It’s Tom Shearn night at Great American Ballpark, and though Shearn has performed admirably over the last month, I can’t help but feel like this is Shearn’s last major league start.

Make it a good one, Tommy! Let’s discuss it here.

30 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    It would be extremely unfortunate if this is the note Tom Shearn exits on.

    3-0 Astros after 3 batters.

  2. DevilsAdvocate

    (Berkman’s homer was on a 3-0 pitch. Ow.)

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    4-0 after 4 batters. Ow again.

  4. DevilsAdvocate

    Well, the one thing Shearn’s got going for him is the fact that since he’s been up, the Reds offense has gone crazy with him in the game. He’ll need it today if he wants to keep his undefeated W-L record.

  5. Chad

    Ol’ Tommy Shearn just doesn’t have it tonight. But at least he just got an out!

  6. Chad

    I wish this season would just end. The thought of six months without the Reds isn’t comforting, but I just can’t take much more of this nonsense.

  7. Chad

    …and Shearn can’t even make it out of the first inning.

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    On the plus side, Shearn got two outs before exiting, which juuuuuust nudges his ERA into the 4.xx range. And the Houston pitcher looks like he’s none too difficult to figure out.

  9. DevilsAdvocate

    On cue – Phillips homer, 4-2 HOU.

  10. DevilsAdvocate

    Saarloos gets a groundball doubleplay – exactly what we expected of him all year – and now the Reds are knocking on the door again in the second. Shearn may get off the hook yet.

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    Saarloos doubles in the tying runs. Now that is awesome.

  12. DevilsAdvocate

    Another bunt hit for Hopper. He’s not good enough to start for this team next year (assuming everyone is back) but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s good enough to be a positive force if pressed into everyday duty. I know he doesn’t walk, I know he’s got no power, but he’s a slap-hitting bunt machine.

  13. DevilsAdvocate

    Oh cripes! That homer in the first put Phillips in the 30-30 club! So that’s finally out of the way.

  14. Chris

    That should just about do it for the Tom Shearn business.

  15. mike

    Eric Davis in 1987 37 HR/50 SB
    Barry Larkin in 1996 33 HR/36 SB

    are the only other members of the Reds 30/30 club

  16. DevilsAdvocate

    I remember thinking that Chris Sabo would probably get 30/30, but he never did. He got 25-25 in 1990, though.

  17. DevilsAdvocate

    Second ground-rule double of the night for Buck Coats, tie game again at 6-6.

  18. DevilsAdvocate

    Boy, that’s too bad. Valentín moved way too forward from the plate, which kept him out of the path of Carlos Lee, and it cost him.

    7-6 Astros in the 8th because of it. Quite a throw by Hopper though – on the money without a bounce.

  19. DevilsAdvocate

    This guy Sarfate might have the most vertical break (“upward”) on a fastball that I’ve seen this year. That is hopping.

  20. Chad

    Jason Ellison at the plate with the game on the line in the ninth inning. I’m brimming with confidence.

  21. DevilsAdvocate

    Damn straight. Leadoff walk for the confidence builder.

  22. Chad

    I stepped away from the computer earlier when I had this thought, but every time I see Buck Coats, I think he looks like he should have been playing in the 70s. Very thin.

  23. Randy

    Plus, “Buck Coats” sounds like an outstanding name for a 70s porn star.

  24. Chad

    Was that Hopper who just hit one out?

    Out of the infield, I mean.

  25. Chad

    And he grounds into a loss….

    The season is grinding to a close.

  26. DevilsAdvocate

    Though, Shearn ends the year undefeated. Good for him, thanks for the memories.

  27. Chris

    Wow, Buck Coats is not how I pictured him.