The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Scott Schebler has shown some serious streakiness in his time with the Cincinnati Reds, though that’s often been due to him fighting through injuries. After his DL stint earlier this year, he came back a bit slowly, but he’s been knocking the cover off the ball of late.
That continued against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, as he cranked out another 4 hits, going 4 for 6 with two doubles and a run scored.
On a night when the Reds out-hit the St. Louis Cardinals and managed to take 8 walks while still losing 7-6, it’s hard to get amped at all about most any of the overall performances, but with Schebler continuing to maul balls the way he has of late, he sure as heck deserves as much dap as we can give him. So, here’s some dap.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Jesse Winker, who singled twice, walked, and drove in a pair of runs; Joey Votto, who singled twice, walked, and drove in a pair of runs (and also scored); Eugenio Suarez, who singled twice, walked, and scored a run; and Scooter Gennett, who singled, doubled, and drove in a run.
- Jose Martinez hit a 2-out pop fly to RF off Matt Harvey in the Top of the 1st. Unfortunately, that’s where the wind was blowing out on the day, and it somehow cleared the wall in the RF corner for a solo dinger despite looking like it might not leave the infield upon contact. Nerbs. Reds trailed early, 1-0.
- A similar story befell Harvey in the Top of the 2nd, as Yairo Munoz hit a dinger that bounced off the top of the LF wall, another solo shot that left the Reds down 2-0.
- Singles from Suarez and Winker put runners on 1B and 3B with 1-out in the Bottom of the 2nd, and while the grounder off the bat of Jose Peraza that followed initially looked like a would-be 4-6-3 double play, the Cincinnati SS beat the relay throw, and that allowed Suarez to score. Reds trailed, 2-1.
- Martinez dingered again off Harvey in the Top of the 3rd, though this time there were a pair of Cards on base in front of him, because of course. Reds trailed, 5-1.
- Votto coaxed a 2-out walk in the Bottom of the 3rd, and that burned Luke Weaver when Scooter smacked an RBI double to the wall in left-center. Reds trailed, 5-2.
- Back to back walks from Suarez and Winker drove in another Reds run in the Bottom of the 5th, as Winker’s came with the bases loaded and 2-outs. Reds trailed, 5-3.
- Alex Blandino worked a leadoff walk to begin the Bottom of the 6th, and Billy Hamilton then walked behind him. Schebler’s 4-6-3 double play muted the would-be rally for a minute, but that moved Blandino to 3B - and after Tucker Barnhart walked, Votto smoked a single into RF to drive in a run. Unfortunately, with Scooter at the plate, Tucker was thrown on on the bases like a nincompoop trying to take 3B, for some reason, and the would-be rally was then officially toast. Reds trailed, 5-4.
- Michael Lorenzen walked Kolten Wong to lead off the Top of the 7th, and of course that haunted later after a wild pitch and an RBI single into RF by Matt Carpenter. Reds trailed, 6-4.
- The Reds got to Bud Norris in the Bottom of the 9th after a 30+ minute rain delay, as Schebler’s leadoff double led to a run on Votto’s 1-out RBI single, and after Brandon Dixon took over for Votto to run (and went 1B to 3B on Suarez’s broken-bat single), Winker slapped a single past a drawn-in infield to drive in the tying run. Game tied, 6-6.
- Walks haunt, y’know. Raisel Iglesias got a taste of that in the Top of the 10th, as he walked Marcell Ozuna to leadoff and it burned him for a run after back to back singles from Yadier Molina and Jedd Gyorko. That put the Reds behind 7-6, which is how things unfortunately wrapped.
- Reds minor leaguer Ibandel Isabel - who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Ariel Hernandez deal earlier this year - homered twice for the Daytona Tortugas tonight, meaning he’s now hit 10 dingers in his last 10 games. That’s doin’ some work.
- The Reds entered play in this one with the worst starting rotation ERA (5.76) and FIP (5.41) of all MLB teams. Given Harvey’s start - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K on 102 pitches - that won’t change by tomorrow. Gross.
- According to FanRag’s Jon Heyman, the Reds have reached an agreement with 4th round draftee Mike Siani with an over-slot deal that’ll keep him from attending the University of Virginia. That’s pretty rad.
- Saturday’s game will feature Luis Castillo on the mound for the Reds, and he’ll be countered by Cardinals starter Michael Wacha. First pitch is set for 4:10 PM ET.
- Tunes. RIP, Tony.