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Game Thread: Astros at Reds — 2007.05.07

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Roy Oswalt is coming back to town tonight:

No pitcher in baseball has been as dominant against an opponent as Houston right-hander Roy Oswalt has been against Cincinnati.
Oswalt, who makes his second start this season against the Reds on Monday night at Great American Ball Park, is 18-1 lifetime against them.

Oswalt began his career by going 15-0 against the Reds, the most victories without a loss for any pitcher against a single opponent.

On Wednesday, Oswalt allowed just one earned run on four hits in eight innings in Houston’s 3-1 victory over Cincinnati at Minute Maid Park.

Right-hander Kyle Lohse will oppose Oswalt for the second time this week. Lohse is 1-3 with a 4.05 ERA in four career appearances versus the Astros.

Is anyone else frightened?

I feel sorry for Lohse, who is pitching well, but now has to go up against Oswalt again. Talk about bad luck.

Discuss the game here. Despite our 1-4 record against the Astronomicals this season, I’m optimistic about this series. The Astros aren’t a good team. The Reds should have a fighting chance.

82 thoughts on “Game Thread: Astros at Reds — 2007.05.07

  1. True. I looked at 2003 first, since it was his best year. I was going to post his career splits, but it was a colossal mess, layout-wise.

    Two nice ABs from Hamilton and Dunn, though Oswalt won both encounters.

  2. Those pitches to Dunn were sick.

    Oswalt looks like he’s from the 1940s – he should be wearing a fedora to and from the ballpark….which he reaches via streetcar.

  3. While I’m handing out the praise: Chris Welsh is having his best year as an analyst. Chris has always been very prepared, but I think the different broadcast partners have spurred him to be more assertive.

  4. That was pitch #100 for Lohse, with two out in the seventh. Despite the groove he’s in, get ready for the bullpen.

  5. The MLB gameday has pitchcount data at the bottom of the in-progress boxscore. Gameday is so handy…I haven’t seen any of the extra data that it has room for, though (pitch speed, pitch type, etc.), since I guess the Reds haven’t played in a park equipped with the necessary sensors and all that yet.

  6. Thanks, I don’t use it when I am watching a game, but I have never seen speeds either.

  7. Dear lord – I hate when LOOGY’s issue a walk to the only batter they’re asked to face.

  8. Lohse could have walked Berkman. Heck, the mayor (not Casey) could have walked him.

  9. Java Man can’t get the job done.

    Yet another bullpen meltdown.

    How long until Krivsky deals starters for middle relief? See ya, Edwin!

  10. That’s it for me tonight. I hope desperately that the Reds come back, but I just can’t watch it anymore. I’m turning the television off.

    It’s the same f’in story every single night, and I can’t deal with it any more.

  11. One of these days the bullpen won’t turn a game into a complete catastrophe. It has to happen at some point, right? Right? 😥

    It’s a crying shame that Lohse is on the hook for the loss tonight, after completely lucking out in the fourth inning.

  12. Coffey didn’t look confident when he came on and he looked positively shaken after that dinger.

  13. Did I say that Gonzalez had 7 homers earlier? NOW he has seven homers. And with no outs here in the 9th still, he drives in the walkin’ Dunn to make it just a one-run deficit. Come on guys…

  14. 5-4 final. I’m going to turn the game off after seven innings tomorrow, I don’t care what the score is. The eighth inning is too painful.

  15. This team is absolutly crushing my hopes. Please do something with the bullpen. Bring up guys from AA, AAA, hell I’m willing to take a chance on a guy in A ball right now. He can’t do any worse than this nightmare. It’s heartwrenching to lose like this nearly everynight.

  16. At this rate Salmon will never see a pressure situation, he can’t be kept for mopup forever. Bring in the heat!

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