Here’s your game thread.

As Bill told you, Gary Majewski is back, just in time for me to go see the team in person. Wonderful. The Java Man — Todd Coffey — was sent to Louisville; he had a bad night last night, but Marty spent part of an inning talking about how good Coffey had been in his last 15 appearances or so. I can’t really argue with the demotion, though others were much more deserving (Mr. Stanton, I’m looking at you)…but I absolutely dread seeing Majewski again.

This team is just lousy. I’ll probably watch the game tonight, but I’m not excited about it. These guys have just drained my enthusiasm. They play like a little league team much of the time, and they’ve been embarrassed this week by the team that had the worst record in the big leagues (the Reds are tied for that distinction now, by the way).

Maybe Matt Belisle can get the team back on track. Let’s hope.

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  1. Chris

    The Padres are looking to trade for a “productive hitter,” although I’m not sure who they’d be inclined to bench. They like Jr. Cruz in LF, and Kouzmanoff is really stinging the ball, finally (more on that below).

    The article is funny – Kevin Towers has about 14 quality pitchers, but says he’s not willing to part with anyone on the big league roster. Article mentions
    Andrew Brown at AAA (95-mph fastball, 1.99 ERA, 28 K in 22.2 IP).

    Conine might be a nice fit for them. They’re totally lacking any RH power off the bench, and Conine’s style (HR power down the LF line; gap power elsewhere) seems like a great fit for Petco.

  2. Chris

    The same note talks about developing a young third basemen (presented without commentary):

    Kevin Kouzmanoff started his Padres career goingn
    .121 .178 .209 387 in his first 101 PAs. In his last 8 games (starting when the Reds came to town), he’s .522 .586 .957 1,543 (and has won at least 3 games for them).

    Kouzmanoff is appreciative. “Obviously, they had a lot of patience,” he said.

    Said Towers: “We always tried to keep a long-term outlook because we really thought the guy was our third baseman of the future.”

    During the final homestand in April, the club, in fact, discussed demoting Kouzmanoff. But Russell Branyan, the team’s other third baseman, was on the bereavement list, and Kouzmanoff began to show modest improvement before going on a tear this month that includes a towering two-run homer in the seventh inning last night.

    Towers said Kouzmanoff’s stellar results in the minors led the Padres to believe that he would improve. Further, “there weren’t a lot of viable options” at third, Towers said, adding: “He never let his offensive woes affect his defense. And to me, he never looked beaten, even though he was struggling at the plate.”

    Padres pitchers also played a role. Their excellence offset the lack of productivity from hitters such as Kouzmanoff.

    Speaking generally, shortstop Khalil Greene said a youngster’s development can hinge on several variables.

    “The one thing you want to do as a young player, more than anything, is feel like you belong here and fit in,” Greene said. “That’s more difficult if you’re looking over your shoulder and feel like if you don’t have a good game, you’re gone.”

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    We appreciate the subtlety, Chris. 😉

  4. DevilsAdvocate

    Washington Nationals

    Lopez, 2b
    Guzman, SS
    Zimmerman, 3b
    Church, LF
    Kearns, RF
    Young, 1b
    Schneider, C
    Logan, CF
    Bacsik, P

    I’m impressed by the consistency in the Nationals lineup.

  5. DevilsAdvocate

    Cincinnati Reds

    Freel, CF
    Gonzalez, SS
    Griffey, RF
    Phillips, 2b
    Conine, 1b
    Dunn, LF
    Encarnación, 3b
    Ross, C
    Belisle, P

  6. DevilsAdvocate

    At this juncture DC is up 1-0 on a 1st inning solo shot by Cristian Guzman.

  7. Jimmy James

    Email that to Wayne Krivsky, Chris.

  8. Jimmy James

    We’re losing to the Nationals again? Why am I not surprised.

    Rock bottom, people. Rock bottom.

  9. DevilsAdvocate

    Of the 30 batters Bacsik has faced this year to this point, he has struck out just one.

    He’s also allowed just 5 hits and no runs in a total of 8 innings at this particular moment in time. I think those stellar stats are about to take a big hit.

  10. Ben

    I’d like to see our young 3B do something here.


  11. Jimmy James

    He’s only struck out one? This must be the first time he’s faced the Reds, then, because everyone strikes out the Reds.

