Game Thread: Reds at Brewers — 2007.09.14 Chad Dotson 09/14/2007 56 Reds and Brewers. Tom Shearn and Ben Sheets. Good guys versus the bad guys. Root for the Reds and discuss it here. Share this:TweetPrint 56 Responses DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Nice start. The Reds sure do like getting early leads for Tom Shearn. Also, running all over Estrada & Sheets. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Another homer for Adam Dunn. It’s 4-0 already, and there’s only one away in the first. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Just one more for Dunn and he’ll be at 40. 4-0 Reds so far. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 That was a good pitch. I don’t know how he pulled it over the wall. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Can Tom Shearn hold this lead? Jimmy James 09/14/2007 A single (almost double) for Votto! This kid keeps hitting. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Can’t stop Joey Votto. Kid’s a hittin’ machine. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 And Votto steals second! DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 I’m like your echo tonight, JJ. 🙂 Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Shearn has to love batting in the first inning. Matt Stiers 09/14/2007 Good to see votto’s approach at the plate. Very professional, have to be excited about a kid who takes what Ben Sheets gives him and rocks it. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 A good indicator of some players’ intangibles – or at least, general baseball aptitude, or instincts – is minor-league stolen bases by a player who’s not known for speed. Votto had 23 SB last year and 17 this year. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Hanigan is hitting 1.000 and gets intentionally walked in his second plate appearance. Feelin’ good. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 You are a fine echo, DA. 🙂 And those SB numbers are very surprising. I hadn’t known that. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Yeah, you gotta love getting intentionally walked in your second big league plate appearance. Randy 09/14/2007 Shearn gets two quick outs with that slop he tosses up there. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 And a third lonnnnnng out. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Hopper doesn’t waste any time, that’s for sure. Estrada must have the worst reputation since the glory days of Piazza. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 These guys are beating Sheets like a rented mule. Awesome. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 I read that quickly, and I wasn’t surprised to see Estrada and pizza in the same sentence. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 I love those Brewer retro uniforms. I gotta get one of those caps. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Good thing catchers don’t need to move much most of the time. 😛 DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Oh, it’s retro uniforms tonight? Is it the ’80’s logo with the “m” and “b” forming a glove? I think they had a retro day once where they wore Pilots uniforms. Now that was awesome. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Yeah, I’d like to see those PIlot unis. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 And yes, DA, that’s the logo, with the M and the B. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 After reading about Daedalus’ quest to sponsor a player of note at Baseball-Reference, I just discovered that Jay Bruce’s page on The Baseball Cube has a sponsor of note. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Shearn throwing the kitchen sink up there and the Brewers keep grounding out to second. Faced the minimum through 3 – see how he does the second time through the order. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Chris Capuano in for long relief again. Never imagined at the beginning of the season he’d end up in this role. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Wow. Not only does Capuano have a 5-12 w-l record, but he started the season 5-0. I’d call that a prolonged slump. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Shearn just threw a 68mph curve with an 18″ break, according to the gameday. Of course, then Weeks doubled to deep center on the next pitch. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 I’d say. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 That IS a sponsor of note!!! DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 EncarnacÃƒÂon with the leaping grab at the hot corner. Hotcha. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Fielder’s got power. 5-2. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Prince Fielder can MASH. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Hmmmm. Phillips not exactly denying his showboat reputation, and this time it costs him when the ball stayed in the park. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Here is a page that is available to sponsor. This one is taken, though. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 I’m sure Daedalus will snap that particular available sponsorship right up. 🙄 Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Shearn’s hanging in there. Fifth inning, and still just the one bad pitch to Fielder on the scoreboard. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 I bet Narron’s mom wouldn’t spend twenty bucks to sponsor that page. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Six innings, two hits, 78 pitches. Tom Shearn is making a believer out of me. He didn’t pitch this well in AAA. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 I’m still seeing a good deal of good fortune in Shearns’ numbers. He’s going to have a ‘market correction’ at some point soon, I fear. DevilsAdvocate 09/14/2007 Which, of course, shouldn’t take anything away from the way Shearn is pitching right now. Just to clarify. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 No questions he’ll return to expected form, probably sooner rather than later. But I’ll just enjoy his current hot streak, before he falls off a cliff. Seems like a good guy, too, and it’s a good story for him to tell his grandkids someday. About the month he was an effective major league pitcher. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Java Man is on. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Double for Dunn. He’s en fuego. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 And he scores on a sac fly by EE. More clutch play by Encarnacion. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 And Votto doubles! My goodness, this kid can hit. Jimmy James 09/14/2007 Buck Coats sounds like the name of a 70s porn star. abner 09/14/2007 JJ. Was that a “My Goodness”? Someone’s been listening to the Cowboy on radio. MeanLittleBallsOfHate 09/14/2007 Guardado Ks the side in the 8th? What is this, Bizarro World? CeeKeR 09/14/2007 Whoa, Everyday Eddie is back – 3 K’s in a row, including Hall looking. CeeKeR 09/14/2007 Cards still battling the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth. Two homeruns, and now runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs. (Cards down by 2) CeeKeR 09/14/2007 Cards comeback shut down after loading the bases. Cubs win. CeeKeR 09/14/2007 Bray pulls a “Weathers” – or what we used to call a “Graves”… 3 run lead, Bray gives up 2 before nailing it down… Reds now 2 back behind the Cards… Y-City Jim 09/14/2007 I just got home from the football game. The most shocking stat in the box score had to be Guardado’s 3 K in an inning of work!