Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
San Diego 4
Cincinnati 5
WP: Rhodes (1-1)
LP: Adams (0-1)
S: Cordero (7)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Jay Bruce was 3-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. Bruce really looked good at the plate today.

–I really wish Scott Rolen could stay healthy, because I like the guy when he’s in the lineup. Rolen went 2-3 today with his 5th homer, and a walk…plus, he scored three of the Reds five runs.

–Ramon Hernandez went 2-4 with two RBI, including the hit that knocked in what proved to be the winning run.

NEGATIVES
–I’m not focusing on negatives. The Reds won today. I’ll take it.

ETC.
–The Reds are great now, right? This win changes things, doesn’t it?

–Homer Bailey was two pitches away from having a very good start. Six innings, seven hits allowed, a career-high eight strikeouts and only one walk. He was in command for much of the day, and this was the first glimpse that we’ve seen all year of the good Homer that we saw last year. Unfortunately, you look at his line and those two bad pitches equal four earned runs allowed. Still, it’s progress….

–See you in Houston on Tuesday, Jay!

20 Responses

  1. BJ Ruble

    I am really glad to see Homer pitch well. Maybe he can get himself back on track getting such a positive game. I am very happy that Bruce is swinging the bat so much better. He is a major key to this offense…along with Rolen starting. Rolen has been the main key to when the offense has been productive at all.

    Glad to get the win, after the last couple of games it has seemed like forever…

  2. pinson343

    I’m on my way to Houston ! It’s a business trip. I plan to go to the Wednesday nite game, to watch Leake face the ‘Stros.

  3. Y-City Jim

    I think this team could be 11-8, maybe 12-7, if Janish and Hanigan were everyday starters. Improve that a game or two if Rolen didn’t miss the Pittsburgh series.

  4. earl

    I’m happy to see Jay Bruce get over the Mendoza line.

    They definitely let a game or two slip through their fingers in Pittsburgh. As bad as the offense has been, the pitching has been worse. The starting pitcher’s ERA is just brutal. Nick Masset is going to have to get it together too for the Reds to improve.

    Reds need to have it together in Houston, as it looks like they are going to be facing both their Astros’ nemesis in Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriquez in the series.

    Reds got to learn to pitch around better to the big bat on these clubs. Adrian Gonzales just killed them.

  5. 18to88

    Right now I have three Reds jerseys. They are:

    Kearns, Hamilton, Dunn. Yes. That’s depressing, but in my defense two of them were on sale.

    I wish I could know that Scott Rolen would retire a Red. I’d make him the fourth.

  6. Matt WI

    Bruce for clean-up. Phillips can hit behind him. I’m basing this on Dusty being stubborn enough not to move things around in a mind altering way, like no CF and SS at the top of the line-up.

  7. Steve

    Saw the game in person today. Had seats behind home plate in the lower deck, but under cover so I didn’t get rained on.

    Nice day for the Reds. In contrast to yesterday, when I thought they showed a lack of focus and effort throughout the game, today they played hard. They have showed their resilience in several games this year, coming back once or twice in a game to win.

    Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen were the hitting leaders today, along with Ramon Hernandez. Bruce’s performance today was particularly encouraging because he got two hits off of a left handed pitcher. Rolen continues with his somewhat unexpected return to power with his fifth home run.

    Homer Bailey really pitched well. He threw first pitch strikes to 17 of the 22 batters he faced. He was accurate with his fastball but also made good use of his curve ball and splitter today. This was probably overall his best game of the year, although remember he did have four shutout innings in a row vs. the Dodgers.

    Orlando Cabrera made two poor defensive plays, one leading directly to a run, the other jeopardizing our lead in the ninth inning. On the first, he misplayed a ground ball over the second base bag — he didn’t get bent over to get his glove down and the ball skipped below it. For some reason — maybe because he didn’t even touch it — it was ruled a hit instead of an error.

    The second play was in the ninth inning when he went over to cover second base on the attempted steal. He didn’t get over to block the throw from Ryan Hanigan and it went into centerfield, allowing the Padre runner to get to third base with the potential tying run. This is the third or fourth time this year I remember Cabrera not making a sufficient effort to block the ball from getting into the outfield.

    Overall, it was great to see the Reds end the homestand .500 and with a win. The bullpen was pretty solid. Mike Lincoln is becoming a reliable late innings reliever. I don’t mind seeing him taking over some of Nick Masset’s duties as Nick works out his difficulties.

    The Astros are going to be tough. They are playing a lot better now, just as the Reds pull into town.

  8. pinson343


    18to88:

    Right now I have three Reds jerseys. They are:
    Kearns, Hamilton, Dunn. Yes. That’s depressing, but in my defense two of them were on sale.

    As Meat Loaf sang, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. The depressing thing for me among those 3 is what happened with Austin Kearns. I’ve always wondered how his career would have gone if Ray King hadn’t injured his shoulder.

    Reply

    Actually, aas

  9. pinson343

    That “aas” was a typo. I meant to write “actually as” and thought I’d deleted it anyway. The typo could have been worse, I suppose.

    My part above begins with the “As Meat Loaf sang …” , messed that up too.