  12. Chad

    Just got here…I expected that I’d have to watch the game tonight.

    I’ve been playing outside with the kids and watching the end of UVa’s game against Georgia Tech in the ACC tournament. It’s fun watching Virginia; they’re actually good.

    Oh well, back to the Reds….

  13. DevilsAdvocate

    You’ve gotta be kidding me. Bacsik’s fastball is 85-86 mph according to Brantley.

  14. DevilsAdvocate

    Belisle becomes the first baserunner, on a walk. Nice.

  15. DevilsAdvocate

    Remember when Browning used to occasionally catch everyone by surprise and steal a base? Good times, good times . . .

  16. Jimmy James

    At least Browning was entertaining. Outside of Dunn, Hamilton, and Junior, this team is boring.

    Well, maybe Freel and Arroyo are entertaining, too.

  17. Chad

    3-0 Nats.

    Does anyone realize that, had the Nationals not collapsed and blown a 6-0 lead on Monday, we could be staring down the barrel of a sweep at the hands of the team that had the worst record in the league.

    I think Jimmy James is right: we’ve hit rock bottom.

  18. DevilsAdvocate

    3-0 DC now in the middle of the fourth.

  19. DevilsAdvocate

    Oh, I’m sorry — was I snoring?

    Reds have their first hit, thanks to Gonzalez.

  20. DevilsAdvocate

    Now it’s a threat; two on, one out for Conine. He quickly dispatches of all hope with an easy 6-4-3 doubleplay.

  21. DevilsAdvocate

    86 pitches for Belisle through 5. Majewski’s going to get work right away.

  22. DevilsAdvocate

    Hey, Adam Dunn homers! That’ll get it started. 3-1.

  23. Chad

    Don’t wish Majewski on us tonight, DA.

  24. DevilsAdvocate

    Matt Belisle is the only hitter with patience. Before he came up the last 4 Reds batters had all hit the first pitch.

  25. Chris

    Dunn’s so selfish to homer w/ nobody on. He should’ve let EE bat out of order.

  26. DevilsAdvocate

    Aw, it’ll be good – Majewski’s gonna come in and shove it up everyone’s @$$. Including his former team.

  27. Jimmy James

    Yeah, I’m sick of Dunn being so selfish. He’s not a team player. He should be traded immediately for middle relief.

  28. Chad

    Oh, he knows who you are, Chris. He’s just waiting for the right moment….

  29. Jimmy James

    Dunn blew that play in LF so his buddy Kearns could score. What a pal!

    And Dmitri knocked in the run, as if you didn’t already know. Only former Reds are allowed to drive in runs in this series.

  30. Chad

    I don’t blame Krivsky for the fact that Dmitri is no longer a Red.

  31. DevilsAdvocate

    I wouldn’t mind that, Jimmy, if those ex-Reds weren’t so plentiful – and knocking in 6 runs every game.

  32. Randy

    4-1. We’re going to lose 3 out of 4 to the Nationals! At home!

  33. Chris

    Welsh said that Kearns knew Dunn wouldn’t catch that ball b/c “he lived with him for 4 years.”

    I know what he meant, and he’s right, but the picture in my mind is of Kearns sitting on the couch, throwing popups across the living room with a nerf ball, and Dunn repeatedly diving, and failing to catch them. Years later, Kearns is hauling ass around 2nd base, remember Dunn’s failures…

  34. Chad

    Sounds like the beginnings of a screenplay, Chris. A buddy comedy about two guys who were ripped apart, but come together ten years later to lead the Cubs to a world championship.

  35. Jimmy James

    Starring Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller. And Paul Giamatti as Wayne Krivsky.

    Ever seen Stiller’s ears? He would make a perfect Kearns.

  36. DevilsAdvocate

    The Dunn & Kearns talk brings back memories of a pair of ‘intercepted letters’ between the two back in 2005, shortly after the BFF were separated by Austin’s lack-of-physical-fitness demotion to Louisville. I remember laughing so hard I could barely breathe.

  37. DevilsAdvocate

    Hopper continues to have amazing success as a PH. Bunt single. Two on no out for Freel here in the eighth, still down 4-1 . . .

  38. Jimmy James

    A 4-5-1 double play. Don’t see that often.

