September 25, 2011
W: Willis (1-6)
L: Moskos (1-1)
S: Cordero (35)
As has been well documented, Dontrelle Willis has been searching for a win for a long time.
And in his last start for the Cincinnati Reds in the 2011 season, he finally got it, with very little thanks to closer Francisco Cordero.
Willis turned in his customary 6 innings, 3 runs start, and this time it was enough.
The Reds scoring started in the 1st, when Jay Bruce drove in Brandon Phillips. In the 2nd, Devin Mesoraco drove in Juan Francisco. And then Paul Janish sacrificed a fly to plate Mesoraco.
Willis struggled in the bottom of the 2nd, allowing the Pittsburgh Pirates to tie it 3-3, but he soon took matters into his own hands. In the 6th, Mesoraco singled. Janish doubled. And Willis added his own double to bring both runners in, making it 5-3.
Cordero was brought in to close out the game in the 9th. Like so many previous times, the bullpen allowed some runs. Cordero allowed a run-scoring double to Neil Walker, and with a runner on second base, it looked like Willis’ win was in jeopardy. But Cordero was able to strike out the final two batters to end the game.
The win makes Willis’ record 1-6 on the season, over 13 starts.
September 5, 2011
W: Heilman (2-0)
L: Christiani (2-3)
S: Moskos (3)
Over the Labor Day weekend on Saturday, we made it out to the final home game for Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate the Indianapolis Indians. And the Cincinnati Reds AAA affiliate the Louisville Bats were in town.
It was an exciting game, with the teams combining for 10 runs in just the first two innings–two innings that take well more than an hour to play. It was looking like a long game, but both teams settled down after that, until the Indians took the lead for good in the 7th.
We sat in the Captain’s Cove, an excellent bar with comfy chairs in left field. I can’t recommend this place highly enough.
Former Cardinal Ryan Ludwick was manning left field for the Indians and had a solid game, going 3-4 with 2 RBI.
Travis Wood pitched for the Bats.
Now that Devin Mesoraco has been called up, the Reds new catcher of the future is in AAA: Yasmani Grandal.
Matt Hague, winner of the Indians 2011 MVP, at the plate.
The Indians players exchanging high-fives after the win.
After every home win, the Indians ring the Victory Bell. This was the last time this season.
The final scoreboard of 2011 at Victory Field.
And with that, the 2011 home season for the Indians was over. It passed by way too quickly. At least there’s almost a month left of major league ball to enjoy.
August 16, 2011
W: Horst (1-4)
L: Leroux (6-3)
S: Boxberger (3)
As RHM mentioned, we headed to Victory Field to catch as much of the game between the Louisville Bats and Indianapolis Indians as a school-night would allow. Thankfully, we saw a little bit of offense in the hour and 30 we were there.
Chad Reineke started for the Bats and had decent results. In 5 innings, he allowed 2 runs and struck out 5. Of course, he also allowed 7 hits, which indicates either goof luck in not allowing more runs or bad luck in the defense behind him. And since most of the Reds’ best infield prospects are with the major league club or injured, I’m leaning towards the latter.
The offense was provided by lots of Bats batters, but none was more impressive than power-hitter Juan Francisco.
Francisco had what appeared to be either an accidental swing, or at least a half-hearted one, and sent a ball over the right field berm area. It was a power shot, and it looked like he barely swung. It’s the best display of his power I’ve seen. He’s almost always looked over-matched in the majors.
The rosters are set to expand for the Cincinnati Reds at the beginning of next month, but it’s hard to see who might be called up. Francisco, sure. But the only other position player who seems likely is catcher Devin Mesoraco. He went 1 for 4 on the night, but that one hit did lead to the eventual run scoring. Considering, he’s got a .291 average, a 37% on-base percentage, and is slugging .484, he might not have much left to prove in AAA, anyway.
July 19, 2011
W: McDonald (6-4)
L: Leake (8-5)
S: Hanrahan (28)
In fact, one win in a row would be pretty good at this point. I’m going ahead and predicting a shutout series. After two straight times of being shutout against the once lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, I’m feeling confident.
Last night, the Pirates overtook first place in the division. A series in July between first and fourth place in the NLC, the Pirates and Reds: you might have predicted that at the beginning of the season, though you might have been thinking about it a little differently.
Tonight, both the expected standings and the expected outcome were flipped, as the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.
Mike Leake started for the Reds and allowed 1 run over 6 innings, clearly a terrible outing that deserves the loss he received.
Maybe the Reds won’t be swept tomorrow. But given their lifeless offense–even the might Zack Cozart had his hitting streak snapped at 6–nobody except the Pirates’ pitchers should feel optimistic.
May 19, 2011
W: McDonald (3-3)
L: Cueto (2-1)
S: Hanrahan (12)
Now, I’m Free! Free-falling!
The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their domination of the Cincinnati Reds today. Behind the pitching of James McDonald, the Pirates cruised to a 5-3 victory.
Reds’ starter Johnny Cueto encountered troubles in his 3rd start, lasting just 5 innings. In that time, he allowed 3 earned runs, 3 walks, and struck out 5. He was back to his pitch-inefficient ways as it took him 94 pitches to go those 5 innings.
The offense for the Reds was provided by Jay Bruce, who had two homers on the day. He was clearly missed in yesterday’s shutout, when he sat out for flu-like symptoms.
The loss drops the Reds to 1-4 against the Pirates on the year. And thanks to a St. Louis Cardinals win, the Reds are no longer in first place. That was quick.
Of course, I’d rather dominate the Cardinals and be owned by the Pirates than the other way around. I think the former will play out better over the course of the season.