Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jesse Winker didn’t even start the game, but he collected three hits including the game-winning Winker-Wonker.
Honorable mention to my new favorite Reds back-up catcher Curt Casali, who doubled home a run and scored the tying run in the ninth. He also put down a solid sac bunt in the 11th. Also, HM to Dylan Floro for throwing three scoreless innings in extras to earn the win.
- To the shock and horror of all, Reds’ pitching gave up a run in the first inning. DJ LeMahieu reached on an error by Alex Blandino and Charlie Blackmon roped a single to right field. Mahle then got Nolan Arenado to roll up a double play, but LeMahieu scored. 1-0 Rocks.
- The Reds were able to tie it up in the second inning when Adam Duvall singled to left field and then scored on a well-struck double by my new favorite Reds back-up catcher, Curt Casali. Duvall was beaten the plate by the throw, but it was off line and he was able to avoid the tag.
- The Rockies’ bats pestered Mahle the entire afternoon, tacking on single runs in both the third and fourth innings. In the third it was a LaMahieu double and a Carlos Gonzalez single what did it. In the fourth, Mike Tauchman led off with a double, moved to third on a hard line drive out to right field, and scored when Tyler Anderson bunted into what should have been a double play. Votto got the lead runner, Tony Wolters, at second base, but Wolters done kind of a dirty slide that sent Scooter’s relay to first off the line. The umpires reviewed it and ruled that there was no interference, but there is a perfectly legitimate alternate universe out there wherein they do call interference and that run doesn’t score.
- Amir Garrett took the ball in the sixth and got rushed real hard. The Rockies added two runs before he could record two outs. He would clamp it down after that and pitch two full innings, but the damage was done.
- In the bottom of the eighth now with the Rockies up 5-2, Billy led off with a walk and Scott Schebler collected yet another hit. To take advantage, Jim Riggleman inserted Scooter Gennett as a pinch hitter in place of Alex Blandino. He took five-straight pitches to run the count the full and ultimately drew a walk to bring up Joey Votto with the bases loaded and nobody out.
- Buddy Black brought on Scoberg to face Votto, who grounded out to bring a run home. Suarez then grounded one to shortstop that got Schebler to score but left Scooter to hang. Jesse Winker then came on to pinch-hit for Duvall and hit a solid base hit to right field, but Suarez was thrown out trying to tie it up. 5-4 Rockies.
- Wade Davis came on to close it out for the ninth inning and summarily beaned my new favorite Reds back-up catcher, Curt Casali. But with the bench now completely emptied out, Casali was left to run for himself. After Brandon Dixon whiffed on three pitches, Jose Peraza roped a hard single into left field to put the (slow) runner in scoring position.
- Davis struck out Billy Hamilton, but uncorked a humdinger of a wild pitch in the process. With the runners moved up to second and third, Scott Schebler stepped up to the plate. He got ahead of Schebler 1-2 before uncorking yet another humdinger of a wild pitch that brought home the tying run.
- A whole lotta nothin’ happened from there until the 13th inning. Joey Votto led off when Chris Rusin let go yet another humdinger of a wild pitch that beaned ol’ Joey. One out later, Winker won it with a wanker into wight-center. 7-5, Reds win.
- Michael “MicheLo Ultra” Lorenzen pinch-hit for Mahle in the fifth and collected a single. That’s dope. He scored a liner into left field at an exit velocity of 116.5 mph. That’s the hardest-hit ball by a Red in the StatCast era and the hardest hit ball by a pitcher in all of MLB.
- Also, considering just how dramatically necessary the entire bench was for this game, it was quite a smart move in hindsight to have Lorenzen hitting here rather than a real hitter.
- Scott Schebler faced Wade Davis for the fourth time in his career in that ninth inning at-bat. He had struck out all three times prior to today. He struck out again today.
- Mahle only made it through five innings today, throwing 96 pitches to do so. At one point, Marty Brenneman was grumbling about how Mahle has had a habit of throwing a ton of pitches in too few innings and wondering aloud about when he might get it and start pitching more efficiently.
- Mahle is 23 years old and has all of three months of experience in the majors. Marty really, really needs to just shut up sometimes.
- The Reds continue their homestand when they invite the Cardinals tomorrow night to start a three-game weekend set. Matt Harvey will take the ball opposite Luke Weaver.