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I could write a in-depth review about the game but I feel this is one of those games you just have to try out on your own to really get a feel for it. If you do want me to tell you more about it, just comment on this post and I will tell you what I like about it.
Cincinnati Reds won today against San Diego Padres (4-1) at PetCo Park in a much-needed win for the Reds. Homer Bailey was pitching great and went 8.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 run getting 7 strike outs. He has really become a great pitcher to watch now. Aroldis Chapman pitched 0.2 innings to get his 25th save.
Derrick Robinson went 1 for 4 with 1 run, 1 walk and 1 strike out. He layed down a few very nice bunts in this game and so did Zack Cozart who went 2 for 4 with 1 run and 1 strike out. Cozart batted 7th in the batting order while Robinson batted number 1 again. Chris Heisey went 2 for 5 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI while Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with a home run. Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 and Todd Frazier continues to slump by going 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs. Corky Miller went 1 for 3 and is always a great player to watch play behind the plate. I still think he will be the manager of the Reds one day. Or should I say, I hope he is the manager of the Reds one day? Either way I really would like to see him manage at the pro level later in his life.
Todd Frazier has not got a hit since July 25 when he went 2 for 4 against Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 0 for 4 with 2 SO July 31. 0 for 4 vs. Padres on July 30. 0 for 3 on July 29 vs. Padres. O for 3 vs. Dodgers on July 28. 0 for 3, July 27 and O for 3 on July 26 vs. the Dodgers. So he went 2 for 24 against Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in 7 games. Vs. San Francisco Giants the series before he went 8 for 17 with 6 RBI. He is due to come out of the slump and starting hitting again.
July 30, 2013 at PetCo Park, Cincinnati Reds lost another game to San Diego Padres. It was a very close game but a loss is a loss, and right now the Reds don’t need any.
Just when I wrote that Derrick Robinson was a good solution at lead off for the Reds, he goes 0 for 5 with one strike out. Shin-Soo Choo (who played left field) went 0 for 3 batting in the second spot of the batting order and caused a lot of concern by fans when he was pitch hit for by Chris Heisey. Joey Votto got 3 walks with one run tonight and did not look comfortable running the bases for some strange reason. Brandon Phillips went 0 for 3 with one walk. Jay Bruce had a 2 for 4 night with one RBI and one run. 3B Todd Frazier went 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs and is still looking very uncomfortable at the plate. Zack Cozart went 2 for 3 with one walk. Devin Mesoraco went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI with 2 strike outs. Mat Latos pitched a pretty good game but also looked uncomfortable on the mound and a few times looked like he was trying to hard to over throw the ball again. He went 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs with 2 walks and 6 strike outs. Logan Ondrusek pitched 1 inning allowing one walk and getting 2 strike outs. Manny Parra came in and gave up one hit and one earned run and got the loss and Sam LeCure gave up two hits and one earned run, along with getting two strike outs.
San Diego Padres starter, Edinson Volquez went 6.1 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 walks and got 3 strike outs. And if the Reds would have not swung at a lot of bad pitches that walk total would have been a lot higher. Some of the at bats made Volquez look like Justin Verlander out there. The Reds so badly want to get out of this hitters slump that they are over thinking it and trying to hard right now. They need someone in the club house to have fun with it and boost them out of this. A Ryan Ludwick / Jonny Gomes type player.
Mat Latos will pitch tonight against trade counterpart Edinson Volquez when Cincinnati Reds will play game two against San Diego Padres. Many remember the trade in which Mat Latos came over to the Reds for Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger. At the time many fans wondered if the Reds over paid for the young pitcher, but now those same people are very happy the deal was done. Mat Latos has become a solid number 1 / 2 pitcher in the Reds rotation.
In his career Mat Latos has 12 wins and 13 losses in 32 starts at PetCo Park. I am hoping he gets win number 13 tonight. If the Reds can get another solid 0 to 1 run 7 innings out of their rotation today it would really help the team get a much-needed win against the Padres. In 54 starts (342 Innings) for the Reds he has 24 wins and 7 losses with a 3.45 ERA with Cincinnati. He has 51 wins with 36 losses in his career. (126 GS, 771 IP)
I see a lack of confidence in some of the players right now that needs to be crushed fast by putting some runs up on the score board. Mat Latos is a beast on the mound but he is human just like the rest of us, if he is losing he gets frustrated and sometimes over throws his pitches. He needs to stay relaxed out there and the best way to do that is to give him a 4 to 6 run cushion.
For those that want to know, Edinson Volquez has 1 win 0 losses in 2 starts against his former team, Cincinnati Reds. 12 innings with 6 walks and 15 strike outs giving up 6 earned runs, 2 of them home runs. I am hoping the wild man plays tonight and the Reds pick up tons of walks against him. A 5 walk first inning would be nice for the Reds.
