The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Trailing by a pair in the Bottom of the 8th, Joe Maddon went to righty Carl Edwards, Jr. as he played knifey-spooney against the Cincinnati lineup, and Suarez promptly rocked the socks off a meatball, crushing it over the RF fence for a 2-run dong that tied the game late, 5-5. Considering he added a prior RBI double, that was hands down the biggest game-changing performance the Reds had on a night where a loss would’ve left them 9.5 games behind the Cubs in the incredibly contentious NL Central. Not to mention that he later added another crucial double in the Bottom of the 10th that put the winning run on 3B.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Jose Iglesias, who bonked a solo homer and added an RBI double of his own; Nick Senzel, who singled twice, stole a pair of bases, and scored a run; Robert Stephenson, who fanned a pair in another scoreless inning of relief; Eugenio Suarez, who both doubled in a run; Derek Dietrich, who singled, doubled, and scored; Yasiel Puig, who shrugged off his 3 earlier Ks for the game-winning hit; and Amir Garrett, who bailed out the Reds with a bit out with runners on in the Top of the 10th.
- Senzel began the Top of the 1st with a single into CF, and promptly swiped himself 2B. That put him in scoring position for Suarez’s RBI double, and the Reds held an early 1-0 lead against Yu Darvish.
- That lead evaporated in a hurry, however, as Albert Almora singled sharply in the Top of the 2nd and scored when Addison Russell assholed a homer over the CF wall a batter later. Reds trailed, 2-1.
- Speaking of crushed Baileys, Almora got a solo one of his own in the Top of the 4th, a 391 foot blast into the LF seats that put the Reds behind, 3-1.
- The Reds scraped a run back in the Bottom of the 4th, as Derek Dietrich poked a 2-out single and Iglesias followed with yet another #clutch hit, a double into the RF gap that brought DD all the way around to score. Reds trailed, 3-2.
- An error bit the Reds in the Bottom of the 7th, as Iglesias’ throw went wide of 1B on Russell’s groundball ‘single’ up the middle, which resulted in the asshole on 2B with none out. A productive groundout and sac fly later, and the Reds were down, 4-2.
- Iggy at least got that run back in the Bottom of the 7th, as he destroyed a Brandon Kintzler meatball for a 423 foot solo blast over the wall in left-center. Reds trailed, 4-3.
- Unfortunately, Kyle Schwarber stole another run for the Cubs in the Top of the 8th, as he Bailey’d off a David Hernandez fastball for a solo shot that gave Chicago a 5-3 lead.
- A rally was still in the plans for the Reds, though. Joey Votto fought off a LOOGY for a laser of a single into CF to open the Bottom of the 8th, and Suarez then followed with his 2-run blast to square the score at 5-5.
- Votto coaxed a walk off Brad Brach in the Bottom of the 10th, and he motored to 3B on the double by Suarez. Jesse Winker was then walked intentionally to load the bases with 1-out and set up a potential double play, which brought Puig to the plate. All he did was crush a laser to the wall in CF that brought in the walk-off run, and the Reds won, 6-5.
- Sonny Gray was bitten by a pair of longballs, but otherwise didn’t pitch too, too poorly in his outing. His final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K on 88 pitches. At least he solved the walk issues he dealt with in his previous start vs. Oakland.
- Jesse Winker was thrown out at home to end the Bottom of the 6th inning on Dietrich’s double into the RF corner. Replay showed he took no fewer than six steps to finally reach home after the catcher had already caught the throw home. That’s so, so bad.
- Luis Castillo will toe the rubber for the Reds in Thursday’s series finale against the Cubs, and he’ll be opposed by lefty Jose Quintana as Chicago’s starter. I’m guessing the lefty starter will mean we won’t see what’s become the ‘regular’ Reds lineup rolled out again, and instead will get a dose of Jose Peraza, Curt Casali, and Kyle Farmer. Despite it being getaway day for the Cubs, it’s still a 6:40 PM ET start, so plan accordingly.