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CTA513
05-01-2009, 09:07 PM
Josh Hamilton went on the DL with a strained muscle at his rib cage before tonight's Rangers game...

Rosales takes another BB.

REAL nice plate approach. Real nice.


Not surprising

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:08 PM
Unfortunately, Rosales then gets picked off at first.

Two outs.

Alex G still up.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:08 PM
Rosales picked off. Sheesh. Can't afford to give away outs.

SirFelixCat
05-01-2009, 09:09 PM
Rosales going on first move, but picked the wrong pitch. Bah.

SirFelixCat
05-01-2009, 09:09 PM
Ok, rain delay would be great here....

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:09 PM
Alex G flies out to RF.

Middle of 8, 2-0 Reds.

forfreelin04
05-01-2009, 09:10 PM
Top of 8th:

Grabow into pitch.

Phillps homers!! Dead line drive to RF.
Bruce bounces to Adam LaRoche. 1 outRosales falls behind 0-2 then works the count 3-2 and he walks.

Rosales is then picked off. 1-3-6 He was running on the pickoff. 2 out

Gonzo flies to RF. 3 out

After 7 and a 1/2, Reds 2 Pirates 0.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:12 PM
Vazquez hitting for Bixler.

GAC
05-01-2009, 09:13 PM
Ok, rain delay would be great here....

Why?

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:14 PM
Leadoff walk by Vazquez.

Young pinch hitting.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:14 PM
Arroyo is now at 100 pitches.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:16 PM
A big 4-6-3 DP.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:18 PM
Morgan singles to right.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:20 PM
Great start by Arroyo!

8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:20 PM
Sanchez pops out to Phillips.

Arroyo through 8 on 113 pitches.

forfreelin04
05-01-2009, 09:21 PM
Bottom of 8th:

Someone named Vasquez up. Mystery man works the count 3-2 and then walks on a close ball inside.

Young the pinch hitter. He bounces into a 4-6-3 DP. 2 out
Morgan singles to the left of BP.
Sanchez pops to Phillips/Votto. Who's got it? Phillips calls off a dodging Votto. 3 out.

Great start from BA.

After a full 8, Reds 2 Pirates 0.

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:21 PM
For those not able to see it, the flip from Brandon Phillips to Alex G and his footwork at the bag at second to turn that DP was a thing of beauty. Smooth as silk.

Screwball
05-01-2009, 09:22 PM
As long as the SPs keep throwing shutouts, this team will go places.

:cool:

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:22 PM
It's very early, but it doesn't look like Arroyo has anything tonight. This could be a looooong night.

Wow. I couldn't have been more wrong. Bronson didn't have anything in the first inning, but his stuff got better and better as the night went on. I didn't want to say it, but I thought Arroyo would be lucky to get through five innings tonight. So glad I was wrong. Excellent start by Bronson.

BuckeyeRedleg
05-01-2009, 09:23 PM
Adam Rosales looks like Chris Colinsworth.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:23 PM
The Pirates will have McLouth, LaRoche, and Hinske up in the 9th. I'd give Cordero the night off and let Rhodes pitch the 9th.

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:24 PM
Lead off single from Hanigan, his third time on base tonight.

Nix up to pinch hit for Arroyo.

Some extra runs would be beyond swell here.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:24 PM
Leadoff hit for Hanigan.

Nix hitting for Arroyo. Great start by Arroyo tonight.

SMcGavin
05-01-2009, 09:25 PM
As long as the SPs keep throwing shutouts, this team will go places.

:cool:

Pretty simple right? The offense is scoring enough runs to win on shutouts... I don't know what all the complaining is about...

Bob Borkowski
05-01-2009, 09:25 PM
The Pirates will have McLouth, LaRoche, and Hinske up in the 9th. I'd give Cordero the night off and let Rhodes pitch the 9th.

Brantley says it will be Cordero.

_Sir_Charles_
05-01-2009, 09:25 PM
I'd love to see some more starts for Hanigan. He's solid both offensively AND defensively.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:25 PM
Nix is ahead 3-0. Take a couple here.

