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

FINAL
Houston 4
Cincinnati 6
WP: Masset (2-0)
LP: Byrdak (0-1)
S: Cordero (13)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Smiling side of the scoreboard! The Reds are now five games over .500, and a game and a half out of first. Enjoy it, Reds fans.

–Are you surprised to hear that Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to give the Reds their winning margin? I don’t know what more I can say about this guy. He’s a stud.

–Laynce Nix was the only Red with more than one hit, and one of those was a laser-beam homer off Roy Oswalt. He just keeps ripping the ball, but it seems he can’t get into the lineup lately.

NEGATIVES
Why?

ETC.
–Welcome back, Nick Masset!

–Jonny Gomes pinch-hit for Roy Oswalt with the bases loaded, and drew a walk. Swing the bat, Gomes! If we wanted walks, we would have kept A*** D***. 😉

–A win in tomorrow’s series finale gives the Reds a 6-3 homestand, and a winning home record for the first time all season. The next 11 games are against Central Division foes, so the good play needs to continue.

–Enjoy it, Jonny Gomes:

25 Responses

  1. brublejr

    Great game outside of Lincoln…Is there any reason to keep him around? I don’t think so! Great to win against the Astros. Lastly, You have to love this picture of Gomes, classic.

  2. The Mad Hatter

    To add to the positives, Reds have now won 2 games this season that Roy Oswalt has started. Granted Oswalt still has that gaudy won loss record but it still feels good to see this team beating one of the NL Central’s best starters.

  3. GRF

    I think when Lincoln is likely to pull a hamstring next time we need to make a roster move. Burton is the only other guy who could go, and he seems closer to working things out.

    Votto is indeed a stud and Gomes is looking like the RHB we needed off the bench. I have to stop, I am scaring myself with optimism.

  4. JerBear

    It looks like it is time to finally blowup the Astros. How did they make a run last year? Must have had better starting pitching then I thought. But if they trade Oswalt and Berkman or Lee then we might not have to worry about the Astros too much in the next couple years. Shoot, I’m not worrying about them now so that is good! They still have offensive firepower, but it seems like they are finally ready to have a bad year.

    The NL Central is good though. Even the Stros can beat you with that offense on any night.

    It’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out. Still looks like the Cards are the favorite, but if the Reds stay healthy they should be there in September competing.

  5. per14

    Good win. Great job, bullpen (OTL). Spectacular picture of Jonny.

    What’s the latest on BP’s thumb?

  6. Bill Lack

    So, with Castillo sent down and Phillips not able to do anything but PH until at least Friday or Saturday, the Reds are short position players…AGAIN.

  7. Dan

    I’m checking in from Virginia (where I live) but I’ll be at the game tonight! Woohoo! My first of the year.

    When Felipe Paulino and Bronson Arroyo lock horns, you just gotta throw out the records…

    Go Reds!

  8. RiverCity Redleg

    I have to admit, I am thoroughly impressed with the job Nick Masset has done this year. I was one that was disappointed that he won the job over Homer out of ST and felt he was a very replacable reliever. I was wrong. Watching him pitch this year, he has some nasty stuff. And it appears he didn’t lose anything while he was on the DL. So, keep it up Nicky and I apologize for doubting you.

  9. Chris

    I’m really hoping the Reds find a way to snare Carlos Lee in July.

  10. RiverCity Redleg

    I’m actually pretty happy with the Gomes/Nix platoon in left, backed up by Hairston/Dickerson. However, I would love for the Reds to figure out a way to steal Ryan Zimmerman from the Nats. I know he just signed a deal recently, but hopefully there was some bitterness with the negotiations. I would give up EE and (Bailey, Arroyo or Owings) for Zimmerman. Washington will be out of it soon (if not already) and this would give them the pitching help that they desperately need. And it would give us the right handed bat we need.

  11. Sultan of Swaff

    Votto is like your favorite rock band right before they break out and go big time. Enjoy it while it lasts, while he’s still a bit of a secret.
    Masset’s stuff was always there, it’s good to see him finally putting up better than replacement level stats with it. Lincoln has to be the odd man out, but I won’t shed a tear for him or Burton. You can’t get sentimental with these guys, it’s the natural career arc of a reliever. Longevity just isn’t in the cards but for a select few. It’s all about what you can do for the team right now.
    So what to do about EdE? We need a poll on whether to keep him or trade him.

  12. GregD

    Last night’s TV broadcast in the 4th inning was a perfect example of the difference between “telling it like it is” and the Brenammens’ negativaty. Thom and Jeff were doing the game.
    Bases loaded, 1 out, Reds up 2-0.
    I-Rod at the plate.
    0-2 count, I believe.
    Hernandez sets up outside. Owings pitch is right down broadway, and I-Rod hits a 2-RBI double, which tied the game.

    Thom drones on-and-on about how horrible of a pitch that was. He made it sound like it was both a career-threating and season-ending mistake. I-Rod is an easy strikeout. The Reds just took the lead, and Owings is going to be released for giving the lead up so quickly. And then the Reds were behind, 3-2 and they’re facing Oswalt, and the whole game was lost right there on the pitch to I-Rod by Micah Owings.

  13. GregD

    Edwin is the starting third baseman. He’s had better offensive numbers than Phillips 2 of the past 3 years. He had a slow start and then the injury. He’s still the best option at 3rd.

  14. GregD

    A Nick Masset is why you don’t sign Lincolns to multi-year deals. If you have to sign relievers to a multi-year deal, then make sure it is someone who has had multiple years of success. Lincoln had been out of baseball for how long? If you’re going multi-year, the correct answer was to retain Affeldt.

  15. RiverCity Redleg

    Greg, I agree with the sentiment, but if we re-sign Affeldt (which I hoped we would do), we don’t sign Rhodes, who has been a huge factor in where we are now.

  16. BigRed Tube

    Can Dusty please start showing Lance Nix some LOVE and get him in the lineup please!!! 😀 Thank you 😀

  17. Travis G.

    Chris, your thoughts on Carlos Lee followed the exact same path mine did after the Reds faced the Astros a couple weeks ago. He plays terrific defense for a dude his size, and he’d be the perfect bat to plug into the cleanup spot, but man … that contract is brutal.

  18. GregD

    but if we re-sign Affeldt (which I hoped we would do), we don’t sign Rhodes

    Why not? Affeldt isn’t a LOOGY, in fact has gotten RH batters out better than LH each of 2007, 2008, and 2009.

  19. Bill Lack

    And Greg…it was a HORRIBLE mistake on 0-2 and I didn’t think he droned on that long about it.

  20. RiverCity Redleg

    Greg, I agree that it would still make sense, I just don’t think that they would have thought that way. They said in the off-season they wanted to sign one lefty, either re-sign Affeldt OR get someone in the FA market.

  21. Chad Dotson

    When Felipe Paulino and Bronson Arroyo lock horns, you just gotta throw out the records…

    That’s hilarious.

  22. GregD

    Paulino vs Cincinnati this season:

    2 starts, 11.2ip, 9 h, 0hr, 1er, 4bb, 9k, 0.77 ERA, 1.11whip

    VS the rest of baseball:

    6 G, 3 starts, 18.1ip, 34h, 4hr, 12bb, 13k, 10.80era, 2.51whip

  23. AnnapolisRed

    RiverCity-I bet you would make that trade but there is no way in hell the Nationals would.

  24. earl

    I can’t see Houston dealing Carols Lee within the division unless it is a salary dump.