Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL — 13 innings
Cincinnati 5
New York (NL) 4

W: S. LeCure (2-1)
L: D. Thayer (0-3)
S: F. Cordero (37)
BOX SCORE

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–You know, win or lose, tonight’s game just got under my skin. Why? Because Dusty Baker was not serious about trying to win the game. He was more interested in trying to get Bronson Arroyo a silly statistical milestone (200 IP). As it was, Bronson threw 125 pitches in 8 innings and finished up the 2011 season with 199 innings pitched.

–Drew Stubbs singled, doubled, and tripled, but what everyone is going to talk about was his squeeze bunt in the top of the 13th that scored Juan Francisco (who had tripled!) with the go-ahead run.

–Jay Bruce reached base four times, with three hits and a walk. Among the hits were his 32nd homer, along with a double. Bruce now has 97 RBI heading into Cincinnati’s last game of the season.

–Joey Votto hit his 29th homer.

–CoCo loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 13th before getting lucky when a hard-hit line drive became a game-ending double play. He only had four walks in the inning. That isn’t bad, is it?

–Yes, Dontrelle Willis pinch-hit with the bases loaded and the game tied. Of course he did. Why do you ask?

–Stop the presses! Paul Janish had two hits!

–One game remaining. I’ll take a win, if that’s alright with everyone.

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  1. How about pay Coco $1M NOT to pitch for the REDS and DB $3M NOT to manage! That’s still $8M LESS than if they pick up Coco’s option!

  2. I was also annoyed at Baker’s obvious focus on Bronson reaching 200 innings. Loyalty to veterans over team.

    Don’t be surprised if Bronson goes in to pitch an inning tomorrow afternoon. You heard it here first.

    • I was also annoyed at Baker’s obvious focus on Bronson reaching 200 innings. Loyalty to veterans over team. Don’t be surprised if Bronson goes in to pitch an inning tomorrow afternoon. You heard it here first.

      The outcome of the game didn’t mean anything, why not allow players to work on their stats at this point? Do you really believe Dusty is the only manager in MLB at this point with teams out of the race not doing that? I am all for slamming Dusty when he deserves it, this isn’t one of those times.

  3. Tomorrow(officially it’s today now) is a special day- the 1 year anniversary of Bruce’s walk off division clinching HR. For good measure the guy he hit it off of is on the Mets.

  4. “We always tell our guys, you don’t want to end up on nines,” Baker said of Arroyo’s 199 innings pitched. Great wisdom there, Dusty. As in totally useless.
    Can we trade him to another team for a couple of minor league non-prospects ?
    It would be addition by subtraction.

    • @pinson343:

      “We always tell our guys, you don’t want to end up on nines,” Baker said

      In a game that is NINE innings no less.

  5. @LVW: And that same guy, Tim Byrdak, struck Bruce out to get a save in July. He also gave up a bloop hit to Bruce before Heisey’s 3 run HR on Monday nite. And so the battle continues.

  6. @LVW: Right. I guess Dusty likes extras ???!!!

  7. You are not going to believe how Arizona won tonite. Micah Owings gave up 5 runs in the top of the 10th and got the win because Ryan Roberts hit a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 1oth after Arizona had 2 outs and noone on.

  8. Maybe that was the luckiest save in history for Cordero ? 4 walks, a balk, a line drive.

    Last nite was also very lucky. On both occasions, if the Mets just let CoCo beat himself, they win the game. Last nite they gave up an out with a failed bunt. Then tonite it was caught stealing. I never understood trying to steal off a pitcher who can’t throw a strike.

  9. @LVW: That’s the Micah we know. The DBacks just have it this season.

    • @pinson343:

      @LVW: That’s the Micah we know. The DBacks just have it this season.

      And the guy I’m battling for the 2011 jonesboro fantasy league title has Roberts and that HR put him back in a tie for 1st with me(he has the tiebreaker).

  10. @LVW: Sorry to hear that. Keep us posted on how things stand for the Jonesboro title at the end of the season.

  11. Since the Reds did win the game, and it was against the Mets, I want to post something positive. Great games by Francisco, Stubbs, Bruce. The pen (until Cordero) came thru.

    And good to see Joey hit number 29. Hopefully he’ll follow DB’s sage advice and “not end up on nines” by hitting no. 30 later today. (But he could just as well have followed his manager’s advice by sitting on 28 HRs.)

  12. Janish is finishing strong, 5 for his last 9 ! He has said he’s feeling more relaxed at the plate. Please, Paul, learn to relax before the last week of the season in 2012 (if you’re still with us). Learn to meditate. Or whatever.

  13. Interesting question: will BP play today? His BA now sits at exactly .300. Would DB dare take a chance of it falling back below?

  14. @RiverCity Redleg: I’m sure Brandon’s agent would appreciate that cooperation from the Dustmeister. .300 is just so pretty.

  15. @pinson343: It worked for the White Sox! I wish to the heavens above we could work that one out…

  16. @brm7675: I guess my question is whether it has any impact on contract incentives for the player. I’m not saying the Reds would ever object to a scenario where Baker tries to get his player some benchmark statistic so that the player qualifies for a bonus, but should Baker be doing that?

    • @Dave: I guess my question is whether it has any impact on contract incentives for the player. I’m not saying the Reds would ever object to a scenario where Baker tries to get his player some benchmark statistic so that the player qualifies for a bonus, but should Baker be doing that?

      At this point if Dusty wants to help player reach milestones, then I say go for it.

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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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