The Steve Miller Band was scheduled to play a concert at Citi Field at the end of today’s game. You may be familiar with the reference in their most famous song The Joker to the pompatus of love. Turns out that Steve Miller just made up the word pompatus. Made it up. Kind of like the Reds making up their outfield defense by playing Marlon Byrd in centerfield. To Byrd’s credit, he made the plays he should have. But I’m pretty sure now I’ll always think of Byrd whenever I hear that song. Or Walt Jocketty.

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The Reds and Metropolitans played exactly two hours in a steady rain before the umpires called for the tarp after six innings. 53 minutes later, the game was suspended to be completed at 1:10 tomorrow afternoon. The regularly scheduled game will follow about 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.

The first six innings were a pitching duel between Matt Harvey and Michael Lorenzen. Before you contemplate comparing performances, keep in mind that Harvey is 26 while Lorenzen is 23. And the Mets pitcher has been a starter for 14 years while the Reds righty has been a starting pitcher for 14 months. That’s years vs. months. Harvey limited the Reds to 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Lorenzen gave up 6 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4 in 5.2 innings.

Despite a pep talk from his catcher and a visit from his second baseman, Lorenzen walked the last two batters he faced, forcing his removal. That loaded the bases and set up a dramatic game-on-the-line showdown between Curtis Granderson and Reds reliever Manny Parra.

Granderson’s home off Johnny Cueto yesterday had provided the margin of victory. His solo shot accounted for the Mets only run today. He’d also doubled. Manny Parra was summoned to do the LOOGY thing against Granderson but got behind in the count 2-0 and 3-1 before he induced the Mets rightfielder to hit a harmless fly ball to Skip Schumaker in left field. Parra has a total of 19 appearances and given up earned runs twice, just once since April 15. If it wasn’t for J.J. Hoover, Manny Parra would own the comeback reliever narrative.

If you haven’t noticed, Michael Lorenzen is one great athlete. He can handle the bat – in Lorenzen’s last season at Cal State Fullerton, his junior year, he hit .335/.412/.515 in 269 plate appearances, with 23 extra-base hits, including 7 home runs, he also stole 12 bases – which he demonstrated with a perfect sacrifice bunt that contributed to the Reds only run. Lorenzen can field his position. He ranged way off the mound to field a chopper, spinning to throw out the runner in the sixth inning. And we’ve seen that Lorenzen has plenty of giddy up, as a pinch runner he scored a game winning run from first base. He’s like a taller Mike Leake with a 95 mph heater.

Tucker Barnhart scored the Reds only run after doubling to lead off the fifth inning. After Lorenzen sacrificed Barnhart to third, Brandon Phillips drove the catcher in with a double of his own to left-center field.

17 Responses

  1. seat101

    Tonight, you can call me Maurice. New paragraph.

    Any idea who’s going to pitch The suspended game?

    • Steve Mancuso

      Picks up in the seventh inning. Bullpen game.

      • seat101

        Technically, are they allowed, within the rules, to bring up an extra player because it’s two games in one day? Or one and third game?

      • Steve Mancuso

        Not sure. But I’d guess that’s just for full-blown double headers.

      • Redsfan48

        If they are allowed a 26th man, who would it be? Kristopher Negrón? Donovan Hand? Jumbo Diaz?

  2. Carl Sayre

    I really am impressed with Lorenzen. His future looks bright. I would love to see him nibble less he runs his pich count up and shortens his outings. That is not every game and like the article pointed out he is young and learning. Great job of coming up with an article on a rain out.

  3. pinson343

    Always hated that song, change the station when it comes on.

    • earmbrister

      The joke was on me today. Had my first beer beer at the end of the sixth (ok, my first beer inside Citi Field). Went back for another a half hour into the rain delay to find that they had stopped beer sales for the day. Something about policy being to halt beer sales at the beginning of the seventh.

      Still waiting for the ruling on my appeal.

      • Carl Sayre

        Just look at it like this their ruling saved you enough to buy a tank of gas for the week.

  4. pinson343

    Parra’s comeback has been a big part of the bullpen’s improvement. And the bullpen’s improvement has been a big part of the Reds improvement.

  5. ohiojimw

    Just on Twitter…..
    Reds get to activate a 26th man for game 2. It will be Jason Bourgeois. RefreshI my memory but was’t he on the 60 day DL? If so that also means a 40 man roster move will be needed. Here’s guessing Bourgeois sticks with the 25 man and a pitcher gets sent out. Either that or he will be activated for the one game and DFA afterwards

    • ohiojimw

      The Reds really do live in a bizzaro world. They play short position players then activate a position player as 26th man when the rule was clearly created to shore up pitching staffs from the overload of a double header. Maybe this rule coming into view years (decades of) after I grew up thinking double headers were called double hitters explains how I came to believe they were double hitters.

    • Redsfan48

      Jason Bourgeois is awful. Hopefully he doesn’t stick on the roster. As for the 40-man spot, they can free it up simply by moving Mesoraco to the 60-day DL.

      • ohiojimw

        very true about meso. I’d forgotten. tomorrow is his big date with the hip man

      • Carl Sayre

        I hope that Mes recovers fully though the “expierment” of him in LF intrigued me. I think that Pena’s contract is up after this year and Barnhart is young so that tells me Pena will not be extended, someone is going to get a good back up catcher and a HECK of a teammate/ clubhouse guy. His stick has been a pleasant surprise after being forced into pretty much full time service.