That 3-0 pitch looked low.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:27 PM
Nix walks. Another great atbat by Nix. Need to get a run or two in.

lollipopcurve
05-01-2009, 09:27 PM
For those not able to see it, the flip from Brandon Phillips to Alex G and his footwork at the bag at second to turn that DP was a thing of beauty. Smooth as silk.

Agreed. I'm really enjoying Gonzalez at short. No doubt he's a bit diminished by age and rust, but he is super smooth out there. The consistent accuracy of his throws is really impressive to me, and his timing is exquisite. Not flashy, but a master at the position.

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:27 PM
I wonder if Willy T will sac to give JHJ another chance to redeem a bad night.

_Sir_Charles_
05-01-2009, 09:27 PM
Tyler Yates....where do I know that name from.

*heads off to google*

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:28 PM
Ha!

Sac but ball thrown away at first!

Run scores! 3-0 Reds!

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:28 PM
Another run as the catchers throw is wild on the sacrifice. 3-0 Reds.

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:28 PM
Runners at 2nd and 3rd, no outs, JHJ up, this time against the right hander. Maybe that will reverse jump start him...

lollipopcurve
05-01-2009, 09:28 PM
Another good game from Taveras tonight.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:28 PM
That's huge! Bust it open now.

Hairston batting. Why? I'd PH with Dickerson, or even McDonald.

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:30 PM
Hairston's BA is at .167 heading into this at-bat. That's a hard-earned .167.

_Sir_Charles_
05-01-2009, 09:30 PM
Another good game from Taveras tonight.

Agreed. But as everyone on RZ knows, he'll destroy this team. *grin*

11larkin11
05-01-2009, 09:31 PM
Id give Coco another day off for the rest of the weekend. Give Burton some work

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:31 PM
JHJ grounds to third.

Runners stay put.

Votto up. One out.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:31 PM
Hairston: Foul, chases a bad ball now 0-2, ball 1, ball 2, ball 3, he grounds out on ball 4 at the ankles. Another bad atbat. Bases should be loaded with nobody out for Votto.

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:32 PM
That's two Vottos on base for Votto to try and Votto.

Only now he is getting the IBB.

Phillips up, hope he makes them pay.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:32 PM
They have to get Hairston out of the lineup and if he is going to play he can't bat 2nd.

_Sir_Charles_
05-01-2009, 09:32 PM
JHJ grounds out on an obvious ball 4. He's really pressing right now. I haven't seen someone struggle this badly in a while. It's a shame because he's nowhere CLOSE to this bad.

SMcGavin
05-01-2009, 09:33 PM
They have to get Hairston out of the lineup and if he is going to play he can't bat 2nd.

Jonny Gomes. Do it.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:33 PM
They have to get Hairston out of the lineup and if he is going to play he can't bat 2nd.

Yep.

Pinch hitting for Hairston there was an easy decision. There is no way he should have hit in that situation.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:34 PM
2-1 on Phillips.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:34 PM
Sac fly by Phillips makes it 4-0.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:35 PM
Sac fly to right center. 4-0 Reds. Good to see Phillips starting to hit the opposite way.

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:35 PM
Sac fly to RF for Phillips. More importantly, he went with the pitch second at-bat in a row to good effect. He's much better when he isn't trying to pull everything...

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:36 PM
I'd definitely bring Rhodes out for the 9th now.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:36 PM
There are signs this week that Phillips is starting to come out of his slump. He had a good game against the Astros hitting to the opposite field and again tonight.

Blitz Dorsey
05-01-2009, 09:36 PM
Great game so far from the Reds. Now close it out!

WMR
05-01-2009, 09:37 PM
Hairston's BA is at .167 heading into this at-bat. That's a hard-earned .167.

Dusty's going to keep riding that ship until it sinks to the bottom of the ocean.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:39 PM
That 1-0 pitch to Bruce was at least 4-6 inches outside. Bad call.

4-0 Reds after eight innings. Shouldn't even be that close.

