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ONE LONG SUMMER LATER (And Some Daylight)…

Well, I expected my post-Cincy game to be considerably earlier than my latest entry.  It has been a long, long summer. 

19 July 2009 – Great Game – My first time in Cincinnati in 10 years, and my first game at Great American Ball Park.  The weather was great – Stayed cloudy outside, and the weather never approached 80 degrees.  Votto had two hits, Gomes got the game-winning HR, Phillips had a 2-RBI Double, and Weathers (gone) got the Win in Relief.  Hard to believe that this would be one of only eight wins for the month of July, and August would be terrible as well.  Things became so terrible, injuries, pathetic play, Etc., that the Reds briefly hit rock bottom in the N.L. Central on 23 August – barely one month after that great game in Cincy on 19 July.  Besides always being busy with helping to prepare trainees to become Soldiers, I just didn’t have it in me to write another negative column.  I really am tired of being negative towards the Reds, so I chose to take a break.  One week became two, two became four, and…

The Reds seemed to die for quite some time after that great July win.  For days and weeks after, I wondered if my appearance at GABP had jinxed the team.  Well, I don’t really believe in jinxes, unless you count what Reds Management has done to the team over the last decade. 

Hairston went on the Yankee-Land, and is now excited to be with a team who looks to be going to the Playoffs.  I have to say that, even though I was disappointed in Hairston’s season in Cincy, I’m happy that he’s on a winning team now.

I am grateful to see the Reds in a Winning Streak right now – 7 in a row.  Sorry for their injur铆es and Votto’s continued SLUMP.  I’m NOT sad to see EE playing poorly for another team now – now – the underachieving Third Baseman is with the Blue Jays now, and is NOT missed.  Sorry, EE…

Right now, I’d say that Mr. Phillips is on his way to earning the overall MVP of the team right now, as Mr. Votto has been in a prolonged horrendous slump.  Her茅 are the numbers on Brandon Phillips, whose bat has been about as hot as the Reds recent winning and good pitching streak:

Before All-Star     Cincinnati Reds 81 301 46 81 15 3 14 60 144 31 34 12 6 .336 .478 .269
After All-Star     Cincinnati Reds 46 178 21 50 11 0 5 25 76 8 24 11 3 .317 .427 .281
Season Totals     Cincinnati Reds 127 479 67 131 26 3 19 85 220 39 58 23 9 .330 .459 .273
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Phillips’ power is down a bit, but his average and speed is up. 

As for Votto, his .301 BA with 21 HR, 67 RBI looks great on the surface, when you figure his time out on the DL, Etc.  Unfortunately, Votto is a poor impersonation of himself  – to say the least – during the second half.  The numbers don’t lie:

Before All-Star     Cincinnati Reds 57 202 33 71 14 1 11 42 120 27 43 2 1 .433 .594 .351
After All-Star     Cincinnati Reds 47 174 29 42 8 0 10 25 80 27 46 2 0 .348 .460 .241
Season Totals     Cincinnati Reds 105 376 62 113 22 1 21 67 200 54 89 4 1 .393 .532 .301

Thus far, Votto has only 2 hits in 11 at-bats for September.  Wake up, Joey!  

So much more to write about – Yes, the Reds have Won 7 games in a row and 12 of the last 14.  Their record is now 63-73 – – Still, the team has to win 19 of their last 26 games to have, in my opinion, a successful season.  Anything less is not Winning, and Not successful.  Remember – Less than .500 means the 9th LOSING Season in a row. 

The Reds had a 3-1 lead over the Rockies today, but relief pitching blew the lead.  The Rockies now lead, 4-3 in the last of the 8th Inning. 

By the way, I had trouble uploading pictures for this, and the photos will hopefully be on this site ASAP.  Any suggestions on how to fit 3252 x 2027 (1.39 – 2.4 MB) photos on here?  Told you all I wasn’t computer lit!  馃檪  Well, it was a memorable, and triumphant return to Cincy for me – 32 years removed from the last time I got to see the Original Big Red Machine play (July 1977). 

I’m hopeful that the Reds will pull out this win with the Rockies, and go on to a Winning 2009 – that would be Very Rewarding in light of the injuries, frustrations over the 2009 Season. 

 

 


SUNDAY, 19 JULY 2009 – REDS WIN 5-3

Box Score Recap Courtesy of http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN200907190.shtml

