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.

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

    3-0 Astros after 3 batters.

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

  3. 4-0 after 4 batters. Ow again.

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

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

  8. 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. On cue – Phillips homer, 4-2 HOU.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  21. Of course, Ellison reaches base. Excellent!

  22. Damn straight. Leadoff walk for the confidence builder.

  23. 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.

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

  25. Was that Hopper who just hit one out?

    Out of the infield, I mean.

  26. Keppinger at the plate with two outs. Game on the line.

  27. And he grounds into a loss….

    The season is grinding to a close.

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

  29. Wow, Buck Coats is not how I pictured him.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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2007 Reds, Game Thread, Reds - General