Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL — 11 innings
Chicago (NL) 6
Cincinnati 8

W: N. Masset (3-5)
L: J. Russell (1-6)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th (after Joey Votto doubled) for the walkoff win. Bruce now has 31 homers and 92 RBI on the season. He’s the man.

–Chris Heisey had another solid game: 2-5 with his 17th homer and 2 RBI. In the AB after he hit the homer, he drove in a run with an infield single. The guy’s doing it all.

–Brandon Phillips continued his hot hitting, with a double and his 16th homer. Drew Stubbs was 3-6 with a run scored and an RBI.

–Outstanding relief work by Jose Arredondo and Bill Bray.

–Miguel Cairo stole a base!

NEGATIVES
–Other than Homer Bailey’s first inning (see below), the only negative was Francisco Cordero, who gave up two runs on a couple of hard hit balls and a blooper in the ninth, blowing the save.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–I know the Cubs stink, but it’s always fun to win 3 out of 4 against that team.

–Same story for Homer Bailey. He gives up two homers in the first inning, then settles down to strike out nine and shut out the Cubs through six innings. If he ever decides to put it all together, watch out.

–CoCo was 16 for his last 16 save opportunities before tonight. This is the first blown save he’s had in the second half of the season.

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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.

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Join the conversation! 15 Comments

  1. I broke my cardinal rule last night and watched CoCo pitch. It worked out great as he was dominant. That lead me to push my luck tonight. Bad idea.

    Back to the ninth inning blackout.

    Nice work Mr. Bruce!

    • I broke my cardinal rule last night and watched CoCo pitch. Bad idea.

      Well, that explains it. And now the Cubs have done that to CoCo twice this season.

  2. I was at the game through Homer’s six innings. It was really a mixed bag for him. He clearly didn’t have a fastball. It wasn’t until the fourth or fifth inning until he hit 91, which he did a couple of times. But it was mostly 90. I think it took him a while to figure it out.

    Homer was breathtakingly close to being knocked out in the third inning. Bases were loaded and no outs. Any additional run scoring probably would have led to his exit. Carlos Fisher was warming up. Brandon Phillips made a diving catch on a Marlon Byrd line drive for the first out. Then the Cubs black hole came to the plate, bailing Homer out.

    Homer’s K total was a bit inflated because of said black hole. The bottom third of the Cubs lineup (Colvin, Hill and Wells) are all hitting below .200 and accounted for six of Homer’s nine Ks.

    [Tyler Colvin struck out three times on 11 pitches. What has happened to him? When I pointed out to a friend of mine, a faithful member of the RedLeg Nation, that Colvin was batting .157 and had an OBP of about .210, my friend suggested the Reds would probably trade for him and Baker would bat him second.]

    Back to Homer. It was one of his worst pitching nights of the year, but he was in line for a win until Cordero blew the save.

  3. Ramon Hernandez sure likes to give out the hugs on walkoffs.

  4. @Steve Mancuso: Thanks for the recap. I completely missed the game. Reading the play-by-play, I could see a big turning point was Homer’s escaping the bases loaded, none out jam. Not surprised to hear that BP bailed him out.

  5. Actually, Chad provided the recap. Steve provided the on-the-spot report. Thanks to you too, Chad. To endure this whole season and keep those recaps coming, you’ve shown true grit.

  6. I know we’re all ticked off at Masset, but he did pitch that scoreless top of the 11th. His 3rd straight good outing. Too little, too late.

    Chapman pitched a scoreless 10th, but 2 walks. His walk rate has gotten scary. The good news is that I really think his time in the bullpen is coming to an end. And as Price has said, as a starting pitcher they’ll have better opportunity to work on his control issues. Young Sandy Koufax and Randy Johnson both had serious control problems.

  7. Heisey’s home run ratio is 14.1. Fay pointed out: “That would lead the National League if he had enough at-bats to qualify.”

    Why hasn’t he been able to hit LHed pitching in the majors ? He hit them better than righties through his minor league career.

  8. @pinson343: Good question. His near .100 point jump from last year to this would indicate he is answering it, but why he and Stubbs were the Righty vs Lefty platoon this year is a question that Heisey is really pushing with his end of season play.

  9. I was annoyed that the 8th inning turned out to be pivotal in the extra innings. 2 on 1 out and Stubbs takes two straight pitches to go from 3-1 in the count to padding his K total. Then Votto takes two straight strikes as well and is stuck batting defensively.

    Stubbs advances the runner and Votto hits a little single and suddenly Coco’s antics don’t result in a blown save.

  10. Positives–
    -Two great at bats vs. lefties by Yonder.
    -I’d still rather see a decent OBP from Heisey, but you can’t ingnore the pop any longer.
    -It’s embarassing how we take Phillips for granted.
    Negatives-
    -Chapman. 1st outing in 5 days and it showed.
    -CoCo.
    –Frazier looked pretty overmatched at the plate until his last at bat.

  11. @pinson343: I don’t know why either, but judging by his at bat last night vs. a leftie, he’s no closer to figuring it out. That doesn’t bother me much, because a)I don’t see him as a starter, and b)Yonder has done quite well vs. lefties.

  12. Bruce is the key to a winning Reds team. He’s a streaky hitter but what an outfielder with a rifle arm. If he could just learn to not be fooled by that lower outside pitch. Instead just let the ball hit the bat instead of trying to put it out of the park. That would produce a few more hits.

  13. @Sultan of Swaff: @rightsaidred: Dusty has Heisey in the lineup against Wolf tonite, and said he wants to give Heisey more ABs against lefties. He said that Heisey is trying to pull the ball too much against lefties.

  14. @Sultan of Swaff: In Chapman’s previous outing before last nite, he walked the only two batters he faced. And that was after walking one of the two batters he’d faced the nite before. So it’s hard to know whether the time off helped or hurt.

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About Chad Dotson

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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