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Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 07:57 PM
Please feel free to post lineups...

Degenerate39
05-02-2009, 08:00 PM
Willy Taveras CF

Chris Dickerson LF

Joey Votto 1B

Brandon Phillips 2B

Jay Bruce RF

Ramon Hernandez C

Adam Rosales 3B

Alex Gonzalez SS

Micah Owings P

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 08:00 PM
Dickerson in left tonight.

It's hard to take Nix out of the lineup with the way he's been hitting lately.

Degenerate39
05-02-2009, 08:01 PM
Dickerson in left tonight.

It's hard to take Nix out of the lineup with the way he's been hitting lately.

Not if you're Dusty Baker

SirFelixCat
05-02-2009, 08:04 PM
When was the last time Janish got a chance to play? Really frustrating watching that blackhole run out there day after day after day when there is a better option on the 25 man, both offensively and defensively.

alloverjr
05-02-2009, 08:04 PM
50,000 things I'd do differently with this lineup/roster, but I think the first I'd do would be to bat Rosales 2nd. Why we waste the top of the order with low OB guys is maddening.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:05 PM
Sure has been a frustrating amount of games NOT offered in HD...

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:05 PM
When was the last time Janish got a chance to play? Really frustrating watching that blackhole run out there day after day after day when there is a better option on the 25 man, both offensively and defensively.

Co-sign.

Just an extra start or two a week. That's all many of us are asking. But it's barely one a week at this point. Alex G just does not warrant that kind of playing time at this juncture.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:08 PM
Willy T with a soft line out to first base for out 1.

Dickerson bunts on first pitch and pops it up for out 2.

Sigh.

Votto up.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 08:08 PM
Taveras swung at a pitch at his knees...quickly followed by a poor attempted bunt by dickerson...sigh

Degenerate39
05-02-2009, 08:10 PM
They're afraid of Votto

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 08:10 PM
Willy T with a soft line out to first base for out 1.

Dickerson bunts on first pitch and pops it up for out 2.

Sigh.

Votto up.


Taveras swung at a pitch at his knees...quickly followed by a poor attempted bunt by dickerson...sigh

two "sighs" already ;)

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:10 PM
Votto goes on professional repair the short inning work, and works a walk.

Two outs, Phillips up.

nate
05-02-2009, 08:10 PM
Chat = open.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:11 PM
Let's see if Brandon will continue to go to RF tonite...

not on that, grounds out to SS for the force.

Middle of one. No score.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 08:12 PM
Taveras and Dickerson need to take bunting lessons from Johnny Cueto.

I would've started Nix in LF. Play the hot hand.

Phillips swung at a 1-0 pitch that almost hit him on the hand.

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:13 PM
They're afraid of Votto

Why pitch to him?

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:14 PM
Micah Owings next up to the gauntlet---quality start or Reds likely die gauntlet.

Reds killer Nyjer Morgan leads off with a single.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:14 PM
Why pitch to him?

There is zero reason to pitch to him, and it boggles my mind that he isn't walking about four times a game at this point.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:15 PM
Freddy Sanchez singles to RF.

Same start to game last night. Owings desperately needs a DP like Arroyo got last night.

Pirates with runners on first and second, no outs.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 08:15 PM
Nyjer Morgan kills the Reds.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 08:16 PM
That ball just ate up brandon at second base...ugh...

alloverjr
05-02-2009, 08:16 PM
That's funny. That should be an E-4.

_Sir_Charles_
05-02-2009, 08:16 PM
3 straight singles to start the game. 1-0 Bucs.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:16 PM
Ball hit to Phillips. Should have been a DP, only it took a bad hop over Phillips' shoulder (he was on his knees) into RF.

Run scores.

Runners on first and third.

No outs.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 08:16 PM
Brandon Phillips botches a doubleplay. If you're not going to hit then you better play defense.

That ends the Reds 19 straight shutout innings.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:17 PM
McLouth steals second.

This one may be over before it starts tonite...

HokieRed
05-02-2009, 08:17 PM
The Reds and RZ fascination with BP continues to amaze.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 08:17 PM
That's funny. That should be an E-4.

Absolutely. A major league second baseman has got to make that play. It looks like the Pirates will have a huge inning thanks to that.

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:17 PM
Dang Phillips got ate up on that one.....

_Sir_Charles_
05-02-2009, 08:18 PM
SB by McClouth. Not exactly a great beginning by Micah.

_Sir_Charles_
05-02-2009, 08:18 PM
Walk to load the bases.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:19 PM
Grande trying to entice people not to turn this off until Sean Casey hangs out with him later in the game.

Not enough to hold me if this thing goes off the rails, George.

Walk to LaRoche.

Bases loaded.

No outs.

1-0 Pirates lead.

_Sir_Charles_
05-02-2009, 08:20 PM
Pop out to Rosales in foul ground.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:20 PM
Big help there, Moss pops out foul to SS.

One out.

Ground ball would be the shihizzy here.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 08:20 PM
Grande trying to entice people not to turn this off until Sean Casey hangs out with him later in the game.

Not enough to hold me if this thing goes off the rails, George.

