Titanic Struggle Recap

Game 64: Cueto, Set and Match

Final R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers (35-32)
0 5 0
Cincinnati Reds (30-34)
5 8 0
W: J. Cueto (6-5)    L: H. Ryu (7-3)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Stats | Depth Chart | FanGraphs Win Probability

The Good

Joey Votto‘s two run double in the third broke the series fever for the Reds and got them a lead–finally–that they would not relinquish. That hit jumped the Reds’ Win Expectancy to 77.5% in the third inning. When Brandon Phillips singled Votto home moments later, it jumped to 85%. Coming off a subpar outing, Johnny Cueto was magnificent once more (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K). Jay Bruce slipped the surly bonds of earth in the 6th, going 2-4 for the night. Jonathan Broxton continued his mastery of the game of Baseball, getting the Reds out of a HUGE jam in the 7th with a timely double play ball, then coming back out to take care of the 8th inning. Brandon Phillips went 2-3 with a walk, for a productive night in the 4 hole.

The Bad

“Bad” takes a holiday.

The Ugly

Scott Van Slyke’s forest of a face and his last AB against Aroldis Chapman, who struck him out looking to end the game. Van Slyke was halfway back to the dugout before Brayan Pena‘s mitt made a sound.

Not so random thoughts …

I have to say, when Price called for Broxton, I was screaming for Mr. 106. This was the high leverage moment of the game, with the bases loaded and one out. You need strikeouts there. I would have rather seen Chapman make sure the Dodgers got nothing there and let Brox protect a 4 run lead. As it was, Broxton got a sweet double play. As the ball got to Cozart, it looked momentarily like it had handcuffed him, but he smoothly shoveled it to Phillips, who did the rest, tripping the light fantastic in mid air.

Jay Bruce’s tack-on home run was nice to see. How many times this year has the offense gotten 2 or 3 runs, then gone comatose?

12 strikeouts in only 6 innings and NO walks. Johnny Baseball is something else. He even picked off Gordon.

Bryan Price: “It shows up here every day. The guys take great pride in their defense.”

On the offense: “And there’s history here. We have a real good understanding that we have players here that have accomplished things in this game at a very high level. And even though we’re off to a slow first 60 plus games of the season, I still believe that we can be a dynamic offensive club, only because we don’t have a ton of rookies in our lineup–Billy’s a young player–but for the most part we’re running guys out there with experience that have credibility at this level of play. And we have to have trust and faith that they’ll come around and start to do the things that we need to do to win more games. And I think we saw some of that tonight and hopefully it’s a precursor to good things moving forward.”

The Daily Billy: Hamilton walked, stole his 24th base and singled, driving in Zack Cozart.

Tonight’s Raising Arizona Quote of the Game:  Hi, I want me some offense!

 

28 thoughts on “Game 64: Cueto, Set and Match

  1. No benefit of replay, but the double-play turned by Cozart and Phillips looked tough on both ends. Cozart had to charge the ball to get the DP so he had to play a short hop. BP had to hang in there against a runner and make a strong throw. Impressive play in a tough situation.

  2. I loved Price’s bullpen moves. Bringing in Broxton with the bases loaded and one out in the 7th, rather than “saving him for the 8th inning”, was the kind of move I want to see. He also was ready to go to Chapman in the 8th if Figgins got on, as Broxton was at 30 pitches and Puig was coming up.

    And in this game I had no problem with his using Chapman in the 9th with a 5-0 lead. Usually I wouldn’t like it but in this case he was the most rested guy in the bullpen, and he’d already warmed up anyway. Plus the Dodgers were tiring out the whole bullpen (and me) with their two strike foul balls.

    • The Dodgers certainly gave the Reds a primer about how to hang tough and run up the pitch count on an overpowering pitcher. Fortunately, the Reds pen in the person Broxton mainly was up to the task of continuing to hold the line plus the offense added those 2 additional runs.

      • I can’t remember hitters battle the way the Dodgers did tonight – all those two strike foul balls on good pitches – and end up with 0 runs on 5 hits. That was an impressive shutout by the Reds.

        The line on Ondrusek and Parra is not good but they didn’t pitch badly. Ondrusek struck out Puig on 3 pitches and then AGon and Van Slyke were fouling off good 3-2 pitches. The tv crew even thought AGon’s double was off a good pitch.
        And Ethier got a lucky bloop hit off Parra.

