The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Eugenio Suarez had a broken-bat single, Joey Votto took a walk, and Alex Blandino wore one of the very, very few poor pitches Luke Weaver threw, and that constituted the entirety of the Cincinnati Reds production at the plate on Sunday against Arizona Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver.
The Perfecto lasted into the 6th, the no-hitter into the 7th, and despite scattering an occasional baserunner before wrapping this game, the Reds simply could not muster anything akin to the offense that sprinted out of the gate in this 2021 season.
On to San Francisco they go.
- Back to back doubles from Eduardo Escobar and Pavin Smith got Arizona on the board first in this one, the two two-baggers coming off De León in the Bottom of the 2nd with the latter enough to plate the former. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- A walk followed by a single is never a good combo to yield to the opposition. It’s even worse when a dinger follows those two, which is exactly what happened when David Peralta golfed a 3-run hog into the pool beyond the RF wall in the Bottom of the 3rd, one that sank the Reds into a 4-0 hole.
- Peralta’s double played the role of precursor in the Bottom of the 5th, and it put him on for Eduardo Escobar’s 2-run rocket into the RF seats. Reds trailed, 6-0, while Arizona pitcher Luke Weaver was still sitting on a perfect game, and Jose’s day was done. Cam Bedrosian took over with similar results, however, as a trio of singles loaded the bases before a walk to old friend Josh VanMeter forced in another Arizona run. Reds trailed, 7-0, which is how this one wrapped.
- Speaking of Josh VanMeter, he greeted his former club with a nearly perfect day of his own. He went 2 for 2 with a double, run scored, ribbie, and a healthy trio of walks. On a side note, the guy the Reds acquired while dealing him last year - reliever Archie Bradley, who they non-tendered after only a handful of innings - hit the 10-day IL for the Philadelphia Phillies with an oblique strain. 2020 was some kind of year, man.
- It’s off to San Francisco this evening for the Reds, as they’ll take their West Coast road trip wagon up to the Bay to face the Giants. They’ll avoid former buddy Anthony DeSclafani - he’s on the bump for SF today - but they will eventually get to face off with Johnny Cueto, which is pretty awesome. That won’t be in Monday’s series opener, though, despite the Giants not yet announcing a starter at the time of writing this. Wade Miley will toe the rubber for the Reds tomorrow, with first pitch set for 9:45 PM ET.