Walk to LaRoche.

Bases loaded.

No outs.

1-0 Pirates lead.

Sorry George, I've already turned it as soon as Phillips missed that ball. I'll follow via the game thread.

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:22 PM
Rosales looks like a kid...

_Sir_Charles_
05-02-2009, 08:22 PM
HBP makes it 2-0. Dusty out to argue that it hit the bat and not the hand...no such luck. It tagged him.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:22 PM
1-2 pitch hits Andy LaRoche in the hand, ump rules it hit hand, not bat.

Run forced home.

2-0 Pirates.

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:22 PM
Sorry George, I've already turned it as soon as Phillips missed that ball. I'll follow via the game thread.

The Reds are two games over .500..... stick around a while longer....

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 08:22 PM
He hits Laroche...are you kidding me

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:23 PM
A ground ball would still be choice here...

Falls City Beer
05-02-2009, 08:23 PM
What is Owings' major malfunction?

_Sir_Charles_
05-02-2009, 08:24 PM
I hope Masset is ready for an extended outing tonight. It looks like we're gonna need him.

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:24 PM
What is Owings' major malfunction?

He can't morph.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 08:24 PM
What is Owings' major malfunction?

soft tossing, no control

SirFelixCat
05-02-2009, 08:24 PM
Not how I'd have scripted tonight to start, but that's ok...it's early!

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:25 PM
Counts full. Vazquez has a lower BA than several of the Reds' worst. Just sayin...

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:26 PM
He threw a pretty nice game last Sunday, FCB, in a game I was there to witness. Hoping he finds a way to clear this and get back on track.

Nope.

Single into RF from a bad hitter puts Pirates up 4-0.

_Sir_Charles_
05-02-2009, 08:26 PM
Single scores 2 more. 4-0 Bucs. Wow, he's not fooling ANYBODY tonight.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 08:26 PM
If Brandon Phillips makes that play, this is a scoreless ballgame. Instead, it's 4-0 and probably game over. Hate to say that, but I have zero confidence in this offense.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:27 PM
Hard to imagine that this thing is not already out of reach at 4-0 given the Reds' offense.

Pirates ended a 22-inning scoreless streak with this outburst to start the game.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:28 PM
Finally get the DP.

6-4-3, nice play from Alex G.

4-0 Pirates after one.

Blitz Dorsey
05-02-2009, 08:28 PM
We're OK... it's early. Now let's hit the ball!

_Sir_Charles_
05-02-2009, 08:28 PM
Double play to end the inning. Just a tad late though. 4-0 Pirates at the end of 1. Let's hope the bats come alive tonight. We're gonna need them. Let's go Reds!

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 08:29 PM
Reds lucky to get the DP there. 6-4-3. Just checking in now. I'll start the inning recap now.

After 1 Pirates 4 Reds 0.

Blitz Dorsey
05-02-2009, 08:29 PM
Pirates have basically a AAA pitcher going tonight... even our offense can put 5-6 runs up. Maybe.

BCubb2003
05-02-2009, 08:29 PM
The Reds scored four yesterday.

_Sir_Charles_
05-02-2009, 08:29 PM
If Brandon Phillips makes that play, this is a scoreless ballgame. Instead, it's 4-0 and game over.

Come on OBM....it's the FIRST inning. Far from "game over". And that was a pretty crummy hop on that grounder to Brandon. I agree with the official scorer on that one.

Falls City Beer
05-02-2009, 08:30 PM
A guy who hits a batter 1-2 needs to go to kangaroo court.

Blitz Dorsey
05-02-2009, 08:30 PM
Just when I thought Owings was going to be a solid No. 5... he goes out and gives up four earned in the first inning.

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:30 PM
The Reds still have 24 outs.... c'mon guys....

It's May and we're watching baseball....enjoy it for it's own poetry even if the Reds are in a hole.

Tony Cloninger
05-02-2009, 08:30 PM
Late in.....regards to CD.....what was that? Was he sacrificing for a hit? I mean if that is a drag bunt.....then Micha Owings is Greg maddux.

BP....his AB's consist of maybe taking a pitch or 2 (if we are lucky)...then it's hack at whatever.

SirFelixCat
05-02-2009, 08:30 PM
Meh, just giving the Buccos false confidence. I like a win tonight. Watch!

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:31 PM
Bruce lines up the middle, looked to be a hit, but Pirates were playing way up the middle, and ball fielded.

One out.

Chip R
05-02-2009, 08:31 PM
A guy who hits a batter 1-2 needs to go to kangaroo court.


Thought you were staying out of the game threads. :confused:

Falls City Beer
05-02-2009, 08:32 PM
Thought you were staying out of the game threads. :confused:

I'm gone. (But come on, like I'm some of kind of downer compared to the rest of the bellyaching going on in this thread).

Ciao gents.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:33 PM
It is hard to feel the optimism flow given how badly this offense struggles. Basically, Owings and pen have to be borderline perfect from here on out and Reds have to scramble to get to their season average. That's best case scenario. And that with Alex G and Dickerson in the line-up, which is seven near guaranteed outs in eight given at-bats.

