Games Played on 05/20/13
Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 2B Ryan Wright: He went 3 for 4 with a HR and 2 2B.
Louisville 8 – Gwinnett 5 (DH Game 1, 7 Innings)
Denis Phipps went 3 for 4 with a HR, a 2B, and a SB. Billy Hamilton went 2 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Neftali Soto went 2 for 4 with a HR. Henry Rodriguez hit his 3rd HR.
Pedro Villarreal got no decision as he went 4.1 IP and allowed 4 R on 8 H and 2 BB with 3 K. Curtis Partch got the win allowing 1 R over 2.2 IP of relief.
Gwinnett 5 – Louisville 2 (DH Game 2, 7 Innings)
Billy Hamilton, Neftali Soto, and Henry Rodriguez each went 2 for 4. Felix Perez and Nevin Ashley each doubled and walked.
Daniel Corcino got the loss as he went 4.2 IP and allowed 5 R, 3 ER, on 6 H and 6 BB with 2 K. Kevin Whelan added 1 IP of scoreless relief.
Mobile 4 – Pensacola 2
Bryson Smith went 2 for 4. Joe Mather went 1 for 3 with a 2B and a BB. Brodie Greene and Luis Durango each doubled.
Josh Smith got the loss as he went 7 IP and allowed 4 R, 2 ER, on 5 H and 1 BB with 5 K. Brian Pearl added 2 IP of scoreless relief.
Bakersfield 5 – High Desert 3
Ryan Wright went 3 for 4 with a HR and 2 2B. Chris Berset went 1 for 2 with a BB.
Carlos Contreras got the win as he went 5 IP and allowed 2 R, 1 ER, on 5 H and 3 BB with 4 K. Pat Doyle (2 IP) and Jimmy Moran (1 IP) each added scoreless relief outings. El’Hajj Muhammad picked up his 5th save despite allowing 1 R over 1 IP of relief.
South Bend 9 – Dayton 1
Junior Arias went 3 for 4 with a 3B and a SB. Jeff Gelalich went 2 for 4 with a 2B and a SB.
Ismael Guillon got the loss as he went 4.2 IP and allowed 6 R, 4 ER, on 6 H and 5 BB with 6 K.
Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
NY Mets 3
W: J. Cueto (2-0)
L: S. Marcum (0-5)
S: A. Chapman (9)
–Two more extra-base hits for the scorching-hot Jay Bruce: an RBI double, and the go-ahead homer in the sixth. Joey Votto had two hits, a walk, and a run scored.
–Logan Ondrusek, JJ Hoover, Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton, and Aroldis Chapman combined for four shutout innings, holding the Mets in check. Chapman, in particular, was back to his dominant self.
–Brandon Phillips drove in a couple of runs, and made two spectacular defensive plays. Ho-hum. Just another day at the office for Dat Dude.
–Yeah, Cesar Izturis batted second. Such a moronic decision that it’s almost incomprehensible, but it is what it is. Get used to it. This type of nonsense will never change.
–I don’t know if it’s really a negative, but Johnny Cueto wasn’t particularly sharp in his return to the Reds rotation. He threw five innings, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks. Cueto did strike out eight. He’s gonna be fine.
–Nice win. The Reds are 5-2 on the current road trip.
–Bruce is now hitting .284/.327/.481. Slightly better than Brandon Phillips (.280/.325/.463) at this point, though the numbers are remarkably similar (as Doug noted).
The Reds travel to the Big Apple to take on the struggling New York Metropolitans in a 3-game tilt starting tonight. The Reds will be looking to rebound from yesterday’s crushing defeat at the hands of the Phillies by beating up on the Mets. As Richard stated in the series preview, hopefully “the Reds can right the ship by taking the first two from an overmatched New York club before having to deal with young Harvey in the Wednesday matinee.”
In order to take game 1 tonight, the Reds will call on and welcome the return of Johnny Cueto to the mound. Cueto was looking like his normal self through the first 2+ starts of the season until an arm injury has sidelined him since April 13. We have all anxioiusly awaited for his return to the rotation but I’m sure we’ll all be holding our collective breaths with each torque, twist, and pitch Cueto makes tonight. I am optimistic the Cueto we see tonight will be the same as the one we are accustomed to seeing.
It’s game 1 of Reds versus Mets. Cheer on the guys in red to GO! Discuss the game here…
Meet the Mets
Greet the Mets
Head for the park and
BEAT the Mets
It’s not exactly how the tune goes. It’s merely how I sing it as I make my seasonal sojourn on the No. 7 train out to Flushing, Queens, where Citi Field resides. There’s a horse racing announcer whose name for the life of me I cannot recall. He has a wonderful signature call as the horses enter the home stretch:
AND NOW THEY COME TO ME! It precisely sums up how I feel each year when the Reds arrive in New York.
The penultimate subway stop at Willets Point reveals a long, dilapidated row of sad junkyards that run alongside the ballpark, where many a Dominican worker sits amongst the grease and worn out spare auto parts. It’s a veritable moonscape of graffiti, metal and misfit tires. It is also a fitting metaphor for the Mets in the post-Madoff era.
