2012 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: Ludwick’s Walkoff!

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 3
St. Louis 2
W: LeCure (3-2)
L: Marte (2-2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
— Ryan Ludwick came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning with 1 out, hitless in his previous four at-bats, and deposited the 9th pitch of the at-bat into the left field stands. Coming into play today, Ludwick had a .279/.338/.581 slash line in his previous 143 plate appearances, dating back to May 17th.

— Brandon Phillips picked up two more hits tonight and is having a great series against the Cardinals.

— Jay Bruce had two doubles and an RBI. The RBI was the impossible two-out RBI.

— Scott Rolen was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and I’m hopeful that it is the first step in a strong second half for Rolen.

— Mike Leake was very strong through his first 6 innings. Before the wheels fell off in the 7th inning, Leake’s line was 6ip, 0 runs, 4 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts.

— Sam LeCure pitched a perfect 10th inning, striking out the final two batters, Yadier Molina and David Freese, to end the inning.

— The Cardinals 2-5 hitters (Jay, Holliday, Beltran, and Craig) were held to batting 1-for-19 with 5 strikeouts. That’s an excellent overall performance by the pitching staff.

NEGATIVES
— None…Reds win!

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
— The Reds are, at least temporarily, in sole possession of first place. At the time of this writing, the Pirates are down two runs to the Brewers in the beginning of the 5th inning.

— The Reds have held the Cardinals to 5 runs in the first two games of this series and go for the sweep on ESPN Sunday night baseball tomorrow.

— Unfortunately, it looks like Johnny Cueto may not be available for tomorrow’s start:

— It was announced after the game started that Paul Janish was traded to the Atlanta Braves for 27 year old minor league starting pitcher, Todd Redmond. Redmond is in his 4th consecutive season at the AAA level. With the emergence of Zack Cozart and Didi Gregorius, Janish was squeezed out of any future role on this club, and this seems like a good grab at pitching depth for Cincinnati.

— What a great start to the second half! Let’s push the Cardinals further out of the race with a sweep tomorrow!!

100 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: Ludwick’s Walkoff!

  1. @TC: Without Carpenter and with a still recovering Wainwright, I like the Reds starting rotation more than the Cardinals. The Cardinals’ main advantage is position player depth.

  2. @LVW: If anything, Votto was too aggressive in trying for the out at home, and should have gotten the out at first.

    • @LVW: If anything, Votto was too aggressive in trying for the out at home, and should have gotten the out at first.

      The problem with that was there was noone to cover 1st and MVottoP! was playing 20 feet off the bag. I think Furcal beats him to the bag.

  3. @pinson343: PS My comment based on a broadcaster’s statement that the out at home was unlikely even if Votto handled the bunt cleanly. But not sure if that’s true, even with video review.

  4. @Steve Mancuso: Agree on Janish.
    He had enough moments offensively for the Reds to tantalyze folks and suggest that physically he can hit enough.. Maybe the shock of leaving his “parent” org and another shot at the bigs can help him find the focus to maintain his offense.

  5. One aspect of BABIP where good/bad luck is minimal is infield fly%. Ondru has excelled there this year 18.2%; Simon and Chapman have been good at 11.5 and 10% respectively.

  6. I think it’s more a matter of the Reds not really seeing a role for Janish in the future than a huge need for upgrading their depth – I’d take Pedro Villareal as an emergency starter anyday. He’s been completely solid all year long for a horrible Louisville team. JJ Hoover was brought through the Braves system as a starter and is starting in Louisville. Either would be fine starting at the major league level in a backup role. Reddmond does solidify the Louisville staff and makes that team much better as the Reds start moving some real prospects up the ladder. I think Walt may be thinking he doesn’t really want DiDi and LaMarre and other kids in Pensacola coming to Louisville while the team is losing almost daily. He’s made a couple depth moves there lately.

  7. Janish is an unlucky player. he was doing well and then got hurt. He seemed to can’t get it going and then did not get any chance this year with the Reds .Uncle Walt did not seem to think that he can beat out the yougster in AAA. The chance that the Reds get to get is a pitcher for a trade and Uncle Walt jumped at it. Janish- Yanish- he helped the Braves today though. Well I hope he keeps his opportunity intact! it is not easy to come by these days for a player at his age. Go Reds.🙄:mrgreen:

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