Cincinnati Reds are looking for RHP Mat Latos to come up big in the game vs. Pittsburgh Pirates tonight. Reds have been suffering from even more injuries lately and really need a push of good luck before the All-Star break.
Pirates vs Reds
Mat Latos 55 | P
2 – 1 ERA 2.41
Jeff Locke 49 | P
2 – 1 ERA 3.08
Reds fall on walk-off walk to end marathon series
Tony Cingrani walked Russell Martin with the bases loaded in the 12th inning as the Reds lost, 4-3, to the Pirates on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park.
Martin’s walk-off walk caps extra-inning battle
Three innings after Jason Grilli surrendered a game-tying ninth-inning homer, Russell Martin walked with two outs and the bases loaded to give the Bucs a 4-3 win over the Reds on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park. Source
Patiently waiting: Martin takes for team
In the 12th inning of a game delayed by rain and kept alive by Devin Mesoraco’s homer in the ninth, Russell Martin drew a bases-loaded walk to send the Pirates home winners. Jeff Locke is still winless despite a quality start, and Gregory Polanco extended his hit streak to nine. Source
Hughes starts a rundown
CIN@PIT: Hughes starts a 1-4-3 inning-ending rundown
Sanchez advances to second
CIN@PIT: Sanchez advancement by balk leads to run
Barmes scores on a balk
CIN@PIT: Barmes crosses dish on a balk for first run
Hamilton steals third
CIN@PIT: Hamilton steals his 29th base of the season
Barmes’ nice play
CIN@PIT: Barmes charges grounder and fires for out
Bruce’s sac fly
CIN@PIT: Bruce knocks in Votto on a sacrifice fly
Polanco extends streak with Bucs
CIN@PIT: Polanco extends hitting streak to nine games
Mesoraco’s fine defense
CIN@PIT: Mesoraco fields a bunt and fires to second
Marte’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Marte hits an RBI single to tie the game
McCutchen’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: McCutchen smacks an RBI single for 3-2 lead
Marte’s heads-up throw
CIN@PIT: Marte throws out Frazier trying for second
Frazier’s nice play
CIN@PIT: Frazier makes nice play on grounder to third
Phillips’ leaping catch
CIN@PIT: Phillips makes a leaping grab to get the out
LeCure works out of a jam
CIN@PIT: LeCure gets Reds out of bases-loaded jam
Harrison’s barehanded play
CIN@PIT: Harrison makes a barehanded grab on grounder
Hamilton’s sliding catch
CIN@PIT: Hamilton slides to make an outstanding catch
Mesoraco picks off Barmes
CIN@PIT: Mesoraco picks off Barmes at second base
Mesoraco’s game-tying homer
CIN@PIT: Mesoraco hammers game-tying homer in the 9th
Hamilton’s outstanding catch
CIN@PIT: Hamilton makes leaping grab against the wall
Martin’s walk-off walk
CIN@PIT: Martin walks off Bucs with bases-loaded walk
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Reds aim to cap sweep of Bucs behind Bailey
The opportunity for the Reds to hand the Pirates their first home sweep since 2012 presents itself Thursday with Homer Bailey on the mound opposite Jeff Locke at PNC Park. Source
Reds vs Pirates
7 – 3 ERA 4.68
8 – 5 ERA 3.20 (Career vs PIT)
In Friday’s no-decision vs. the Crew, Bailey had a long fourth inning that brought him up to 70 pitches. He course-corrected and used only 22 over the next two scoreless innings. He seems to have righted himself the past 11 starts after a bad April.
2 – 2 ERA 4.26
0 – 0 ERA 4.57
2-0 ERA 0.42
0-1 ERA 1.06
2-7 ERA 4.52
1 -Billy Hamilton doubles (11) on a soft line drive to left fielder Starling Marte.
1 – With Joey Votto batting, Billy Hamilton steals (29) 3rd base.
3 – Billy Hamilton grounds out, third baseman Pedro Alvarez to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
5 – Billy Hamilton strikes out swinging.
8 – Billy Hamilton strikes out swinging.
10 – Billy Hamilton grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
1 – Todd Frazier grounds out, third baseman Pedro Alvarez to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
3 – Todd Frazier called out on strikes.
6 – Todd Frazier singles on a sharp line drive to left fielder Starling Marte. Todd Frazier out at 2nd, left fielder Starling Marte to second baseman Josh Harrison.