There are many things I learned while watching Cincinnati Reds last game against San Diego Padres. (2-1 loss) Mike Leake is a stud number 4/5 guy in the rotation for the Reds. If the Reds were looking for a Bronson Arroyo replacement, they found him. Leake is going to be a solid 200+ inning pitcher every season no matter where you put him in the rotation. If the Reds don’t re-sign Bronson
Arroyo they will have Mike Leake who will become their Mr. Dependable no problem. Every time it is his turn in the rotation he will be there, good or bad, he will be there. Last night he went 7 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Can’t get any better than that from your number 4/5 guy in the rotation. I still like Bronson Arroyo, and I hope they do re-sign him but the money he is asking for might be too much for the Reds to handle, at least we know we have another solid inning eater just in case.
The second thing I saw out of last nights game was Derrick Robinson will be a solid top of the batting order guy if the Reds don’t re-sign Shin-Soo Choo which will give the Reds options on if they want to rush Billy Hamilton. Robinson went 2 for 5 with a triple and a run. Robinson has great speed and would be a bonus for any club, especially if he is coming off the bench like his is for the Reds, but what I saw yesterday is, he can be a pretty solid lead off guy if they really need it. Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson have really impressed me and should have jobs on this club for a very long time if they keep it up.
With all of this, it is good to have a back up plan and from what I have seen, the Reds have two. Mike Leake can be the teams next generations Bronson Arroyo and Derrick Robinson can be the teams lead off hitter next season if Billy Hamilton needs another year to grow. Options are always good to have when it comes to a MLB team with a tight budget.
In 53 at bats, Joey Votto has 20 hits, 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 12 runs batted in, 7 runs, 12 walks and 8 strike outs with a .377 career batting average in San Diego Padres PetCo Park.
There are a few fans out there that are concerned about Joey Votto’s RBI total this season for the Cincinnati Reds. He has 47 RBI in 392 AB this season. He has a .319 BA with a .429 OBP which is pretty close to what he usually gets every season. His RBI total is low but I think he is still doing a great job coming off the injury and should produce just like he does every season. Having him and Shin-Soo Choo playing on the team has made it a lot of fun to watch this season, that is for sure.
This has brought on a discussion through out this season that Joey Votto should be moved to the number 2 spot in the batting order behind Shin-Soo Choo. I personally think he is in the right spot in the batting order and should remain there. The number 2 man in the order should be someone who can get the leadoff hitter over to scoring position for our number 3 and 4 hitters.
I am hoping for a huge game for Joey Votto today and would love to see a 4 for 4 day.
I have moved on from shaking my head and yelling at the TV for players like Drew Stubbs (who was traded) and Homer Bailey (who is now starting to pitch well) to a new target who seems to just get deeper and deeper on my … list. Devin Mesoraco has made some plays lately that have had me not only screaming at my TV but very close to throwing things at it too. But, I am trying to let the youngster grow up and learn from his mistakes like I was supposed to do with Drew Stubbs and Homer Bailey. Some days though, it is very hard not to yell. I just sit and chew on my tea tree toothpicks and hope he learns fast. It seems like he is just not in the game mentally some days and this is not a good thing when you are a catcher. I won’t even get started on his base running.
Now don’t get to upset with this rant, I like the kid and hope the scouts are right about him, but there are days when I really can’t understand some of the things he does. I guess this is the growing pains we fans have to put up with in order to have the star player everyone promises.
I will once again say I was very wrong about Homer Bailey and I am very happy the Reds front office never listened to me 2 years ago when I said, “Trade Bailey and Stubbs!” Homer Bailey has really become a great pitcher to watch now. Ryan Hanigan as his catcher has really given him confidence and that shows every time he pitches now. Bailey getting a no-hitter at Great American Ball Park against San Francisco Giants is what this team needed. This should boost the team to really start winning and once again make a push to win it all!
Pitching IP H BB SO BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD Homer Bailey W (5-6) 9 0 1 9 28 109 74 41 16 17 8 10 3
I saw this picture today and just had to share it. Seeing Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo having fun puts a smile on my face. I really think this is going to be another great season for Cincinnati Reds and these two players will help with that by getting on base as much as they can. [The story behind this image is, Joey Votto went to high five Shin-Soo Choo and they missed which lead to Votto going back and trying again.]
Photo: Lynne Sladky
Zack Cozart goes 4 for 5 and became a very hot topic on twitter today during the game. He was doing great at the plate and in the field (except for the throwing error). Joey Votto went 2 for 3 with 2 walks and a very nice home run. Brandon Phillips went 2 for 4 with 1 walk and 2 runs batted in. Mat Latos went 6.2 innings allowing 8 hits, 4 earned runs with 1 walk and 4 strike outs. Mets players were hitting the ball pretty good off of him today but Reds players were making great plays behind him in order to keep the game close.
One of my favorite things to do now while I watch a Reds game is to keep an eye on twitter. It is amazing how quickly a fan can tweet their thoughts during a play (good or bad). For me, it adds even more excitement to the game. Just to see tons of fans announce a home run in their own words on twitter is a lot of fun to watch. If you have never watched a Reds game and been on twitter at the same time, I highly recommend it but be very careful what you say or retweet, some people might attack you.