The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jose Peraza just simply continues to hit the snot out of the ball.
The Cincinnati Reds shortstop had yet another awesome offensive game on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, going 4 for 5 with a dinger, a pair of ribbies, and 3 runs scored, and continues to look like he’s maturing into a legitimate force atop the Cincinnati lineup both for this year and for the future.
Frankly, it’s one of the few positive developments the Reds have been able to enjoy while their injury-riddled lineup limps through the end of August, but its been one that just might prove to be vital to the rebuild going forward.
Honorable Mentions are due to: ; Eugenio Suarez, who doubled, singled, walked twice, and scored; Scooter Gennett, who singled twice, tripled, walked, drove in a pair, and scored twice; and Billy Hamilton, who had a pair of singles, scored, and picked up his 12 OF assist of the season.
- The Reds jumped on Junior Guerra immediately in the Bottom of the 1st. Hamilton got things going from the leadoff spot with a single, and he scored a batter later on Peraza’s 2-run blast into the LF seats. A single from Scooter then followed, as did a double by Suarez and a Phil Ervin walk. Tucker then jam-shot a single that somehow got through the infield to plate Scooter, and Suarez later scored on a wild pitch. Reds led, 4-0.
- Guerra’s struggled continued into the Bottom of the 2nd. Billy singled again, but was caught trying to swipe 2B, but the Cincinnati offense still managed to plate a pair in the inning. Peraza singled, Scooter singled to move him to 3B, and Guerra was then pulled after he walked Suarez to load the bases. Reliever Jordan Lyles didn’t really fare much better, though, as he walked Scott Schebler with the bases loaded to force in a run before a productive Phlerv groundout scored another. Reds led, 6-0.
- Milwaukee finally got to Disco in the Top of the 4th, as Jesus Aguilar singled, Travis Shaw walked, and Ryan Braun singled to load the bags with just 1-out. Fortunately, though, Disco got a key K of Mike Moustakas, and while Erik Kratz slapped an RBI single into CF, Billy’s throw home nailed a second would-be run, as Shaw was out at home on a nifty tag by Tucker. Reds led, 6-1.
- Christian Yelich is an incredible baseball player that we here at Red Reporter dot com spent years pining for, only to see the Brewers actually pony up what it took to trade for him this last winter. Yelich smoked a Disco ball off the batter’s eye in the Top of the 6th, a solo homer that cut the Cincinnati lead to 6-2.
- Peraza’s single in the Bottom of the 6th began yet another flurry, as Suarez walked two batters later to put him into scoring position. That loomed large when Phlerv later singled into RF off reliever Matt Albers, which brought Jose around to score. Reds led, 7-2.
- Anthony DeSclafani continues to get mauled by Jim Riggleman’s managerial decisions. After dominating the Brewers lineup for 6 IP, he was sent out for the Top of the 7th, allowed a single, retired a pair of batters, and then watched Hernan Perez smoke a double. At 98 pitches, the idea of letting him work his way out of a jam was apparently a danged foreign one, and Riggles turned to Jared Hughes, who has been hit hard lately. Of course, that turned into a walk to Lorenzo Cain before Yelich hit a meatball way the hell out over the LF fence, which made this would-be walkover a 7-6 game.
- Fortunately, the Cincinnati offense bounced right the heck back. Mason Williams singled off Albers to begin the inning, and he later moved up to 2B on another single by Peraza. That put both in position to score on Scooter’s triple into the RF corner off reliever Joakim Soria, which put the Reds ahead, 9-6.
- The Brewers managed to plate a run off Raisel Iglesias in the Top of the 9th as - you guessed it - a Yelich groundout plated a run, but that was fortunately all the damage done, and the Reds held on for a 9-7 W.
- Anthony DeSclafani’s final line was once again brutalized by inherited runners scoring, something that he’s been bitten by more in the last few months than any pitcher I can remember. It’s almost as if his ability to actually be efficient enough to get sent out for that extra half-inning only to be pulled immediately is more of a detriment than a positive, as Jim Riggleman just cannot figure out a way to manage out of a wet paper bag. Disco’s final line, therefore, after really pitching well for most of the night still looks meh without context: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K on 98 pitches.
- In case you haven’t picked this up, I cannot wait for the Reds managerial search to actually begin. It’s the lone positive of this freaking baseball season ending.
- Reds minor leaguer Ibandel Isabel’s monster season has been nothing short of tremendous, and his pair of homers tonight have set the all-time single-season Florida State League record, as the Daytona Tortugas noted earlier on Twitter. You’ll remember that the Reds landed him from the Los Angeles Dodgers farm in the trade that sent Ariel Hernandez the other way earlier this season.
- Matt Harvey will get a start on Wednesday against the team that claimed him just last week, which will be a bit of an interesting subplot for the second game of this series. Freddy Peralta will go for the Beers, with first pitch set for 7:10 PM ET.