WVRedsFan
05-01-2009, 09:40 PM
Bruce is just lost against lefties. Lost. That's really disappointing

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:40 PM
Hopefully they don't put Cordero out there with a 4 run lead. This team has no off days anytime soon so no reason to waste him with the bigger lead.

forfreelin04
05-01-2009, 09:41 PM
Top of 9:

Yates pitching:


Hanigan singles to CF. (Guys a machine)

Nix pinch hitting works the count 3-2 and then walks. Runners on 1st and second.

Willy T bunts to the catcher who fields and throws it by the second baseman; off of Freddy Sanchez glove. Hanigan scores.
Taveras at second and Nix at 3rd.

Hairston continues to swing as if he can hit a homerun every at bat. Hairston bounces to 3rd. Doesn't advance the runners. 1 out. Hairston needs to stop swinging as if there is no tomorrow early in the count.


Votto Roboto is intentionally walked.

Bases jucied for Phillips. He SACS to RF. Nix scores. 2 out

New pitcher in Sean Burnett

Burnett makes Bruce look foolish. 3 out.

After 8 and 1/2, Reds 4 Pirates 0.

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:41 PM
Bruce is just lost against lefties. Lost. That's really disappointing

Josh Hamilton posted a sub .600 OPS against lefties his first season.

Bruce hit lefties well in the minors. He's 22, he'll be fine.

Earlier in the game Bruce just missed a homer off the lefty, he later lined a single into RCF.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:41 PM
Dusty runs Cordero out there with a 4 run lead.

lollipopcurve
05-01-2009, 09:41 PM
Shouldn't even be that close.

Error on Jaramillo helped.

I'd try not to suffer so much when the team has a 4 run lead.

mbgrayson
05-01-2009, 09:42 PM
Bruuuuuucce Ks swinging. Finishes the night 1 for 5, having faced lefties all five times up.

Jay is hitting .125 (3 for 24) vs. lefties this year. He really needs to work on this to step up to the next level. His line vs righties is nice: .319/.385/.681 for an OPS of 1.065.

WMR
05-01-2009, 09:42 PM
Hopefully they don't put Cordero out there with a 4 run lead. This team has no off days anytime soon so no reason to waste him with the bigger lead.

LOL. The Dustinator scoffs at no off days. :D

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:42 PM
Why is Cordero pitching? Doesn't make sense. The Reds have a four run lead and the Pirates have three lefties coming up. Dusty doesn't think ahead.

backbencher
05-01-2009, 09:42 PM
Dusty runs Cordero out there with a 4 run lead.

It's not that tough a call.

He was already warmed up, and no one else was.

Bob Borkowski
05-01-2009, 09:43 PM
Cordero has converted his last 21 save chances dating back to last year, so says Dan Hoard.

WMR
05-01-2009, 09:43 PM
Why is Cordero pitching? Doesn't make sense. The Reds have a four run lead and the Pirates have three lefties coming up. Dusty doesn't think ahead.

Dude, closers pitch the ninth, That's why they're called CLOSERS.

:help:

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:44 PM
Cordero seems to always struggle in non-save situations. Rhodes was already warming up. I would've brought him in saved Cordero.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:44 PM
McClouth leads off with an infield hit.

Screwball
05-01-2009, 09:44 PM
Josh Hamilton posted a sub .600 OPS against lefties his first season.

Bruce hit lefties well in the minors. He's 22, he'll be fine.

Earlier in the game Bruce just missed a homer off the lefty, he later lined a single into RCF.

Thank you. To proclaim Bruce "LOST" against lefties after a whopping 26 PAs on the season is a little ridiculous.

lollipopcurve
05-01-2009, 09:45 PM
Hopefully they don't put Cordero out there with a 4 run lead. This team has no off days anytime soon so no reason to waste him with the bigger lead.

At the very least, Baker needs to use some other guys in save situations every now and then. There's no rule saying your closer has to take every single ninth inning with less than a 4 run lead.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:46 PM
Ad. LaRoche lines out to 2nd.

lollipopcurve
05-01-2009, 09:46 PM
Jay is hitting .125 (3 for 24) vs. lefties this year. He really needs to work on this to step up to the next level.

