Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Philadelphia 1
Cincinnati 5
WP: Harang (4-4)
LP: Moyer (3-4)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Smiling side of the scoreboard!

–We all love the young guns in the rotation, but Aaron Harang is still the stud of the group. Seven innings, one run, four hits, struck out 9, walked only two. It’s exactly the type of start the Reds needed. The big guy is just awesome.

–Here’s what I love about baseball: tonight’s lineup had to be one of the worst lineups any team has sent out onto the field all season long. Just brutal. Alex Gonzalez “hitting” sixth?

So what does this pathetic lineup do? Just score five runs. I love this game. Anything can happen at any time.

–Ryan Hanigan has done everything that has been asked of him. Two more hits tonight, including a homer. You really have to like this kid.

–Francisco Cordero was dominant in the ninth.

–Arthur Rhodes has been a great acquisition thus far.

NEGATIVES
–Darnell “Reggie Taylor Wannabe” started his second straight game. That’s a disgrace. Free Jonny Gomes!

–Your sixth hitter tonight: 494 OPS. Your seventh hitter: 439 OPS. Disgusting.

ETC.
–McDonald did get on base, though!!! Yeah, he was hit on the foot with a pitch, but still!

–Is Mark Berry the worst third base coach ever? I don’t know because I can’t say I follow other teams’ third base coaches, but Berry seems pretty bad. He sent “Harriston” home tonight on a double by Bruce and the play at home wasn’t even close. It was ludicrous.

–Other than Hanigan, none of the offensive output can be contributed to the crappy back end of the lineup. The top four hitters (Taveras, Hairston, Phillips, Bruce) had two hits each. Willy Taveras reached three times. Glad to see him come alive after a recent rough stretch.

–Back in the win column, and tonight’s game was a lot of fun, wasn’t it?. Now let’s see the Reds win the series tomorrow afternoon, okay?

26 Responses

  1. Y-City Jim

    I am in agreement, Chad.

    Free Jonny Gomes. Sentence Gonzalez to the DL. Get Joey “Dizzy” Votto back in the line-up and perhaps this offense is serviceable.

  2. RiverCity Redleg

    Finally!! Maybe this is Bruce’s wake up. Now let’s get the rubber match tomorrow.

  3. RiverCity Redleg

    Like Chad said.. Hannigan just hits, every time he plays.

  4. Y-City Jim

    I’m testing Reds Live. I just texted a “Free Jonny Gomes!!!” message. We’ll see if it shows.

  5. GregD

    Yeah, I knew Hairston was out by a mile before they even showed the play at the plate. The RFer had the ball and Hairston hadn’t even touched 3rd yet. Why was he sent in? My wife asked who the 3rd base coach was and if he was new! 😀

  6. GregD

    Etc> Jim Day shouldn’t be talking about a woman’s age, especially on TV. The birthday lady didn’t want to be on TV in the first place, let alone have Day tell everyone that she was 50! DOH!

  7. GregD

    Is Volquez pitching this weekend or what?

  8. Y-City Jim

    My text must have been deemed politically incorrect.

  9. Mr. Saturday Nite

    Wow… Great picture! Either he’s really happy to be playing for the Cards, or he needs a drug test. On another note, I feel good about tomorrow’s game. Blanton vs. Owings according to reds.com. Frontrunner or not, we should see Nix in LF instead of McDoofus.

  10. Y-City Jim

    Is Volquez pitching this weekend or what?

    Jim Day totally confused me on that subject.

  11. earl

    Scary thing is that Dusty will probably run McDonald out for two more o-fers against the Indians this weekend.
    With him and Alex Gonzales, that is about third of the way to a win for a club.

    I just don’t see why they are keeping either of those guys around. Criminy put Rosales at third and Hairston in left, you are playing with out Votto and need everything you can get and heck it worked against the Cards.

    At least we are getting some hits out of the catchers spot, last year we would be getting o-fers out of that position too.

