The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Unfortunately, that was the entirety of the offense, which just sucks an egg right now.
Honorable Mention is due to: Tanner Roark, who once again was extremely solid, firing 5.1 innings of 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K ball.
- Puig put the Reds on the board first in this one, hitting a hanging breaking ball from Jaime Barria in the Top of the 5th for a laser that cleared the wall in right-center, giving the Reds the 1-0 lead
- Justin Bour, though, got that run back for the Angels in the Bottom of the 5th, hitting an actually decent pitch - a fastball low and away - the other way for a solo shot over the LF wall, equalizing at 1-1.
- Raisel Iglesias took the mound for the Bottom of the 8th and immediately crapped the bed. A leadoff walk to Mike Trout can be somewhat excused, but an errant throw-over let Trout take 2B unscathed, too. Trout later scored on a slow-rolling infield single by David Fletcher, but that really didn’t matter when Iggy later served up a meatball to Bour that he destroyed for a 3-run blast to put this game on ice. Reds lost, 5-1.
- The Reds are expected to activate 2B Scooter Gennett from the IL prior to Friday’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs. It will sure be interesting to see what kind of roster move the Reds make as they enter the 9-game homestand prior to the All Star break, especially with news that catcher Tucker Barnhart is dealing with a sore side. Kyle Farmer, of course, has catching experience and could spell Curt Casali if the Red go that route, though it’s much more likely we’ll see Phillip Ervin optioned instead.
- Speaking of that Friday series opener against the Cubs, Cole Hamels and Sonny Gray will start for their respective clubs for that one on Friday. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET at GABP.