Agreed. He's got to chase fewer breaking balls.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:47 PM
Hinske strikes out looking on a 94 MPH fastball on the outside corner.

membengal
05-01-2009, 09:47 PM
When did Cordero last work? Was it Wednesday?

He had been fairly infrequent before that, and needs somewhat regular work to be sharp. I think this is a fine spot for him, particularly since he had warmed up already.

Red in Chicago
05-01-2009, 09:47 PM
I'd be really ticked off if one of those umbrellas was blocking my view from the good seats.

lollipopcurve
05-01-2009, 09:47 PM
I tell you what, Hanigan is rock solid behind the plate. Receives the ball VERY well.

WMR
05-01-2009, 09:48 PM
Nice win. :D

OnBaseMachine
05-01-2009, 09:48 PM
Reds win 4-0!

Two straight shutouts and 19 consecutive shutout innings by Reds pitchers.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:49 PM
An. LaRoche strikes out swinging. Reds win 4-0. Their 2nd straight shutout. A combined 5 hitter. :beerme:

Bob Borkowski
05-01-2009, 09:49 PM
When did Cordero last work? Was it Wednesday?

He had been fairly infrequent before that, and needs somewhat regular work to be sharp. I think this is a fine spot for him, particularly since he had warmed up already.

Yep, Wednesday and I agree.

_Sir_Charles_
05-01-2009, 09:50 PM
Slowly but surely, this team is starting to gel. People can complain all they want, but I find it a fun team to watch. :O) Keep it rollin' guys!

Gallen5862
05-01-2009, 09:50 PM
"And This One Belongs To The Reds."

forfreelin04
05-01-2009, 09:50 PM
Bottom of 9:

COCO in for a non save situation

McClouth doing his job works the count 3-2. Break his bat. Rosales tries to make a play. McClouth is safe. Infield single.

COCO gets ahead 0-2 on Adam French. 1-2 and then he lines to Phillips who almost throws to 1st to double off McClouth. Decides otherwise 1 out.

COCO makes Hinske look like a dunce. 3 pitches. 3 strikes. 2 out.

Coco gets behind 3-1 after a couple of close pitches to the other Frenchie (Andy) Coco gets a 3-1 pitch over and then K's Frenchie Jr. 3 out.

This one belongs to the Reds!


Pirates don't score any runs for the second straight game.

When was the last time the Reds shutout opponents 2 games in a row?

FINAL:

Reds 4
Pirates 0

mbgrayson
05-01-2009, 09:53 PM
Once again Arroyo does well in a night game. In five starts, his three good starts were all night games, and his two bad starts were day games.

Bob Borkowski
05-01-2009, 09:55 PM
Once again Arroyo does well in a night game. In five starts, his three good starts were all night games, and his two bad starts were day games.

That has been his pattern since coming to Cincinnati.

Reds Fanatic
05-01-2009, 09:56 PM
Once again Arroyo does well in a night game. In five starts, his three good starts were all night games, and his two bad starts were day games.
For some reason Arroyo has always been that way better at night. This year he now has a 1.68 ERA at night and 10.80 during the day.

Hoosier Red
05-01-2009, 10:11 PM
So just curious, is this what those of us who predicted a winning record had in mind? Slamming pitching and a just good enough offense?

By the way at this pace the Reds win 88 games. If the Cards ever lose again, 88 games will put us in the race.

Scrap Irony
05-01-2009, 10:34 PM
I expected a bit more offensive punch and a bit less pitching, but about the same record. EdE tanking really surprised me. I had him pegged for a breakout 875 OPS season. I also thought Phillips would hit better than this, though I assumed Taveras slightly worse. (He's not been bad; he's been mediocre.)

Heath
05-01-2009, 10:36 PM
Thank you. To proclaim Bruce "LOST" agaianst lefties after a whopping 26 PAs on the season is a little ridiculous.

Are you telling me that you can't put Jay Bruce in the microwave, set to instant popcorn, and when the timer goes off, he automatically begins to hit lefts?

