Two 1st basemen tonight? Stubbs gets to cover LF as well as CF. ;)
Congratulations to Brandon Phillips, who has passed Ernie Lombardi for sole possession of 18th place on the Reds' all-time home run list!
Updated Reds HR list (players in italics are active):
Reds 100-Home Run Club
1. Johnny Bench - 389
2. Frank Robinson - 324
3. Tony Perez - 287
4. Adam Dunn - 270
5. Ted Kluszewski - 251
6. George Foster - 244
7. Ken Griffey, Jr. - 210
8. Eric Davis - 203
9. Barry Larkin - 198
10. Vada Pinson - 186
11. Wally Post - 172
12. Gus Bell - 160
13. Joe Morgan - 152
13. Pete Rose - 152
15. Lee May - 147
16. Dan Driessen - 133
17. Reggie Sanders - 125
18. Brandon Phillips - 121
19. Ernie Lombardi - 120
20. Sean Casey - 118
20. Joey Votto - 118
22. Frank McCormick - 110
23. Dave Parker - 107
24. Chris Sabo - 104
25. Dave Concepcion - 101
After three innings, Reds 1, Cubs 0.
Leake at 36 pitches, 25 strikes.
Dempster at 50 pitches, 31 strikes.
After four innings, Reds 1, Cubs 0.
Leake at 52 pitches, 34 strikes.
Dempster at 71 pitches, 42 strikes.
After five innings, Reds 2, Cubs 0.
Leake at 64 pitches, 43 strikes.
Dempster at 96 pitches, 53 strikes.
I can't believe I actually had a couple debates with Reds fans entering the season regarding Renteria v Janish. I said Renteria was clearly the better offensive player even at this stage of his career and many doubted that statement. They said Renteria/Janish were basically equal offensively. Not even close. One of the nice things about this month is hopefully it's the last time I'll ever see Paul Janish in a Reds uniform. ;-)
Renteria is still a very-serviceable backup SS. Definitely not a starter at this stage of his career, but he's a solid backup. Still at least decent defensively and won't hurt you with the stick (for a SS). I don't get his unwillingness to play 3B though. It could extend his career like it extended Tony Fernandez's.
2-1 Reds on the ground out.
Leake is through six. 2-1 Reds going to the bottom half.
REDS win 2-1!
Reds win with Leake pitching 8 strong for his 12th win. Got his ERA down below 4 , too.