May 24, 2012
The fine folks over at Chris Sabo’s Goggles have arranged for you to be the lucky recipient of one Team Latos shirt, if you can guess (in advance) the number of strike outs Latos will get in the month of June. From the blog post about the contest:
All you have to do is guess the number of strikeouts Latos will have in the month of June. This includes every start he makes between—and including—June 1 and June 30. The person closest to the actual total number of strikeouts wins the shirt.
I assume these are the strike outs Latos induces by way of pitching to batters, not the ones he personally commits at the plate. I mean, a contest that is apparently in honor of a guy probably does not really want to go out of its way to draw attention to his 12 strike outs in 18 plate appearances.
But that’s not for me to say. You’ll want to go over to Chris Sabo’s Goggles personally to argue semantics and then put in your guess. By Independence Day, you too could be a member of Team Latos.
May 24, 2012
W: Chapman (4-0)
L: Martinez (2-1)
The Reds assured a win in the series by taking the third of the four games against the Braves last night. It was a real pitchers’ duel with a final score of 1-2.
Bronson Arroyo went for the Reds and turned in a keen performance. He worked 6.2 innings and allowed just 1 run (earned) on 4 hits and two walks. That one run was a home run allowed to notorious Reds killer Dan Uggla to lead off the fourth inning. That’s always a little disheartening, but it didn’t go any further than that.
Jose Arredondo and Aroldis Chapman finished out the game with a couple scoreless innings, and because Arroyo got pulled when the game was still tied, it was Chapman who got the win. I’d like to see Chapman get a whole lot more wins, myself, but more as a starter rather than as the guy who happened to be the most recent guy on the mound when the walk-off happened.
On the offensive side, it was Jay Bruce was credited with the RBI for the run in the 6th, even though he was 0-for-4 on the day. In fact, only Zack Cozart and Chris Heisey has multiple hits, both of them going 2-for-4. They weren’t the story, though, what with Todd Frazier and his big walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. On this team, everyone gets a turn being the hero!
The win brings the Reds’ record to 24-19 and their winning streak to 5. Damn those Cardinals, though, who are rocking a 3-game winning streak that has kept them in first place in the NLC by half a game. Tonight the Reds try to sweep the four-game series. Homer Bailey (2-3, 4.34 ERA) takes on Randall Delgado (2-4, 4.26 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.
May 24, 2012
The Reds extended their winning streak to 5 last night with a 1-2 win over the Braves. Todd Frazier took his turn being the hero in this one with a walk-off home run.
Tonight the Reds go for the sweep of the four-game series at 7:10 p.m. Homer Bailey (2-3, 4.34 ERA) faces off against Randall Delgado (2-4, 4.26 ERA). Bailey is coming off a strong start against the Yankees last Saturday.
Today’s the day they stop stepping on the Chipper Jones’ commemorative bases and actually hand one over to the guy. Before the game tonight, there will be a ceremony with Scott Rolen and Walt Jocketty. Here’s hoping the good karma from this celebration of the opponent continues tonight.
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Aroldis Chapman got the win last night. His line on the season so far: 24.1 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 43 K.