Game Thread: Padres at Reds — 2007.08.10 Chad Dotson 08/10/2007 76 Reds and Pads in game one tonight at Great American Ballpark. Discuss it here. Share this:TweetPrint 76 Responses Chris 08/10/2007 Not sure Norris Hopper needs to be swinging at the first pitch. Not sure that helps. Chris 08/10/2007 I get the Reds in HDTV for a change. Reds vs. LHP, 2007: .242 .302 .395 697 OPS Chris 08/10/2007 Meaningless RBI for Adam Dunn. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 I’ve noticed that over the past few weeks Dunn has gotten a lot less gratuitous grief from the broadcasters. I wonder if Dunn’s comments about Marty ‘n’ Thom were taken to heart. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt when he comes through with a two-out, RBI, non-homerun hit. Chris 08/10/2007 Belile almost took that one in the nuts. Chris 08/10/2007 Bunty McGee! DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Norris Hopper can lay the bunt single down, no doubt. Chris 08/10/2007 Padres backup play-by-play man is right along with the rest of the gang, saying that BP is “right up there with Utley.” Dude’s an interesting player, but the bottom line (or close to it, anyway) is that he has a .320 OBP. That’s 9/12 NL 2bs. Utley’s at .414, and SLGs 120 points higher, too. He’s 4th in the entire league in OPS. The difference between Utley and BP is the same as the difference between BP and Dave Ross. Chris 08/10/2007 Griffey! Chris 08/10/2007 That’ll do it for Ledezma. Some dude named “Jack Castle” coming in. ChicagoRedsfan 08/10/2007 The Reds finally found a lefty that they could hit! DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Major league debut for this guy. Classic Castle maneuver. ChicagoRedsfan 08/10/2007 I was just looking at Hopper’s stats and was shocked to see that he only has 4 RBIs for the season! I realize he bats leadoff, but 4 RBIs in 180 ABs? WOW. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 It’s a barren bottom of the order that the Reds throw out there most nights. Hence, 4 RBI coming into tonight for Hopper. Still, Hopper has had 34 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. Just seven hits in those situations, and when you consider that he’s an infield-hit guy, that may help explain it. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 I notice Hopper’s Baseball Reference page listed no similar players. I guess he is in a league of his own. 😀 DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Josh Hamilton is having some more fun in AAA tonight. 2-3 with a run scored & 2 RBI, and a stolen base, so far. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 That was a real questionable call, which oddly enough went the Reds’ way. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Imagine if Bellisle could be consistent from pitch to pitch. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Ha – no one has ever been enamored enough with a Hopper-type player before, to give him a job in the majors. No offense Norris (ooooh, double meaning there). Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA listed Jason Tyner, Darrell Brown, Luis Ordaz, and Homer Bush as “comparables.” Not exactly a great list. Chris 08/10/2007 The fact that nearly 25% of Hopper’s hits are bunt singles = 4 RBI. Adrian Gonzalez can hit, by the way. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 For the second time, the defense comes up with an effort that allows Belisle a good chance to get out of the inning, and for the second time Belisle gives up a homerun to the very next batter. This time it costs them the lead. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 This is what would bite. To be listed as similar to Mendoza. When you were as weak of a hitter as Mendoza how would one know when your career is over. Plus he is vested in MLB retirement. Chris 08/10/2007 Steve Quis and Tony Gwynn are talking about how it would be impossible to hit one into the river. I can’t wait until someone tells them Dunn did it. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 When the power alley jets streams are flowing Norris Hopper might do it. 😀 Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 I should play that Indians-Reds instant lottery game. Free parking needs to be included in those prizes. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Survey time: If you could pick anyone to be a Reds announcer who would you pick? Chris 08/10/2007 I bet you Hopper couldn’t get it there if he got to throw the ball up in the air and hit it, three times. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 This Majewski moment So different and so new Was like any other Until I met you And then it happened It took me by surprise I knew that you felt it too I could see it by the look in your eyes DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Gary Majewski! Third time’s the charm. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Hmmmm. Not a good start for Gary. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Just like yesterday Then I’ll get on my knees and pray We don’t get fooled again Don’t get fooled again No, no! Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 At least his physical appearance is better. John 08/10/2007 Khalil Greene has a nice, shimmering mane. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Majewski makes a decent pitch! Wonders never cease. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 How long has it been since Majewski actually pitched an entire inning at the major league level? Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Ross on the verge of dropping below .200. Shawn 08/10/2007 Norris Hopper = Jason Tyner. I can see it. Marty and Thom have gone nuts about Hopper and Keppinger being “winning players.” Thom is going on about Hopper on TV tonight. Wonder how that fits with the 4 RBI? Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Let the Hopper man love flow!!! DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Hopper has increased his RBI total by 50% tonight. Marty saying the Reds should consider not sitting Hopper when Hamilton returns. Classic anecdotal judgements. Whatevs. Tie game! Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Marty should be in the Idiots Hall of Fame. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Burton relinquishes the lead, lets an inherited runner score. But Griffey walks to lead off the Reds’ 7th. Hatteberg will hit off a new lefty – has he had any at-bats against lefties this year? ChicagoRedsfan 08/10/2007 So if they don’t sit Hopper, who’s on the bench? Marty probably wants it to be Dunn. ChicagoRedsfan 08/10/2007 Hatteberg’s hitting .185 in 27 ABs against lefties… ChicagoRedsfan 08/10/2007 How much longer is the Gary Majewski saga going to last? It’s getting beyond ridiculous. He’s terrible. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Outside of the dinger, I thought this might be one of Majewski’s finest moments as a Red. Seriously. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Bizarro 8th inning? Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Place this clown back on waivers. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 After the leadoff walk by Ross, the two speedsters Ellison ‘n’ Hopper offered up a couple of terrible at-bats. On to the ninth. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Hamilton 2 – 4 with 2 RBI, SB Votto 0 – 4 Bruce 0 – 3 Bats win 4 – 2 on only 4 hits Shearn the winner, McBeth with a Hold, Stone with the Save. ChicagoRedsfan 08/10/2007 I have a feeling they’ll bring Stone back in September. Majewk Man could set him up. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Do the Reds even get a hit in the 9th? DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Brandon Phillips is as good as Utley, no doubt in my mind. 😀 Leadoff double in the 9th. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Great AB by Phillips Lousy AB by Griffey ChicagoRedsfan 08/10/2007 Majewski’s era went down over a full run tonight, from 15.88 to 14.85. Congrats, Gary! DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Hatteberg! That is quality. RBI double, 7-all. Very good. renbutler 08/10/2007 Why not let Valentin PH? renbutler 08/10/2007 Terrible two at-bats for EE and AG. Valentin has a great history in those situations. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Great hit by Hatteberg Crap AB’s by Encarnacion and Gonzalez DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 ValentÃƒÂn is on the bench because the Reds are operating with a short bench. He and Keppinger are the last ones left available. Maybe Livingston could come in handy tonight. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Two consecutive scoreless innings from Stanton is a lot to ask . . . careful. ChicagoRedsfan 08/10/2007 Who were the Reds protecting when they lost Trevor Hoffman in the expansion draft? Tim Pugh? Scott Ruskin? LOL DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 How about that. On the night where the Reds back themselves into a corner and need innings from Stanton, he shows up with super-effective stuff. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Sounded like it was a civil war in the Bowden front office when it happened. This will be a quick bottom of the 10th. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 26 walks in 42 innings for the new Padres pitcher Cameron, and he’s got an ERA below one? There’s a market correction in the offing for this guy. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Thank goodness for mlb gameday when Brantley is on the radio. Otherwise I’d have no idea what was going on. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 Interesting listening to Welch’s rationale on why maybe Minnesota gave up on Cameron. Monetary investment in high picks may create unintentional bias. Demonstrates why Oakland can look at players more objectively since they don’t invest major dollars in anyone. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 I’ll repeat the very first comment of the night from Chris: Not sure Norris Hopper needs to be swinging at the first pitch. Not sure that helps. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 More punishment for those of us who continue to watch. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Oh, Weathers. 3 straight walks, and the batters didn’t exactly have to fight for them either. Y-City Jim 08/10/2007 If it has been on the money Dunn nails him. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Yuck. Weathers way off tonight; he’s reverting back to the pitcher he always had been. DevilsAdvocate 08/10/2007 Gets worse: Santos comes in, first-pitch homerun by Kouzmanoff. 12-7 in the 11th. Abner 08/10/2007 two steps forward. One step back. At least they showed some fight these last two nights. If the bullpen gets shored up, I can’t not belive they’d compete within this division. Chris 08/11/2007 Is it curtains for Santos? GregD 08/11/2007 Santos? Nah. Pre-game roster moves will be to send down Bellhorn and Livingston back to AAA and call up Saarloos and Stone. On the positive side, Majewski came in to give up a homerun in 1 inning last night and actually LOWERED his ERA. RickM 08/11/2007 I had a change in plans today and I’m stuck with two tickets for today’s game (8/11). Right field foul line, 5 rows from the field. Anyone interested?