2010 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Houston 6
Cincinnati 15
WP: LeCure (1-0)
LP: Rodriguez (2-7)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Let’s hear it for Redleg Nation favorite Jonny Gomes! Gomes went 4-4 at the plate, with a triple, a homer, a walk, and four RBI. That’s five times on base, and only a double short of the cycle. On the year, Gomes is hitting .316/.364/.559 with 7 homers. Yes, that’ll do.

–Not a bad major league debut for Sam LeCure. The rookie went 6 innings, giving up two runs on six hits, striking out five while walking four. LeCure wasn’t particularly sharp, but he battled and worked his way out of trouble all night and really earned that first major league victory.

–Miguel Cairo (double) and Brandon Phillips (homer) each had three hits, and Ryan Hanigan and Scott Rolen (double) each had two. Hanigan also walked twice; his OBP is now .468. Unreal.

–Drew Sutton entered the game as a pinch-hitter and delivered two hits in two times at the plate, including a grand slam in that pinch-hit plate appearance.

–Micah Owings continues to be pretty good.

NEGATIVES
–Has anyone noticed that Mike Lincoln stinks? He gave up four runs on five hits in just an inning and two-thirds. Lincoln’s ERA is now 7.50. That two-year contract the Reds gave him before last season has been one of the worst signings imaginable. Not quite Eric Milton-esque, but pretty bad nonetheless.

–Joey Votto missed his third straight game with a sore neck. Cairo is doing his best Votto impression, though.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Well, that was fun. It was also fun for a nice crowd of more than 30,000. Good work, Reds fans.

–The Reds are nine games over .500 for the first time since 2006. That’s 22 wins in 31 games. In addition, they’ve homered in 17 straight games, which is the third-longest streak in franchise history.

–I couldn’t be happier for Sam LeCure.

–Wow, the Astros are bad.

–The last time the Reds had a pinch-hit grand slam? Sept. 4, 2005 at Atlanta, by our old friend Jason LaRue.

Johnny Gomes

35 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap

  1. Enough worrying about whether Joey Votto will make the All Star team, he needs to worry about keeping his job.

    Free Miguel Cairo!!!

    • Enough worrying about whether Joey Votto will make the All Star team,he needs to worry about keeping his job.Free Miguel Cairo!!!

      If Dusty starts talking about Wally Pipp, I’m going to get nervous.🙄

  2. The Astros really are bad…and the worst part (for them) is that they are going to have to get worse to get better. They need to move Oswalt…and if you move Oswalt, you may as well move Berkmann. Theier minor league system is thin as well…I think they have traded places with the Pirates as the doormats of the Central Division.

    Thankfully, a few years ago, the Reds started to rebuild through the draft and it is finally paying off. I believe – and I am being as objective as I can be — they will be the class of the division in 2-3 years. Think about a staff of Cueto/Volquez/Chapman/Leake/Wood, etc. Votto, Bruce, Stubbs will be in the prime of their career. Have to think some combo of Frazier, Francisco, Alonso, Valaika plus some of the current lower level guys will be contributing. Mesoraco is showing signs of getting it together.

    The present is looking better, but the future does look bright for the Reds.

  3. Moehler and Paulino start the next 2 games for the ‘Stros. What an opportunity.

  4. @Greenie55: The Astros brought this on themselves, being buyers every July regardless of where they were in the standings. A couple of times, it worked out, but then it just became foolish.

    • So who’s worse the Pirates or Stros?I’m sticking with the Pirates.

      Astros. I picked the Pirates to finish 5th and the Astros to finish 6th before the season started. The Pirates have some good, young talent that will play for for stretches of time. The Astros really lack talent or depth.

  5. How bout some Ryan Hanigan kudos?! Not a huge night, but still 2-3 and stil batting .351 this late in the season!! The kids going to be a star.

  6. A lot of fun hilites to watch tonite. On Gomes’ 4th hit, he runs out of the box and rounds first like he’s hell-bent on getting that double. Then he sees the runner ahead of him, and slams on the breaks, goes back to first, and laughs.

    Funny stuff.

  7. @Kevin: Hanigan will never be a star because while he’s on the Reds and Dusty is around he’ll never be a starter and while he’s in Cincinnati nobody will notice. Note: Hanigan has the second highest OBP as a Reds catcher with at least 450 PA in his career. Ahead of Bench, Lombardi, Bailey, Burgess, Taubensee and Hargrave. Some guy I’m not familiar with, Gilly Campbell is the only Red ahead of him. Note 2: Only 4 times in Reds history has a catcher had an OBP over .400 with at least 80 PA. Hargrave twice, Bob Wood in 1899 and Tommy Clark in 1912.

