Monthly Archives: August 2012

August 31, 2012

Reds Labor Day weekend baseball

The last big baseball holiday of the year is here already and there’s lot of stuff going on for Reds fans.

Reds Opening Night fireworksFriday, August 31

  • Reds visit the Astros at 8:05 p.m.
    Mike Leake (RHP, 6-8, 4.51 ERA) faces Fernando Abad (LHP, 0-1, 3.62 ERA)
  • Joey Votto makes one more rehab appearance with the class A Dayton Dragons. The game is at home and starts at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 1

  • Reds continue the series with the Astros at 7:05 p.m.
    Homer Bailey (RHP, 10-9, 4.24 ERA) takes on Lucas Harrell (RHP, 10-9, 3.92 ERA)
    (Wait, the Astros have a 10-game winning pitcher? That means he has 1/4 of the team’s total number of wins.)
  • Rosters expand
  • Watch out NLC: Joey Votto returns to the Reds’ line-up! …or does he?

Sunday, September 2

  • Last home night game for the Louisville Bats at 7:05 p.m.
  • Reds finish out the series with the Astros at 2:05 p.m.
    Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 11-7, 3.84 ERA) against Bud Norris (RHP, 5-11, 5.01 ERA)

Monday, September 3

  • Last home game for the Louisville Bats at 1:05 p.m. Time to call some guys up!
  • Phillies visit the Reds at 1:10 p.m.
  • FS Ohio is doing something special. Here’s the press release:

The Cincinnati Reds play host to the Philadelphia Phillies this Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 3rd at 1pm. As part of the network’s Labor Day Salute, FOX Sports Ohio will showcase those who work behind-the-scenes at Great American Ball Park.

Feature reporter Brian Giesenschlag will highlight various hard working staff members at the ballpark, including the grounds crew, cleaning crew, ushers and more.

Tune in at 1pm on Monday for the Reds v. Phillies and FOX Sports Ohio’s Labor Day Salute. Reds Live pregame show will begin at 12:30pm.

Quick! Take in as much baseball and summer fun as you can before football gets its inexorable grip on society. Happy Labor Day, everyone!

August 31, 2012

Chapman featured on MLB Network

Mike Leake pitchingLast Game
The Reds had a well-deserved day off yesterday. I thought I’d enjoy a night off of baseball myself, but ended up turning on the Cardinals/Nationals game. The Nationals won, by the way, 8-1.

Next Game
The Reds head to Houston today to face off against the dismal 40-91 Astros.

Mike Leake (RHP, 6-8, 4.51 ERA) was hit hard in his last outing last Saturday against the Cardinals, but he didn’t give up many runs. His opponent will be Fernando Abad (LHP, 0-1, 3.62 ERA) who will be putting in his second start for the Astros this season.

Chapman on MLB Network
I suppose I ought to be talking about Joey Votto’s recent comments that he was holding back in his rehab assignment to protect his ouchie knee, but I’m tired of writing a post every time Votto turns around. Let’s save some of that compulsive Votto obsession for when he’s actually back in the line-up.

Instead, I’m going to share this MLB Network video about Aroldis Chapman. Dang, that guy can throw fast.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
While the Reds have been going about their business, the race for second place in the NLC has been more interesting. The third place Pirates beat up on the Cardinals to pull themselves to within half a game of second. The Cardinals are now 8.5 games back while the Pirates are 9.0.

August 30, 2012

Game 132: Reds 6, Diamondbacks 2

W: Latos (11-4) L: Corbin (5-6)


Heisey gets high fives after one of his two home runs. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)The Reds completed the sweep of the Diamondbacks yesterday afternoon.

Mat Latos pitched a beauty for the Reds. In 7.0 innings of work he allowed 2 runs (earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 7.

J.J. Hoover pitched the eighth inning and struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced. Not so much as a baserunner: you’ve gotta love that. Jose Arredondo did allow a baserunner in the ninth inning, but that wasn’t nearly enough for the Diamondbacks.

