The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Tyler Naquin had a good game for the Cincinnati Reds. Some ribbies, an XBH, some havoc on the bases, a good catch in CF.
It was a good game for Tyler Naquin.
It was not a good game for Cincinnati Reds pitching.
- Cincinnati wasted little time jumping in front in this one, doing so off Adrian Houser and Milwaukee in the Bottom of the 1st. Walks from Jonathan India and Joey Votto fueled the fire - with Jesse Winker replacing India on the bases after a force out - and Naquin’s 2-run double into the RF corner put the Reds up, 2-0.
- Avisail Garcia continued his power burst against Reds pitching in the Top of the 2nd, belting a solo bonk off Mahle over the CF wall to make it a 2-1 affair.
- 2-run doubles were the early recipe for the Reds, as they got another one off Houser in the Bottom of the 3rd. This one came from Eugenio Suarez, who belted a laser off the LF wall to score Nick Castellanos (who had been hit by a pitch) and Naquin (who had smoked a single into left-center). Reds led, 4-1.
- Castellanos was pulled from the game prior to the Top of the 4th, in theory because he’d just been smoked on the right wrist by a pitch. That sucked tremendously, though he later reappeared in the dugout with no cast and was, presumably, merely just dinged.
- Back on the field, Willy Adames smoked a 2-run homer that just barely, barely, ever-so-barely cleared thew all in RF in the Top of the 5th on the first pitch he saw after Tyler Mahle had fanned Christian Yelich with a perfectly placed called third strike. Urghhh. Reds still led, though, 4-3.
- Naquin legged his way to 1B on a slow dribbler to the right side that ultimately was ruled an error by Kolten Wong in the Bottom of the 5th. A walk to Geno put Naquin in scoring position, and Tucker Barnhart followed with a single - off a lefty! - that scored Naquin to give Cincinnati a 5-3 lead.
- Mahle was still on the bump as he approached, and crossed the 100 pitch mark in the Top of the 6th. Unfortunately, a walk and an RBI-double by Luis Urias got another Milwaukee run in to chase Cincinnati’s starter. Amir Garrett took over and got Jackie Bradley, Jr. to hit a high chopper up the middle, but India booted it to allow Urias to level the score. A subsequent RBI single through the left side from Wong plated Bradley, Jr., and the Reds found themselves behind, 6-5.
- Josh Osich hung a 1-2 breaking ball to Urias in the Top of the 8th - a pitch that was admittedly half a foot outside of the strike zone - but Urias nevertheless chased it, and popped it over the LF wall to give Milwaukee a 7-5 lead. Osich later allowed the bases to load before being pulled for Ryan Hendrix, though Hendrix could not keep Adames from haunting the Reds as a real, live, actual Shortstop Who Can Play [TM], as he plated another pair of runs with a double into the LF corner. A pair of wild pitches later and Milwaukee had stretched its lead to 11-5.
- Aristides Aquino socked a solo dinger in the Bottom of the 9th. That made it 11-6, which is how things wrapped.
- Reds vs. Brewers tomorrow at 7:10 PM ET. Brandon Woodruff vs. Luis Castillo. Be there, or be parallelogram.
- I found out earlier this morning that one of my oldest friends had passed away back in Kentucky. We’d slipped into less frequent communication over the last handful of years, as folks our age so often do, but we grew up together. Had fun together. Did shit together. He was a helluva baseball player back in his day, too, and because of it I began to call him Big Slugger at some point back when, seeing as he was a gentle giant of a guy. He immediately started calling me Big Slugger right back, for whatever reason, despite me being neither Big nor a Slugger of any regard. It stuck though, and we Big Slugger’d each other every time we talked from that point on, so often with a Reds game on the TV as the backdrop. I’m going to miss the hell out of him, y’all. Love you, Big Slugger.