Re: 9/21/13 - Reds @ Pirates - Choo/Frazier out, Robinson/Hannahan in
Just back from PNC. They put on a good concert and fireworks display ("Skyblast") on Saturdays. My first visit there. Definitely a nice place to watch baseball. Not many other Reds fans in the lower level where we were.
Bummer of a game. Can't win 'em all and all that. JV can't be perfectly error-free at 1B and tonight that just cost us more than most might. No different really from what victimised the Bucs last night. Likewise at the plate where both JV and JB hit into DPs at crucial times to end threats. All gonna happen at times.
My disappointment sitting there watching wasn't about the pitching either. Homer pitched well. Not his best but certainly not terribly. Likewise the pen with the exception of Duke, who I'm not sure I want to see in whatever post-season game(s) we play.
From before first pitch (Burnett was dealing after giving up the early two) until Grilli came out to a standing O and summarily ended the game, my concern was about the night's roster. I'm sure it was much discussed on the thread tonight; too late for me to read 'em all.
Choo: out with a thumb issue that I sure hope isn't serious enough to impact more than another game or two. Nothing could be done about that.
But, Robinson in CF instead of Billy? I don't see it. He looked positively overmatched by Burnett and never got on base.
Hanny at 3rd instead of Frazier? Didn't get that either. As much as Todd cooled this year after a good start, I'd have trusted his bat more and, of course, Hanny was another ofer and one of the 4 or so in tonight's lineup treading water around .200. Tood came out on deck at one point but, when the 2nd out was made in front of him, Dusty pulled him in favor of HRod for his 6th ML AB. Wasn't sure how hard we were trying to win with that move. His AB and quick K was the biggest mismatch of the night.
Hanigan catching instead of Meso? Long game last night I guess? Devin did a great job with his stellar AB. Maybe he was tired? Not sure but the team could have used his bat too.
I'll be perfectly happy if we win tomorrow and take the series. We'll be there for that one too before heading back to Washington. Just felt like today's game was predictable to some extent and a bit confounding. I'd have like the fireworks and Neon Trees much better had we won.
Reds & Nats, 2013 LCS. Take2 (9/13) Reds but no Nats
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