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August 24, 2012

Game 126: Reds 3, Phillies 4

W: Valdes (3-2) L: Simon (2-2)


For the third time in a row, a Reds-Phillies game was decided by one run. Unfortunately, in this fourth game of the series, the decision was for the Phillies.

Johnny Cueto started for the Reds and had a pretty poor outing, by his standards. He pitched only 5.0 innings, allowing 2 runs (earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks.

The bullpen wasn’t exactly fresh when they were called upon to come in for the ace. Jose Arredondo pitched 1.2 innings without allowing a hit, but Sean Marshall gave up an earned run in his 0.2. Well, it was actually Sam LeCure who let the runner he inherited from Marshall score and tie up the game.

J.J. Hoover worked the next 2.0 and allowed 0 runs on 3 hits and a walk. Alfredo Simon was the unlucky fellow who pitched the bottom of the 11th, loaded up the bases, and finally let the walk-off run score.

In fact, the Reds had to pitch out of jams multiple times. The bases were loaded when the bottom of the ninth ended, and there were 2 on when the bottom of the tenth ended.

The ninth inning featured some ridiculously poor defense (see accompanying video), resulting in the Reds’ one error (though it felt like it should have counted for more than one), and I was amazed that they got out of it.

On the offense, all 3 of the Reds’ RBI belong to Todd Frazier. In the first, he grounded out with the bases loaded to put the Reds on the board. In the sixth, he doubled in Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick. He went 1-for-5 on the night, which was pretty typical: despite hanging with the Phillies in number of runs, the Reds were waaaaay out-hit by them. No player had more than 1 hit on the night, though Ryan Hanigan did walk 3 times.

The loss brings the Reds’ record to 76-50. Tonight they come home to Cincinnati to take on the Cardinals. Mat Latos (RHP, 10-3, 3.56 ERA) defends his home mound against Lance Lynn (RHP, 13-5, 3.73 ERA). First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

August 24, 2012

Reds battle Cardinals on Barry Larkin weekend

Cairo ties his cleatsLast Game
The Reds lost in extra innings last night to end the four-game series against the Phillies in an even-split.

It’s surprising that it took the Phillies all the way until the 11th inning to walk off with this one, given how many opportunities they had, such as the most ridiculous error I can ever remember having seen.

It was the bottom of the ninth and Sam LeCure walked the lead-off batter. Kevin Frandsen bunted toward the first base side of the mound and Cairo fielded the ball. He went for the runner, but failed to actually tag him (thinking he’d go out of the line, probably, but he hadn’t) and then failing to throw to second when he dropped the ball.

At least it’s over with now, and we can get past it. The final score was Reds 3, Phillies 4.

Next Game
Tonight the Reds return home to host the Cardinals. Earlier in this season, it looked like this would be a real critical series. I’m sure it will have plenty of excitement, but its not the battle for first: even a Cardinals’ sweep would still leave them 4 games back.

Mat Latos (RHP, 10-3, 3.56 ERA) will take on Lance Lynn (RHP, 13-5, 3.73 ERA) of the Cardinals. First pitch at 7:10 p.m.

Barry Larkin Weekend
It’s Barry Larkin weekend in Cincinnati to celebrate the newly HOF-inducted shortstop and retire his jersey number 11. Tonight’s game will have a couple cool Barry-themed events but it’s tomorrow’s activities that has me considering making the drive.

There’s a block party going all afternoon and evening on Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way. According to the press release, it looks like it will start before the game and extend into the night. Larkin is scheduled to speak and his daughter is putting on a concert. I just hope it doesn’t get too rowdy, what with all the unhappy Cardinals fans running around.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Devin Mesoraco’s suspension is over, but he’s not back with the team. The Reds optioned him to AAA Louisville to give him more at-bats. They used his spot to call up J.J. Hoover, who was a bright spot in last night’s game.