July 20, 2012
W: Simon (2-1)
L: Shaw (1-4)
S: Chapman (15)
It was another short outing for a starting pitcher, followed by a stellar performance from the bullpen to allow the Reds to rally in the late innings for the win over the Diamondbacks yesterday.
Mike Leake started for the Reds and lasted 5.1 innings. He allowed 6 runs (earned) on 11 hits and 1 walk in that amount of time. As I listened to the crackly AM signal of this non-televised game, I can tell you spirits were pretty low.
But around the time Alfredo Simon took the mound for 1.2 innings, the Reds started their rally. He allowed 0 runs on 1 hit. Logan Ondrusek was next, and he didn’t allow any hits in his .2 innings. Sean Marshall did give up a couple hits, but they didn’t amount to anything in the remainder of the eighth. Aroldis Chapman shut it down in the ninth by striking out 2.
Brandon Phillips is the hero of this game. He went 2-for-4 and hit the 3-run home run in the sixth inning that finally got the Reds on the board, plus he doubled in two more guys in the seventh. Honorable mentions go to Wilson Valdez, who got on base three times and scored twice, and Devin Mesoraco, who busted up the no-hitter that Arizona had going into the fifth.
The win brings the Reds record to 52-40 and earns them a split in the 4-game series, even without the services of Joey Votto. Tonight the Reds welcome the Milwaukee Brewers. Will Homer Bailey (RHP, 8-6, 3.93 ERA) give the bullpen a break when he takes on Marco Estrada (RHP, 0-3, 4.13 ERA)? Probably, but answering those questions is why they play the game. First pitch at 7:10 p.m.
July 20, 2012
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony that will see Barry Larkin honored is this weekend and it’s televised. From an MLB Network press release:
Secaucus, N.J., July 18, 2012 – Twelve-time Cincinnati Reds All-Star Barry Larkin and the late former Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox third baseman Ron Santo will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York this Sunday, July 22 in a ceremony telecast exclusively on MLB Network. A special Hall of Fame edition of MLB Tonight will air at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday with MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, winner of the 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for baseball writing, Brian Kenny, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci providing live coverage from Cooperstown, including interviews with Larkin, Hall of Famers in attendance and special features on this year’s inductees.
MLB Network’s exclusive live telecast of the Induction Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET, including the acceptance speeches by Larkin and Santo’s widow Vicki Santo, an appearance by Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, and introductions of an expected 43 returning Hall of Famers, including Larkin’s fellow former Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Frank Robinson, and Santo’s fellow former Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, Bruce Sutter and Billy Williams. MLB Network’s live coverage of the Induction Ceremony will be simulcast online on MLB.com and BaseballHall.org. MLB Network will make footage of the ceremony available live via satellite on July 22. Additional details on the satellite feed will be sent to media from MLB Network.
In more mundane televised baseball news, there is a conflict over the time slot on FS Ohio during the Reds game tomorrow. From FS Ohio:
This Saturday, July 21st, the Cincinnati Reds play at 7pm and the Columbus Crew play at 7:30pm. Both games are being made available to air on FOX Sports Ohio.
||Reds v. Brewers at 7:00pm
||Crew v. United at 7:30pm
- Bowling Green, KY
- Evansville, IN
- Terre Haute
- Fort Wayne
|The game will be on the main FSOhio cable channels and on FSCincinnati on satellite.
||In Toledo and Fort Wayne, the game is being made available to providers to carry on alternate FSOhio channels. Alternate channel information can be found here:
|Columbus & Lima areas
||The game is being made available to providers to carry on alternate FSOhio channels. Alternate channel information can be found here: Cnalle Finder
||The game will be on the main FSOhio cable channels and on FSOhio on satellite in the Columbus, Lima, Cleveland & Youngstown areas
The Reds game will replay on FOX Sports Ohio in all Reds viewing areas late Saturday night at approximately 12:30am, or directly following the Crew replay.
The Crew game will replay on FOX Sports Ohio in all Crew viewing areas Saturday night at the conclusion of Reds Live postgame show, approximately 10:30pm.
July 20, 2012
Through 4 innings, the Reds were being no-hit. After 5 1/2 innings, the Reds were down 6-0. But then Brandon Phillips and his 3-run homer happened and before you knew it the Reds were on the smiling side of the scoreboard. They managed to split the 4-game series with the Diamondbacks yesterday afternoon by winning 6-7.
Goodbye Diamondbacks; hello Brewers. The Reds open a 3-game series with the Brew Crew tonight at 7:10 p.m. Homer Bailey (RHP, 8-6, 3.93 ERA) defends against Marco Estrada (RHP, 0-3, 4.13 ERA).
Phillips wants you to wait longer to boo
Apparently there was some displeasure among the fans at Great American Ball Park yesterday afternoon early in the game while the Reds were being pinned down and given a purple nurple by the Diamondbacks resulting in some booing. It hurt Brandon Phillips’ feelings. From John Fay’s blog:
I love my fans. I love the fans period. I feel like all the booing was unnecessary. We’re in first place. We’re playing good baseball. I know we didn’t do our jobs early in the game. It’s not like we’re doing it on purpose. I feel like if you’re going to boo somebody, wait till the end of the game because you never know when guys come up in key situations.
But if we don’t boo, how will the players know to change what they’re doing?
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Barry Larkin, 12-time All-Star, 1995 NL Most Valuable Player, and the last captain the Reds ever had will be inducted in to the National Baseball Hall of Fame at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The ceremony will be on MLB Network, so you can watch the festivities for yourself.