The offense put on a show like we haven’t seen in a while. The home run hitters were large and in charge. Chris Heisey hit a 2-run shot in the seventh, followed by a solo shot from Dioner Navarro. In the eighth inning, Brandon Phillips hit a 2-run dinger, followed by Heisey again. Plus, Latos went 2-for-3. I love to see the pitcher helping himself out at the plate.

The win puts the Reds’ record at 80-52. They need just one more win to ensure a .500 season. They won’t get it today, though: the boys in red are taking the day off. They’ll be back tomorrow to play the Astros in Houston.

August 30, 2012

Getting personal with Todd Frazier

Last Game
The Reds kicked some Diamondback butt yesterday afternoon, sweeping the three-game series. They’re the first team to reach 80 wins, and the Nationals and the Rangers, who are tied for the second-most wins in baseball, only have 77.

Mat Latos bounced back nicely, allowing 2 hits and striking out 7 in 7.0 innings of work. And the home run bats suddenly woke up, too. Three Reds hit home runs: Dioner Navarro, Brandon Phillips, and Chris Heisey hit 2.

Next Game
The Reds have today off. Funny how it doesn’t feel as much like they needed it after a sweep, but at least they’re going into their travel day on a high note.

ESPN Helps Me Google-Stalk Todd Frazier
Todd Frazier after he hit a home run in the little league Word Series. AP Photo/Rusty KennedyThere was a nice, meaty story about Todd Frazier on yesterday. It talks about the normal stuff, like his unorthodox swing and his rookie-of-the-year chances, but it also covers some more personal details that we often don’t really get about the players.

For example, did you know that there’s a sandwich named after him in his home town of Toms River, NJ? Or that he played in the Little League World Series (pictured)? Or that he’s getting married to former Rutgers gymnast Jackie Verdon in December?

Well, now there’s an interesting tidbit. Google “Jackie Verdon” and on the very first page of results is the couple’s wedding registry at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

So, the next time you think champagne flutes would be the perfect way to thank Frazier for getting the offense going or even if you’d just like to try to finagle an autograph via a thank you card, you can find something to send the happy couple.

If they get everything on this list, they’re going to need a freakin’ wing of the house to store all the crystal. I didn’t even know there were two different sizes of blended Scotch tumblers. Must be the sort of thing you need to be a gymnast to know.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Joey Votto got a hit last night in his second rehab game with the Dayton Dragons. In the first game he’d walked and struck out.

August 29, 2012

Game 131: Reds 5, Diamondbacks 2

W: Cueto (17-6) L: Miley (14-9) S: Chapman (33)


After-game high-fives (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Lots of good things happened in the Reds’ win over the Diamondbacks last night.

Johnny Cueto was the first pitcher to reach 17 wins this season. He did it by working 7.0 innings, giving up 2 runs (earned) on 4 hits and a walk. After that, Jonathan Broxton put in a hitless inning, followed by Aroldis Chapman doing the same for his 33rd save of the year. That’s 25 successful save conversions in a row for Chapman.

The second inning saw Scott Rolen putting his wisdom and patience to good use, driving up the pitch count in a single at bat by 15 pitches before eventually drawing the walk. Combined with singles from Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey, and Ryan Hanigan, the Reds scored 3 runs that inning.

As if that weren’t enough, Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, and Frazier hooked up again in the eighth inning to put a couple more runs on the board. Phillips, Frazier, Heisey, and Hanigan each had 2-hit games.

The win ensures a win of the series and opens up the possibility of the sweep this afternoon. It brings the Reds’ record to 79-52, which is the best record there is in baseball today. The series capper will feature Mat Latos (RHP, 10-4, 3.84 ERA) taking on Patrick Corbin (LHP, 5-5, 3.91 ERA). First pitch at 3:40 p.m. EDT.