  12. nick in va

    I turned the game on late in the car as Gonzo was coming up to bat and they said he was 0-3. What was I not surprised. He did get a hit, but it’s not good if he’s sixth in the lineup.

  13. pinson343

    I sure hope we don’t see McD in the lineup vs. the lefties this weeekend, he doesn’t have to be with Hannigan catching. Of course he doesn’t have to be in the lineup anyway, but Nix won’t be in the lineup against a lefty.

    Quotes from Harang and Phillips after the game annoyed me a bit. They both admitted the Reds were taken by surprise in San Diego this past weekend. If you play like crap, any major league team will beat you.

    These two guys are veterans who should be making sure the Reds play hard against everyone. The last few years the Reds have had a habit of playing to the level of the competition. If they want to contend, they need to consistently beat weaker teams. And this weekend, that means Cleveland.

  14. jason1972

    From Dusty Baker on the Enquirer recap:

    Regarding Joey Votto and his medical tests: “The reports I’ve heard have all come back negative,” Baker said. “That’s a good sign.”

  15. per14

    Do you think Dusty would bat Bench 8th just because he was the catcher? With the type of lineup he used last night, I’d really like to see Hanigan batting higher up.

    And as one who is usually tough on BP: Brandon, good work lately. 30 RBIs already is pretty impressive.

  16. David

    Personally, I promote Drew Stubbs over Gomes. Let the ridicule begin, but Stubbs is hitting .306/.403/.450. He is great on the bases, plays plus defense, and could probably platoon with Nix better than anyone. He more than anyone makes the best late inning sub.

  17. Glenn

    1. Harang was the best I think I’ve ever seen him last night.

    2. Darnell McDonald has no business on a major league roster.

    3. I know he hit a triple last night but I’d really like to see Brandon knock off that softball swing he’s got going on. He swings his feet right out from under him and it looks really bush league to me.

    4. Our catchers this year have been hands down the best the team’s had in many years.

  18. Sultan of Swaff

    I didn’t mind Hairston getting thrown out. There were two outs. For us not to score, they had to make two accurate throws and two catches under pressure. I’ll take my odds in that situation every time.

  19. bmattuk

    I was at the game last night and the three main points I came home with were:
    A) Hanigan’s home run was an absolute blast, when it came off his bat a lot of people didn’t jump up and start yelling, they just stared and said wow until the ball finally came down.
    B) GABP security is awful and amusing. A 70+ year old security guard tried to kick roughly 10 people out (who weren’t bothering anybody, they were actually entertaining everybody) and to evade the security guard one guy turned his hat around forward and put his sunglasses on…….and it worked until another security guard pointed him out. Absolutely priceless.
    C) I missed one at bat the entire game, McDonald was up with 2 outs in the 7th or 8th inning and decided to go get something to eat. I don’t like seeing a spot come up in the lineup where I tell my friends on the way out “I don’t care if i miss this at bat, he’s not gonna do anything.”

  20. Steve Price

    I think Stubbs is getting there, but I don’t think he’s what we need right now. He’s a centerfielder and he’s not the power hitter we need. He’s become a similar hitter to Tavares, a better fielder, but slower.

    I think he could take Taveras’s job next year…I’d like to see him hit consistently for awhile. While Gomes won’t do nearly as well in Cincinnati as he’s done in Louisville, he’s the type of player who can be successful in a platoon situation.

  21. pinson343

    Actually, I don’t mind the Phillips big softball swing, as long as he limits it to pitchces he can drive that way. He’s been going to RF with success on pitches on the outer half, that’s the main thing I want to see from him, as well as not chasing.

  22. pinson343

    (23) is correct on Stubbs, he wouldn’t fill the biggest current need we have. Let him have some more success with Triple A pitching. Also every time he’s been promoted, he’s had an adjustment period hitting wise.

    I’d like to see him as our CF next year. If Taveras has a good season, he’ll have some trade value.