8 – Todd Frazier singles on a ground ball to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
10 – Todd Frazier singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
10 – With Brandon Phillips batting, Todd Frazier caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Jared Hughes to second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
1 – Joey Votto out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Billy Hamilton scores.
4 – Joey Votto doubles (12) on a sharp line drive to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
6 – Joey Votto grounds out to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
8 – Joey Votto flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
10 – Joey Votto flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
1 – Brandon Phillips grounds out, second baseman Josh Harrison to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
4 – Brandon Phillips flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Joey Votto to 3rd.
6 – Brandon Phillips grounds out softly to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
8 – Brandon Phillips grounds into a force out, shortstop Clint Barmes to second baseman Josh Harrison. Todd Frazier out at 2nd.
11 – Brandon Phillips lines out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
2 – Jay Bruce flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
4 – Jay Bruce out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Joey Votto scores.
7 – Jay Bruce grounds out, first baseman Gaby Sanchez to pitcher Tony Watson.
9 – Jay Bruce flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
11 – Jay Bruce grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
2 – Devin Mesoraco grounds out, third baseman Pedro Alvarez to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
4 – Devin Mesoraco lines out softly to second baseman Josh Harrison.
7 – Devin Mesoraco walks.
9 – Devin Mesoraco homers (10) on a fly ball to left field.
11 – Devin Mesoraco grounds out softly to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
2 – Chris Heisey reaches on a fielding error by first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
5 – Chris Heisey flies out to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
7 – Chris Heisey flies out to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
9 – Chris Heisey flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
12 – Chris Heisey strikes out on a foul tip.
2 – Zack Cozart grounds out, shortstop Clint Barmes to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
5 – Zack Cozart walks.
7 – Zack Cozart singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Devin Mesoraco to 2nd.
9 – Zack Cozart doubles (12) on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen, deflected by left fielder Starling Marte.
12 – Zack Cozart grounds out, shortstop Jordy Mercer to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
3 – Homer Bailey grounds out, second baseman Josh Harrison to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
5 – Homer Bailey out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher Chris Stewart to second baseman Josh Harrison. Zack Cozart to 2nd.
7 – Ryan Ludwick grounds out softly, second baseman Josh Harrison to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
9 – Brayan Pena lines out to right fielder Gregory Polanco.
12 – Tony Cingrani grounds out, pitcher Justin Wilson to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
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Reds cruise after early strike
A seven-run third inning sent the Reds on the way to a rout of the Pirates and made things easy on Alfredo Simon, who became the NL’s first 10-game winner on a night that saw a historic hit from Gregory Polanco, a rain delay and a mound appearance by Travis Snider.
Polanco takes place in Bucs history in loss to Reds
Gregory Polanco became the first rookie in Pirates history to hit safely in each of his first eight games in Wednesday’s 11-4 loss to the Reds at rainy PNC Park. Source
Simon NL’s first 10-game winner as Reds rout Bucs
The Reds scored seven runs in the third to back a solid Alfredo Simon en route to an 11-4 win over the Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park. Source
Reds score seven in the 3rd
6/18/14: The Reds take an early commanding lead over the Pirates with seven runs scored in the 3rd inning
On a side note; I bet Snider will remember striking out Votto for the rest of his life and that should give him something to talk about for many years to come. Cozart walked, Hoover walked at his first career at bat and Hamilton hit while Votto struck out swinging.
Out call overturned
CIN@PIT: Out call on runner overturned in 3rd inning
Alvarez’s great snag
CIN@PIT: Alvarez snags hot shot, fires to nab Frazier
Phillips, Marte horse around
CIN@PIT: Phillips drags Marte’s foot off second
Frazier’s strong throw
CIN@PIT: Frazier makes strong throw to nab McCutchen
Hamilton’s diving catch
CIN@PIT: Hamilton robs Martin with great diving catch
Phillips’ RBI double
CIN@PIT: Phillips rips a double to left, plates Votto
Schumaker’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Schumaker singles to right to score Phillips
Hurdle tossed for arguing
CIN@PIT: Hurdle is tossed for arguing overturned call
Votto’s nice diving stop
CIN@PIT: Votto makes great diving stop, flips for out
Polanco’s record-setting single
CIN@PIT: Polanco sets Pirates record with single
Umpires review out call at home
CIN@PIT: Umps review out call, overturned in 5th
Hamilton’s RBI double
CIN@PIT: Hamilton doubles to left to score Cozart
Snider fans Votto
CIN@PIT: Snider strikes out Votto in the 9th
Tabata’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Tabata singles to center to score Polanco
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Hot-hitting Bucs looking to even series vs. Reds
With both the Reds and Pirates clicking offensively, it will be up to starters Alfredo Simon and Edinson Volquez to assume the burden when the teams square off on Wednesday at PNC Park. Source
Reds vs Pirates
Alfredo Simon 31 | P
9 – 3 ERA 2.95
2 – 3 ERA 2.57 (Career vs PIT)
Simon tossed eight strong innings against the Dodgers on Thursday, allowing one run on seven hits, walking one and and striking out five to earn his ninth win. He is 2-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 15 career appearances (one start) against Pittsburgh.