A tall order.

But, yaneverknow...

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:34 PM
Ramon H with a slow roller to 3b, Andy LaRoche with a bare hand gem to throw Hernandez out.

Two outs. None on.

Rosales up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:35 PM
Rosales singles to RF.

Again on base.

Alex G up.

Screwball
05-02-2009, 08:35 PM
Rosales should bat 2nd.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:36 PM
Alex G gets hit by pitch!

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:36 PM
Owings up, runners on first and second, two outs.

Owings, NOW would be a good time to make up for what you wrought from the mound to start the game...

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:37 PM
Owings grounds out to third for the force on first pitch.

Rats.

4-0 Pirates middle of two.

HokieRed
05-02-2009, 08:37 PM
Rosales looking more and more like the 2 hitter we've needed. (Though maybe he should hit 4th.)

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 08:37 PM
Top of 2nd:

Bruce lines up the middle. Vasquez has him shifted perfectly. Nice play. 1 out.

Hernandez works the count 3-2. Swings at ball 4 and bounces to the Brothers LaRoche. Andy barehands and Adam scoops. Nice play. 2 out
Rosales singles to RF on a 1-1 count

Gonzo is hit by the first pitch. Just grazed a bit. Runners on 1st and 2nd.

Owings swings at the first pitch. Way to help yourself. Bounces to the 3rd baseman who steps on 3rd to forceout Rosales. 3 out

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

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:39 PM
Just when I thought Owings was going to be a solid No. 5... he goes out and gives up four earned in the first inning.

Happens to best, worst, and mediocre of pitchers.

He's a fine five. It would really help if he would settle down and get them into the fifth or sixth and hold the score where it is...

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:39 PM
Owing HAS to throw strikes though. A must.

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:39 PM
It is hard to feel the optimism flow given how badly this offense struggles. Basically, Owings and pen have to be borderline perfect from here on out and Reds have to scramble to get to their season average. That's best case scenario. And that with Alex G and Dickerson in the line-up, which is seven near guaranteed outs in eight given at-bats.

A tall order.

But, yaneverknow...

IMHO, the Reds are most likely a .500 team.... If that's correct, there's going to be ups and downs because inconsistency is a characteristic of a flawed roster.

We ought to expect it so the reactive hyperbole when the Reds play a little poorly and the polar opposite reactive hyperbole when they play well is more than just a little over the top IMHO.

Right now, they're 2 over .500..... many thought they'd already be out of it. We've been given a gift....

*BaseClogger*
05-02-2009, 08:40 PM
I appreciate the inning recaps, forfreelin... :)

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:40 PM
Ohlendorf grounds out to second.

One down.

Morgan up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:42 PM
Dear George, if "by some parts of Reds country" are not getting this in Hi-Def, you mean, the WHOLE country who has DirecTV, then, yes, "some" of us are not in Hi-Def.

Again.

Morgan pops up to CF.

Out two.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:43 PM
Owings looks like he is settling in a bit. Classic first inning roughness. Offense has to pick him up.

Screwball
05-02-2009, 08:44 PM
Well I'll be a monkey's uncle, Nyjer Morgan made an out.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:45 PM
Sanchez flies out to CF.

End of two, 4-0 Pirates.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 08:46 PM
Bottom of 2nd:

Hoping for better results.

Owings doesn't start well. Gets behind 2-0 to the pitcher. He works back to 2-2 and the Ohlendorf bounces to BP. 1 out

Morgan, who may or may not be related to Reds Killa Bill Hall, flies to WT. 2 out.

Owings finally gets ahead in the count, gets Sanchez to 0-2.
He then fouls off a few and flies to WT. 3 out Sanchez obviously did not use the power of whatever that is on his face. It looks like a fake mole?

After 2, Pirates 4 Reds Offense doesn't get started until the 6th 0.

Tony Cloninger
05-02-2009, 08:47 PM
Morgan has killer socks.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:48 PM
Taveras hits it hard, right at third base.

One out.

Reds hitting it where the Pirates ARE tonite, which is frustrating. Some well struck balls have not found green...

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:48 PM
Dickerson rolls to SS, beats throw to first base.

Infield single.

One out, one on.

Screwball
05-02-2009, 08:49 PM
Dickerson rolls to SS, beats throw to first base.



I wonder if Jack Wison makes that throw.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:49 PM
That was Vazquez at SS, if that's Jack Wilson, I bet that's an out. Wilson can really pick it out there.

Votto up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:50 PM
No George, I did not have the 50-1 winner of the Derby today. But I wish I had.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 08:51 PM
I appreciate the inning recaps, forfreelin... :)

No problem. I'm happy your reading. :beerme:

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:51 PM
2-1 count on Votto. Man they are working him carefully...

Screwball
05-02-2009, 08:52 PM
2-1 count on Votto. Man they are working him carefully...

I'm surprised they threw him the 1 strike.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:52 PM
Votto walks.

Phillips is up.

And Brandon HAS to make the opposition pay for pitching around Votto.

First and second. One out.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 08:53 PM
Phillips needs to get the Reds back in the game here...

