2010 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: Sweep Edition

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle:

Final
Cincinnati – 11
Chicago – 4
WP: Wood (3-1)
LP: Diamond (0-2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
-Jonny Gomes scored 4-runs and reached base all 5 times in the game.  He only had 1 official at-bat and singled.  He drew 4 walks in his other 4 plate appearances and was the first Reds player since 1977 to walk 4 times and score 4 runs in a game.

-Joey Votto joined Gomes by scoring 4-runs as well.  Votto joined Brandon Phillips as the NL Leaders in runs scored.  Votto went 2-5 with 2 RBI, a double, a homerun, and he also drew a walk. 

-Yesterday, Drew Stubbs broke free from his slump and today Jay Bruce did the same.  Bruce went 3-4 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.  His 2-out double in the first inning plated the first 2 Reds runs of the game.

-Paul Janish went 2-5 and added an RBI.  Janish is now batting .301 with a .383 OBP on the season.  He also made a nice sliding stop early in the game to record an out

-Miguel Cairo went 2-6 with an RBI triple in the 9th inning.  Cairo’s triple sums up how the Cubs look right now.  On a routine fly ball to right field, Xavier Nady let the ball drift over his head and pop out of his glove.  The official scorer gave it a triple, but it should have been scored an error.

-Juan Francisco and Ryan Hanigan had only 1 hit each, but both had 2 RBI.  Both of Hanigan’s RBI came via a sac-fly.  Hanigan may be the best player in the lineup when it comes to getting a runner in from third and less than 2 outs on this club.

-Travis Wood was cruising along until the 7th inning.  He had surrendered only 1 hit and 1 walk through the first 6 innings but ran into trouble in the 7th.  He finished the game going 6.1 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks.

 NEGATIVES
-None!

 NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
-The Reds swept the Stupid Cubs.  That was fun!  It was the first sweep the Reds had finished off since their sweep of Oakland back in late June.

-The Reds are now 16 games over the .500 mark!

-The Cardinals-Marlins game is still in a rain delay.  I’d love to see that drag out for a while, forcing the Cardinals to fly into Cincinnati later than they’d like to.  With that game in limbo, the Reds are sitting 2 games up in the division.  

-Who’s excited!? 

Joey Votto

Jay Bruce

79 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: Sweep Edition

  1. I would have to imagine that leake will be the odd man out of the rotation when homer comes back. Although, leake has had a very good season he has been far from stellar over his last seven starts. His innings limit is approaching and it may make sense to use him sparingly. Homer had a great last couple months of the season last year and he may be able to provide that spark again.

  2. ESPN: The Cardinals aren’t scheduled to return to Florida, and no makeup date was announced. The most likely choice is Sept. 20, but that would mean the Cardinals would play the final 31 days of the regular season without a day off.

    My comment: I hope Josh Johnson pitches that game too. And, no day off, too freakin’ bad.

  3. Stop knocking Jeter, he plays the game how it was meant to be played. Hi, my name is Pete Rose. I corked my bats to pass Ty Cobb. (By the way, I love Rose as much as any Reds fan).

  4. “Chad: “Hanigan may be the best player in the lineup when it comes to getting a runner in from third and less than 2 outs on this club.””

    I’d go so far as saying Hanigan is one of the best pure hitters on the team
    He’s patient, but has a little power, doesn’t swing at bad pitches, can go any way and doesn’t mind a single or a BB.

    thinking about it….other than Votto who on the Reds is an all around hitter

    Phillips – ha…wild swings at bad pitches
    Cabrera – one of the worst hitters in baseball this year
    Votto – a GREAT hitter
    Rolen – OK….Hanigan is Rolen-lite. Rolen is clearly a good hitter
    Gomes – swings like a madman every pitch. Cept today!!!!???
    Bruce – simply too low of a contact rate. For now….talk to me in 3 years
    Stubbs – he makes Bruce look like a contact hitter

    I’m not putting our guys down…I like most-of-em, cept Cabrera but it’s the truth. Hanigan knows how to not make an out…better than almost all other guys on the roster. It’s a shame he’s not utilized more/better

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  6. Also, what a great way to go into this series!

    It was real nice seeing Jay Bruce hit the ball so hard, but it still looks like he’s guessing up there. I wonder if they’ve had his eyes tested (not kidding).

  7. Is it gametime yet? How ’bout now?
    Needless to say, I’m a little excited for this series. Bring on the Dirty Birds!

  8. The other thing I like about Hanigan is that he fought his way up through the organization..Rollins College, undrafted FA signing, played part of 3 seasons at AA….no one thought this kid could play MLB. Heck, I’d bet 90% of the Reds fans had never even heard of him when he first came up.

    I think the first guy I know of that got on his bandwagon was Chad…as a matter of fact.

  9. I went over to the St. Louis Dispatch to see how they are covering the big series (first time I have done that this year) and found a nice column:

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/article_a31c755f-9f23-566f-8624-c99f9c28ba8b.html

    The people that commented over there did not seem to be overly optimistic about the Cards chances. I, on the other hand, don’t feel very good about these starting pitching match-ups, which means the Reds the will probably do great this series, since I have been wrong all year long.

