The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
This game got off to a very, very fun start.
Little did we know the Reds offense would basically be finished before a single out was recorded in the game.
Still, the back-to-back-to-back home runs from Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker, and Derek Dietrich on three total pitches is pretty damn fun and cool. Since nothing else really happened for the Reds after that, the three of them will share the trophy.
It was the second time the Reds have gone three-peat on the home run. Only one other team in the league has done it at all. It was the first three pitch, three home run instance since 2007, when former Red Matt Kemp was involved.
In yet another one run loss, at least we got to have a little fun, even if it was fleeting.
Honorable mention to Joey Votto for reaching base twice and scoring a run. Kyle Farmer launched his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the 9th that gave the Reds a little bit of life with two outs. Amir Garrett was turned to for 1.1 IP, and didn’t give up a damn thing, striking out two.
- The Redlegs jumped all over Giants starter Jeff Samardzija at the outset. Joey Votto lopped a little blooper into left center for a single. Eugenio Suarez then jumped all over the second pitch he saw, which snuck just over the right field wall for a two run dong. The next two hits, however, would not sneak over. Jesse Winker took the next pitch into deep center field (just to the right of the Toyota sign, actually). Then Derek Dietrich took the very next pitch nearly out of the damn stadium. Three pitches, three dingers. Reds up, 4-0.
- Luis Castillo cruised through this ball game until the top of the 6th inning. He’d allowed only a walk in his first 5.1 IP, before Steven Duggar singled on a broken bat grounder that beat the shift. Stephen Vogt replaced Samardzija and promptly walked, before Joe Panik singled to left that scored Duggar. Mike Gerber struck out swinging, but Buster Posey tied the game up with one swing of the bat, a dinger to center field. Giants tie the game at 4.
- Amir Garrett finished the 8th and started the 9th, inducing a ground out from Gerber. Raisel Iglesias was then turned to to finish it up and give the Reds a chance to score one to walk it off in the 9th. Well, it didn’t go well. Posey laced a double to the left field wall before Brandon Crawford launched his first home run of the year. Giants take a 9th inning lead, 6-4.
- Kyle Farmer launched a home run in the bottom of the 9th to bring it to one, but that would be it. Reds suffer another one run loss, 6-5.
- The uniforms last night were neat and clean, but they were also comically old-timey (which is perfectly fine), and I think it was the collars that really put them over the edge for me. The uniforms today, however, were fantastic. I don’t really get the dark blue, and why, but they’re neat and should be incorporated more often.
- Derek Dietrich is the best:
- This is the first time in 11 starts that Luis Castillo has given up more than two runs in a game. Which is really unfortunate, because the dude was flat dealing through the first five-plus innings today. A no-hitter looked very much in reach and then, poof. Baseball is weird.
- Of course Buster Posey hit that home run. Of course he did.
- Raisel Iglesias may be broken. Something’s going to have to give at the end of the bullpen pretty soon.
- The Reds and Giants will wrap up this weird four-gamer on a rare getaway Monday afternoon game. Anthony DeSclafani will look to disco dance on the Giants grave, while Giants starter Drew Pomeranz will try to avoid getting pummeled like the rest of his colleagues have the past three nights.