Cincinnati Reds 9
Colorado Rockies 7
WP: Cueto (13-5, 2.45 ERA)
LP: Friedrich (5-8, 6.17 ERA)
S: Chapman (21, 1.45 ERA)
• The Reds won their ninth game in a row, their longest winning streak since 1999. They are now tied with the New York Yankees and Washington Harpers for the best record (60-40) in baseball. The best record in baseball. Read that again and savor it.
• The Reds hitters pounded out five home runs, all solo shots. Ryan Ludwick had two and now has 17 on the year. Drew Stubbs had a home run, was on base three out of five times and drove in two runs. Super Todd Frazier had two hits and a home run. Scott Rolen continues his Fountain of Youth tour contributing a homer. Brandon Phillips had a key two-run double.
• Sean Marshall came in and struck out Carlos Gonzalez, one of the best hitters in baseball, with two runners on base in the eighth inning.
• Aroldis Chapman seemed unusually mortal in the ninth inning, but eventually got the job done.
• Jose Arredondo, Bill Bray and Logan Ondrusek were shaky out of the bullpen.
• Johnny Cueto had a rare off game, giving up 10 hits, 2 walks and 5 earned runs. Even though he was working with a small and ever-shrinking strike zone, many of his pitches were up in the zone. Location was the issue, not velocity, as Cueto was touching 94-95 pretty regularly.
• Zack Cozart did have an RBI single, but went 1-for-5. His average is down to .241 and OBP .288. He really needs to be moved down in the line-up. His defense is too valuable to bench for a long time, but Dusty Baker needs to take some pressure off of him and move him down. Sadly, Baker appears to have him on the Willie Taveras, Corey Patterson and Neifi Perez track.
• Happy 70th birthday to Marty Brennaman, who has called Reds baseball since 1974.
• Welcome to first-time commenter kevinG11.
• The Reds are 6.5 games ahead of the WLB, who lost today to the stupid Cubs. You have to wonder if they’re falling far enough behind that it will dissuade them from making a big move before the trade deadline.
• The five solo home runs hit by the Reds were every bit as clutch as any hit could be. Yet, they don’t show up in the much-publicized measure of clutchiness “RISP.” The five bombs also point out the importance of walks and failing to get runners on base ahead of them.
TOP GAME THREAD COMMENTS
• eric nyc: I don’t know why people are being so hard on Cueto about that inning. There was literally nothing he could have done. Yeah, he threw ball 4 to Fowler which should have walked in a run, but with the strike zone he was getting his only choices were to throw fastballs right down the middle and give up a 2, 3, 4-run hit or throw stuff off the plate and risk walking in 1 but hoping someone would swing at a bad pitch to get the last out. Guess what happened? I’m assuming that’s what Brian Price told him when he came to the mound. He was still throwing 96 and had good location. Dusty made the right call.
• jas_428: Ludwick is quite deserving of his starts. Jocketty looking like genius now.
• Mmw: It’s not the bullpen, they are all getting squeezed by this strike zone. They can either try to hit their spots and walk people or they can throw down the middle and get rocked.
• zippy: Fantastic. Marshall handled his one batter, and will now exit the game. As always, the goal is to maximize the number of ABs for your weakest hitters and minimize the innings pitched by your strongest pitchers.
• Racine Red: This won’t be popular, but if Shane Victorino were free, I’d play him in RF against LHP. .900+ OPS to .650 OPS.