FINAL
New York Mets 9
Cincinnati Reds 7
WP: Pelfrey (1-0)
LP: Volquez (0-1)
S: F. Rodriguez (2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Joey Votto: 3-5, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI. He looks and acts like he’s been a major leaguer for ten years.
–Brandon Phillips was 2-3 with a double, and he walked twice! Give the devil his due; despite his dumb offseason comments about OBP, Phillips has been fairly patient so far this season. No complaints.
–Willy Taveras was sick and didn’t start, but he got a chance to pinch hit and made the most of his first AB in a Reds uniform. He dropped a ball in the gap, and took off. I’ll say this: they weren’t exaggerating when they said Taveras is fast. He can move. A triple in his only AB.
–Seven runs against a good team, and the team didn’t quit, even when going against a great reliever in the ninth. Laynce Nix just barely missed a walkoff homer.
–Once again, the bullpen was good except for one reliever. Nick Masset, Jared Burton, and Arthur Rhodes looked good. I feel good about this team’s bullpen, overall.

NEGATIVES
–Four hour ballgame. Ugly.
–0-2. Uglier.
–Edinson Volquez was not sharp. At times, you could see that electric stuff, but he couldn’t put it together. He’s fun to watch, though.
–Dumb baserunning by Phillips in the ninth. At least he wasn’t dogging it this time, but he attempted to go first to third on an infield grounder, when his run wouldn’t even have been the tying run. Not a smart chance to take, but he was bailed out by a NY error.
–Mike Lincoln was terrible.
–Error by Alex Gonzalez on an easy ball at SS. So far, we’re creating more havoc defensively than we are on the basepaths.

ETC.
–Jerry Hairston, Jr., is hurt. Again. After just a game and a half. This is a recording.
–107 pitches for Volquez. Too many?
–Glad to see that Jonny Gomes accepted the demotion to Louisville. I imagine he’ll be back in the bigs very soon.

20 Responses

  1. KYRedsFan

    Was really glad to see Masset pitch well. I know a lot of people didn’t like the ideal of Masset making the team and Homer starting in AAA this season, but I hope he continues to do well.

    Homer will get his shot sooner rather than later, and when he does I think he will stay up for good.

  2. Jose

    Maybe we’ll trade arroyos no good butt and bring up bailey
    also would save alot of money

  3. Kurt Frost

    I didn’t have a problem with Phillips running to third, Wright fielded the ball and came way off the bag and the pitcher didn’t rotate. There was no one at third base to get Phillips out.

  4. Bill Lack

    Volquez wasn’t sharp, but Gonzalez turns that easy DP and he’s out of that inning. He’d been rolling earlier (8 of 9) before his wildness started…

  5. jr1972

    I would also like to see the Reds trade a SP for a solid bat in the OF. I wonder if they could pry Josh Willingham away from Washington for a Micah Owings or Bronson Arroyo. He plays LF, has 25 HR power, bats right handed, and is the 4th or 5th guy in a crowded Nats outfield.

  6. Mr. Redlegs

    These recaps are solid, Chad. Keep ’em going.

  7. brublejr

    Even starting out 0-2 there are a lot of positives to this point. The overall hitting approach of the middle of the order is great, working good AB’s. Other than Lincoln the pen has looked good (BTW, Why did we sign him for two years??) On the negative side, the bench is horrible and the defense is just as bad or worse than last year.

    Let’s not forget that we are playing one of the top 3 teams in the NL.

  8. RiverCity Redleg

    The defense was actually alot better overall last night. Despite the error, AGon made a couple of real nice plays at short. The outfield didn’t look totally lost like it did opening day.

  9. Josh

    I didn’t see the Lincoln fiasco, but I have to say I was pleased and angry with BP. Taking the walks was great but why stretch it first to third in the 9th. His run was (essentially) meaningless to the overall victory and you put yourself at risk to end the game. Very poor decision IMO and maybe an indication of his baseball IQ.

    Massett looked okay which was nice and you’re right…Votto looks like vet out there. Bruce’s youth got the better of him in his AB against KRod, and while Gonzalez’s error hurt, I think it was a result of Reyes affecting his line of sight as much as anything.

    Overall I think there were a lot of positives to take from the game and I think the Reds are going to be okay.

  10. Sultan of Swaff

    Voltron didn’t have the changeup all night–kept plunking it in the dirt. He was a one pitch pitcher essentially, and even the fastball was spotty. The first of many games that will get away from us this season. AGon’s error and Bruce’s bungle cost us 3 runs, the difference in the game. Speaking of Bruce, he reverted to his bad habit last year of swinging at the first pitch WHEN IT WASN’T A STRIKE. I’m going to ratchet down my expectations for this kid. He might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  11. CeeKeR

    Nice rundown of the game. It seems the Reds weak bench has already hurt the team in the first two games…sending up a pitcher to pinch hit in game 1 and then game two relying on a sick guy…even if that particular moved ended up working.

  12. Kurt Frost

    I’m going to yell this – THERE WAS NO ONE COVERING THIRD BASE….THAT IS WHY PHILLIPS WENT ON TO THIRD.

  13. Mr. Redlegs

    That’s funny, Kurt.

    Yeah, Phillips is getting the business for something that DIDN’T fail. But do-no-wrong Bruce, who’s spotty defense has lived up to its advance, gets a pass for misplaying a ball that turns a single into a bases-clearing double.

    Gonzalez is getting killed for botching a key double-play ball, as he should, but no one says a word about the handful of plays he’s already made in two games that Keppinger doesn’t make in a million years.

    But Keppinger makes a lunging, falling-down swing that breaks his bat and loops a game-winner into no-man’s land and people across the Reds blogosphere start screaming bloody hell about his departure.

  14. Wire to Wire

    I bet Arroyo has a good game. Hopefully the bats will continue to work for game three.

  15. Josh

    Keep yelling, Kurt, but it doesn’t mean it was right. There was still a play at 3rd and Phillips had to beat the tag. It isn’t like he cruised into third standing up. Dumb move, I don’t care how you put it or how well it ended up working out.

  16. Chad Dotson

    I don’t think you’re right about that, Kurt. Wright may not have been there when Phillips took off for 3rd, but he was ABSOLUTELY back to the back in time to take the throw from Delgado.

    Not smart baseball, regardless of how it turned out.

  17. Matt WI

    Yup, Phillips took a risk. No problem with that. They were up against a tough closer, it had been a long night. Joke all we want, he caused some disruption and in two games has been everything people wanted him to be at the plate. Bruce, Gonzelez, and Nix are the ones that didn’t get it done that inning (not saying they are failures, just saying don’t drag Phillips down for creating something positive).

  18. Chris

    I have to disagree about Gonzales’ defense. Yeah, he has more range than Keppinger with a broken kneecap, but that’s not saying anything.

    I was at opening day, and he made a diving stop in the first (second?) inning — that a good SS picks up on the run.

    It’s 2+ games in, but Ol’ Seabass looks really bad, both at the plate and in the field.