Reds and Brewers. Tom Shearn and Ben Sheets. Good guys versus the bad guys.

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56 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    Nice start. The Reds sure do like getting early leads for Tom Shearn.

    Also, running all over Estrada & Sheets.

  2. Jimmy James

    Another homer for Adam Dunn. It’s 4-0 already, and there’s only one away in the first.

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    Just one more for Dunn and he’ll be at 40.

    4-0 Reds so far.

  4. Jimmy James

    That was a good pitch. I don’t know how he pulled it over the wall.

  5. Jimmy James

    Can Tom Shearn hold this lead?

  6. Jimmy James

    A single (almost double) for Votto! This kid keeps hitting.

  7. DevilsAdvocate

    Can’t stop Joey Votto. Kid’s a hittin’ machine.

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    I’m like your echo tonight, JJ. 🙂

  9. Jimmy James

    Shearn has to love batting in the first inning.

  10. Matt Stiers

    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.

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  12. DevilsAdvocate

    Hanigan is hitting 1.000 and gets intentionally walked in his second plate appearance. Feelin’ good.

  13. Jimmy James

    You are a fine echo, DA. 🙂

    And those SB numbers are very surprising. I hadn’t known that.

  14. Jimmy James

    Yeah, you gotta love getting intentionally walked in your second big league plate appearance.

  15. Randy

    Shearn gets two quick outs with that slop he tosses up there.

  16. DevilsAdvocate

    Hopper doesn’t waste any time, that’s for sure. Estrada must have the worst reputation since the glory days of Piazza.

  17. DevilsAdvocate

    These guys are beating Sheets like a rented mule. Awesome.

  18. Jimmy James

    I read that quickly, and I wasn’t surprised to see Estrada and pizza in the same sentence.

  19. Jimmy James

    I love those Brewer retro uniforms. I gotta get one of those caps.

  20. DevilsAdvocate

    Good thing catchers don’t need to move much most of the time. 😛

  21. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  22. Jimmy James

    Yeah, I’d like to see those PIlot unis.

  23. Jimmy James

    And yes, DA, that’s the logo, with the M and the B.

  24. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  25. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  26. DevilsAdvocate

    Chris Capuano in for long relief again. Never imagined at the beginning of the season he’d end up in this role.

  27. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  28. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  29. DevilsAdvocate

    Encarnacíon with the leaping grab at the hot corner. Hotcha.

  30. DevilsAdvocate

    Fielder’s got power. 5-2.

  31. DevilsAdvocate

    Hmmmm. Phillips not exactly denying his showboat reputation, and this time it costs him when the ball stayed in the park.

  32. DevilsAdvocate

    I’m sure Daedalus will snap that particular available sponsorship right up. 🙄

  33. Jimmy James

    Shearn’s hanging in there. Fifth inning, and still just the one bad pitch to Fielder on the scoreboard.

  34. Jimmy James

    I bet Narron’s mom wouldn’t spend twenty bucks to sponsor that page.

  35. Jimmy James

    Six innings, two hits, 78 pitches. Tom Shearn is making a believer out of me.

    He didn’t pitch this well in AAA.

  36. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  37. DevilsAdvocate

    Which, of course, shouldn’t take anything away from the way Shearn is pitching right now. Just to clarify.

  38. Jimmy James

    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.

  39. Jimmy James

    Double for Dunn. He’s en fuego.

  40. Jimmy James

    And he scores on a sac fly by EE. More clutch play by Encarnacion.

  41. Jimmy James

    And Votto doubles! My goodness, this kid can hit.

  42. Jimmy James

    Buck Coats sounds like the name of a 70s porn star.

  43. abner

    JJ. Was that a “My Goodness”? Someone’s been listening to the Cowboy on radio.

  44. MeanLittleBallsOfHate

    Guardado Ks the side in the 8th? What is this, Bizarro World?

  45. CeeKeR

    Whoa, Everyday Eddie is back – 3 K’s in a row, including Hall looking.

  46. CeeKeR

    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)

  47. CeeKeR

    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…

  48. Y-City Jim

    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!