        • In a 5 hit shutout with only 2 walks allowed, the Reds pitchers threw 177 pitches.

  3. This was a big one to get tonight; and, it would be nice to win Thursday as they head out to face the Brewers and Pirates. It is basically put up or shut up time. Hopefully they will put up a W tomorrow and at least 4 of 6 next week.

  4. Its now or never time for the Reds. Greinke tomorrow will be tough, but the Reds have no one to blame but themselves. We need to reel off 5 or 6 wins in a row. Cueto needs to be extended ASAP.

  5. It was probably the best “Reds 2014″ game you could see. This is what the management wants out of the players, and it was we expect out of them. Not saying they should go out and lay down every game. But I expect 4, or 5 runs, with opponents scoring less than two.

    Keep this team together, and these nights will be constant. I just thing the injuries are not 100 % over with. I don’t see this team going crazy till all star break.

  6. They certainly played about as a close to perfect game as you could. The 5 runs was drawn up like a pre-season blueprint. The big bats came up big. The little bats contributed and didn’t have to win the game on their own. The defense was stellar. The big arms in he bullpen secured the late innings. The little arms were shaky, but that’s why the big arms have big arms. Cueto was a master.

    If Votto/Bruce/BP continue to produce like last night like they are supposed to, then we can remain in this thing.

    Don’t let this be a 1 game outlier.

  7. The Astros/Reds/DBacks/Phillies all won last night. Was there some kind of lunar event going on?

  8. Richards pic at the end of this post made me wonder if MLB will do anything to prevent players from using google glass during games. Imagine an app that would stream real time data to a batter as to what the pitcher is throwing and also the ability of a pitcher to see the hot and cold zones of a batter.

  9. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Bruce turn on a pitch with the confidence and conviction like he did on his home run swing last night. Let’s hope it’s the start of something good.

    The Reds better start kicking things into high gear. Looking at the Brewers stats for offense and pitching, there’s not a lot there where you shake your head in disbelief. They do everything just a little above average. If I see a potential weakness, it’s that every one of their starting pitchers don’t strike out a lot of guys.

  10. Today’s line-up. Sunday special:

    Schu – lf
    Todd – 3b
    MVP – 1b
    BP- 2b
    JBruce – rf
    Mes – c
    Bernadino – cf
    ZC – ss
    Simon -p

    If we have a real close game, BHam is available as a pinch-runner.

    Go Reds!

    • I wouldn’t call that a “Sunday Special” lineup just because our leadoff hitter has a day off. All the other regulars are playing. There is no regular left fielder. Hopefully the offense can somehow survive without that .252/.290 at the top.

  11. I was looking ahead to the second half schedule for the NL Central teams, and wow. I don’t think there will be any ifs, ands, or buts about it, the NL Central will be won and/or lost in September. Reds and Brewers play mostly NLC teams throughout September. The Pirates have a nightmare of a schedule from mid-August on. The Cards are a bit different as they have the easiest schedule of the bunch during that stretch. The Cards must have someone sitting on the board of directors of the baseball gods. In the NLC, the fat lady might not sing until the final day of the season.

  12. 1) Only one regular player had no hits and no walks last night. No prizes for guessing who, but a prize to whoever can explain why he was still playing defense in the 9th.

    2) I get the idea of bullpen roles, sort of. But why can’t a guy’s role be “face tough hitters in a tough situation in the 7th or 8th as needed”? With 2-3-4 due up for the Dodgers in the 7th, why not bring in Broxton at the start of the inning? Then, if he does his job you can have Ondrusek/Parra face a weaker part of the order, with Chapman behind them if things get tight. I don’t understand sending Ondrusek out to face 2-3-4 just because it’s the 7th instead of the 8th.

    3) Great win. Go Reds!

    • Who are you talking about? Ludwick? Because Heisey went in for him during a double switch in the 7th….

    • It seems to me, the answer to your (maybe rhetorical) question is: there is no muscle stat for that. Invent a simple stat that rewards pitchers for dealing with high-leverage situations – something they can brag about and bring with them into their salary arbitration hearings. Then managers will put their best pitchers in situations to get that stat.

      • I’m not sure why the 8th inning hold stat is more valuable than the 7th inning hold stat.

        My mistake on Ludwick being in defensively in the 9th, based on a faulty box score. But his offensive performance was, well, offensive.

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