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Game 28, 2012: Reds put it all together in 6-1 win over Brewers

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[Cincinnati.com] [Mark Sheldon] [Redleg Nation]

This was one of the most complete efforts on the year so far for the Reds. It probably starts with Bunny Arroyo’s fine outing on the mound. He somehow struck out nine Brewers, allowed only the mammoth home run to Ryan Braun and walked just one. He’s now 2-1 on the season with a 2.75 ERA. The Reds starters are getting it done, between Bunny’s fine effort and what Mat Latos did on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

The Reds pounded out another ten hits last night, with a lot of the damage coming in that big 4th inning. This is either the first time they’ve been a couple games over .500 this season, or it sure feels like it. It’s really no time to relax even though they’ve taken four of five and 11 of 16 games. This is the time to keep the foot on the gas and make a run.

How about Bruce’s monster home run last night? That was the longest home run I’ve ever seen him hit. He ran it with humility and didn’t show up Marco Estrada, but that thing traveled to Kenosha, WI. Couple of hits for Brandon Phillips, couple of hits for Ryan Hanigan, Zach Cozart homered; everyone really contributed.

Homer Bailey and Yovani Gallardo I’m a little worried about tonight.

Highlights:

Bruce hits a MONSTER 442-foot home run (9)

Bunny Arroyo was magnificent

Welcome back, Miguel Cairo

Zach Cozart solo bomb (3) ties the game

Joey Votto RBI Double gives the Reds the lead

Ryan Braun goes yard off Bronson Arroyo early, his 9th

Potpourri:

-Jay Bruce’s home run is worth checking out Hit Tracker for the first time this year if you haven’t.

-Behind Atlanta’s Michael Bourn, Bruce has the second longest active hitting streak in baseball now at 10 games. He’s gone 15 of 37, for a .405 average. He’s slugging 1.027 during the life of the streak. He’s got six homers, 12 RBI, and ten runs during it. Bruce had two 12-game hitting streaks as a rookie.

-Check out my buddy Dave here with Sal Fasano, on “What it takes to be a great catcher”. I remember when Jeff Pearlman told me that Fasano was one of the best pro-athletes he had ever met in terms of humility and just being a great human being. Great work on this Dave.

-Ended up owing my wife a trip to UDF for ice-cream when the Reds had that big inning. Where’s the Peach!?!?

And this concludes the 2011 home slate for the Reds

And that, as they say; is that.

This whole season kind of felt underwhelming and at times just flat out rocky. So it should come as no surprise that in the final game in 2011 at Great American Ballpark, the Reds defeated the Astros in a 2-0 game.

They beat their nemesis Wandy Rodriguez. Bronson Arroyo threw a complete game shutout. Brandon Phillips said goodbye to the fans this year in grand fashion; closing out with three hits and a run on a homestand where he homered six times. Miguel Cairo hit one out of the park to account for the other run.

They went 41-39 at home this season. A winning season in front of the home crowd. From the beginning until the end nothing felt quite right or settled if you watched closely–something we admittedly have not done in about a month. We only made it out to the park in Cincinnati about 5 times this season, and if that was the case for us it was definitely the case for a lot of people.

So to that beautiful little red-seated ballpark in the Queen City that we love so much, we say goodbye until Friday, April 6th of next season. We’ll be playing hookie from work that day and we’ll see you again soon. Stay safe from the ravages and rust of winter old girl. Next year you’re going to be getting some new decorations in the form of a nice little banner that reads ’2012 National League Champions’.

Game 73, 2011: Reds 2, Blue Jays 1

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I didn’t enjoy this small round of interleague play as much as I thought I would. Jay Bruce and Joey Votto are not hitting a whole lot; at least that is to say they aren’t hitting with a lot of power. Bruce broke out of his slump with four hits in the final two days of the weekend series and Votto also collected three hits of his own yesterday including one that started the small rally that would win the game on Miguel Cairo’s 2-run home run.

