The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Tucker Barnhart smacked a trio of hits, drove in two runs late and scored a run even later seemed liked it might start something of a rally for the Reds. It did, in as much as they scored a total of five runs in those two instances, but when you dig yourself an eight run hole, well...
Regardless, it was a very solid outing for the Reds ever day catcher.
Maybe it’s just the nature of Tucker’s overall game, but he’s quietly putting together another damn solid season. He doesn’t necessarily jump off the stat sheet game in and game out, but he just put up a solid .763 OPS in the month of May while offering up the great defense and leadership behind the plate. His season OBP total is just a hair under .350. He’s been rewarded with hitting up in the batting order, but otherwise, he just comes in everyday and puts in the work. He’s an underrated part of this team and his development is and will be a very important part of the next good Reds team.
Honorable mention to Scott Schebler, who doinked and dinger and single on the night. Joey Votto singled three more times, Scooter Gennett and Adam Duvall hit twice a piece with one RBI a piece, while Jesse Winker hit, walked, and batted a run in. Amir Garrett and Dylan Floro allowed nothing from the bullpen (which can’t be said for the rest of the Reds bullpen tonight).
- The Rockies jumped on the debuting Anthony DeSclafani right away. DJ LeMahieu singled to lead-off the game before Charlie Blackmon jumped on an offering for a triple. Nolan Arenado was walked. Carlos Gonzalez managed an infield single on some indecision by Joey Votto, scoring Blackmon. Luckily, Trevor Story popped out into foul territory and Geraldo Parra grounded into a double play to end the inning. Still, Rockies up early, 2-0.
- Disco got hit again in the second, as Ian Desmond lined into LF. Chris Iannetta then sent a DeSclafani offering into the second row of RF for a two run jack. He got the next three in order to limit the damage once again, but the Rockies double up, 4-0.
- Scott Schebler dingered to get the Reds on the board, finally, in the 5th. Rockies still lead, 4-1.
- Austin Brice replaced DeSclafani in the top of the 6th. It didn’t go well. Arenado and Gonzalez both singled before Story recorded the first out. Parra singled to score Arenado. Desmond grounded out but advanced the runners, so Iannetta was intentionally walked to load the bases back up with 2 out. That proved to be a pretty bad idea, because then Brice proceeded to walk the pitcher, scoring Gonzalez. LeMahieu grounded out to end the frame, but the Rox add 2 more.
- Wandy Peralta replaced Brice in the 7th. It didn’t go well. Blackmon singled, Arenado walked, and then Gonzalez absolutely walloped a three run home run nearly 475 FT. Peralta would get the rest of them, but add 3 to the Rockies total, 9-1.
- The Reds tried some rallying in the bottom of the 7th. Duvall flew out, but Schebler and Peraza followed with back to back singles. Alex Blandino struck out for the second out, but Winker walked to load them up before Barnhart shot a dribbler between 3B and SS to plate two. Votto smacked what should’ve been a single the opposite way, but Winker was sent home on the hit from 2B and, well, it went predictably. Rox up, 9-3.
- Curt Casali led off the bottom of the 9th with a PH double, and then moved to 3B on a wild pitch. Winker grounded out, but it was enough to allow Casali to score. Tucker and Joey each sprayed looping singles to opposite field to crack the door open just a bit for the Reds with only two outs remaining in the game. Eugenio flew out to the warning track, but Scooter pulled a single to RF to score Barnhart. Duvall then lined a single to RF and Joey scored, bringing Scott Schebler to the plate, representing the tying run and causing the Rockies to turn to their hammer, Wade Davis. Schebler struck out, of course. Rockies win, 9-6.
- DeSclafani’s final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Absolutely all of the damage came in the first and second inning where he gave up a triple and a home run in short order. Thereafter, he seemingly shook off the rust and cruised through his final three innings of work. Hopefully we can expect more of the latter going forward.
- The FSOhio broadcast interviewed Reds 2018 first round pick Jonathan India by phone during the fourth inning. Among other things, the crew asked him what position he saw himself playing at the Major League level, and his answer was “shortstop.” I guess I’m not sure what I thought he’d stay (he added he’ll play anywhere they ask, of course), but India hitting well enough to make the Show in relatively short order and him defending well enough to play SS would go a long way toward completing this rebuild.
- Sal Romano and Jon Gray will lock up for the pitching battle tomorrow night, start time scheduled for 7:10 PM EDT. Romano will be attempting to get his ERA under 6, which would go a long way for his future prospects. With Homer’s demotion to the DL and then bullpen, it appears as though Romano is safe for now, but he’s going to have to turn it around sooner than later.