Edinson Volquez 36 | P
4 – 5 ERA 3.89
1 – 1 ERA 3.55 (Career vs CIN)
Volquez is coming off a scoreless seven-inning performance vs. the Cubs on Thursday. The righty is 1-1 (four starts) with a 3.55 ERA against his former team. He allowed the Reds two runs in seven innings in a 4-1 loss on April 22.
Heavyweight pop: Frazier slugs Bucs
In a back-and-forth game that saw Billy Hamilton (3-for-4, three steals, two runs) and Josh Harrison (4-for-5, two RBIs) go blow for blow, Todd Frazier stole the show with a go-ahead homer in the ninth to push the Reds to 5-2 since Joey Votto (three RBIs) returned. Source
Bullpen falters late as Bucs drop see-saw affair
Josh Harrison had another big night, but Jason Grilli gave up a go-ahead homer in the ninth as the Bucs fell to the Reds, 6-5, on Tuesday at PNC Park. Source
Frazier’s go-ahead homer spurs Reds over Bucs
Billy Hamilton dazzled on the basepaths but Todd Frazier had the biggest swing of the night with a go-ahead home run in the ninth as the Reds downed the Pirates, 6-5, on Tuesday at PNC Park. Source
Frazier’s homer in the 9th
6/17/14: Todd Frazier hits a solo shot off Jason Grilli in the top of the 9th inning to put the Reds up, 6-5.
Hamilton swipes third
CIN@PIT: Hamilton uses his speed to steal third base
Votto’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Votto drives in Hamilton with an RBI single
Harrison’s heads-up double play
CIN@PIT: Harrison catches liner, doubles off Ludwick
Harrison’s RBI double
CIN@PIT: Harrison brings in Martin with a double
Moment of silence for Gwynn
CIN@PIT: Pirates hold moment of silence for Gwynn
Hamilton’s second stolen base
CIN@PIT: Hamilton steals second, advances on error
Polanco’s hit streak continues
CIN@PIT: Polanco ties Clemente with hit streak
Martin’s bases-loaded walk
CIN@PIT: Martin draws walk to score Marte
Hamilton’s throw gets McCutchen
CIN@PIT: Hamilton, Pena combine to get Cutch at plate
Ludwick’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Ludwick brings in Phillips with RBI single
Pena’s productive forceout
CIN@PIT: Pena brings in a run with fielder’s choice
Hamilton’s third stolen base
CIN@PIT: Hamilton swipes third base of the game
Votto’s two-run single
CIN@PIT: Votto plates Hamilton, Frazier with single
Davis’ RBI single
CIN@PIT: Davis cuts lead to two runs with RBI single
Martin’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Martin’s RBI single makes it a one-run game
Harrison’s game-tying single
CIN@PIT: Harrison scores Davis with an RBI single
Frazier’s homer in the 9th
CIN@PIT: Frazier gives Reds lead in 9th with home run
Marte’s shoestring catch
CIN@PIT: Marte runs down liner, makes shoestring grab
Chapman closes the door
CIN@PIT: Chapman gets Barmes to fly out to end it
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Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been very vocal about this series at Great American Ball Park and want blood for Chapman and Leake hitting their players. A few fans have suggested that their best pitcher who is coming off of a great game should go out there today and hit a Reds player in order to get revenge and get a message out there. What? I won’t include the quote because seriously I really don’t understand the logic. Why would a team which is down 2-0 in the series want to get their best pitcher ejected from the game for something so stupid? I have stayed off of twitter and have not posted much about this series because the Pirates fans are really out head hunting right now and I don’t have the patience to get into an argument with someone over something so dumb. There was no intention behind those pitches. Both pitchers were trying to get the pitches inside and they hit the batters, that is all. If Burnett hits a batter today, the umps will be all over the Pirates and they are only making this worse for themselves. One thing many Pirates fans are not talking about is the fact that they are not facing Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips or Johnny Cueto and still are losing.