  39. Jimmy James

    Gonzo with a homer. He’ll be hitting cleanup tomorrow.

  40. DevilsAdvocate

    Ugh. That’s just all I can say.

    Except “Free Fall” 😉 Gonzalez restores some semplance of hope with a homerun! 4-3.

  41. Jimmy James

    And here comes the Majewk Man!

  42. DevilsAdvocate

    Col. Angus is out.

    Christina Kahrl over at Baseball Prospectus gave him a fun nickname today: “The Tongue.”

    It’s Majewski!

  43. DevilsAdvocate

    Yeah! Show Batista who’s boss.

    Though, that sets up Felipe! for more heroics.

  44. Randy

    Majewski hits the first batter he faces.

    Welcome back to Cincinnati, you piece of trash. Go rent an apartment with Danny Graves and get out of my world.

    Sorry. I lost it there for a second.

  45. Jimmy James

    Majewski vs. Felipe. The Trade.

  46. DevilsAdvocate

    This is great. Majewski is throwing like he’s got an arm again.

  47. Jimmy James

    Majewski retires him. Clearly, Krivsky got the better of this trade.

  48. Kevin

    also, am I the only one of us who might enjoy seeing the red’s bullpen getting charged on the mound?

  49. Jimmy James

    Gary Majewski needs to be the closer.

  50. DevilsAdvocate

    Majewski in line for the win if the Reds can come up with some more last at-bat heroics.

  51. Jimmy James

    Phillips hacks at the first two pitches, then draws a walk. Don’t see that often.

  52. DevilsAdvocate

    Leadoff walk for Phillips. Sets it up for Conine, Dunn, and Encarnación.

  53. DevilsAdvocate

    Another (#&$%%$ bunt attempt. And it fails, but that’s beside the point.

  54. Chad

    Dunn with a chance to win it with one swing of the bat.

  55. Jimmy James

    He’s going to strike out. Don’t get excited.

  56. Jimmy James

    Dunn really looks like he’s much slimmer. More so than I have noticed before.

  57. Chad

    I wish he had struck out.

    Hope Marty is happy that he made contact, and hit into that double play.

    We just lost three of four to the Nationals. This team is a complete joke.

  58. Jimmy James

    Not to put too fine a point on it. But this team really does suck.

  59. Chris

    I was at the Padres game, but tell me if I’m reading this correctly:

    BP gets on w/ the tying run.
    Narron calls for a bunt from Conine.
    Despite the facts :that
    – Conine can’t bunt (7 sac bunts in his 6700+ ABs).
    – Dunn is up next.
    – Dunn is just as likely to score BP from Phillips from 1st as he is from 2nd (22 singles; 20 extra base hits).
    – They might just walk Dunn to get let Cordero face EE with the double-play in order.

  60. Chris

    I might re-think this whole “fire Narron” thing.

  61. Glenn

    Daughtery’s talking about “blowing up” this team and starting over with the prospects the Reds get in return. I don’t know that I’d go with a total blowup, but a controlled explosion here and there may be of value.

  62. Jared

    Ok, we’ve lost a million games.. But, somehow, the Brewers haven’t made any progress in the last couple weeks and we’re still only down 10.5. So any day now when the 30 game win streak starts, we’ll be, you know, only a few games behind.

  63. preach

    I know I’m joining this party late, but I just got my bile levels back to normal after viewing that….thing…they called a baseball game last night.

    Who in the world would ever, ever, ever ask Conine to bunt in the ninth in that situation? It was like he was trying to drag bunt it for a base hit, not even a decent sacrifice. If he was signaled to do that then whoever sent that sign needs to lose a finger so it can’t happen again. If Conine did it solo he needs to be treated like EE. With Dunn on deck. Pitiful. I would have rather seen a hit and run or straight steal in that situation. CONINE CAN’T BUNT!! That is not part of his ‘veteran presence’ resume’. And then I heard the announcers giving so much man love to him about ‘giving himself up for the team, blah, blah, blah’. He gave himself up for NOTHING. This is the type of playing you see by a team sponsored by some hardware store in Miamisburg, not major leaguers. Why do I keep watching? Lose 3 of four to the Nationals at home. Pitiful. But yet, I’ll probably watch this garbage again tonight. I should just copy and paste this post for tomorrow. Just do the game thread early, it’s all the same anyway.