The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jose Peraza singled twice, **WALKED TWICE**, scored a run, and had a ribbie, marking what is pretty easily his best offensive game for the Cincinnati Reds in quite sometime.
Alas, that wasn’t enough to lead the Reds to a win over the Oakland Athletics at 2 AM ET, as the Reds blew yet another lead due to stagnant offense.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Nick Senzel, who singled twice and drove in a run; Kyle Farmer, who doubled in a run and scored; Michael Lorenzen, who fanned 4 in a pair of scoreless innings of relief; Raisel Iglesias, who fanned 2 in a much-needed perfect inning o relief; Eugenio Suarez, who singled and walked twice; and Jared Hughes, who chugged through 3 IP without allowing a run.
- If you blinked during the early innings, well, you sure as hell missed a lot. The A’s plated a pair in the Bottom of the 1st against former Oakland ace Sonny Gray, as Marcus Semien led off with a walk and Jurickson Profar followed with a mammoth dinger that put the Reds down, 2-0.
- The Reds, though, eschewed their no-hit performance from last night quickly against Oakland starter Brett Anderson, plating 4 in the Top of the 2nd - with zero dingers involved. Yasiel Puig walked, Jose Iglesias walked behind him, and Puig later scored on Farmer’s RBI double. A productive RBI groundout from Curt Casali then followed, as did RBI singles from both Peraza and Senzel, and the Reds were up 4-2.
- Gray ran into another dilemma in the Bottom of the 5th, eventually exiting with the bases loaded and 1-out in favor of reliever Amir Garrett with lefty Matt Olson at the plate. Garrett managed to get Olson to strikeout, but Stephen Piscotty then hit a nubber to 2B that Farmer had a bit of trouble getting out of his glove, and his throw eventually went wide of Joey Votto at 1B to allow 2 runs to score. Game tied, 4-4.
- A billion hours later, Piscotty took Robert Stephenson deep in the Bottom of the 13th to win the game. Reds lost, again, 5-4.
- Sonny Gray did not have his best in his rematch against his former club. In 4.1 IP, he was tagged for 4 runs (3 ER) with 5 BB against just 3 K.
- The Reds get a rare ‘on the west coast but not playing at midnight ET’ respite on Thursday, as they get a getaway-day 3:37 PM ET start time despite not actually travelling anywhere prior to their Friday series opener against the San Francisco Giants. Tanner Roark will start the series finale in Oakland, and he’ll be opposed by A’s starter Chris Bassit.