Final R H E
Philadelphia Phillies  (25-35)
5 11 0
Cincinnati Reds  (28-32)
6 6 0
W: A. Simon (8-3)   L: R. Hernandez (2-4)   S: A. Chapman (8)
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The Good

Devin Mesoraco. Rock made two outstanding defensive plays at home plate, the second as Carlos Ruiz raced toward home with what would have been the tying run, had Rock not made a terrific tag catching the ball just as Ruiz appeared to race by him.

Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier both homered today, the former’s first home run in 25 games and his 100th home run in GABP.

Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th inning, respectively.

The Bad

J.J. Hoover. The home run Hoover gave up barely got out of the park, but they all count. Hoover has had a number of good outings coming into today. It will be interesting to see how he reacts in his next appearance.

The Ugly

Nothing. 

Not so random thoughts …

Thanks to some good starting pitching, exceptional defense–something Reds fans take for granted in Cincinnati–and the wake-up call the bats received this morning, the Reds were able to outlast some shaky relief.

Todd Frazier continues to be a shining light for this team, not just on defense, but on offense as well. Pitchers figured him out last year and I had my doubts that he could make a significant adjustment. He’s done that and more.

The Daily Billy: We got a nice look at Hamilton’s defensive prowess today, specifically his arm, as he was part of two fine relay plays that cut down runners at the plate. He did his usual stuff on the base paths, leading to the Reds first run. He even had a sac fly.

My Knob Creek Player of the Game: The Rock. Devin Mesoraco. He protected home plate today reminiscent of old #5. Amirite?

15 Responses

  1. VaRedsFan

    Spot on recap again. Luv your writeups. I think Simon falls into the “just enough” category too. Not outstanding but effective.

  2. 666wolverine

    So spot on as usual w the recap!!!!!

  3. Vicferrari

    Was really pulling for JJ, I posted at the beginning of the 7th and no responded something I am curious to but too lazy to look-up, what are his stats coming in with a lead? Most of his stats of good performance are in losing causes that I recall and I really hope he can be a reliable arm this summer …

  4. ToddAlmighty

    Need to win tomorrow badly. Can’t be losing series to bad teams like the Phillies if you want to pretend this team has a chance at a wildcard.

    • Vicferrari

      That is how I felt the last series Reds against the Phillies… about where I gave up on a winning season. Still I root for them without much expectation and I deal with the losing a lot better

  5. Morgan Mayham

    Simon, mesoraco, maybe even frazier has to make the all star team at this point..

    • docmike

      Did you forget about Cueto and his 1.97 ERA? He is the one shoe-in all-star at this point. Simon, on the other hand, I don’t see it. His ERA is now up to 3.15, and there are several other pitchers ahead of him.

      As for the hitters, Frazier should be close to a lock, as his OPS of .869 is significantly higher than the next highest for a 3rd baseman. Mesoraco’s OPS is also much higher than the rest of the NL catchers, but he only has half the at-bats.

      Right now, I think Cueto, Frazier, and Mes all make it.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Don’t think Simon makes it in with an ERA north of 3. I agree with Mike that you forgot Cueto. I’ll also add a bit of my own. Chapman will probably make it, if only on velocity/name recognition. Broxton also has a chance, though non-closer relief pitchers don’t generally get very many spots.

      Chapman and Broxton both rely on a lot more frequent use between now and then though. Hoover and LeCure have both pitched more than twice as many innings as Chapman at this point and Broxton is 5th in the bullpen in innings. Both need more.

  6. redmountain

    I thought that Frazier would be better this year. I get the feeling that he hates to lose and that would drive him to work on things. I do not think you can discount the job that Long is doing with several of the players either.

    GABP was having one of those days when the ball really flies out. In a lot of ballparks, those homers were just fly balls that would have been caught. (not Frazier)

  7. Earl Nash

    It’s hard to watch JJ come apart, he was did some really good work for the Reds last year. It was not out of the realm you could see him maybe become the closer if the mythical Chapman to the rotation happened.

  8. gary

    I was at the game yesterday, an okay game but the Reds are just plain boring. There was no excitement when the Reds were batting, I really just can’t put my finger on it. I am a lifelong Reds fan and will always support them, but, gees, we need to learn to put some hits/walks together. The OBP of this team when seen on the scoreboard is really depressing. BTW, can J. Broxton be any slower from pitch to pitch. The fans in my section were really getting on him. It was at least one minute (sometimes more) between pitches. He threw over to first one time and I though the guy next to me was going to fall asleep waiting for the next pitch.

  9. Ed Lambert

    Nice win today but this team still is what it is and is not ready for primetime. If I were GM ( I’m Not) but I would be listening to any and all offers to improve this team’s future at the weak positions. SS, LF. Probably have to give up pitching that you don’t expect to sign long term. But, young pitching is what this organization seems to have coming up sooner than position players. So time to stock up on position player depth.

  10. Vicferrari

    I betcha Phillies fans are all thinking the same thing, I truely believe those opportunities were missed when they lost back-to-back series against the Padres and Phillies last time. After the 3 wins in AZ, I thought they might have a chance if they can split the homestand, I figured realistically 1-2 against the Giants, winning the series against the Phillies, but do not see them holding up against the Dodgers pitching to even maintain a split…but maybe they win today and suprise me. But my count a loss today means they have lost 6 of the last 8 series and any way you look at it, that is just a bad team overmatched in talent

    • Eric the Red

      Yes, it’s the Phillies. But if you look at that series in Philadelphia we had to face Hamels–who simply owns us–and Lee, who can still be a very tough pitcher. And we were missing a few bats. It’s not like we were facing a couple of stiffs.

      I know it’s frustrating, but we’ve had a very tough schedule, compounded by the fact we’ve had some bad luck with injuries and with things like playing teams when they’re hot instead of cold, like Colorado (who we still beat 2 of 3). Keep the faith, and Go Reds.