Wow. Shocked, I am, Shocked.

redsmetz
05-01-2009, 10:45 PM
I expected a bit more offensive punch and a bit less pitching, but about the same record. EdE tanking really surprised me. I had him pegged for a breakout 875 OPS season. I also thought Phillips would hit better than this, though I assumed Taveras slightly worse. (He's not been bad; he's been mediocre.)

Perhaps someone else said this, but these are very small sample sizes. And now it seems as if EE has been playing injured, perhaps worsened right before he went on the DL. I can't extrapolate the season based on just one months data. I'm satisfied with where this club is and that we're doing well even though most of the offense took off the month of April.

Blitz Dorsey
05-01-2009, 11:06 PM
I'm excited about this team. I fully know they could tank at any time, but what else would be new? The point is that I think the Reds are going to stay in the race and make this somewhat of a '99 season. They're not going to win 96 games, but hopefully they're going to hang in there and keep it interesting all year. Love the way the pitching staff has come together. Couldn't ask for anything more from the pitchers. Just need the bats to come around and unlike most years when we're in the race (which isn't often) we'll be shopping for a bat in June/July. Usually that is when we are shopping for pitching ('95, '99, '06) but this year we will be looking for hitting.

redsfandan
05-01-2009, 11:12 PM
So just curious, is this what those of us who predicted a winning record had in mind? Slamming pitching and a just good enough offense?
Pretty much. That the pitching would be the strength of the team wasn't a surprise. But I expect the offense to improve at least somewhat.

Perhaps someone else said this, but these are very small sample sizes. And now it seems as if EE has been playing injured, perhaps worsened right before he went on the DL. I can't extrapolate the season based on just one months data. I'm satisfied with where this club is and that we're doing well even though most of the offense took off the month of April.
Well said. EE will be back. The stats of BP will improve but he is what he is. The only pitcher that has been a surprise to me so far is Cueto. It's only been one month but I just didn't expect that he'd improve THIS much so soon.

redsfandan
05-01-2009, 11:15 PM
I'm excited about this team. I fully know they could tank at any time, but what else would be new? The point is that I think the Reds are going to stay in the race and make this somewhat of a '99 season. They're not going to win 96 games, but hopefully they're going to hang in there and keep it interesting all year. Love the way the pitching staff has come together. Couldn't ask for anything more from the pitchers. Just need the bats to come around and unlike most years when we're in the race (which isn't often) we'll be shopping for a bat in June/July. Usually that is when we are shopping for pitching ('95, '99, '06) but this year we will be looking for hitting.
I can definitely see that happenning.

kaldaniels
05-01-2009, 11:43 PM
So just curious, is this what those of us who predicted a winning record had in mind? Slamming pitching and a just good enough offense?

By the way at this pace the Reds win 88 games. If the Cards ever lose again, 88 games will put us in the race.

Absolutely. I had the Reds at 86 wins. When you can run out each of your starters (1-5) and they have the potential to be lights out on a given night...good things are bound to happen.

That said, I'm not sold completely on Owings and the offense has me worried about getting to 86 wins, but it is amazing what quality starting pitching will do.

WVRedsFan
05-01-2009, 11:46 PM
I expected a bit more offensive punch and a bit less pitching, but about the same record. EdE tanking really surprised me. I had him pegged for a breakout 875 OPS season. I also thought Phillips would hit better than this, though I assumed Taveras slightly worse. (He's not been bad; he's been mediocre.)

I agree Scrap. I thought they might find a winning season, but hover around the .500 mark. I expected EE and BP to continue to hit well and I thought Dickerson would be winning that LF job by now. I guessed right on Gonzalez having a rough time and the team being run-challenged. I never dreamed the pitching staff would be this good, though.

It will be nice to shop for hitting instead of pitching because hitters are easier to find, but let me make one thing clear. I believe Jay Bruce will be a great OF'er for the Reds, but you cannot mask the need for him to hit left handed pitching. Yes, he hit a ball hard that was nearly a HR, but with a 4-24 stat, he needs to work on this and he probably is. Hairston is anothing thing entirely. If Bruce looks lost against lefties, Hairston just looks lost. Maybe he'll come out of it, but hitting him in the 2 hole while he does is insane.

All in all, though, 12-10 exceeds my expectations.