And let’s pause for a moment. How good has Miguel Cairo been this season? He’s collected a few absolutely huge hits for the Reds, and none were bigger than this one.

Bronson Arroyo rebounded with a performance that kept the Reds pitching staff rolling. He had more than just a quality start; he went 8 innings allowing only 5 hits and one run on an Aaron Hill home run. This was the type of start that Bunny Arroyo has became known for over the course of his Reds career. He’s not always effective, but more often than not when it’s a must-win the guy shows up and is able to be a ‘stopper’ of sorts.

Friday and Saturday were such disappointments in terms of entertainment in this series. The Reds salvaged a little bit of the series and find themselves two games out of the lead that the Cardinals and Brewers share.

The Reds play host to the Yankees tonight, and might get more good news with Albert Pujols going down with an injury. This is a chance before the All-Star break where as a Reds fan you would like to see the team play their best baseball and the lineup get a little hot. The weather is hot, school is out; and it’s time for these guys to try and make a move and take a stranglehold on the division. They’ve been treading water for a little bit now.

With the Yankees coming to town (minus Derek Jeter), let’s see what they’ve got. We’ll be there tonight, by the way.

Game 61, 2011: Reds 8, Cubs 2

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[Cincinnati.com] [View from the Bleachers]

Observations:

This is how this Reds team was designed to get it done. This is how this team was supposed to roll since the opening bell of this 2011 season. It might only last for a night, but the Reds looked like they were drawn up to operate last night in their 8-2 victory over the dreadful Cubbies at Great American Ballpark.

I am not a big fan of Mike Leake, in fact I do not like him much at all. But this is the second game in which the Reds had to have a big outing out of the young right-hander and he delivered by going 8 innings and only allowing 2 runs to improve his record to 5-2 on the year.

Leake lucked out. He is very hittable, but the Cubs are such a bad team that they couldn’t make the 10 hits they collected off Leake stand up. A better team would have probably manufactured more runs out of those 10 hits, but the Cubs floundered. They misplayed fly balls. They booted grounders. They made base-running errors. And the Reds aren’t perfectly constructed but they are put together a lot better than these Cubs.

Jay Bruce continued to hit like a man on fire. He scalded the ball four times last night, and three of them resulted in hits. He doubled twice and singled, scoring three runs on the night. He’s got an 8-game hitting streak going in which he’s gone 13 for 31 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI. He’s also hit in 17 of his last 18 games, and 19 of his last 22 games. More importantly is what I see with the eyes. He’s looking confident, and he’s spraying the ball to all fields. Fouling off pitches until he gets one he can handle and then hitting a mistake pitch hard. I am very, very impressed with him right now. He has been the most valuable player on the Reds to date this season.

Jonny Gomes had the biggest offensive night last night by driving in four–three by way of the long ball that just barely cleared the fence in left; and Ryan Hanigan added two base hits and two walks.

The Reds have to keep it rolling against a bad team like the Cubs before they head on a West Coast trip that will take them through San Francisco and Los Angeles. They have a lot of ground to make up. They weren’t 5 and 1/2 ballgames out all of last year, something that is making me increasingly paranoid as a fan.

Top Plays:

A big outing for Mike Leake

Miguel Cairo makes a great grab

Jonny Gomes kicks down the door with a 3-run bomb

Potpourri:

-Redleg Nation introduces you to the Reds 1st round draft pick, Robert Stephenson.

-One of my favorite writers Paul Daugherty wrote about Jay Bruce in Sports Illustrated.

Game 51, 2011: Phillies 10, Reds 4

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Observations:

Remember Daryl Thompson? One of the last times we saw him at the big league level was at Old Yankee Stadium. He got the win that day. We never really figured that he would re-surface at the big league level with the Reds. He did, and yesterday he recorded some counting stats that counted for the wrong values.

