The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
The pre-season minor league contract duo of Jose Iglesias and Derek Dietrich have proven to be solid additions to the Reds’ in the early part of 2019. There are already a few wins that could have been losses if not for one of those two guys. Tonight, it was Dietrich’s turn again to do his thing, as he had a monster game against the San Francisco Giants tonight. He got things going early with a 3-run blast in the bottom of the 1st and then did it again in the 3rd. In all, he went 3 for 4 with 2 HR and 6 RBI. That gives him 7 dingers on the season, which puts him one behind the team lead, held by Jesse Winker. Have a trophy, Derek. Keep staring at those homers.
Honorable mentions are due to: Kyle Farmer, for going 2 for 4 with a dinger and 2 RBI; Yasiel Puig, for going 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and a stolen base; Nick Senzel, for collecting his first major league hit, walking twice, and scoring is first of many runs in his major league career; and Jesse Winker, for going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
- The Reds used a 2-out rally in the bottom of the first to take an early lead tonight. Jesse Winker got things going with a single to right and moved to 2nd on a single by Yasiel Puig. That brought up Derek Dietrich, who smacked a 3-run dinger to right to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.
- Things remained that way until the bottom of the 3rd, when the floodgates opened. Nick Senzel, who finally doesn’t get a nickname, drew a 1-out walk and then moved to 3rd on a double by Jesse Winker, which really got my sugars up. Yasiel Puig would come up and hit a soft grounder to Brandon Crawford, who was unable to make a play on it, allowing Senzel to score. Derek Dietrich came up and did the damn thing again, smashing another 3-run tank to right to put the Reds up 7-0. They weren’t done there. Jose Iglesias would then double and later score on a Kyle Farmer single. The Reds led 8-0 after 3.
- The Giants were able to get a few back in the top of the 4th. Buster Posey led off with a single to right then moved to 2nd on a walk by Brandon Belt. A walk by Evan Longoria would load the bases. A Brandon Crawford groundout would allow Posey to score and the runners to move up to cut the lead to 8-1. After a Kevin Pillar fly out, Steven Duggar would single on a grounder to center to drive in 2 more. Reds led, 8-3.
- The Reds got one of those back. Yasiel Puig reached on an error by Kevin Pillar and was able to move to 2nd and then scored after Derek Dietrich reached on an error. Reds led, 9-3.
- Kyle Farmer led off the bottom of the 5h with a solo blast to left to give the Reds a 10-3 lead.
- Because things can’t be easy, the Giants scored 4 in the top of the 6th. Brandon Crawford hit a 1-out single to center then moved to 3rd on a single by Kevin Pillar. That brought up Steven Duggar, who flew out to deep center to bring in Crawford. Stephen Vogt doubled off the wall to bring in Pillar, who was very nearly gunned down by Puig on the play. Joe Panik then smoked a ball to the bullpen in right, cutting the Reds’ lead to 10-7.
- The Reds added a run in the bottom of the 7th. Tucker Barnhart walked and then moved to 2nd on a 2-out walk by Senzel. That brought up Jesse Winker, who put a perfectly placed pop-up on the chalk in left that bounced into the stands. Tucker Barnhart would score on the play, increasing the Reds’ lead to 11-7.
- The Giants had some serious BABIP luck in the top of the 8th. Michael Lorenzen completely sawed off Steven Duggar and Stephen Vogt but, since it’s the 2019 Reds we’re talking about, both players found no-man’s land on their hits. Amir Garett relieved Lorenzen and immediately struck out Joe Panik. After a single by Tyler Austin loaded the bases, Brandon Belt would line a 2-out single up the middle to score 2. Raisel Iglesias would relieve Garrett, who would allow a single to Evan Longoria to cut the lead to 11-10. Thankfully, Iglesias would strikeout Brandon Crawford to end the inning.
- Goodness. Raisel Iglesias got 2 easy outs in the 9th and then Stephen Vogt absolutely destroyed a first pitch fastball about 20 rows up the seats in right to tie the game at 11.
- Evan Longoria sent a Jared Hughes pitch into the stands in the top of the 11th to give the Giants a 12-11 lead.
- Sonny Gray really struggled once the second time through the order came up. It was a little frustrating to watch, especially since he was cruising through the first 3 innings. In all, he finished with a line of: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
- He can play center, you guys:
- The Reds led 8-0 at one point.
- This is just so depressing.
- The Reds hope to keep things rolling again tomorrow night against the Giants. Tanner Roark will get the start for Cincinnati while the Giants will counter with Dereck Rodriguez. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EDT.