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:53 PM
Brandon hits the ball hard, but right on a line to LFer Morgan.

Two outs.

Bruce up.

Screwball
05-02-2009, 08:53 PM
Rats, thought that was a gapper.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:55 PM
Bruce grounds out to first base.

Rats.

4-0 Pirates, middle of three.

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:55 PM
Rats, thought that was a gapper.

At least Brandon didn't sulk about it.

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:55 PM
This is an ideal matchup for Bruce and the Reds

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 08:56 PM
Hopefully Cueto can throw a gem tomorrow and get enough offense. Can't afford to lose two of three to the Pirates.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 08:56 PM
Top of 3rd:

Pirates announcers have Don Long their hitting coach on. Last night it was the GM.
That is so much better to listen to than the Milwaukee broadcast that does interviews with the conductor of their indoor train.

Willy T hits a hot shot to a pulled in LaRoche at third. He makes a nice stab and throws to 1st. 1 out

Chris Dickerson hits a ball into the hole at short. The Pirates D finally doesn't get the Reds in time. An infield single!

(After listening to Don Long for two batters, I prefer the conductor)

Mr Joe Votto works the count 3-1 and then walks on a ball down. Runners on 1st and 2nd.

Come on BP! NO DOUBLE PLAYS! PLLLLLELASE.

Phillips swings at the first pitch. Hits it hard but right at Morgan. 2 out.
Bruce up with 2 outs, whiffs on the first pitch. And then swings at the second and grounds to 1st. So much for patience. 3 out.

After 2 and 1/2, Pirates 4 Reds refusing to see three pitches during an at bat 0.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 08:57 PM
Hopefully Cueto can throw a gem tomorrow and get enough offense. Can't afford to lose two of three to the Pirates.

Who says we're losing this one?

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 08:57 PM
Those motorcycle commercials make me long for last year's Bronson JTM spots

jojo
05-02-2009, 08:57 PM
Who says we're losing this one?

Seriously.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:57 PM
I find that Reds text poll MOST unhelpful...

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:57 PM
McLouth singles through the box.

No outs, one on.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 08:58 PM
I find that Reds text poll MOST unhelpful...

Frankly, I think the answer to the poll is NONE of the above.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:58 PM
LaRoche singles through the box, runner goes to third. Ball cut off at SS and LaRoche caught straying too far off first, thrown out.

One out, runner on third.

Screwball
05-02-2009, 08:59 PM
Reds liners are at people, Pirates bleeders are finding holes.

membengal
05-02-2009, 08:59 PM
Frankly, I think the answer to the poll is NONE of the above.


Word.

Moss singles over the drawn-in infield.

5-0 Pirates.

jojo
05-02-2009, 09:00 PM
Last night the Angels were up 9 to 4 against the Yanks to start the bottom of the 8th and the Ms quickly fell behind the As 6 to 1.

The Ms picked up a game on the Angels in the standings at the end of the night.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:00 PM
Reds liners are at people, Pirates bleeders are finding holes.

Yup. Starting out as just-one-of-those-nights where the breaks are in the other dugout.

It's not like they've been tattooing Owings.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:00 PM
Andy LaRoche pops out to RF for out number two.

Vazquez up, runner on first.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 09:00 PM
Who says we're losing this one?

I appreciate the optimism, but I just don't have the confidence in this offense. Right now, the Reds need at least five runs to come back and win this game. The Reds have scored 5+ runs in a game only six times this season. This game isn't over, but it's not looking good.

Screwball
05-02-2009, 09:03 PM
Still, I don't think we should concede the game in the 3rd inning.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:03 PM
Reds have only scored five or more runs in a game 6 times in 22 games this season? That doesn't seem like very many. I wonder how that stacks up with other teams in baseball.

Owings walks the 8th place hitter.

First and second. Two outs.

Ohlendorf up. Maybe. I lost track. Someone was up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:04 PM
Fly out ends the inning.

5-0 Pirates after three innings.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 09:05 PM
Bottom of 3:

McClouth singles to CF. Micah is leaving alot of pitches up.

Adam Laroche singles to CF. McClouth moves on to 3rd. Gonzo receives the cutoff throw from WT and pegs to 1st to get LaRoche. 1 out

Brandon Moss singles on the first pitch with the infield in. Scores McClouth.

(Both Laroche and Moss singled on the first pitch; why can't the Reds do that?)

Andy Laroche flies to Bruce. 2 out

Vasquez is pesky. He works a walk. Runners on 1st and 2nd.

Diaz flies to a running Bruce in RF. Nice play. 3 out.After 3, Pirates 5 Reds 0.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 09:06 PM
I appreciate the optimism, but I just don't have the confidence in this offense. Right now, the Reds need at least five runs to come back and win this game. The Reds have scored 5+ runs in a game only six times this season. This game isn't over, but it's not looking good.

If they don't score this inning, I will share your pessimism. Isn't their a stat if there is less innings left than runs behind in a game, the chances of still winning that game are terrible? HMMM, maybe I'm thinking of basketball and minutes.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:07 PM
Reds have two hits through three innings, but have stranded five. So they are finding ways on base. Need to cash some of those in. In bunches.

