The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Scott Schebler honked a mighty dinger, doubled, walked, scored twice, and has generally taken quite nicely to the leadoff spot in the Cincinnati Reds batting order - if that’s where he’s going to sit for the near future.
That was enough to earn a trophy on Monday night, even if it took until the early hours of Tuesday morning to make things official.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Joey Votto, who walked thrice, singled, scored, and drove in a run; and Kyle Crockett, who bailed the Cincinnati Reds out of a jam in the 6th inning and looked just as solid in the 7th for a full 3-outs of scoreless work.
- After a nearly 90 minute rain delay, this one began with the Atlanta Braves jumping on Tyler Mahle immediately in the Bottom of the 1st. Well, not immediately, of course, since the Reds made a trio of outs first, but you know what I’m saying. Ender Inciarte walked on four pitches, and he scored on the RBI double down the right-field line by Ozzie Albies. Schebler opted to throw home on the play despite not really having a chance at the runner, and that bit the Reds when Albies deftly took 3B on the play. He later scored on a sac-fly to CF, and the Reds trailed, 2-0.
- Mike Foltynewicz had kept the Reds hitless into the Top of the 5th despite throwing a billion pitches and walking half that many, Schebler got Cincinnati on the board with a massive solo dinger that cleared the RF seats, and the Reds trailed, 2-1.
- Mahle ran into a bit of a jam in the Bottom of the 5th, however, loading the bases with none out after a walk to Freddie Freeman that brought NL hits and doubles leader Nick Markakis to the plate. Mahle, though, got a 4-6-3 double play from Markakis, and while a run scored, it helped him escape what could’ve been a much bigger jam. Reds trailed, 3-1.
- A trio of singles off reliever Lucas Sims in the Top of the 6th set the table for an RBI-walk from Jesse Winker, and Adam Duvall later helped get another run across the plate when the Barves failed to turn a double play. That tied the score, 3-3.
- Cincinnati took the lead in the Top of the 7th, thanks largely to Schebler’s leadoff double. Tucker Barnhart bunted him over to 3B all sacrifice-y like, and Votto then brought him in with a hard-hit grounder back up the middle that hit off reliever Sam Freeman to allow the run to score. Reds led, 4-3.
- A Votto error on a grounder hit right at him by Freddie Freeman loomed large in the Bottom of the 7th, however, as a later walk by David Hernandez and a 2-out Danny Santana double into RF brought Freeman in to score, and the game was again tied, 4-4.
- About eleven hours later, it was Ozzie Albies again who put the fork in the Reds, homering off Dylan Floro to open the Bottom of the 11th inning, which ended the game. Reds lost, 5-4.
- Tyler Mahle was far from his best on the night, but still limited Atlanta to just 3 ER in 5 IP, with 5 H and 4 BB scattered against his 5 K.
- Tuesday’s matchup between the Reds and Atlanta will feature a pair of starting pitchers who, to the casual fan as the season wears on, might not make a lick of sense. Cincinnati’s Matt Harvey will toe the rubber opposite Atlanta’s Anibal Sanchez, with first pitch set for 7:35 PM ET. No, that’s not a Mets/Tigers matchup you’ll be tuning in to watch.