For just inside the fresh brick walls of Citi Field are many a spare and unwanted part.
GM Sandy Alderson has had his work cut out for him, rebuilding a franchise on a strict budget necessitated by the millions lost by Fred Wilpon and family at the hands of Bernie Madoff. For starters, consider the outfield. The Metropolitans came to Spring Training with a chorus line of forgettable names vying for the privilege of idling their summer away on the manicured Citi Field grass: titans of the game with names like Nieuwenhuis & Cowgill. Valdespin & Lagares. Baxter. Centerfielder Collin Cowgill, drafted out of the University of Kentucky, hit a grand slam on Opening Day and then seemingly didn’t get another hit until he was finally banished to AAA Las Vegas, along with once highly regarded prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis, whose star has dimmed with Tebow-like speed. Juan Lagares was brought up to the big club on the strength of some early power in Vegas. The Mets are so desperate for production in CF that they have taken a flyer on Rick Ankiel. Former Cub Marlon Byrd has stuck with the team in RF, splitting time with Mike Baxter and Jordany Valespin—a ubiquitous spare part who plays all over the diamond.
The infield is sketchy as well, and is anchored by the Mets lone-remaining everyday star, third baseman David Wright. Daniel Murphy has always been a hitter in search of a position to play. The Mets have long loved his bat, but couldn’t find a suitable location for him to play in the field. But, as scouts say, “the bat plays,” so Murphy these days is a second baseman. Catcher John Buck has been a huge surprise for the Madoffs. An ancillary part of the deal that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, little was expected of the 32 year-old Buck, who had been an All Star in 2010, but was coming off two very mediocre seasons with the Marlins, before being dealt to Toronto in the Jose Reyes trade.
The player of whom much has been expected is first baseman Ike Davis. This is the second year Davis has gotten off to a horrendous start (.156/.238/.259) and lately it has begun to affect his play in the field. Word on the cold, unforgiving Manhattan street says AAA Las Vegas is in Davis’s near future. In the meantime, manager Terry Collins has doubled down by recently putting Davis back into the cleanup spot in an effort to, as Collins put it, “get Ike started.”
Where have we heard that before? In fact, during Saturday’s game against the Cubs, Keith Hernandez was explaining why another player couldn’t be slottted into the rocking chair between leadoff and the third spot in the order: “he would clog up the basepaths,” declared the former Mets first baseman turned TV color guy.
Yeah, he really said that.
It’s a vivid reminder that more than a few people in Baseball serve the very same master that Dusty Baker bows down to. Unlike Baker however, Terry Collins is likely to make substantial changes in his lineup as he attempts to find some magic that will turn the fortunes of a team currently 10th in Runs and 14th in AVG in the NL. On any given day, Ruben Tejada is as likely to be batting 8th as he is leadoff–nevertheless, here is as likely a lineup as any:
*thru 6 games as a Met
Starting pitching was dealt a blow late last season when following reconstructive shoulder surgery, Johan Santana was allowed to go out and throw 134 pitches en route to the Mets’ first no-hitter in franchise history. As important as the feat was to the organization, it ended up effectively ending the great pitcher’s career and has become a cautionary tale for those GMs thinking of handing out long contracts to starting pitchers, particularly those well into their careers.
However, there is one compelling reason to head out to Citi Field once every five days: Matt Harvey. Harvey is the best thing Flushing has seen since the days of Dwight Gooden. He has been virtually unhittable this spring, dealing a 1.55 ERA while giving Mets fans a reason to believe in the future.
|Cueto, J, RHP
|Marcum, S, RHP
|Leake, M, RHP
|Niese, J, LHP
|Latos, M, RHP
|Harvey, M, RHP
The Mets have been prepping Bobby Parnell to be their new closer, and when Frank Francisco sustained a setback in his rehab from right elbow surgery, Parnell officially inherited the job and has looked good. Parnell aside, the worst part of this very bad baseball team may very well be the bullpen. The Met relievers (Brandon Lyon, Josh Edgin, Scott Rice, Robert Carson, LaTroy Hawkins, Greg Burke) sport a league-worst 4.77 ERA. Get a Met starter out of the game early and you have an excellent opportunity to not only MEET the Mets, but, yes, BEAT the Mets, as well.
|Parnell, B, RHP
|Chapman, A, LHP
Coming off yesterday’s shocking meltdown in Philly, the Reds can right the ship by taking the first two from an over matched New York club before having to deal with young Harvey in the Wednesday matinee. Hopefully, I’ll be singing the National Anthem along with Mr. Redlegs, as Mr. Met strikes a familiar forlorn pose.
And now they come to me!
Minor League Player of the Day: Michael Dennhardt, RHP for the Bakersfield Blaze, made his first professional start and threw 5 innings, allowing only an unearned run. He only gave up 4 hits and didn’t walk a batter. The 22 year old Dennhardt was the Reds 32nd round pick in 2011 and spent most of last season in Dayton, where he had an ERA of 2.27 and a WHIP of .965 working out of the Dragons pen.