The Reds fought back valiantly from a 4-0 hole against Cliff Lee–and when you hang 10 hits on Cliff Lee it should be good enough to win–only so Daryl Thompson could allow 5 walks and 5 earned runs and factor in as the loser.

Homer Bailey also gave up four runs in four innings before leaving the game due to a shoulder spasm. This was just a horrible ending to another horrible series in Philadelphia. It always ends badly when the Reds play the Phillies and to think that Shane Victorino wasn’t even part of this series.

The way the Reds bats hit the last two days against Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee is honestly a pretty big testament as to how good of hitters they are as a team. No one gets to Lee and Halladay like that. Miguel Cairo had three hits in the clean-up spot for goodness sakes. But the Reds pitching staff as a whole is in shambles. This is not the way it was drawn up.

The Reds need some big time heroics or something that changes things up and they need it now. Calling up Todd Frazier for one at-bat to begin the Phillies series wasn’t the jab in the arm they needed to remedy this losing bug. Something big needs to happen; whether that is the release of a veteran or something in the way of a trade. They cannot afford to wait until July. Things might be out of reach by then.

I find it irony that the Reds are wasting the greatest hot stretch of Jay Bruce’s career by going 1-8. This has the feel of 2002-2009 to it. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. They’re a game over .500 now and heading to Atlanta for three. They’re in third place. It’s time to circle the wagons boys.

Top Plays:

Bruce’s 14th homer off Cliff Lee ties the game at 4-4

Cliff Lee’s two-run double

Paul Janish gets a big hit, thanks to some high socks

Homer Bailey, hurt again

Game 19, 2011: Reds 7, DiamondBacks 4

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The Reds again gave up a run in the 1st inning, but they also struck back with four of their own. They wouldn’t relinquish the lead again for the duration of this game. This was a game that ended what was supposed to be a feasting seven game homestand for the Reds. Instead, this game snapped a four game losing streak and the Reds finished the homestand just 2-5 against the Pirates and DiamondBacks.

Again, the story was the same three guys who have come up big often in the beginning of the season for the Reds. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Ramon Hernandez were the only three Reds with multiple hits, and Votto homered for the third time on the year to raise his average to .418 on the young season.

Who would have guessed that a guy with no stuff like Mike Leake could jump out to 3-0 and a guy with such great stuff like Daniel Hudson would begin this season 0-4?

Top Plays

Joey Votto’s moonshot (3)

Miguel Cairo’s two-run single

Brandon Phillips diving stop

Potpourri

*The Reds begin a big series in St. Louis tonight, which could amount to a blood-orgy of a road trip for them. It finishes in Milwaukee next week.

*My fantasy teams are finally starting to get rolling after big nights last night from Pedro Alvarez, Felix Hernandez, and Mike Stanton. They’re not winning any leagues or anything, but I’m going to be right there in the end.

Game 15, 2011: Pirates 7, Reds 6

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Observations:
In the worst way I wanted the Reds to come away with this game and I wanted to be able to say that these are the same old Pirates that we’re talking about. But once again as they so often seem to do, the Reds will send me to work on a Monday following a Sunday loss thinking about what might have been.

These are not the same old Pirates. It’s a long series and we’ve all had a good look at the likes of Jose Tabata, Neil Walker, Ronny Cedeno, Garrett Jones, Joel Hanrahan, Pedro Alvarez and the new and improved tandem of Jeff Karstens and Charlie Morton.

Today, the guy that went off was Mccutchen. It’s pretty much his team now even though he’s only 23. It’s funny because today was a microcosm of Mccutchen vs. Bruce. Both guys firing back and forth with blows in a heavyweight title fight. Both guys who figure to face off for the next decade or so and be tops at their craft in the NL Central.

It doesn’t help that Edinson Volquez put the Reds in yet another hole this afternoon. They trailed 4-0 after the first inning, and Volquez’s first inning ERA is now 29.25.