    .

  10. pinson343


    Steve:

    … today they played hard. They have showed their resilience in several games this year, coming back once or twice in a game to win.
    Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen were the hitting leaders today, along with Ramon Hernandez. Bruce’s performance today was particularly encouraging because he got two hits off of a left handed pitcher. Rolen continues with his somewhat unexpected return to power with his fifth home run.
    Homer Bailey really pitched well. He threw first pitch strikes to 17 of the 22 batters he faced. He was accurate with his fastball but also made good use of his curve ball and splitter today. This was probably overall his best game of the year, although remember he did have four shutout innings in a row vs. the Dodgers.
    Overall, it was great to see the Reds end the homestand .500 and with a win.
    The Astros are going to be tough. They are playing a lot better now, just as the Reds pull into town.

    Reply

    Nice report, Steve. The Astros generally play the Reds tough, especially in Houston. I’m in Houston and will be rooting for the Reds in person on Wednesday nite.

  11. pinson343

    Homer has gradually been pitching better this season. And Cueto had a decent outing on Saturday, although the bottom line didn’t show it. Now if only Harang could be some semblance of his former self.

  12. John

    For the third year in a row, Dusty is batting a sub-.300 OBP in the 1-2 spots in the order because the CF and SS must bat 1-2. I know people love to argue that batting order means nothing, but when your two weakest hitters are getting the most PAs, then your two weakest hitters are making the most outs. You only have 27 outs. Stubbs and Cabrera routinely make 8-10 of them. We can get our hopes up after a win but until this issue is resolved I just can’t see this team getting on any kind of roll.

  13. Greg Dafler

    I think this Astros series is very important. They have to start beating the bad teams. Last year they had 4 different 3-game losing streaks to San Diego (twice), Washington, and Kansas City. Not to mention their 5-10 record against the Cubs.

    They’ve already dropped a 3-game series to the Pirates. It’s got to stop now if they want any chance of being relevant this summer, let alone this fall.

  14. The Mad Hatter

    I read this from Fay’s blog and this is where my problem with Baker and lack of accountability in his veterans orginates from:

    Sunday, a 5-4 win lightened the mood considerably. All was rosy after Ramon Hernandez broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Although the Reds had two more runners trapped/picked off base Sunday, Baker could overlook it.

    “I don’t mind those when we win,” Baker said. “We needed this one badly.”

    Glad to see you can overlook it and that you don’t mind so much when it’s one win outta three. It’s ok you were mad yesterday. Just to clarify, yes Stubbs was picked off but that wasn’t a lack of fundamentals or attention to detail, Hernandez gave the Padres an unnecessary out with the pitcher coming up. Big differences.

  15. Bill Lack


    Steve:

    Orlando Cabrera made two poor defensive plays…
    The second play was in the ninth inning when he went over to cover second base on the attempted steal. He didn’t get over to block the throw from Ryan Hanigan and it went into centerfield, allowing the Padre runner to get to third base with the potential tying run. This is the third or fourth time this year I remember Cabrera not making a sufficient effort to block the ball from getting into the outfield.
    Reply

    I’m not Cabrera fan, but in his defense, this was a horrible throw (worst I’ve ever seen from Hanigan (wet ball?)) and the throw was to the 1st base side of 2nd…another question is why wasn’t Phillips backing up?

  16. Sultan of Swaff

    I was at the game too. Yes, there were two plays Janish would’ve made. Also, our coaches were asleep at the wheel in the sixth. Homer gave up back to back hits before Blanks 2 run double, yet no one paid a visit to the mound.
    I was on the left field wall. Can’t believe how many throws a starting pitcher makes before a start. By my count, he made 25 throws in the outfield of varying distances and intensity. Then he moved to the bullpen and threw around 30 pitches at 70% intensity. Add in another 10 or so before the first pitch.
    I was always taught you warm up to throw, not throw to warm up.

  17. pinson343


    The Mad Hatter:

    I read this from Fay’s blog and this is where my problem with Baker and lack of accountability in his veterans orginates from:
    Although the Reds had two more runners trapped/picked off base Sunday, Baker could overlook it.
    “I don’t mind those when we win,” Baker said. “We needed this one badly.”
    Glad to see you can overlook it and that you don’t mind so much when it’s one win outta three. It’s ok you were mad yesterday. Just to clarify, yes Stubbs was picked off but that wasn’t a lack of fundamentals or attention to detail, Hernandez gave the Padres an unnecessary out with the pitcher coming up. Big differences.

    Reply

    Good point, that quote bothered me too. Someone went further than that on Stubbs, saying he did what he needed to do. I can understand needing to run, but since when does that mean needing to get picked off ?

    The Hernandez play was more complicated. If Bruce hadn’t held up at 3rd for a bit, he would have scored, which would have made Hernandez’ baserunning brilliant.

    None of that’s really relevant to your point. If a player messes up on a fundamental, he should be accountable, regardless of the result. There’s a famous John McGraw story, about his giving the bunt sign on a pitch. The Giants’ hitter swings away and homers. He comes back to the bench, expecting to be congratulated. McGraw chewed him out, benched him, and fined him.