    By the way there were some comments from Cards fans and writers about how Dusty has managed circles around LaRussa in past pennant races.

  10. Is there anyone who is not chomping at the bit to catch this series this week. If you are not, then you are dead. btw- I found out this morning my nephew is a Cubs fan. This is just unacceptable. What can be done? He’s seven so I shouldn’t be too upset, but I am. Especially since he’s never lived anywhere but Dallas, Texas. What’s up with that? 😡

  11. Granted, our 3-game series with St. Louis is important but my concern is in what lies ahead. West Coast swing and I’m not talking about dance steps. That’ll be the acid test.

  12. @lukeukcrazy
    Yeah, but I hope his vesting is still be picked. His service to the team has been invaluable and WJ has been known make that happen in the past (though I have no idea is ownership will go for it). It would show owner loyalty to a guy to is a part of why this team has been special this year.

  13. Stop knocking Jeter, he plays the game how it was meant to be played. Hi, my name is Pete Rose. I corked my bats to pass Ty Cobb. (By the way, I love Rose as much as any Reds fan).

    That would be Ty “Always played the right way” Cobb, who intentionally tried to end careers on the basepath, who most of his teammates hated, and the poster child of tolerance.

  14. “By the way there were some comments from Cards fans and writers about how Dusty has managed circles around LaRussa in past pennant races.”

    How about that, I was totally unaware they were having a meth epidemic in St. Louis.

  15. I found out this morning my nephew is a Cubs fan. This is just unacceptable. What can be done? He’s seven so I shouldn’t be too upset, but I am.

    Where are the child’s parents when this type of behavior exists?

    It may not be too late for an intervention. Send him lots of billy goat stuffed animals to soften him up.

  16. Preach: I’m not kicking Jeter, it’s about the over the top amount of publicity he gets.

    And one quote from Pete Rose doesn’t mean he’s a hero of mine.

  17. OhioJim: Of course the other (and traditional) view of this is that we’re just one game ahead of the Cards in the “all important” loss column.

  18. Preach: To cure your nephew, show him that “goat with braces” photo of Chad’s and tell him the goat is a Cubs fan. Or that the goat is mocking Cubs’ fans.
    Whatever.

  19. Preach: I’m not kicking Jeter, it’s about the over the top amount of publicity he gets.

    And one quote from Pete Rose doesn’t mean he’s a hero of mine.

    I just copied and pasted from above. My comment was more related to “and the beat goes on” kinda vein (steroids, corked bats, intentional spiking…)

    Wasn’t really directed your direction.

  20. I should have put it in quotes or bolded it. I got spoiled with the “reply” feature that isn’t working for me currently. Sorry for the confusion.

  21. one more pretty amazing stat about yesterday’s game
    Votto and Gomes both scored 4 runs

    The Reds have had 2 players score 4 or more runs in only 9 games since 1920!!

    The last time was 2000 when Stynes and Jr both scored 4 runs

    Two of those 9 times the Reds had 3 players score 4 or more runs in a game

    The last time, 1977 in a 23-9 drubbing of the Braves. In that game Morgan and Driessen both scored 4 and Foster scored 5

  22. Preach: I think we’re all having trouble with the reply feature.

    Thanks for clarifying your Jeter comment. I like the way the guy plays – Barry Larkin with durability – and have nothing against him personally.

    The context of my anger is the espn mentality. espn does not report sports news, they provide entertainment and cover “celebrities” in the same fashion as E !

    Hate the ESPYS.

  23. Mike: I remember that 23-9 game in 1977. The Reds had no bullpen, so Jack Billingham gave up 9 runs and 17 hits.

    One sportscaster said: “Billingham scattered 17 hits.”

  24. pinson: I should remember the game but for some reason I don’t. The other thing I don’t remember, could this game got the Reds kick-started in 77? They clearly had a good team but looking at the boxscore it says the Reds were 5-10 at the time they played the game!
    They ended up 14 games over .500 and were 5 games under at the start of the season.

  25. Just had a “huh” moment with Mike’s comment above:

    “Votto and Gomes” compared with “Jr and Stynes”.

    Pinson: No prob. I should have read my comments prior to hitting submit, but that is too much work. Judging from my grammar and spelling, I’m sure you already know that I never do that……

    Oh, and I hate the ‘celebrity’ thing that surrounds certain athletes too.

  26. Mike; The Reds were off to a poor start in ’77 and ultimately finished well behind the Dodgers because of one thing: pitching.
    Free agency began after the ’76 season, and the Reds immediately lost Don Gullet to the Yankees. Then guys like Gary Nolan and Rawly Eastwick started talking about free agency and the Reds traded them. In June they traded for Tom Seaver, but that didn’t help their rotation depth because they traded away Pat Zachry.

    The 23-9 game didn’t really turn things around for them. It was viewed as an angry BRM wreaking some vengeance.
    The Reds were better than their poor start and gradually gained ground on the Dodgers, who had started very hot. They got as close as 6 1/2 games out around the All Star break. But after the break their thin bullpen – Pedro Borbon and no one else – caused them to blow one big lead after another. I remember blowing a 9 (or so) run lead to the Giants.

    They were completely out of it by early August. They played well the final 6 weeks of the season to finish with a respectable record.

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