Daily Archives: May 19, 2008

May 19, 2008

Red Hot Mama on the Big Screen

Thanks to Joel for the tip that the John Morrell Love My Reds segment featuring the Crack Technical Staff and yours truly showed on the big board at Great American Ball Park yesterday. He told me that the sound wasn’t so much understandable in the stadium, but if you were at the game and noticed a couple goons grinning like idiots in front of microphones, that was us, pretending to record a podcast.

Stay tuned and I’ll see about getting a copy of the segment to post here. Then you can hear the nerdy commentary that went with the idiot grins.

May 19, 2008

Rays 4, Cardinals 5: God Bless the Makers of Shoes

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W: Chris Perez (1-0) L: Gary Glover (0-2)


Skip Schumaker had a walk-off hit to send the Cardinals to their second win in a row and to keep them 2 games behind the Cubs.

Ryan Ludwick continued his torrid home run pace by hitting his 11th of the year, despite being used as a 4th outfielder. How long can he keep that power up?

And Kyle Lohse unearthed a vial of his Dr. Jekyll potion, allowing him to keep the Cardinals in the game against the Rays. It’s been a rocky May for Lohse, but he’s shown improvement in his last few starts. The Cardinals need him to continue pitching well to have any hope of continuing their surprising start.

Like the Reds, the Cardinals head west, young man, sending the strike-throwing Todd Wellemeyer out against the Padres’ Wilfredo Ledezma at 10:05pm EDT.

May 19, 2008

Indians 4, Reds 6: ERA Titans Battle Not Disappointing

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W: Edinson Volquez (7-1) L: Cliff Lee (6-1) S: Francisco Cordero (9)


The battle between the ERA leaders in both leagues was not disappointing yesterday as Cliff Lee and Edinson Volquez squared off.

The Reds, who are hot for the first time this year, managed to score more runs off Lee than he’d allowed all year, thanks to Adam Dunn and Joey Votto home runs. Volquez allowed two runs, which is more than he’d allowed in any start so far this year, but it was more than good enough.

The Reds are playing good baseball right now, having swept two straight series against two first-place clubs. They travel to the west coast next, which has always marked a turning point in their season in years past. Will they die in California again this year? Maybe, maybe not. Odds are, I won’t be awake to see it.

Bronson Arroyo tries to beat Brad Penny at 10:10pm EDT.

May 19, 2008

Pirates 3, Cubs 4: Failing to Reach Mediocrity Again

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W: Jason Marquis (2-3) L: Phil Dumatrait (1-2) S: Kerry Wood (10)


The Pirates again failed to reach the elusive heights of a .500 record yesterday, falling to the Cubs. Things seemed to be lined up for them, what with them facing the notorious Jason Marquis, but it wasn’t in the cards.

Phil Dumatrait started well for the Pirates, but that second time through the Cubs lineup did him in, and provided Chicago with all the runs they needed.

Chicago moved to 10 games over .500, holding a 2 games lead in first place, while Pittsburgh fell to a 4th place tie with the good-for-the-last-week Reds.

The Pirates have an off-day, while the Cubs travel to Houston, sending out Ted Lilly to face the Astros’ Brian Moehler at 7:05pm EDT. I believe it’s ESPN’s Monday night baseball game.