Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 28, 2012

Game 99: Reds 3, Rockies 0

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W: Arroyo (6-6) L: Pomeranz (1-6) S: Chapman (20)


Bronson Arroyo during Reds Opening Night 2012.

It was the Bronson Arroyo show for the first 6 2/3 innings last night when the Cincinnati Reds arrived in Colorado to take on the Rockies. Arroyo picked up his 6th win–evening his record at 6-6–and propelled the Reds to their longest winning streak of the season: 8.

Over his 6 2/3 innings, Arroyo allowed 6 hits, no runs, and struck out 3. He lowered his ERA to 3.76 and is pitching like last year was the aberration everyone hoped it was.

The bullpen maintained the shutout, with Alfredo Simon and Aroldis Chapman contributing a scoreless inning. Chapman struck out the side in the 9th–again–to record his 20th save.

On the offensive side, the Rockies kept the Reds off the board until the 4th inning. Brandon Phillips singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a fly-out by Jay Bruce. Ryan Ludwick continued his hot hitting by lining a double down the left-field line to score Phillips. A sacrifice fly by Todd Frazier allowed Ludwick to score to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.

They added another run when Ludwick, on base again, scored thanks to a wild pitch by Rockies’ reliever Adam Ottavino.

The Reds needed only one run for the win, thanks to another strong pitching performance, but the 3 made it easy.

They go for another series win tonight at 8:10pm EDT. Johnny Cueto goes against Christian Friedrich.

July 27, 2012

All aboard the Reds fan express

I got a press release from FOX Sports Ohio announcing the introduction of the “Fan Express.” If you watched the video, you know they aren’t being very specific about what the Fan Express is, but if you’re in the Cincinnati area next Wednesday, you can find out for yourself.

FOX Sports Ohio is excited to announce the Fan Express to Reds Country. Media and Cincinnati Reds fans are invited to join the network in the launch of this new fan experience.

Come with a camera! The arrival of the Fan Express to Reds Country will make for a dramatic photo opportunity.

FOX Sports Ohio broadcasters Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro will be in attendance along with the FOX Sports Ohio Women and Cincinnati Reds mascots. The network will also have games and giveaways.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Noon
WHERE: The Banks in front of The Holy Grail

July 27, 2012

Reds-Rockies series preview

Last Game
The Reds had yesterday off, giving fans everywhere a chance to catch up on their DVR’d TV. That Chef Ramsay sure is a hardass, isn’t he?

Next Game
Tonight the Reds face the Colorado Rockies. Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 5-6, 3.98 ERA) takes on Drew Pomeranz (LHP, 1-5, 4.98 ERA).

Series Preview
The Reds are on a 7-game winning streak and leading the NLC. We know the pitching is great and that the offense has been finding a new hero every night, but that winning streak also has a lot to do with the teams the Reds have been playing since the All-Star break.

The Rockies are the next in the parade of underperforming opponents. With their 37-60 record, the Rockies are 17.5 games back in the NLW. Arroyo goes tonight, then Johnny Cueto tomorrow, and Mat Latos Sunday. Tonight may be the Rockies’ best chance to strike, though Latos can be touch-and-go sometimes. Plus he rolled his ankle the last time out, which he says is fine now, but these things can creep up on you.

Meanwhile, the NLC’s second place team, the Pirates, has faced the Brewers, the Rockies, the Marlins, the Cubs, and now the Astros, which are also all sub-.500 teams. With just a 2.0 game lead, the Reds really have to keep the wins coming in order to continue to fend off the Buccos. After the Rockies, the Reds host a four-game series with the Padres, and then the Pirates come to town.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
We’re about halfway through the time Joey Votto is expected to be out recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. The Reds have gone 8-2 since he’s been gone.

July 26, 2012

Another Reds TV conflict Saturday

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.

If this is you, you can check out the specifics of which game is covered where by visiting this schedule on the FSOhio site. Also check out the alternate channel finder to find the channel you want.

July 26, 2012

Game 98: Reds 5, Astros 3

W: Marshall (3-3) L: Cordero (3-7) S: Chapman (19)


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.