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Game Thread: Reds at Giants (2013.07.22)

As a kid, I loved these West Coast trips.  Staying up late, listening to the Reds on the radio as I drifted asleep.  As an adult, I don’t think I am quite as fond of these trips.  Staying up late to watch/listen to these games is not quite as easy with three kids and morning responsibilities to take care of at home.  I will make it as far into the game as possible, but no promises of seeing the final pitch.

The Reds will play 11 games over the next 10 days in California.  This could very well be a make or break stretch for this club.  Last season, the Reds turned their play out West around and the successful trip boosted their record and standing in the division.  The club will need to return home with no worse than a 6-5 record I feel if the Reds hope to stay in the division hunt with a key series against the Cardinals on the horizon for when the Reds return home.

Bronson Arroyo faces off against Tim Lincecum in game 1.  Let’s hope for a similar outcome for the Reds as the last time they faced Timmy!  Drink some coffee, get an afternoon nap, and put the kids to bed so you can watch the Reds game.  And if your boss asks why you’re sluggish tomorrow morning, tell him to shove it cause you were up late watching the Reds play!  GOOOOOOOOO Reds!

343 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Giants (2013.07.22)

  1. So, when Hanigan comes back, I assume it’s 3 for Hanigan, 2 for Mesoraco, right?

    If I were Baker, I’d flip it…3 for Mes, 2 for Hanigan.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: He needs to flip it. It’s not a coincidence that Hannigan has been like glass this year. I don’t know if he’s ever fully healed from his myriad injuries. It’d be very nice to see Meso get 3-4 of every 5 starts.

        • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Yes…someone needs to remind Mesoraco that he’s slow; other than that, he hasn’t played great (but pretty good recently), but he should get the opportunity to play more.

  2. Love to see Mez get some results. Oh and yeah…..Bronson’s not pitching too badly with him catching. Go figure. Next up, Homer.

    • @Redgoggles: The dude needs to play – if given a chance he may very well get markedly better. And Bobby Tolan and Hal McRae could help him with his base running (please indulge me, I’m just reviewing Reds history lessons to stay sharp).

      • @cincyreds14: Honestly, the way Mes has been running the bases, he could improve with coaching from your average little leaguer!

  3. The only catch left tonight is to make Reds earning run(s) in each of 9 innings. Yay, Let’s do it to humiliate stealer SFG!

    • @joeyxxoojay:

      damn, i really should have bought a winning streak lottery tonight! It’s closer! Reds scored run(s) in EVERY Innings entering 8th. Goooooo Reds! Humiliate SFG! Yay!

  4. CincyReds14: From one auditor to another, I do believe you were making some material misstatements yesterday. 😉

  5. Boy, if Robinson could stay consistent he’d be a nice addition to the roster, I think.

  6. Also, I continue to strongly believe Derrick Robinson is severely underrated by members of the nation. He is no starter, but he is a solid bench player with the ability to make a difference with his speed. I will take him all day every day on our bench, especially considering what we sat through last year.

    • @BearcatNation: I agree. When Ludwick comes back, though, I don’t think we can keep 6 outfielders on the roster. Would be nice if Robinson was a middle infielder and we could release Izturis.

      • @prjeter: Just as I say this, the Izturis graphic tells me he is a career .295 hitter while pinch hitting. No idea how many ABs, but that’s not bad.

    • @BearcatNation: I thought I read or heard somewhere that the Reds lead the NL in pinch-hitting. This bench is certainly a big upgrade over last year and DROB is certainly a part of the reason. Still like to have a masher on the bench.

    • @BearcatNation: Bearcat, I’m in your corner, if Choo leaves after this year, Robinson (he’s a natural CF) and Heisey could fill in admirably for him (as I have been a lot more concerned about the Reds offense coming from C, SS and 3B). Hopefully Messoroco and Frazier are finally coming of age (with Frazier potentially becoming a huge Reds fan favorite) – we can only hope, one game like tonight does not make a season, but it’s an awfully good start to the season’s 2nd half, with tomorrow telling more of the story. As it is, each time the Reds have looked like they were going to take off this season they have stalled, maybe this is a new chapter (Reds 2nd half team, baby).

  7. Arroyo may have just etched his name into the Reds record book – 100 wins as a Red – congratulations Bronson, and many more (at least through the duration of the 2013 season).

  8. How to know when a game is over: When the announcers start talking about seagulls and the camera immediately cuts to cover the action.