For all the qualities of imperfection the Reds will have to deal with to be one of the best teams in the National League this year, one that they have that so many don’t is that they grind, and they fight and they claw back into ballgames time and again.

When they were in the 4-0 hole, I was sure that the Pirates would need more than that to hang a loss on them today and I was right. Miguel Cairo–a super sub for Brandon Phillips that got on base four times today–homered to get them on the board. It wasn’t a cheapie either.

With two outs a few innings later Jay Bruce singled and Paul Janish followed his single with his own that would make it 4-2. A few innings later Scott Rolen’s RBI double would tie it. Then the Reds took the lead on a Bruce single to make it 5-4.

Garrett Jones homered off Volquez who had settled down and we were tied again. A few hitters later the Pirates would have their lead back at 6-5. Again, there were too many frames left and I knew the Reds would be back.

Jay Bruce’s confidence looks like it’s surging right now. After he lined the single to right field to give the Reds a lead, we just had the feeling that he would have a day. When he came back to the plate with the Reds trailing by one and Jose Veras gave him a high fastball, he launched it into the seats in right centerfield and the Reds had tied it once again.

Logan Ondrusek got out of trouble with a nice play on a squeeze by the Pirates to keep it tied. But as I said to myself, I’ve seen this game so many times. Too often I’ve seen my team battle and get a heroic play like that only to lose it on a single with two outs. That’s exactly what happened. Mccutchen strikes again. The Reds got bested by a good player today.

It is a testament to their character that they weren’t done yet. The Redlegs loaded the bases up in the bottom of the 9th off Joel Hanrahan, and he went 2-0 to Drew Stubbs before Stubbs flied out to the man of the hour in center to end it.

We’re 15 games in and it seems like there’s been a million big moments already. The Reds play all week long instead of having tomorrow off, so that made this one just a little easier to take. Beyond that, when this lineup really goes off it’s all over. No one will be able to play with the Reds on some nights because they’re all going to hit and it’s going to be scary the type of runs they score on a good day. The starters need to start going more than six innings and they need the same good clean bill of health that they were blessed with mostly last year.

Top Plays:

Miguel Cairo’s bomb gets the Reds on the board

Bruce singles the Reds to an early 5-4 lead. All the way back.

Jay Bruce ties it at six with a bomb to center (2)

The heartbreaking but predictable beginning of the end

The Cardiac Reds fall just short

Classic Oldie Song That Should be Played on Loud Speakers at a Ballpark near you:




“Woman, hold me in your arms. Rock it baby.”

Hang with these Reds. They’ll get ‘em tomorrow. They’re that kind of team.

Game 13, 2011: Pirates 6, Reds 1

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[Red Reporter] [PBC Blog]

Observations:

Bronson Arroyo just didn’t have his best stuff on this Friday evening, Jackie Robinson Day. Charlie Morton looked like a different pitcher than the guy that the Reds roughed up on Jay Bruce Day 2010. Morton was the whole damn show as we like to say, and he almost had a shutout in front of 21,312 at Great American Ballpark.

The Reds didn’t have much offense to speak of tonight. Drew Stubbs had a couple of hits and a couple of steals. Miguel Cairo singled back up the box. Scott Rolen blooped one in. And the Reds grounded out pretty much the rest of the night or flew out harmlessly. It was fun to watch the outfielders battle the wind. I remember playing those conditions as an outfielder and it was awful. These guys make it look easy.

Jose Tabata is one Hell of a ballplayer for the Buccos. Andrew Mccutchen got himself a golden sombrero courtesy of Bronson Arroyo (Cutch is 0 for 12 against him lifetime).

In the 9th, we saw light at the end of the tunnel. Jay Bruce broke up the shutout with a 2-out bomb to centerfield off Morton, and while there was no victory, tomorrow will bring better things.