Milwaukee Brewers            AB   R   H RBI   BB  SO    BA   OPS  Pit  Str   PO   A  Details
C Counsell 2B                 4   0   1   0    1   2  .280  .758   18   11    4   2   CS
M Cameron CF                  4   0   1   0    0   0  .264  .842   13    9    2   0
R Braun LF                    4   1   0   0    0   2  .306  .910   21   12    1   0
P Fielder 1B                  4   2   3   2    0   1  .314 1.062   16   13    6   0   HR,2B
C Hart RF                     3   0   1   0    0   1  .261  .756   14    8    2   0   HBP,GDP
M Gamel 3B                    4   0   1   0    0   2  .239  .743   14   10    0   1
J Hardy SS                    4   0   0   1    0   1  .229  .675   17    9    1   2
J Kendall C                   4   0   2   0    0   0  .244  .616   17   11    8   2
Y Gallardo P                  2   0   1   0    0   1  .147  .495   11    9    0   1   SH
  S McClung P                 0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000              0   0
  F Catalanotto PH            1   0   0   0    0   0  .255  .671    1    1    0   0
Totals                       34   3  10   3    1  10              142   93   24   8
Batting Events
2B: P Fielder (23, off J Cueto).
HR: P Fielder (24, off J Cueto; 3rd inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep RF Line).
SH: Y Gallardo (4, off J Cueto).
HBP: C Hart (4, by J Cueto).
TB: P Fielder 7; J Kendall 2; M Gamel; Y Gallardo; C Counsell; C Hart; M Cameron.
GIDP: C Hart (7).
RBI: P Fielder 2 (83); J Hardy (43).
2-out RBI: P Fielder 2.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 1 for 7.
Fielding Events
DP: 1. C Counsell-P Fielder.
E: J Kendall (5).
Baserunning Events
CS: C Counsell (2, 2nd base by J Cueto/R Hanigan).
Cincinnati Reds              AB   R   H RBI   BB  SO    BA   OPS  Pit  Str   PO   A  Details
W Taveras CF                  4   1   2   0    1   1  .250  .592   22   16    0   0   SB
J Hairston SS                 5   1   1   0    0   2  .252  .694   21   14    1   2   2B
J Votto 1B                    4   1   2   0    0   1  .347 1.019   17   11    7   0
B Phillips 2B                 4   0   1   2    0   0  .265  .795    9    8    4   2
E Encarnacion 3B              2   0   0   0    2   0  .217  .733   22    9    1   4
C Dickerson LF-RF             3   1   1   0    1   1  .272  .745   15    9    3   0
J Gomes RF                    4   1   2   3    0   1  .310  .962   18   12    0   0   HR
  F Cordero P                 0   0   0   0    0   0                          0   0
R Hanigan C                   4   0   1   0    0   2  .327  .808   15   12   10   2
J Cueto P                     1   0   0   0    1   0  .125  .325    9    4    0   1   SH
  N Masset P                  0   0   0   0    0   0                          0   0
  D Weathers P                0   0   0   0    0   0                          0   0
  L Nix PH-LF                 1   0   0   0    0   0  .250  .780    3    3    1   0
Totals                       32   5  10   5    5   8              151   98   27  11
Batting Events
2B: J Hairston (15, off Y Gallardo).
HR: J Gomes (6, off S McClung; 8th inn, 1 on, 0 outs to Deep LF Line).
SH: J Cueto (3, off Y Gallardo).
TB: J Gomes 5; J Votto 2; W Taveras 2; J Hairston 2; R Hanigan; C Dickerson; B Phillips.
RBI: J Gomes 3 (19); B Phillips 2 (62).
2-out RBI: J Gomes.
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 2 for 10.
Fielding Events
DP: 2. J Hairston-B Phillips-J Votto; R Hanigan-B Phillips.
Baserunning Events
SB: W Taveras (18, 2nd base off S McClung/J Kendall).

Pitching Stats

Milwaukee Brewers             IP     H   R  ER   BB  SO  HR    ERA   BF  Pit-Str  Ct路Sw路Lk   GB路FB路LD路 ?   GmSc  IR-IS   LevI    WPA
Y Gallardo                     6     7   3   3    4   7   0   3.28   29  113-72   38路10路24    6路12路 8路 0     49    -     1.25   0.05
S McClung, L (3-3)             2     3   2   2    1   1   1   4.79    9   38-26   18路 3路 5    3路 4路 3路 0          0-0    1.15  -0.22
Totals                         8    10   5   5    5   8   1          38  151-98   56路13路29    9路16路11路 0           -  
Cincinnati Reds               IP     H   R  ER   BB  SO  HR    ERA   BF  Pit-Str  Ct路Sw路Lk   GB路FB路LD路 ?   GmSc  IR-IS   LevI    WPA
J Cueto                        6    10   3   3    1   5   1   3.67   28  108-68   39路 7路22   12路 9路 5路 0     44    -     1.25   0.05
N Masset                       1     0   0   0    0   2   0   2.37    3   13-11    6路 4路 1    1路 0路 0路 0          0-0    1.17   0.09
D Weathers, W (2-2)            1     0   0   0    0   2   0   3.16    3   13-8     3路 2路 3    0路 1路 0路 0          0-0    1.44   0.11
F Cordero, S (22)              1     0   0   0    0   1   0   1.66    3    8-6     2路 0路 4    1路 1路 0路 0          0-0    1.04   0.08
Totals                         9    10   3   3    1  10   1          37  142-93   50路13路30   14路11路 5路 0           -  
Balks: None.
WP: Y Gallardo (5).
HBP: J Cueto (6; C Hart).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

Other Info

Umpires: HP – Kevin Causey, 1B – Bill Miller, 2B – Derryl Cousins, 3B – Brian Runge.

Time of Game: 2:56.
Attendance: 25,924.
Start Time Weather: 70掳 F, Wind 4mph from Right to Left, Cloudy, No Precipitation.
 
Yes, I will end with a Charlie Hustle picture.  This is Pete Rose, c.1977-78.
 
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