey Votto reads Red Reporter and that he thinks Wick Terrell can shove it.
- Billy Hamilton’s home run in the 6th got out and in a hurry. It wasn’t as well struck as I thought watching it live (96 mph exit velo), but, dang. It was really kind of a strange dinger for someone with his profile.
- Wandy Peralta was put on the hook for all 5 ER tonight, without recording an out. Yikes. He’s got an ERA up to 6.14 now. That’s not gonna do.
- The Reds and the Tigers will go again tomorrow, but earlier this time, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 PM EDT. Michael Fulmer will take the hill for the Tigers while Tyler Mahle will bump it for the Reds. It’s only a two game series, so the Reds have already guaranteed a split. Let’s break out the brooms.