Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
W: J. Broxton (2-1)
L: N. Hagadone (0-1)
S: A. Chapman (13)
–Joey Votto struck out in the first inning and filled the air with some very loud profanities. In the eighth inning of a tie game, however, with a runner on third (but a base open), the Indians decided to pitch to Votto. Bad idea. Votto drilled a two run homer to give the Reds a winning margin. Votto is good.
–Another strong start for Mike Leake: 7.1 IP, one earned run allowed on five hits. Leake struck out seven and walked none, as he lowered his ERA to 3.02. Good stuff.
–Shin-Soo Choo had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in another run on his first inning homer. Zack Cozart had two hits, including a double, and a walk.
–Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman pitched an effective inning and two-thirds to finish out the game.
–Brandon Phillips made his third error of the season.
–Back on the winning track. The Reds have won six out of seven, and 13 out of 16.
–Things got a little interesting in the ninth inning. Aroldis Chapman struck out the first hitter, then Nick Swisher came to the plate. Chapman threw a wild 100 mph fastball to the backstop, then threw another 100 mph pitch right at Swisher’s head.
There is no reason whatsoever to believe that Chapman would be throwing at Swisher. It was a close game, and putting Swisher on base would have brought the tying run to the plate. Two pitches got away from Aroldis. It happens. Yet Swisher stepped out of the box and had a few words for the Cuban Missile (“Bro, don’t do that.”). The Indians dugout all jumped up onto their top step. It got tense for a few moments.
Then Chapman retired Swisher on a fairly hard-hit fly ball (after which Swisher and Chapman jawed at each other again), followed by a strikeout to end the game and secure the win for the mighty Redlegs.
Prepare, however, for the Indians to act like they are mad tomorrow. If and when they throw at Votto, you’ll see how absurd this whole situation is. The Indians will have manufactured a controversy where reasonable people should be able to see that none exists. That’s my prediction, anyway.
–Choo homered in his first AB against his former club.
–Mike Leake is really pitching well. Fun to watch.
–That was the fourth straight sellout crowd for the Reds. There were reports that this was only the second time the Reds have sold out four games in a row since moving from Crosley Field. That was 1970. That can’t be true, can it?
–A 2-2 day with a walk raised Cozart’s OBP up to a dazzling .258. Your #2 hitter, ladies and germs.
Famous last words. RT @ctrent: Indians pitching to Votto
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) May 27, 2013
Two 100mph Chapman fastballs go wild, with one almost hitting Nick Swisher. The other hit the Durham Bulls mascot.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) May 27, 2013
I wouldn’t charge Aroldis Chapman. You know he’s carrying a machete somewhere on him.
— Brad Cooper (@btcoop71) May 27, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.