May 19, 2010

Brewers 4, Reds 5: I Had a Feeling They Would Win

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Reds (23-16)1000000135100
W: Fisher (1-1) L: Hoffman (1-3)


Wasn’t that an amazing game yesterday that the Cincinnati Reds had against the Milwaukee Brewers? It had everything. Good pitching, Joey Votto being awesome, and a late comeback.

It didn’t look at first that the Reds would sweep the Brewers. Homer Bailey threw 30+ pitches and allowed a couple runs in the first inning, but he rebounded. Over the course of the rest of his 7-inning outing, he returned to the pitch-efficient, effective ways of his previous start. In total, he went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 4.

The bullpen came in then, to make things even harder for the offense. It’s been hard to get the relievers work lately, what with 3 complete games in the last week. It’s a good problem to have, and I expect that if all the starters start averaging 7 innings a start that we’ll see a reduction in the bullpen staff. There’s no need for 7 relievers when only 2 innings are needed most nights.

Despite Mike Lincoln charging in with the white flag of surrender, his damage to the game was limited. And Joey Votto and Scott Rolen were having none of it. Votto hit a 460ft solo shot in the 8th–one that landed in the faux riverboat beyond center field. Then in the 9th, Paul Janish singled to get things started off Trevor Hoffman. Scott Rolen followed with a pinch-hit homer to tie it. This was no rally-killing home run, though, because Chris Heisey followed with a double. After a walk to Brandon Phillips, Votto stepped to the plate and I knew the game was over. He quickly drove in Heisey and another last-at-bat win was added to the Reds 2010 total. (It’s 10 now, I think.)

Sure, there are problems with the Reds, and it’s hard to ignore that niggling voice in the back of your head that says, “They’ve done this before. May isn’t the same as September.” But I urge you to squash that little voice and enjoy this moment. It hasn’t been often that we’ve gotten to see competent, enjoyable play out of the Reds, and it would be a shame to miss it.

3 comments to “Brewers 4, Reds 5: I Had a Feeling They Would Win”

  1. Chase says:

    I know this isn’t the best place to leave this, but I can’t find your contact info anyplace else. You developed the box score plugin didn’t you?

    If so, I’ve been messing around with it some and I have added functionality to automatically pull the box score data with just the date and two teams being specified. I’m still working on it a bit, and this is really my first foray into wordpress plugins at all. As of this moment it will pull the data (except information related to a save, if there was one) and will populate all the data.

    After I get it a bit more solid, I’ll send it back your way to put any finishing touches on it so that you can roll it out as an official update.

  2. Zeldink says:

    I did develop that plugin, yes. I’d love to incorporate your additions. Sounds like good stuff.

  3. Chase says:

    Contact me via email (links at the top left corner of my page)

    I’ve also redone the “extra innings” part to where it will add one inning at a time (and the auto population correctly adds innings too)