Ramon H leads off the 4th.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:08 PM
Sean Casey is in the booth. You've been warned.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:08 PM
Ramon H singles to RF in a nice piece of hitting to start the 4th.

Rosales up, one on, none out.

VR
05-02-2009, 09:10 PM
Reds have been getting guys on base....need to make a move this inning.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:10 PM
Rosales battling, count is 2-2.

There is a LOT of giggling going on in the booth.

redsfandan
05-02-2009, 09:11 PM
Still, I don't think we should concede the game in the 3rd inning.
Or in the 4th. Comebacks DO happen. It may not happen tonight but we never know when we'll see one.

jojo
05-02-2009, 09:11 PM
Ohlendorf is taking a classic pitch to contact approach.... the Reds are most likely going to get their chances. The dude doesn't miss bats.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 09:11 PM
Rosales battling, count is 2-2.

There is a LOT of giggling going on in the booth.

It's "special", isn't it Chris:rolleyes:

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:12 PM
Sigh. Chris Welsh. It is NOT Rosales' hustle that has him in the big leagues. It's that he was hitting .400. He has talent. Please. Let's all admit that he has talent.

Counts full.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:12 PM
Hit and run single to CF from Rosales.

Ramon H waddles to third base just ahead of the throw.

First and third. No outs.

Alex G up.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Ramon is sllllooowww, but at least he made it in there

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Sean Casey actually cuts through the noise by noting it was a nice piece of hitting from Rosales and WHY it was a nice piece of hitting. That was cogent and timely analysis. In fact, it was so good, I wonder why Casey can't be hired to bring that sort of analysis to the TV side on a regular basis.

HOME RUN Alex G!!!!

redsfandan
05-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Hell yeah!!! :)

sonny
05-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Brantly has a man crush on Rosales

VR
05-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Rosales at .667. If he keeps that up, that will be really good.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Hit the foul pole.

NICE.

5-3 Pirates.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 09:14 PM
Wooo hooo....Alex!!!

OBM, are you listening :)

Screwball
05-02-2009, 09:14 PM
HAHA!! That's what I'm talkin' about!

nate
05-02-2009, 09:14 PM
Yeah, I liked the Mayor's analysis there.

I also you liked "you remember my speed, right?"

VR
05-02-2009, 09:15 PM
Gonzo now OPSing 1.100 for May. Let's keep that up. :)

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:15 PM
Owings flies to RF.

One out.

Willy T up.

jojo
05-02-2009, 09:15 PM
From bug to windshield!!!!!!!!!!!!

sonny
05-02-2009, 09:15 PM
Reds will win this game. Quote me on that.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 09:16 PM
Gonzo now OPSing 1.100 for May. Let's keep that up. :)

That's the ultimate small sample size:D

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:16 PM
Welsh to PBP, Casey for color. Red in Chicago, make it so...

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:16 PM
Reds will win this game. Quote me on that.

I am now quoting sonny.

McLouth diving catch to rob Willy T in right center.

Two outs, none on.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 09:17 PM
Wooo hooo....Alex!!!

OBM, are you listening :)

Nah, but I'm reading the game thread. Hopefully Owings can shut them down and allow the offense a chance to tie it up or take the lead.

VR
05-02-2009, 09:17 PM
That's the ultimate small sample size:D

gotta start somewhere.... :beerme:

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:17 PM
Reds would be well served to keep hitting balls over the fence, because balls in the field of play are finding too much leather, hit well or not. Stupid ball in play bad luck tonight, so far, in several instances.

Fly out to LF from Dickerson to end inning.

Still, a bolt of lightning inning.

5-3 Pirates middle of 4.

jojo
05-02-2009, 09:18 PM
Nice play in center field by NM.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 09:18 PM
Top of 4:

Hernandez singles. As Membegal said, they are getting on base but not getting that breakout hit.

Rosales swings at the 1-0 pitch, bounces it foul down the 3rd base line. Never seen someone so upset about that. On the 1-2 pitch,
it looked like Rosales went, 1st base ump motions otherwise. Tall Pete works the count 3-2, (nice at bat).
Dusty puts the hit and run on with Hernandez and Rosales hits exactly whre he needs to for a single. Hernadez is out dead to rights at 3rd from the throw from center. However, Andy LaRoche
muffs the tag, ball falls out of his glove! Runners on the corners.

First pitch, Gonzo bangs one off the Left Field foul poul! 3 Run Johnson!

Owings stings a ball to RF but right at the fielder. 1 out
Taveras tries to bunt for a hit but fouls it off. Willy hits a sinking fly to McClouth who dives and makes a WEB GEM. Nice play! 2 out

Dickerson flies to Morgan. 3 out.

Runs are on the board!
After 3 and 1/2, Pirates 5 Reds 3.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:19 PM
Alex G needed that ball to stay fair as much as the Reds and Reds fans did. Good for him.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:20 PM
Ohlendorf leading off. He's 0 for 10 on the year. Strikes and outs are the order of the day, Micah...