Louisville @ Gwinett – postponed
Mobile 6 – Pensacola 3 11 innings
Manny Parra started for the Wahoos and threw two scoreless innings, walking and striking out 1. Daniel Renken followed with 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4.
Drew Hayes threw 2 scoreless innings, but did get a blown save because he allowed the tying run to score in the 9th.
Travis Mattair went 2-4 with a double and a walk, Devin Lohman went 2-5 and Bryson Smith hit his 5th homer of the season.
Bakersfield 10 – High Desert 1
Good day for the Blaze as they notched their third win (tying a season high), scoring 7 runs in the 4th inning.
Offensively, they were led by Dominic D’Anna, who went 3-4 and Steve Selsky, who went 3-5. Ryan Wright and Juan Silva both had two hits with doubles. Yorman Rodriguez also had 2 hits.
Michael Dennhardt made his first start for the Blaze and pitched 5 innings, allowing an unearned run, in the first. He gave up 4 hits and struck out 1 on the day. Brooks Pinckard and Kyle McMyne both had scoreless stints of 2 innings.
Dayton 7 – South Bend 3
Another good start by fireballing youngster, Robert Stephenson, as he picked up his 3rd win a row (in 4 starts). He threw 7 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 homers) on 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 9.
Leadoff hitter, Beau Amaral went 3-4 with a walk, Joe Terry went 2-4 with a walk, and Junior Arias went 2-5 with a double. Jesse Winker went 1-2, but walked twice (.309/.418/.525).
Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
W: Bastardo (2-1)
L: A. Chapman (3-2)
– Homer Bailey threw seven shutout innings.
– Jay Bruce hit another long home run. He has 17 RBI in May.
– Joey Votto continued his hot streak, with two hits. Todd Frazier showed a few more signs of snapping out of his slump with two hits. Xavier Paul, who should be batting second, got on base three times in four plate appearances.
– Dusty Baker was willing to bring Sean Marshall in to pitch the eighth inning. Baby steps.
– The Reds only scored two runs against a rookie right-handed starting pitcher and a weak bullpen.
– The bullpen combination of Jonathan Broxton, Sean Marshall and Aroldis Chapman gave up three runs in two innings. If Broxton had been faster covering first base on Ben Revere’s routine ground ball to first base, he’d have retired the Phillies in order in the eighth.
– Ryan Hanigan twice threw the ball into the outfield on stolen base attempts.
– The Reds were like 100-1 when Xavier Paul starts. They were leading when he was pulled from the game today. Just sayin’.
– It’s only one loss. It’s only one loss. It’s only one loss. It’s only one loss. It’s only one loss. It’s only one loss. On to New York tomorrow for Johnny Cueto Day.
– Aroldis Chapman has two blown saves on the road trip and has even looked frustrated in games when he’s earned a save. Slumps happen to every single closer. We know Chapman can close from last year, when he had the same pitch portfolio. Right now, he’s a middle-of-the-pack closer.
– Homer Bailey (2-3) has really been unlucky in terms of wins this year. He’s given up two or fewer runs in six of his nine starts. In some ways, this start was more impressive than his last one, when he pitched a complete game against the Marlins. Today, the location on his fastball was off, he adjusted and pitched his way through several jams.
TOP GAME THREAD COMMENTS
– renbutler: Gameday confirms that strike three landed in the Delaware River. Horrible call.
– cliff: That Homer is such a head case.
– Mwv: Chapman not looking good at all on that first batter.
– Kyle: It feels like the Reds dominated this series but walk away with the series loss.
– Sergeant2: Best to put this game in the rear view mirror and forgettaboutit. Regroup and on to the next game and a nice little winning streak. Plus Cueto’s coming back, can’t wait to see Cueto back in action. Shake it off boys, shake it off. Go Reds!!
– Hank Aarons Teammate: Many people here have advocated trading Chapman, not just me. Doesn’t mean I think he’s bad or anything. He’s completely wasted. I’d trade Joey Votto for Mike Trout, in a second. And I love Votto. Broxton is not as good as Lecure, Hoover, or Simon. Or Marshall. Just because he was good many years ago does not mean he’s good now. Unless you ask Dusty Baker.
Fresh off his dominating complete game against the Marlins, Homer Bailey takes the mound for the Reds in the series rubbermatch against the Phillies. Game time is 1:35 ET. The Reds face rookie right-hander Jonathan Pettibone.
In the latest edition of irrational lineup construction, Dusty Baker has designated Cesar Izturis (.167/.286/.194) as today’s cooler, batting between Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto.
Apparently how often one gets a hit, makes an out, or hits the ball far, is less important than not disrupting the delicate process of Xavier Paul (.261/.386/.406) getting used to that unique feeling of batting seventh. Or creating the horror of three left-handed hitters in a row. Better to confound late-inning relief pitching than to get hits, get on base and hit with power the first three trips through the line-up. Unless the score is 10-0 by then, or something.
I’m sure there’s more to it. Izturis is probably great at sacrificing outs with the bunt play.
Oh well, as Hunter Thompson said, buy the ticket, take the ride. Go Reds!