The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Rich Hill and Cody Bellinger are not members of the Cincinnati Reds. If they were, that would have made their contributions for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Friday’s rout against the rules, and things that are against the rules are against the rules.
Usually, it’s against the rules to dole out the JNMHSotG to a non-Red, but dear lord, this was as thorough a bashing as we’ve seen against the Reds all season, and ol’ Nuxy would’ve acknowledged as such.
Hill carved up the Reds for 6 innings of 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K foolishness, while Bellinger - who entered the game hitting over .400 on the season with a slugging percentage greater than most every single Reds’ OPS - doubled, dingered, and scored thrice.
On a night when the Reds only saw a player reach base four times, that’s just how this must roll, unfortunately. Get ‘em tomorrow, and whatnot.
- Anthony DeSclafani breezed through the Top of the 1st on 7 pitches, retiring the side in order. The Top of the 2nd, however, was not so breezy. Cody Bellinger crushed a double to the wall in left-center, and that was immediately followed by a 2-run blast off the bat of Corey Seager. Reds trailed, 2-0.
- The Top of the 3rd saw another dinger, as Joc Pederson sliced one into the first row of the RF bleachers just inside the foul pole, a solo dong that put the Reds behind, 3-0. Max Muncy then followed with a solo blast of his own, and that left the good guys behind 4-0.
- Cody Reed was on the mound for the Reds the next time the Dodgers pushed a run across the plate, and it was a rather unfortunate series of events that allowed it to happen. Reed, y’see, actually struck out the red hot Bellinger to begin the Top of the 6th, but since it was a wild pitch that did it, Bellinger still ended up on 1B. A productive groundout then moved him up to 2B, which put him in scoring position on the RBI single by Enrique Hernandez. Reds trailed, 5-0.
- Bellinger homered in the Top of the 8th off Zach Duke, because of course he did. That solo shot sank the Reds to a 6-0 deficit. That was it.
- The biggest margin of defeat the Reds had faced this season was 5 runs. That, of course, was prior to tonight.
- Cody Reed allowed that run tonight because the Reds called him up earlier today. Otherwise, that would’ve been against the rules. Josh VanMeter was optioned back to AAA as the corresponding move.
- Disco, meanwhile, allowed some lasers in his shortened outing, his third straight iffy start. His final line: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K on 58 pitches.
- Yasiel Puig struck out 3 times, and his OPS is down to .612 on the season. That makes me so incredibly sad.
- Tyler Mahle will toe the rubber for the Reds on Saturday in the second game of the series, and he’ll be opposed by Lexington, KY native Walker Buehler, who I’m certain will have ample fans in the stands. First pitch is set for 4:10 PM ET.