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 09:20 PM
Nah, but I'm reading the game thread. Hopefully Owings can shut them down and allow the offense a chance to tie it up or take the lead.

Come on dude...you're the same guy who said over the winter that you'd watch the Reds even if they lost every game, right?

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:20 PM
Pop to 2b for out one.

Morgan up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:22 PM
Yeesh. That 2-2 pitch looked like an easy strike three. Called a ball.

Counts full on Morgan.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:23 PM
Owings gets Morgan to roll over on one and ground out to first base.

Two outs, Sanchez up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:24 PM
Looking ahead to the rest of the game, the Reds have a well rested bullpen. Long start from Volquez on Wed, day off on Thus, and long start from Arroyo last night means most everyone down there is uber-rested. They should be fresh to help keep it close and give the offense a chance.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:24 PM
Sanchez grounds out to end inning.

End of four, 5-3 Pirates (sorry about that)...

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 09:24 PM
Bottom of 4:

Ohlendorf pops to Phillips in short right. 1 out

Morgan up again. Works the count 3-2 on a couple of questionable calls.
Morgan then grounds to Votto who flips to Owings at 1st. Picture perfect 2 out

Sanchez hits a sharp grounder to a backhanding Phillips. 3 out.

Nice inning!

After 4, Pirates 5 Reds 3.

sonny
05-02-2009, 09:25 PM
Sanchez grounds out to end inning.

End of four, 5-3 Reds.

Pirates, you mean. I feel a big offensive inning this go around.

Tony Cloninger
05-02-2009, 09:25 PM
OBM.....comebacks are like bear attacks....you never know when they are going to happen...so it's a good idea not to leave, beacuse you might miss it.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:26 PM
Owings is one inning from doing what we wanted him to after the first, get it to the middle innings and keep the score reasonable. Nice clean-up-on-aisle-five moment from him if he can get another inning under his belt with no further damage.

Votto/Phillips/Bruce and bunch more up this inning for Cincy...

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:27 PM
Pirates, you mean. I feel a big offensive inning this go around.

Er...yeah. Sorry. Trying to fix things all by myself...

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:27 PM
Votto into the gap. Shockingly McLouth doesn't make a circus catch.

Leadoff double.

nate
05-02-2009, 09:28 PM
Votto is awesome.

VR
05-02-2009, 09:28 PM
It would be good to get 5 to 6 out of Owings after that tough start. Plus we need another ab out of him.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 09:28 PM
Phillips gets another shot at getting some runs in...

Screwball
05-02-2009, 09:28 PM
Votto continues to rake. Dude's a doubles machine.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:28 PM
That double ties Votto with Freddy Sanchez for the lead league in doubles with 10.

Phillips lays a bunt down, presumably to try and get a hit, it rolls foul.

0-1 count.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:29 PM
Phillips shows bunt, pulls bat back. 1-1 count.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 09:29 PM
I don't like Brandon trying to get on via the bunt...

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 09:30 PM
Come on dude...you're the same guy who said over the winter that you'd watch the Reds even if they lost every game, right?

I do watch them every game but if they start getting blown out I'll turn the channel for a little while out of frustration and then turn it back on. Every year I attend 10-12 games a season despite living four hours away.

Tony Cloninger
05-02-2009, 09:30 PM
Why does GG have to drone on about Casey like he's Mother Teresa?


I sense a bear attack coming.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:30 PM
Brandon. STOP trying to pull the ball. RF is your friend.

He grounds out to SS.

One out, Votto still on second.

Bruce up.

jojo
05-02-2009, 09:31 PM
I don't like Brandon trying to get on via the bunt...

Brandon has King Kong on his back right now.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 09:31 PM
Gotta get Votto in. Can't strand a lead off double...

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:32 PM
Ugly. Bruce weak grounder back to mound, pitcher runs to first himself.

Two outs, Votto on third.

Ramon H trying to pick his teammates up.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 09:33 PM
Bruce has struggled since that big game on Sunday.

Tony Cloninger
05-02-2009, 09:34 PM
It's Joey Votto and nothing else. So much for the bear attack.

Screwball
05-02-2009, 09:34 PM
Bruce needs better discipline than that. He chased one that was undoubtedly up and out of the strike zone.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:34 PM
Oooooo, ball in dirt, thought for a second a wild pitch. Nice stop from the Pirate catcher.

2-0 count on Ramon H.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:36 PM
Ramon hammers one to CF, McLouth runs it down on the warning track.

Middle of 5, 5-3 Pirates.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 09:37 PM
Top of 5:

Votto doubles in the gap in Right Center. McClouth didn't quite get there!
Votto has ten doubles on the year.

Phillips sacs but it goes foul. WHY? Might have been a bunt for a hit on second thought. No, on third though, Phillips squares again. He is sac bunting wow.
He then grounds to SS. 1 out Votto stays at second. Funny at bat. If your going to SAC, do it. It's not a bad move since a righty is on the mound.

Bruce up. Ohlendorf chases Votto back to second. Nobody there for the throw. Bruce bounces to the pither. 2 out.