  8. @mike: I was wondering about that. After Gomes had his shot at the cycle, why not take him out and put in Heisey ? Or give Bruce or Stubbs a rest.

  9. LeCure looks like he has some pretty good stuff. In the 6th inning, when he struck out the side, he had both righties and lefties chasing.

  10. Sutton has to feel very good about that GS against his old team. I feel a lot better about our bench with the additions of him and Heisey.

  11. Gomes is a beast right now, and for the past month. Be intersting to see how long he can keep it up.:D

    LeCure did a fine job. Not over powering, but he knows how to pitch. Kept his cool and got out of a couple of jams.:-)

    Bruce is batting .235 over the past 10 games (8 for 34) through out the 4 for 4 against Cleveland on the 22nd and he’s hitting .133 (4 for 30)…I’d call that a slump.:|

    Lincoln is bad…real bad.😐

    Someone needs to confront that guy who looks like Cairo and find out who he is and what he has done to the real Cairo.😉 Must give credit when credit is due – Cairo has done an Excellent job filling in for Votto the past 3 days.

    • Someone needs to confront that guy who looks like Cairo and find out who he is and what he has done to the real Cairo.

      Yeh, maybe one of those pod people has taken over Miguel’s body. But maybe we should leave it alone – those pod people can really play ball.

  12. @mike: I’d say the Astros are worse than the Pirates. The Pirates do have some good young players…the Astros don’t impress at all, and I understand their farm system is really depleted.

  13. Wait….didn’t we play the Astronomicals? The score shows the Pirates. :)

  14. Who’s up for a little whodathunk?

    The Reds are now first in the NL in:
    Wins
    AVG
    OBP
    SLG
    OPS
    Runs
    Hits
    Homeruns
    Total bases
    RBI

    • Who’s up for a little whodathunk?The Reds are now first in the NL in:WinsAVGOBPSLGOPSRunsHitsHomerunsTotal basesRBI

      I never would have. Simply unbelievable!

    • Who’s up for a little whodathunk?The Reds are now first in the NL in:
      Wins
      AVG
      OBP
      SLG
      OPS
      Runs
      Hits
      Homeruns
      Total bases
      RBI

      I’m waiting for the first media reference to “Big Red Machine.”

      People aren’t really hitting over their heads, this is a good lineup. I guess there are two X factors. Gomes can’t keep producing at his recent rate, but can he even stay close ? He has the swing, I don’t see why not.

      The bigger X factor is Scott Rolen. Can he stay healthy ? He makes a huge difference for this lineup. I don’t expect his power surge to last all season, but that’s OK.

  15. @mike: Don’t you think the balance that Dusty has struck between Hanigan and Hernandez is a good one though? As of last week, Hanigan had started to earn a small majority of the playing time (I haven’t been paying close attention over the past week as to who has started).

    Hernandez’ value on this team is undeniable – he is kind of the leader (along with Coco) of our Latino arms, and he works well with them. Not to mention he’s putting together a decent season at the plate.

    My point is that Hanigan is slowly taking the reins, but a 60/40 split is probably good for this combo. It keeps both guys fresh, and let’s hernandez serve his purpose.

    • @mike: Don’t you think the balance that Dusty has struck between Hanigan and Hernandez is a good one though?
      My point is that Hanigan is slowly taking the reins, but a 60/40 split is probably good for this combo.It keeps both guys fresh, and let’s hernandez serve his purpose.

      I agree. Dusty talks about keeping Hanigan fresh, and he’s right on this one. Hanigan slumped badly the 2nd half of last year. Hernandez seems revitalized and does bring something to the table. I’m surprised at some of the good baserunners that he’s trhown out this year. And when the ball is thrown to home, he catches it.

  16. I don’t want to get too excited, but 45 of the final 113 games are against teams playing .417 or worse. That’s 40% of the schedule.

    The Reds playoff odds bumped over 50% for the first time this season.

  17. The Reds need to keep doing what LeCure started last night: give Berkman a pass. No one else, other than maybe Pence, can hurt you on a consistent basis in that lineup. Treat Berkman like Pujols and ride it out.

  18. Preach: I have to admit I didn’t like walking the bases loaded last night with a rookie pitcher on the mound but it worked to perfection!

    Do we really have the (one of the best)best offense in the league?! Somebody pinch me. I think this team is going to be contending. I would like to see us come up with more solid bullpen option.

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