The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Chad Wallach tallied a grand total of 11 PAs with the Cincinnati Reds in the 2017 season, some three years after being acquired by the Reds from the Miami Marlins alongside Anthony DeSclafani in the Mat Latos trade. Between that and a 42 PA stint with the Marlins this season - he was picked up off waivers by the Marlins this past winter - he’d never yet managed to hit a big league dinger.
That changed on Sunday, however, as he belted a 3-run blast off Michael Lorenzen, and that was the single biggest blast of the day.
Considering nary a Red really did anything of note on the day, it’s only right that a former Red gets the nod here. So, congrats, Chad. Your Marlins just whomped the heck out of the Reds for an entire series.
- A walk, a single, and an RBI infield single that 3B Eugenio Suarez simply couldn’t come up with preceded Wallach’s 3rd inning dinger, which was belted over the wall in left-center for a 3-run blast that put the Reds in an intial hole, 4-0.
- The Marlins tacked on another pair of runs in the Bottom of the 5th with Sal Romano on the mound. Brian Anderson got things going with a single, and he later ended up at 3B on a wild pitch and throwing error by catcher Curt Casali. Another single, a Scooter Gennett error, and an RBI single from Magneuris Sierra later, and the Reds trailed, 6-0. That, folks, is how this one would finish.
- Lorenzen allowed 9 hits and 2 walks in his 4 IP. He was tagged for 4 ER and struck out no one.
- On the plus side, the Reds are rapidly improving their draft position.
- The last place Reds will return home to GABP later today, presumably. On Tuesday, they’ll begin a quick two-game series against the last place Kansas City Royals, in case you’re still interested in tuning in. First pitch Tuesday is set for 6:40 PM ET, and will have Matt Harvey again on the mound for the Reds in what should be his final appearance of the year before he reaches free agency.