The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Stars of the Game
Max Schrock - 5 for 5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
Vladimir Gutierrez - 7 IP, 3 zrH, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Another game, another Reds win, another tough decision for the JNMHSotG so I gave it to both of the heroes of the day. Vladimir Gutierrez took right off with the game plan that Sonny Gray and Wade Miley gave him from the games before. Eat up innings. Gutierrez did just that, making his way through seven innings with relative ease. When he finally left the game he was sitting around 80 pitches. Bell elected to go with his rather fresh bullpen rather than stress the young starter.
Schrock was spelling Joey Votto and playing first base for the Reds must be some kind of special power up. Schrock has played rather well in his short time with the Reds this year and today was historic for the young man. Schrock had a hit every single time he came to the plate, had two RBI, and scored three times.
Honorable Mention: Jesse Winker who went 1 for 3 with a double, run scored, and two walks, Tyler Naquin who doubled twice, walked twice, and knocked in two, and Mychal Givens and Justin Wilson for pitching cleaning innings from the pen.
- The game was humming right along with a lot of nothing happening until the top of the 4th when Max Schrock smacked a solo round tripper. Schrock is kind of a fun player that has played well off the bench. Reds lead, 1-0.
- In the top of the 6th, Jesse Winker led off with a double, and then Kyle Farmer hit a triple that drove in Winker. Farmer’s drive was into the left centerfield gap that the centerfielder missed. Farmer barely beat the throw to third. Tyler Stephenson drove home Farmer with a sacrifice fly, Schrock singled, Suarez flew out, and then Naquin and Aquino walked bringing Vladimir Gutierrez to the plate. Miguel Castro walked Gutierrez on four straight pitches to drive in another run. India struck out but the Reds pushed their lead to 4-0.
- In the next inning, with Gutierrez at 58 pitches, Jeff McNeil crushed a pitch to right center that just snuck over the fence. However, the Reds still lead the Mets by a score of 4-1.
- Winker led off the top of the 9th with a walk. However, Farmer hit into an easy double play ball that was bobbled by Baez, who is a piece of shit, and Winker was out while Farmer reached. Farmer then advanced to second on Tyler Stephenson’s walk. Max Schrock, owner of four hits already, then laced a liner through the hole at shortstop bringing home Farmer. Suarez then walked and Tyler Naquin hit a clutch double to blow open the lead. Schrock and Stephenson scored, pushing Suarez to third. Aquino and Freeman were retired to end the threat. Justin Wilson closed the door for the Reds and secured their 7-1 victory.
- In the bottom of the 6th Eugenio Suarez was chasing a fly ball in foul territory and crashed into the tarp at full speed. He looked like he was in pain but stayed in the game. He’s really lucky that he did not get seriously injured.
- When Gutierrez walked in the sixth it was his first MLB RBI.
- The Mets may have a good record but they are a dumpster fire.
Mets do not seem willing to pay Rocker the agreed $6M bonus, their prerogative. And there’s no sign yet Rocker would negotiate down. Things can change but at moment deal for the No. 10 pick by 5 pm deadline seems unlikely. If no deal Mets add pick 11 next year. @JeffPassan on it— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 1, 2021
- Max Schrock had his first ever four hit game in the majors.
- Then he got a fifth hit which was even way more cool.