|Tampa Bay Rays (7-6)
|Cincinnati Reds (4-8)
|W: T. Cingrani (1-1) L: C. Ramos (0-1) S: None|
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Channeling the Cobra, one Mr. Dave Parker, the Reds found their dancing and their hitting shoes just when the fan base was in full panic mode.
Not today, Zurg.
That Joey Votto is just too darn selective, isn’t he? He only wants to crush baseballs. A 452 foot batter’s eye bomb by Joey and a 443 foot second deck blast by Devin Mesoraco set a new tone everyone in the dugout could dance to today.
The capper to the day was the grand slam by my boy, Chris Heisey. I’ve always wanted the Reds to just give Chris the job for a couple of months and tell him not to look over his shoulder—and see what he could do.
Tony Cingrani just keeps turning baseball bats into sawdust, don’t he? The streak remains intact. Kid Furious still hasn’t given up more than 5 base hits in a start—EVER.
Another major TOOTBLAN early in the game threatened to ruin the fun at GABP. But, all of that is washed away by the rest of the day’s festivities. It would seem the players are having a hard time walking that fine line between putting pressure on the defense and making silly mistakes.
Not so much.
Not so random thoughts …
A Mat Latos MRI revealed no damage and the ulner collateral ligament looks strong. But, push his schedule back another two weeks. We’ll take any good news we can get right now. Amirite?
Is Jay Bruce turning into Joey-lite? On base 5 times today, 4 via the always underrated base on balls. Question for the McRBI Crowd: if a slugger walks 4 times, but scores 4 runs… does it make a sound?
Another 3 hit day for Brandon Phillips. DatDude has been DatGood early in the season.
And can we get some love for Zack Cozart? A double, single, walk and two RBIs should provide a slight respite from those in the peanut gallery calling for his banishment to Siberia. The young man is one of the best fielding shortstops in the major leagues. It’s not his job to be an offensive force. Just contribute. Did that today and then some.
The Daily Billy: 1 for 5 today. An OBP below .200 now. I’m no expert by any means, but I wonder if the Reds should abandon Billy’s switch-hitting approach. I know they want to get him that edge coming out of the batters box from the left side, but perhaps concentrating on hitting from just his dominate side would help him by simplifying things for him at the plate. Just spitballin’ here.
Time to punch the Jolly Roger in the mouth. The Pirates come into GABP having lost 3 straight to the Brewers.