The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Preston Tucker singled twice, took a walk, and drove in the only run the Cincinnati Reds scored on the evening, which was enough to make him take this here award away in nearly a landslide on a night where Corey Kluber had everything working for Cleveland.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Michael Lorenzen, who mopped up where Sal Romano spilled, allowing just 2 ER in his 4.1 innings of relief; Raisel Iglesias, who fanned the side in his IP of relief; and the combo of Jared Hughes and David Hernandez, who again combined to fire 2.0 IP of scoreless ball.
- Y’know that thing you used to do as kids where you’d slow-talk one of your buddies to distract him while another snuck behind him and crouched down so you could push buddy number one so he fell over buddy number two and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh? Well, that’s basically what Cleveland did to Sal Romano to start this game. Francisco Lindor singled, Michael Brantley walked, and Jose Ramirez singled in Lindor as the first trio of batters in the Top of the 1st, and Yonder Alonso then followed with a 2-run single. Melky Cabrera later singled, and a pair of productive outs later, Alonso scored to make it 4-0 Cleveland immediately.
- It was more of the same off Romano in the Top of the 2nd, the final inning in which he’d pitch on the evening. Brantley singled, Ramirez doubled, Alonso plated Brantley on a sac fly, and Cabrera singled to score Ramirez, which ended Romano’s night after 1.2 IP and left the Reds down, 6-0.
- Walks fueled another Cleveland run in the Top of the 5th, as after Cabrera singled to begin the inning, Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes both walked to load the bases off Lorenzen. A double-play ball helped avoid a huge inning, but it did plate a run, and the Reds trailed, 7-0.
- Jose Ramirez clubbed a hanging Lorenzen slider in the Top of the 6th for a solo dinger, and the Reds trailed, 8-0.
- The Tucker-Tucker combo finally got the Reds on the board in the Bottom of the 7th, as Barnhart tripled and Preston singled to score him. That cut the lead to 8-1, but that was unfortunately how things finished.
- The Reds will turn to Robert Stephenson on Wednesday with hopes of salvaging at least a game of this inter-Ohio series. He’ll be opposed by Shane Bieber, who I can only imagine is thoroughly sick of all of our dumbass name jokes. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET.