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September 17, 2012

20th anniversary of the Piniella-Dibble fight

Demotivational Poster about Tampa Bay back when they were the Devil RaysChris Jaffe at The Hardball Times is a true master at keeping track of anniversaries and telling the stories of the events that are being celebrated.

And it’s a good thing, too. I can’t even keep track of all my nieces’ and nephews’ birthdays.

Today’s anniversary is of an event that you probably remember: a physical fight–in the clubhouse and on the media’s cameras–between the team’s manager (“Sweet” Lou Piniella) and one of the team’s players (Nasty Boy Rob Dibble).

Can you imagine Dusty Baker doing this? Just tackling, say, Sam LeCure while he’s doing a post-game interview with Jeff Piecoro? I think Pic’s eyes would fall out of his head.

Anyway, Chris tells the story better than I can of how, on September 17, 1992 these two short fuses took out their frustrations on each other. Plus there’s an appendix of other baseball-related anniversaries, including several from the Reds, such as

“Johnny Bench Night – during which the man of the hour plays catcher for the last time & also hits a two-run homer, the team fires manager Rogers Hornsby, Hall of Fame catcher Ernie Lombardi plays in his last big league game, Hall of Fame pitcher & all-time Reds wins leader Eppa Rixey surrenders a walk-off home run to Frankie Frisch, and in a weird one on this day in 1900 the Reds discover that the opposing Phillies are using an electrical messaging system to steal signs.”

You can read more at The Hardball Times.

September 17, 2012

Game 147: Reds 5, Marlins 4

W: Ondrusek (4-2) L: Zambrano (7-10) S: Broxton (25)


The Reds just barely eked out a win yesterday to avoid being swept in the 3-game series by the Marlins in Miami.

Mat Latos started for the Reds, and while he wasn’t exactly his sometimes-dominant self, he put in a pretty good showing. In 7.2 innings of work, Latos allowed 4 runs (earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks.

Sam LeCure finished off the eighth inning and pitched the ninth without allowing so much as a hit. Latos struck out 8 in his 7.2 innings, but LeCure did even better, striking out 3 in 1.1 innings. I hope LeCure can keep this going.

Drew Stubbs makes a catch at the wall in Miami (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)Sean Marshall (0.2 IP), Logan Ondrusek (0.1 IP), and Jonathan Broxton (1.0 IP) took care of the rest of the game with hitless performances, though Marshall and Broxton each walked a guy.

It’s almost gotten to be ho-hum from the Reds bullpen, but LeCure, Marshall and Ondrusek each pitched in the situation where allowing any runs equaled immediately losing. That’s gotta be tough.

The offense against suffered from LotsOfHitsButNotLotsOfRuns-itis. Joey Votto was on base 6 times, between his 2 hits in 4 ABs and his 2 walks. Ludwick (3-for-6), Todd Frazier (2-for-6), Dioner Navarro (3-for-6), and Didi Gregorius (3-for-5) also had multi-hit nights.

On the other hand, several guys also left plenty of runners on base: Brandon Phillips (5), Jay Bruce (6), and Todd Frazier (6).

The Reds had the lead after the sixth inning, but allowed Miami a run in each of the seventh and eighth to tie it up. In the eleventh, Carlos Zambrano took the mound for the Marlins, and Chris Heisey managed a single. Votto took a walk, and then Ludwick singled in Heisey. With 0 outs and 2 guys on, it looked good for the Reds to put an insurance run on the board. Instead the next 3 guys got out and the team was charged with defending a 1-run lead.

After 2 quick outs, Donovan Solano took a walk, and then John Buck hit a a long fly ball to center field that I thought for sure was ending the game in the wrong way, but then Drew Stubbs maneuvered the wall and came up with it (pictured).

Fortunately, it turned out to be enough on this night to reduce the magic number to 5. The win brings the Reds’ record to 88-59. They have today off before heading to Chicago tomorrow.

September 17, 2012

3 Cs for the playoffs: Cozart, Chapman, Cueto

Last Game
The Reds kept themselves from being swept by the Marlins yesterday. The Reds lost the lead twice before Ryan Ludwick knocked in Chris Heisey in the eleventh inning. It took the team 17 hits to get its 5 runs. Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with 2 walks. Dude is an on-base machine.

Next Game
Our guys take the day off today before visiting the Cubs tomorrow. In fact, there are only seven games happening in all of the major leagues tomorrow, so lots of teams are getting the chance to put their feet up.

Zack Cozart throwingHey, Remember Zack Cozart?
Zack Cozart, once the Reds’ major contribution to the field of Rookie of the Year candidates, hasn’t played since September 3. He’s been suffering from a strained left oblique, and the team doesn’t really have any reason to rush him. The rosters have expanded so there’s no need to put him on the DL, and the magic number is down to 5, so they might as well not risk injuring the guy before the postseason.

Same thing goes for Aroldis Chapman. His velocity was way down, so the Reds have just been reaching into their deep closer pocket and choosing out a different closer instead. We’ve just got to have Chapman back for the post-season, so whatever it takes to get his speed back is the right thing.

Speaking of guys we’ve just got to have in October, Johnny Cueto is the most important person who has to get back into form. He’s not officially injured, but his last 3 outings have looked like the work of a very tired man. I guess the Reds aren’t skipping him, but they’ll probably go to the bullpen early when he pitches. He’s not exactly in Cy Young contention anymore after those last 3 stinkers, so they might as well.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
At .465, Votto’s OBP leads the National League. Unfortunately, that extended DL stint leave him with too few at-bats to be eligible for the award at the end of the season unless he averages about 6 ABs per game from here on out.