  9. Surprising to me to the crowd bundled up in hoodies, coats and jackets in the middle of July. Does it really get that cold in San Fran. in the summer time.

  10. I can’t help but notice that Votto/Choo/Phillips have been pulled. Due to noticing that, I am now starting to doubt that Heisey is perfectly fine and didn’t start today just because Dusty decided it. Wouldn’t he be in for Bruce right now if he were actually okay?

  11. Jack Hannahan is soooooo hot! – That’s Why Jay B free falling now – it turns out Joey V ditches Jay n xxoo Reds No. 9 now. uggh….

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Hey Charlotte, I think its time and if Meso could get his base running problems straightened out he could be a very solid catcher for the Reds for years to come (and as it turns out the Reds may quite possibly have made the right choice on which catcher they decided to keep).


  12. Wow, Mesoraco is crushing the ball today and calling a heck of a game with Bronson.

  13. Fun Fact:

    Since 1900, only three teams scored a run in every frame of a nine-inning game – the New York Giants on June 1, 1923 in a 22-8 win over Philadelphia; the St. Louis Cardinals on September 13, 1964 in a 15-2 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field and the Colorado Rockies on May 5, 1999 in a 13-6 win over the Cubs in Chicago.

    There have been six American League clubs that scored in each inning, but did not bat in the ninth inning since they were the home club.


    The Reds have scored a run in all seven innings so far.

    Also a fact: Since I brought this up, I have surely jinxed them for the last 2 innings. :mrgreen:

    • @Redgoggles: Apparently they already sent the rest of their bullpen home and told Kontos that he pretty much just needs to muddle through the rest of the game.

      • @Redgoggles: Apparently they already sent the rest of their bullpen home and told Kontos that he pretty much just needs to muddle through the rest of the game.

        Yeah, I was hoping we would waste their bullpen a day before the DH.

  14. Bronson is giving the team just what they need right before a Double-dip. Guy is a real pro. Thanks BA.

  15. The next time Bronson has a bad outing, I hope everyone remembers tonight’s performance.

    • @Sergeant2: Timing is everything, and as everyone would probably agree, the Reds did not need a shut out tonight – would prefer to have an outing like this in a 2-1 nail biter over the Pirates or Cards any day.

  16. 0 runs in the 8th? This offense is so frustrating!!!!!

    What’s that? Oh, nevermind.

  17. What is really nice about tonight is these have not been cheap hits. Reds are ripping the ball. Hopefully this bodes well for tomorrow.

  18. So do they throw Bronson out there for the 9th inning? 11 run lead, doubleheader tomorrow, just ask Bronson to throw more than he’s normally asked and completely save the bullpen?

  19. Gotta get some sleep. I’ll leave this game in able hands.

    Just a great all-around game: hitting, “clutch” hitting, pitching, fielding and yes even base running. We actually had a successful steal tonight.

    Congrats to Bronson on #100 and special mention to Mark Berry – welcome back sir!

  20. Wow. Great play by Robinson.

    Grande is a bit confused though…George: if the ball hits Robinson’s glove and then the top of the fence, it’s not an out. It did not hit the fence at all.

  21. What a play by Robinson! Tonight’s game had absolutely zero in common with yesterday’s game. Three more please.

  22. OK, tomorrow, Reds face Surkamp first game—great prospect at one time, great minor league record until TJ surgery. It’s his first MLB game in a couple years.

    Second game, Zito. Dangit, it’s time to pull a full-on Lincecum whuppin on Zito.

  23. Incidentally, was there ever any word on Heisey’s late scratch?

    I know that a few days ago, Dusty was gonna sit Heisey but Robinson and XP had sore shoulders and Dusty didn’t want to start them. Maybe this was just Dusty going back to his plan of playing Robinson when Arroyo is the starter.

  24. As an aside, McCovey Chronicles is a great Giants site (roughly like this site, but a lot more traffic).

    In their game thread, they posted one mid-game, and the moderator said in introducing it:

    “I think Buster needs to quit calling the dingerz.exe pitch.”

  25. Soon as Marty said “and this one belongs to the Reds” my internet connection went down like McCutchen rounding 2nd base. Anyway I can’t say enough about Bronson Arroyo’s performance tonight. We couldn’t ask for a better start to the second half of the season. Take two tomorrow? Hey, why not. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  26. A great way to begin the west coast trip. Lets hope the Reds can break the pattern of scoring a boatload of runs and the next day finding it hard to get one or two.

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