(If Phillips would have sacked, that run might have scored)

Here's to hoping Hernadez stays hot. Ball in the dirt. Nice block by Diaz. Votto holds. 3-0. (This smells of an intentional/unintentional walk)
That being said, Ohlendorf throws a strike 3-1. Hernandez then hits a ball behind McClouth that he runs down. 3 out

Sad inning for the Reds there.

After 4 and a 1/2, Pirates 5 Reds 3.

jojo
05-02-2009, 09:37 PM
That one hurts because the count had been worked to 3-0.

Gallen5862
05-02-2009, 09:38 PM
Let's go Reds. Thanks for the PBP and Inning Summaries.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 09:38 PM
That was huge. A runner on second and nobody out and they failed to score. Instead of a one run game, it's still 5-3. Huge.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:39 PM
Owings in to do his job. Throw strikes, get outs.

Ball hit well to RF, but caught.

One out, Adam LaRoche up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:39 PM
That was huge. A runner on second and nobody out and they failed to score. Instead of a one run game, it's still 5-3. Huge.

NOT huge. Tiny. They'll get other shots at this if Owings and the pen hold them close.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:40 PM
Owings at 80 pitches on the night.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:41 PM
LaRoche pops out foul to 3b.

Two outs. None on.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:43 PM
George Grande trying to give Casey a job with the Reds.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:43 PM
I think George wants to kiss Casey. This is really tender.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:44 PM
Moss grounds out to 2b.

End of five, 5-3 Pirates.

Owings has done his job since the first.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 09:44 PM
Bottom of 5:

McLouth hits a rocket into RF that Bruce runs down. 1 out

Adam Laroche pops to Rosales in foul grounds behind 3rd. 2 out

Moss bounces to Phillips. 3 out.

After 5, Pirates 5 Reds 3.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 09:45 PM
I think George wants to kiss Casey. This is really tender.

That may be the grossest (and funniest) thing ever posted on RZ

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:46 PM
Rosales leading off. He's two for two on the night.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:47 PM
George about Casey:


"You treasure every moment with that guy"

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:48 PM
The last time I heard such a deep and abiding love from the booth was Thom B during the Florida bowl game talking about Tim Tebow...

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:48 PM
Rosales Ks on a full count pitch.

Alex G up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:50 PM
Alex G strikes out.

Waiting to see if Owings hits for himself.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:50 PM
Owings does hit for himself.

And grounds out.

Quick inning.

Middle of 6, 5-3 Pirates.

redsfandan
05-02-2009, 09:50 PM
I think George wants to kiss Casey. This is really tender.


George about Casey:"You treasure every moment with that guy"
Someone needs to tell them to get a room already.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 09:51 PM
Top of 6:

Tall Pete up. Get ahead 2-0. Then the 2-0 pitch was a ball but called a strike. Another solid at bat 3-2. But K's on a bad ball down on the full count pitch. 1 out

AGON tries to bunt on the 0-1. It goes foul. How often does the "sneaky bunt" actually work? Then he strikes out swinging. 2 out

Owings way to anxious at the plate,(Can you blame him?) bounces to 3rd on the 1st pitch. 3 out
After 5 and 1/2, Pirates 5 Reds 3.

Screwball
05-02-2009, 09:52 PM
Here I thought Casey never played for the Cardinals... ;)

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:53 PM
First pitch fly out for Pirates to start the 6th.

One out.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:54 PM
Ramon Vazquez, living the dream tonight, has singled, walked, and driven home two.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:55 PM
Vazquez grounds out to 2b.

Man has Owings settled in. Can't ask for more than he has done since the first to keep the team in in it.

Two outs, catcher Diaz is up. No one on.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:56 PM
Diaz singles back through the box. Two outs, one on.

Ohlendorf(k) being taken down for a pinch hitter. Delwyn Young pinch-hitting.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:57 PM
Young doubles down the line in RF.

Houston, we have a mini-problem.

Runners at 2nd and 3rd. Two outs.

Nyjer Morgan due up.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 09:57 PM
Better pull him before it's too late.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:58 PM
Ramon going out to talk to Owings. But bullpen just now getting active, so this will be on Owings against the new Reds killer, one way or another, I think.

Herrera throwing in the pen.

membengal
05-02-2009, 09:58 PM
I was wrong, Dusty pulling Owings. Herrera coming in. He got warmed up quickly.

nate
05-02-2009, 09:59 PM
Whatever happened the the golf carts that brought players in from the bullpen?

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:01 PM
Herrera's been awfully good this year. Tough spot here.

Lefty against lefty.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:02 PM
NASTY.

Herrera Ks Morgan on four pitches.

5-3 Pirates after 6.

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 10:03 PM
Great job by Herrera. He's pitched better lately after getting off to a slow start.

nate
05-02-2009, 10:03 PM
Nice K of Morgan. Great sequence of pitches. Totally setup the swinging strike on the outside.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 10:03 PM
Bottom of 6:

Bad Andy Laroche lines to Bruce in RF on the first pitch. 1 out

(Alot of first pitch swinging by both teams tonight)

Vasquez bounces to Phillips. 2 out.

