Stat Line Of The Night – 5/13/12 – Joey Votto
At the beginning of the season, Cincinnati looked to be a shoe-in for first place in the National League Central. After a slow start to the season, though, the Reds found themselves trailing the St. Louis Cardinals. After last night’s game, the Reds are 6-4 in their last ten, and Joey Votto has stepped up to give his team the offense that they needed, batting .313 in May going into last night’s game. The Washington Nationals were in Cincinatti, and for the Reds it was a tough one, but not for Joey Votto.
Cincinnati took the lead early on Votto’s first home run in the first inning, but they eventually lost the lead in the third. Votto would hit another home run in the fourth inning to tie the game. As the game wore on, Votto hit a double in the bottom of the eighth, but it would not be enough to give Cincinnati the lead, as it did not score any runs, and the Reds found themselves down 6-5 going into the ninth inning. Votto came up once again in the bottom of the ninth inning, and belted a walk off grand slam to center field off of Nationals’ closer Henry Rodriguez.
Votto finished the night 4-5 with 3 home runs and a double, driving in 6 RBIs and scoring 4 runs. With the win against Washington, Cincinnati moves above .500 to 17-16 on the season, and are in second place, 2.5 games behind the Cardinals. The Canadian Votto’s batting average is up to .319 on the season, and if he is able to continue his excellent performance in May, he might find himself in the running for a second MVP award. Votto’s monstrous performance last night, which ensured a much-needed Reds victory, earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for May 13, 2012.