Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (70-64) 1 5 1
Cincinnati Reds (57-77) 9 12 1
W: Straily (11-7) L: Garcia (10-11)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Everything. It was a perfect day. We got to enjoy a ballgame with some great folks from Red Reporter, and a bunch of you guys. I’ll have a more in-depth report at some point, but it could not have gone better.

–Billy Hamilton was 2-4 with 3 runs scored, plus his 58th stolen base of the season. And he made a great play in center field, too. He’s good.

–Zack Cozart had two doubles. Joey Votto had a double and three walks. Jose Peraza had two hits and a walk. Tucker Barnhart had two hits and two runs batted in.

–Blake Wood was great out of the bullpen, striking out 3 in 1.1 IP. Michael Lorenzen and Tony Cingrani each pitched a scoreless inning, as well.

imageThe Bad
–Nothing to see here.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–It really was a fabulous day. The weather was perfect, the company was great, and it was a fun baseball game. The score was tight for a long time, then the Reds pulled away, and a good time was had by all.

Again, I’ll give a much more detailed recap soon about the Meetup, but I need to go ahead and thank the Cincinnati Reds for the awesome time we had today. The Reds were extremely nice to us, and I’m very appreciative. They went above and beyond to make our day special, and they really didn’t have to do that. It was a great time.

More details to come….

–Dan Straily only allowed a run on 3 hits in 5.2 innings, but he wasn’t sharp, walking 7 batters. He mostly escaped trouble, however, to pick up yet another win.

–Go Reds. I was really happy to be a Cincinnati Reds fan today. And more than that, I was really happy to be a member of this little community we call Redleg Nation.

Great day.

18 Responses

  1. Steve Mancuso

    Chad’s right that it was a wonderful day. It was great getting to meet our readers and commenters (and a few of our writers! in person. I’d also like to thank the St. Louis Cardinals for being terrible, making our experience that much more enjoyable.

    Chad’s wrong about Billy Hamilton though. Hamilton made TWO great catches. But Chad was out getting food and missed the one where Hamilton made the running catch over his head, starting the double play.

    Thanks to Chad for pulling everything together to make today work. It was a special touch to make sure it was a game the Reds would beat the Cardinals 9-1 and in which Joey Votto would earn an RBI with a walk.

    Those of you who contributed to the site during our fund raiser in April helped make this day a success, too. Your generosity paid for our writers’ lunch and game tickets.

    • vegastypo

      I only saw parts of the game, but did see that catch running straight back and over his head. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to see the other catch now …

    • Seadog

      Joey Votto is a hitting savant. People think of him (our own fans) as a-loof, odd. Just a different bird. He is a pure hitter that we may never see again in our lifetime. I don’t care what his contract is. He is worth his weight in gold. Steve, you and I may never see another player for the Reds in our lifetime, like Joey.

    • greenmtred

      The Fox broadcast showed you guys in the stands (not a closeup, though), and I was really glad that it was such a fun game, and really wished that I were there. The Reds are becoming fun to watch!

      • Steve Mancuso

        Going for the sweep of the Cardinals today!

  2. Nick Doran

    What a great day at the ballpark! I really enjoyed hanging out with the writers, commenters and readers of Redleg Nation and Red Reporter. The Meet-and Greet with the two Assistant General Managers and Jamie Ramsey was extremely interesting (we got a nice peak inside the brains of the Reds’ decision-makers today).

    Chad, thanks for organizing everything and picking up the tab. You’re the man!

    Even though all those things were very enjoyable, the highlight of the day was seeing all those cocky Cardinals fans (and there were a lot of them) leaving early with their tails between their legs.

  3. vegastypo

    How’s this for irony … The TV broadcast comes back from a commercial on a pitching change, and Welsh starts to talk about the Redleg Nation-Red Reporter confab in right field, but he got rather cut short when that noted free swinger Joey Votto swung at the first pitch and hit the bloop single. … Of all the players to maybe cost Redleg Nation some air time, it was Joey.

  4. cfd3000

    I was sitting in my living room in Atlanta watching the game in TiVo and got as excited for the RLN shout out as I did for Hamilton’s DP, Cabrera’s key single, Votto’s walk and Barnhart’s double. Great game! I was also checking the stats after the game and saw this. The Reds have six qualified batters (not counting Bruce). Votto leads the team, the league, and the universe in OBP. Second is… Billy Hamilton. Who had that in the preseason pool? That’s right, nobody. The raw numbers are all too low but that bodes really well for 2017. Don’t know if it’s the Votto influence, maturity and the learning curve, but I see Billy heads to .340 and I like it. Gold glover and an offensive threat? Very cool.

    • msanmoore

      Don’t you love it when patience pays off and a player improves that way? Billy is getting way better all around. If he doesn’t win a Gold Glove the system is rigged.

      • greenmtred

        Yes. I liked Welsh’s comment on the play that the runner on first, almost correctly, made a smart decision to take off because no centerfielder could catch that ball. No centerfielder but Billy.

  5. Scott Carter

    You guys should put more of these days together, maybe you are the good luck charm we need. 🙂

  6. TR

    Redleg Nation helped the Reds to a series win. Well done.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Chad is back at the game today, going for the sweep. I’ll be there on Monday for Stephenson’s start – going for four in a row.

  7. lwblogger2

    Thanks so much to Chad and others who made the day possible. Special thanks to the Reds for making us feel so welcomed and for the private access to some of the Reds braintrust.

  8. WVRedlegs

    What a great day it was for a ball game. Gorgeous afternoon and a nice win over the Cardinals. The Reds were very gracious hosts. The special meeting with the two Reds Asst. GM’s was just that, very special. That meeting could have gone on for another hour or two, just talking baseball. It was fun.
    It was very nice to meet some great posters and writers.
    Thanks to all involved for putting such a wonderful get-together on. Nicely done.