Diaz singles to center. (Till then Owings retired nine straight)

Young pinch hits and doubles down the line. Diaz to third.

(That's it for Owings. You have to admit he battled after the 1st inning)

Danny Ray in to face Morgan. (Should be a nice battle)

Danny K's Morgan swinging. 3 out Very impressive! If he can be the loogy all year, this bullpen can be beyond dangerous.

After 6, Pirates 5 Reds 3.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:03 PM
Whoever was waiting on Herrera to pitch his way back to L'ville will have to keep on waiting. Herrera has not been remotely out of his element in the bigs. At. all.

BCubb2003
05-02-2009, 10:04 PM
Whatever happened the the golf carts that brought players in from the bullpen?

The last bullpen car was a Harley Davidson motorcycle with a sidecar in Milwaukee in 1995.

Screwball
05-02-2009, 10:04 PM
What a lame defensive highlight - a routine grounder to 3rd off the bat of Taveras.

nate
05-02-2009, 10:05 PM
Whoever was waiting on Herrera to pitch his way back to L'ville will have to keep on waiting. Herrera has not been remotely out of his element in the bigs. At. all.

Yep. He's looked good so far.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:05 PM
forfreel, Herrera is nasty on lefties, certainly, but he's been good against righties too. I think he can be an important piece of the pen for longer stints than just LOOGY, imo.

Taveras to start the Reds seventh against new Pirate pitcher, lefty Sean Burnett (he pitched last night too).

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:06 PM
McDonald will pinch hit for Dickerson against the lefty.

Willy T down 1-2 to Burnett.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:07 PM
Nice.

Willy T singles to CF to start the Reds' 7th.

McDonald up.

nate
05-02-2009, 10:07 PM
Nice single by Taveras to start the 7th.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:07 PM
Welsh advocating a bunt here.

I disagree with Welsh.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:08 PM
McDonald showing no signs of bunting, takes a ball on the first pitch.

Gallen5862
05-02-2009, 10:09 PM
Let's get some runs Reds. Get Owings off the Hook.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:09 PM
Ack. Patience, Darnell. 2-1 pitch, swung at a ball in the dirt.

2-2 count.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:10 PM
McDonald hits it on the screws, but right to the LFer. We've seen that a bunch tonite.

One out, Taveras on first.

Votto up.

Lefties hitting a not so robust .071 against Burnett on the young season...

OnBaseMachine
05-02-2009, 10:11 PM
I think I'd rather have Dickerson up there over McDonald, even against a LHP.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:11 PM
4-6-3 DP.

Ah well.

5-3 Pirates middle of 7.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:12 PM
I think I'd rather have Dickerson up there over McDonald, even against a LHP.

No way, jose. Not against that lefty. Not by a long shot.

Tony Cloninger
05-02-2009, 10:12 PM
I disagree...i do not think CD would have produced a better AB against this guy.

forfreelin04
05-02-2009, 10:12 PM
Top of 7th:

Sean Burnett the lefty pitching.

Willy T singles to lead off the inning.

Darnell McD pinch hits for Dickerson. He's not bunting on the inital pitch. McDonny lines to LF. 1 out

(Why have Phllips bunt and not McDonald?)

Votto then grounds into a 4-6-3 DP. Huge play. 3 out.

After 6 and 1/2, Pirates 5 Reds 3.

Amazing.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:13 PM
I have decided to award the UDF "you are the CONE!" commercial an F-.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:14 PM
Herrera on the mound to start the 7th.

Broken bat ball up the middle, probably would have caight it, except the bat was coming along with the ball, and Herrera had to duck.

Single for Sanchez.

One on, none out.

McLouth is up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:15 PM
McLouth drags a bunt with him. Clever. Great bunt, and gets a single out of it.

First and second. No outs.

Two pitches. Two runners on. Neither ball hit remotely well. Theme of the night for the Pirates...

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:17 PM
This is closing in on an untenable inning. 3-1 count on LaRoche.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:18 PM
LaRoche singles to RF.

That one was hit hard.

Bases loaded. No outs.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:18 PM
Herrera staying on to try again with another lefty. Moss up.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:20 PM
Moss grounds to first.

Votto comes home for the 3-2 force.

One out, bases still loaded.

Dusty summoning Stormy to try and bail the team out the rest of the way.

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:23 PM
Well, it was fun while it lasted.

Ground ball to 3b for what looked like a DP, was bobbled by Rosales. Then when he threw it to second, it messed up Phillips and ball was dropped.

Two runs ended up scoring. The E is given to Rosales, right now just one error. Could be two, frankly.

7-3 Pirates.

Runners on first and second. Still one out.

Red in Chicago
05-02-2009, 10:24 PM
another potential double play botched that gives away runs...

flyer85
05-02-2009, 10:26 PM
BP was in a hurry to get off of the bag and dropped the ball

membengal
05-02-2009, 10:26 PM
Weird scoring decision, they give a FC on the ground ball, and give the error to Phillips at 2b on the drop. But the timing was all off on that play because of the bobble.

Tough to give Phillips the E there, but Pirates scorer did.

Fly ball to RF for out two. Runner moves to 3b.