The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Wade Miley - 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K - 2 for 2, BB, R
While it did not seem that Miley had his best stuff ever, he did enough to keep the Rockies at bay which is saying something because they do have an offense that can score a few runs. Miley impressed in both facets of the game, pitching seven innings while giving up only one earned run and getting on base three times. There’s probably a stat for how many times that’s happened in Reds history, but I don’t have the time.
Honorable Mention: Castellanos, Votto, and Suarez all had multi-hit games and knocked in runs, and Jonathan India doubled, walked, and scored twice. Brad Brach struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief. In all, let’s give all the Reds an honorable mention because they’re cool and they won.
- The Reds got busy in the first innings. Jonathan India worked a walk. Jesse Winker flew out to center field, but then Nick Castellanos came to the plate and laced a double to left field to score India. Naquin singled to right field, pushing Castellanos to third, Votto struck out, and Eugenio Suarez singled on a liner to left to score Castellanos. Barnhart grounded out to end the threat. Reds lead, 2-0.
- In the top of 2nd, Yonathan Daza singled to right field. Joshua Fuentes worked a long count and then hit a ball to third. Suarez attempted to back hand the ball and it went under his glove. The play was scored an error, and Daza scored. Conor Joe singled, Elias Diaz doubled, and Wade Miley was in big trouble with no outs in the 2nd inning. The pitcher, Marquez, tried to sacrafice Diaz to third, but Miley made the play off the bag to get Diaz at third. Miley then wiggled out of the inning by coaxing a fielders choice and a ground out. Rockies lead, 3-2.
- In the bottom of the third, the Reds got back into business. Castellanos singled and then Tyler Naquin laced a ball to left center field and Castellano got a big jump and hustled to third. Connor Joe stupidly threw to third when he had no chance to get him and Naquin advanced to second. Votto came to the plate and very quickly bashed a ball to right field to score Castellanos and Naquin. Suarez then got hit pretty hard by a pitch. It was loud. Barnhart grounded into a double play, and Farmer struck out. Reds lead, 4-3.
- Two innings came to pass with pitchers getting hits, some good defense, but no change in the score. The bottom of the fifth looked like it would be the same. However, Joey Votto was down in the count with two outs and laced a single to right field, Suarez then poked another single into right, and Tucker Barnhart took the first pitch he saw and banged it against the wall in left field. Kyle Farmer then hit a blooper in for a single. Tucker raced for home and slide in safe juuuuuust before Farmer was tagged out at second base. It was a heads up play by the Rockies to almost steal a run but instead the Reds advanced their lead to 7-3.
- Wade Miley led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk. It was his third time on base in the game, the previous two at bats being singles. Jonathan India then hit a chopper back to the pitcher who had a totally legit shot at getting Miley. However, he didn’t set his feet and airmailed the throw to center field, leaving runner on second and third for the Reds and no outs. The new guy hit Winker on the elbow to load the bases. Castellanos struck out looking on a pitch that was obviously outside, and he was pissed. However, Tyler Naquin came in and on the first pitch he laced a single to right field to score two. Votto really battled in the next at bat, hitting several foul balls and working the count full but he popped out. Suarez then popped out as well but the damage was done. Reds lead, 9-3.
- In the bottom of the 7th, Scott Heineman walked and Jonathan India hit a double of the wall in right center. Heineman scored. The Reds lead, 10-3.
- Miley finished out the 7th, the bullpen locked down the rest of the game... really. Reds win, 10-3
- If you did not know, Eugenio Suarez had to have five stitches sewn into his finger after a cooking accident. I once cut the tip of my finger off making french fries so I totally get it. He said it hurts but doesn’t impact his game. He looks funny cause he just has one wrapped finger sticking out of his glove.
- This happened.
- Bell got ejected for some reason. I wasn’t paying attention so I have no idea what it was for.
- The Reds are .500!
- Tony Santillan will start tomorrow which is pretty excited, especially for me, as we’ve watched him develop over the past five seasons. It will be a big start for the kid as the Reds are trying to go above .500 for the first time since April.