The Reds (59-82) won last night on Joey Votto’s birthday, which generally would be a very good birthday present to have, but Joey was also the catalyzing factor in the win, so it isn’t even like he got to sit back and enjoy he’s birthday present, he had to earn it himself. Oh well, I’m sure he can by himself something nice eventually.
Today, the Reds look for the series win against the Pirates (69-71) who are slipping further and further back in the Wild Card race. Today is also the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
We will never forget. pic.twitter.com/NdA1YfUNep
— MLB (@MLB) September 11, 2016
Brandon Finnegan returns to the mound today after a below-average start against the Mets last week. Finnegan only ceded two runs over 5.0 innings, but both runs were on solo home runs and Finnegan walked four batters in the process. We might see Finnegan pitch fewer and fewer innings in his starts during this last stretch, but then again, we might see him left out there to fight for himself. Who knows what Bryan Price will decide to do?
Ryan Vogelsong, called back up to the Pirates in early August, makes his eighth straight start after spending much of the early part of the season in the bullpen. Vogelsong has pitched serviceable innings since he’s been back, but by no means has the right-hander been good. In his last two outing, Vogelsong has given up 10 runs in 9.0 innings pitched, walking four and yielding three home runs.
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Ramon Cabrera (C)
8. Tyler Holt (CF)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)
|1. Jordy Mercer (SS)
2. Josh Bell (RF)
3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
4. Jung Ho Kang (3B)
5. David Freese (1B)
6. Gregory Polanco (LF)
7. Sean Rodriguez (2B)
8. Chris Stewart (C)
9. Ryan Vogelsong (P)
Exciting News! And Infamy!
You’ve seen Simon on the mound in a Reds uniform for the last time. https://t.co/uKWm1Snsai
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) September 11, 2016
An Unrelated Thing
So I came across this piece on The Ringer the other day and clicked simply out of curiosity and because I generally read everything The Ringer publishes. I remember when Justin Blackmon was drafted and I remember thinking to myself, “Well, Jacksonville is where dreams go to die.” I wasn’t wrong for once.
Past the writing, which in itself is superb, the story is one that needs to be told. I won’t pontificate on what the story means to me or what it should mean to society because none of you want to read that, but please take a look because for once this is a story told without judgment and that means the world.
My friend this morning is climbing 110 flights of stairs to honor the victims and survivors of 9/11. Her uncle was killed in the attack, and in large part, that event has motivated her to become an EMT and work on ambulance rigs while still a student.
Today is a day that means so much to so many people. Today is a day where the Reds game is insignificant in comparison.