Reds fans in Columbus and Lima will need to get a little creative to see Saturday’s game on t.v. this week. Again, the Reds game conflicts with the Columbus Crew soccer game (not to be confused with The Cutting Crew, which was over in 1993), and the soccer will get the primary FOX Sports Ohio coverage.
Daily Archives: July 26, 2012
The Reds were rolling along early in this game and then made such a flub in the eighth to lose the lead that it seemed impossible that they could come back to win. The ninth was snatching victory from the jaws of defeat time, though, and the Reds completed the sweep of the Astros.
Homer Bailey put in an excellent start for the Reds, as he’s been wont to do lately. In 7.0 innings of work, he allowed 0 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks. That walk number is perhaps a touch high, but he also struck out 7, so that’s something.
Bailey seemed to be in line for his fifth win in as many starts, but then Logan Ondrusek came in to start the eighth. In the next .2 innings he gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits. Plus, the defense behind him suffered a major brain fart, and the run that took the lead came on a play that featured 2 of the Reds’ 4 errors of the night.
Sean Marshall came in to finish the eighth, and for once, I don’t object to Dusty Baker putting him in for just one out. He stopped the bleeding and didn’t allow so much as a hit, setting up the Reds to retake the lead and give him the win. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth and allowed 0 runs on 1 hit.
Drew Stubbs took a double turn at being the hero last night and repeated his performance from the day before. Xavier Paul started off the top of the ninth against Fransisco Cordero with a double. Chris Heisey struck out, but Brandon Phillips walked. When Zack Cozart struck out, it was looking pretty bleak. But then Stubbs smacked a double to center to bring in Paul and Phillips and take the lead. Jay Bruce later hit him in for an insurance run.
The win brings the Reds’ record to 58-40. They have the day off today to relish their 7-game winning streak in Colorado before facing the Rockies tomorrow.
Homer Bailey put in another excellent performance, but was denied his tenth win of the season by a blown save at the hands of Logan Ondrusek. Despite some questionable defense (the Reds had 4 errors in this game), they did come back to win the game and sweep the series at the last possible moment. Final score: 5-3.
The Reds have an off-day today. They’re currently doing something relaxing in Denver, acclimating to the climate and waiting to beat up on the Rockies tomorrow.
The Bad New Bears Got Lucky
If you’ve watched very young little leaguers, you know that baseball is a very different game for them. Not only are their “tools” not really developed yet, they might not even realize that the ball is in their general vicinity because they’re looking at airplanes flying overhead or at ladybugs in the grass or something.
On the other hand, if you’ve watched the oldest little leaguers, you know that they can make some really competent plays. They know what to do and they have the practice to execute on that knowledge.
In between, there is a phase of the mind knowing something needs to happen urgently, but it may be a surprise to everyone, including the player, what the body actually does. For just a moment in the eighth inning yesterday, the Reds were that little league team.
In the eighth, with a man on third and 2 outs, Scott Moore doubled to right to put the Astros on the board. Then Ondrusek sent up a wild pitch. Then J. D. Martinez hit a double to left and Ryan Ludwick launched the ball someplace he didn’t intend it to go, then Todd Frazier did the same thing. In the blink of an eye, they went from leading 2-0 to losing 2-3.
I thought there was no way they could come back at that late stage, but I’d failed to consider the year that Fransisco Cordero is having. I don’t know what caused the Reds to channel a little league team full of 7-and-a-half-year olds for a minute there, but they got lucky. For the second night in a row, Cordero blew the save. Poor CoCo: that’s got to suck. But yay Reds!
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The Reds’ current 7-game winning streak is their longest winning streak all season. They are a season-high 18 games over .500, and have gone 8-2 since Joey Votto left the roster for arthroscopic knee surgery.