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|Cincinnati Reds (16-19)
|W: J. Lyles (5-0) L: A. Simon (4-2)|
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Joey Votto went “oppo” in the 2nd inning. The last pitch he saw last night and the first pitch he saw tonight both left the yard. I wonder if he read Jonah Keri’s piece from the other day.
Nick Christiani, who could not stanch the bleeding when the game was still in doubt. The bats were MIA again, but the good news is that Devin Mesoraco is close. Sean Marshall was–how you say?–uninspiring.
Starting pitching. Bleh. J.J. Hoover. Yikes. The Reds still haven’t figured out how to fix his bad mechanics.
Not so random thoughts …
Before tonight, Reds starters had not given up more than 3 runs in a game for 10 straight. The starting pitching through 34 games has not been this good since 1973.
All that ended tonight. I fully expected the Toyota truck to take one in the lug nuts before the night was over.
From the AP: Reds manager Bryan Price indicated he wouldn’t waste any time using Aroldis Chapman in a save situation. “I’m not hesitant,” Price said. “He doesn’t need a soft landing.”
Game Thread Quote of the Night: “Wouldn’t it be nice once in a lifetime to have a Reds team that hits like this Rockies team?”
I remember a time when the Reds had nothing BUT hitting. As a youth I would think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be nice once in a lifetime to have a Reds team that pitches like this Dodger team?
Our old friend Nick Masset made an appearance tonight. I’ll never forget a Reds trip to New York a couple of years ago. After a Mets game, I ran into Masset’s uncle at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. I asked him when we could expect to see Nick.
“Oh, his rehab is going well. He’ll surely be back by the All-Star break.”
Expect Devin Mesoraco to head for a couple of minor league rehab starts with the Bats. He’s almost ready to resume mashing for the big club. Which cannot come soon enough.
Expect Tony Cingrani back in the rotation when the Reds head for Philly.
The Daily Billy: expect to see Hamilton in the lineup tomorrow. Interestingly, Price was about to take Billy down as a pinch hitter last night, when the Rockies manager brought in left hander Boone Logan. The difference in comfort batting from the left side because of the injury must be substantial, but Hamilton talked Price into letting him bat right handed—and he doubled. I’ve been wondering this for awhile: should Billy give up switch hitting and focus strictly on batting from his dominant side?
That’s all I got.