Top Plays:

Bruce homers to center (1) with 2-out in the 9th

Reds turn an ugly double play

Neil Walker bombs Bunny Arroyo

Potpourri:

Quiet Friday night at home watching this one. I had the flu all week. Flu’s that hang on forever are absolutely awful, and I’m good for about one a year.

The weather and game result didn’t do much to make me feel better either. Glad the week has came to an end and I can head to Cincinnati to watch the ballgame. I love Saturday afternoon home ballgames, and there aren’t many on the Reds schedule typically.

On another note, I had a really HUGE night on the fantasy baseball front. Momentum!

Game 4, 2011: Reds 8, Astros 2

[Box Score]
[Cincinnati.com Reds Blog]

Observations:

Chris Heisey had a really nice ballgame, filling in for Jay Bruce (who we guess is still platooning against LHP for some really odd reason). Heisey only finished 1 for 2, but ended up with 3 RBI. I don’t like Jay Bruce sitting, not now or ever; but if you’re going to have a 4th outfielder Chris Heisey is right up there with the Alex Ochoa’s of the world in terms of 4th outfielders that I absolutely love everything about their game.

In a perfect world, I think Heisey is ready for the big time and playing every day in left field. Even though he’s continuing to be selective at the plate, Johnny Gomes can go pound sand. I think Heisey is better defensively, he’s better as an everyday young player, and just has that swagger. Let Gomes be the fourth outfielder. But Dusty does backwards-assed things; see Jay Bruce sitting in game four of the year so Gomes can play every day.

Drew Stubbs continued his good play and Joey Votto tacked on a few more hits. The Reds were on the Astros early and often, and they put the game out of reach so Mike Leake could really coast. And I know I give Mike Leake a hard time. But like Chris Heisey said after the game last night in so many words, it’s nice to have a roster of 25 guys who can contribute.

Another example would have been Miguel Cairo (Dusty loves subbing this guy all over the diamond) coming in for Brandon Phillips. Fear struck the Queen city when Phillips was taken out of the game without reason; but Baker was just getting a guy rest who he knows he’s going to need down the stretch. Heisey, Leake, Cairo; all guys who aren’t considered gem roster finds, but if you can have them they make up winning ballclubs.

And the Reds are 4-0 for the first time since that magical 1990 season. They’re playing so well right now defensively and offensively it is going to take something more than the Astros or a sub par team to get past them on a nightly basis.

It will be very interesting to see how Volquez throws tonight.

Top Plays:

Votto RBI double off J.A. Happ

Chris Heisey bullet to center-field

Paul Janish smooth at shortstop

Potpourri:

I found this last night while perusing the interwebs. I love scout-speak. Absolutely love it. Here’s what they said:

In a lineup with an unquestionable leader, N.L. MVP Joey Votto, the question that’s not so obvious is: Who is the Reds’ second-best regular?

For our answer, we turned to a veteran N.L. scout who sees a lot of the Central:

“It’s a close call but for the present, I’d have to say Phillips. He’s a Gold Glove defender, he plays every day and puts up the numbers. While he can rub some old-school guys wrong with some of the stuff he says, he does a lot of things right to impact a game.

“Bruce really hasn’t established himself yet except for those two months at the end of last season. That said, I consider him probably the best right fielder defensively in the National League right now. A strong, accurate arm and he gets to a lot of balls, more than Jayson Werth.

Offensively, he still gets into too many bad counts and the game can speed up on him sometimes. But he knows this and just has to get the experience to make it happen. He’s only 24. If he progresses as you’d hope, he could be similar to Votto in his production. Votto uses the whole field while Bruce can still get pull-happy at times. But he has a lot of upside.

“I don’t like putting Rolen this low because of everything he has contributed to this team off, as well as on, the field. But because of the injuries and where he is in his career, I put Phillips and Bruce ahead of him.

“Stubbs is another high-ceiling guy who’s not too far behind Bruce. They’re all going to strike out a lot. You’d just like to see them cut down to about 100 from 150.”

I could read that stuff all day long.