The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Robert Stephenson fired a scoreless, hitless, 13 pitch inning from the Cincinnati Reds bullpen in Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. And yes, that was certainly a highlight in an otherwise thorough drubbing.
Stephenson’s clean inning means he’s allowed just 2 ER in his last 8 IP, with 6 K, 2 BB, and just 3 H allowed in a span that has stretched across 4 games. Hopefully, hopefully that’s an indication that he’s found a way to consistently retire hitters enough to keep the idea of him in the starting rotation alive, though if that’s still just a tiny flicker of light at this point, at least he’s carving out a niche in a bullpen that needs innings-eaters as well.
Congrats, Bob Steve. Keep it rolling.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Billy Hamilton, who went 2 for 5 with a double, run scored, and a ribbie; Joey Votto, who doubled, walked, and was hit by a pitch; and the schedule, for no longer tasking the Reds with having to play the Cubs for awhile.
- In an ideal world, Amir Garrett would’ve escaped the Bottom of the 1st after 14 pitches and a lone walk. Alas, a lost-in-the-sun pop-up …
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