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

FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Cincinnati 11
WP: Lehr (4-1)
LP: Morton (3-7)
S: Owings (1)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Eleven runs? Who needs Joey Votto?

–We loves us some Jonny Gomes here at the Nation. Another fine night: 3-4, a double, 3 runs scored, an RBI. He just keeps producing.

–Wladimir Balentien was 2-3 with a HR, a BB, and two RBI. The more I watch Balentien, the more I like him.

–Craig Tatum had 2 RBI in his major league career before tonight. Tonight, Tatum was 2-4 with 4 RBI. Outstanding.

–Also with multiple hits: Kevin Barker (2-4, 2 RBI) and Brandon Phillips (2-4, 2B, BB).

–Micah Owings gave up one run over 3 innings of relief to earn his first save.

NEGATIVES
–None. What about that?

ETC.
–Justin Lehr hasn’t been particularly good for the Reds this year (other than his first start), but he’s certainly been serviceable. There’s some value in that.

–Wow, a Micah Owings sighting. Remember him?

—-Besides hitting a double, Paul Janish was involved in 3 double plays (as was Phillips). I swear, if Janish could put up an OBP of .330, I’d start him at SS and hit him 8th next year (provided BP isn’t going to be moved to SS, and Orlando Hudson acquired). Janish’s defense is really, really good.

It’s amazing how much better Janish is than Alex Gonzalez was this season. Too bad Dusty Baker couldn’t see that.

–Can we play the Pirates every game for the rest of this season? Please?

18 Responses

  1. Steve

    We practically do play the Pirates the rest of the season.

    I’d add – it’s amazing how much better Stubbs/Dickerson is than Taveras. Too bad Dusty Baker doesn’t see that.

    I have to compliment Baker (for once) on his use of Owings to finish out the blowout, sparing everyone else in the bullpen.

    Rolen, Janish, Phillips, Stubbs – all great defensive players.

    I’m going to GABP tomorrow to watch Homer. Wonder how many other people will be there? Baker was saying that with the small crowds he could hear individual comments. If that’s true, he’s going to be hearing me tomorrow.

  2. Shane

    I’ll give you a negative, Balentien being thrown out on a really stupid attempt to score. No way he should have been trying

  3. mike

    before tonight’s game Lehr had a 4.19 ERA (106 ERA+) lowest among Reds starters

    getting ANYWHERE NEAR that for a 6th/7th starter is VERY valuable

    If you think of Volquez, Harang, Cueto, Arroyo, Owings as the 5 starters
    Then Bailey as the 6th
    Lehr is the 7th/8th guy on the depth chart.

    ERA under 5 from 7th/8th guy? very valuable. Just keep us in the game.

    I guess his numbers are a little warped. Not counting today he had 1 great start, 3 so-so starts and 2 awful starts

  4. Matt B.

    I think it was actually Lehr’s second start where he pitched the shutout. He had no control in his first start, if my memory serves me correctly.

    I wish the Reds had actually played well when I was still in Ohio. Is $19.95, the price of MLB.tv, worth it for the torture I will likely endure by watching them play for the rest of the year?

  5. mike

    Shane I’ll agree that was a bad running mistake by Balentien but after he was tagged out easily he looked back at the 3B coach. I wonder if that was a Balentien mistake or of the 3B coach was yelling go-go and it was a 3B coach mistake

  6. Eddie

    How many hours before the game does the ballpark open?
    Do they take batting practice before 12:35 games?

  7. REDS1

    Do you think this score pisses off Bronson Arroyo?

  8. Chris

    It was also a pretty good play by laroche. He tossed that ball w/o looking, more or less, and it went right to the plate.

  9. earl

    Considering Volquez is pretty much gone next year, Lehr could come in handy next year.

  10. Steve

    Eddie (#7): Usually they open the gates 1.5 hours before game time. Regarding batting practice, I’ve been there on day games both ways. I wouldn’t count on it.

  11. Phil

    I didn’t mind the Balentien play. There were two outs and the pitcher was up next. LaRoche had to hustle and make a good throw. I didn’t mind him being aggressive in that situation. By far the worse play was Barker getting nailed rounding first too far!

  12. GRF

    Pirates certainly are good for what ails you.

    And agree on Balentein. He certainly deserves a shot to be in the mix for next season.

  13. Glenn

    The only thing I’ve heard about Nix is that he’s on the 15 day dl with a bulging disc in his neck.

    There were times last night that Lehr was not hitting his spots at all, but he pitched well enough to beat the Pirates. I’m not sure he can keep his magic act going for a whole season in the bigs. Volquez being gone presents Lehr with an opportunity to stick around for awhile, so we’ll see.

  14. hoosierdad

    Lehr was pitching with a strained groin muscle. He had to adjust his stride which certainly didn’t help his mechanics. Let’s hope he doesn’t have to be the answer as #5 starter next year. I’d much rather see a rotation of Harang, Arroyo, Cueto, Bailey, and Owings. Lehr could be the long relief guy or step in for an injury. Owings can better help the team as a pinch hitter as a statrer instead of a reliever. You can’t really afford to pinch hit with him if you might need him to pitch later in the game (can anyone say extra innings).

  15. preach

    The ump last night wasn’t giving anyone anything at the bottom of the zone. Until you learn to adjust to that, you will have issues. At least I was glad to see that he didn’t allow that to frustrate him and groove belt high fastballs.

  16. Sultan of Swaff

    Why is Drew Sutton in the bigs on September 1 and Todd Frazier is not??

    I’ll take Balentein’s upside over Nix in the fight for the backup corner outfielder spot next season. His bat speed is better, and anyone who can take a low curve oppo for a home run is a buy and hold. There’s a million Nix’s out there.

    Pretty dumb comment by Baker about sitting Votto last night but putting him in there today vs. a good lefty w/ an off day tomorrow. Way to set him up to fail. Gheesh.