The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Eugenio Suarez is dingering his way both into the Cincinnati Reds history books and into the lore of fans. That was no different on Sunday, as Geno blasted another pair of homers to bring his season total to a ridiculous 44.
No, I don’t care that everyone else is dingering, too. Geno’s still doing it better than just about every other human on the planet, and it’s been marvelous to watch. Well done, duder.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Michael Lorenzen, who bonked the walk-off double to win in the Bottom of the 9th; Anthony DeSclafani, who allowed just 3 runs (2 earned) in 6 IP; Joey Votto, who singled twice and scored; and Robert Stephenson, who fired a scoreless inning of relief with a walk and 3 K.
- A Suarez error helped fuel the first Snake run off the day, as he was ruled to have dropped a would-be force out at 2B (presumably while covering the bag in the shift), allowing Eduardo Escobar to be safe on the error with a runner then on 1B, too. A subsequent Nick Ahmed single plated Escobar, and the Reds trailed, 1-0.
- Suarez got that run back and more in the Bottom of the 3rd, however, blasting a Mike Leake meatball over the CF wall immediately after a Joey Votto single, leaving the Reds ahead, 2-1.
- Disco had largely settled into cruise after the initial Arizona run, but he ran into trouble in the Top of the 5th when Ketel Marte ran into one of his meatballs, a 2-run shot that left the Reds trailing, 3-2.
- Suarez equalized in the Bottom of the 8th, however, when he hammered a Jimmy Sherfy offering for a line-drive homer just inside the LF foul pole, a solo job that leveled the core at 3.
- That leveling put the Reds in position to walk this one off, which is exactly what they did against Arizona reliever T.J. McFarland in the Bottom of the 9th. Singles from Jose Peraza and Phil Ervin got it started, and Lorenzen then followed with a pinch-hit double into LF that plated the game-winner. Reds won, 4-3!
- The Reds will head west later today, and after an off-day Monday they’ll begin a 9 game road trip. First stop will be Seattle, where they’ll tangle with the Mariners in the middle of the night for a trio of days. On Tuesday, Justus Sheffield will go for the M’s, while the Reds still have a big ol’ TBD listed on their website for the series opener. It will start promptly at 10:10 PM ET, and I’m sure you’ll all be up watching.
- Jimmy Herget was recalled today, the Reds announced on Twitter.