I for one will not be upset if Burnett hits one of the Reds players today. I will not go crazy with rage and think it is intentional and I will not go to every Pirates message board out there and post how I think their team should be fined and banned…. LOL Because, as a baseball fan, I understand one very important thing, it is BASEBALL!!!!!!!
And to those Pirates fans out there that do read this, please don’t bash me for writing this. I am just trying to understand the logic behind some of your fans. I have nothing but respect for the Pirates (At the start of the season I predicted them to be 2nd in the division.) Even when your players pretty much acted like babies when they did get hit, I still have respect for the team. So please keep your mean comments to yourselves and have a nice season.
On this day, last year, Jay Bruce went 4 for 5 with one HR, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs and one strike out. Miguel Cairo, who was playing 2B that day went 3 for 4 with 1 HR, 1 run, 1 RBI and got hit by a pitch. Jonny Gomes also hit one HR that day.
Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Great American Ball Park in front of 32,105 fans Cincinnati Reds lost to Pittsburgh Pirates. Pirates 7 – Reds 6 But the team saw some nice offense from Jay Bruce and Miguel Cairo.
Hopefully Jay Bruce will see the same results today against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse. Side note: Jay Bruce’s HR was off an 81 mph sinker in the bottom of the 7th inning against Jose Veras. Kyle Lohse loves to throw a 89 mph sinker. Bruce hit a HR off of Kyle Lohse back on May 9, 2009 (84 mph slider) [Source]
April 17, 2011 vs. Pirates
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str Drew Stubbs CF 6 0 1 0 0 2 .286 .830 28 22 Miguel Cairo 2B 4 1 3 1 0 0 .286 .733 17 10 HRHBP Joey Votto 1B 3 1 1 0 2 2 .444 1.211 23 14 Scott Rolen 3B 5 1 1 1 0 1 .229 .702 17 10 2B Jonny Gomes LF 5 1 1 1 0 2 .261 1.131 13 10 HR Jay Bruce RF 5 2 4 2 0 1 .278 .748 14 9 HR Ramon Hernandez C 3 0 1 0 0 0 .303 .907 9 8 Jordan Smith P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 Bill Bray P 0 0 0 0 0 0 Chris Heisey PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 .286 .876 5 1 Logan Ondrusek P 0 0 0 0 0 0 Francisco Cordero P 0 0 0 0 0 0 Edgar Renteria PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 .444 .950 1 1 Paul Janish SS 5 0 2 1 0 1 .313 .660 11 7 Edinson Volquez P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 8 5 Ryan Hanigan C 2 0 0 0 1 0 .250 .823 14 7 Team Totals 41 6 15 6 4 10 .366 1.045 160 104
I have seen a lot of 2012 National League Central predictions and thought I would share my predictions. Many experts still think St. Louis Cardinals will be the top team, but if you look at my predictions I won’t show them any love at all, because I really think their losses out weigh their gains this offseason. Plus, they did not finish first last season with what they had so it is not easy for me to understand how people expect them to get first in 2012. I do think the Pirates will have a good season though and they could be a tough team to beat again for the Reds this season.
Now, of course these are just my early thoughts on what the standings will look like and I have been wrong many years. I do have a feeling though that the Cardinals and Brewers are going to have a tough time repeating what they did in 2011. Not just because of Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols but because of everything that has happened this offseason.
My 2012 National League Central Prediction:
1. Cincinnati Reds
2. Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Milwaukee Brewers
4. St. Louis Cardinals
5. Chicago Cubs
6. Houston Astros
Kerry Wood might be leaving Chicago Cubs to sign with Philadelphia Phillies. If this happens it will go down as another move this offseason that will help the Cincinnati Reds in 2012 which they did not have to make. [Source]
Kerry Wood has a career 14-6 record against the Reds with a 2.85 ERA. With 201 strike outs while only giving up 59 walks in 161.1 IP and 47 games. He has a 4-3 record at Great American Ball Park and a 4.05 ERA with 66 strike outs and 17 walks along with only allowing 7 home runs in 53.1 innings pitched. (17 games)
If Kerry Wood does leave the Cubs this will be another move that has pushed the Reds closer to first place in the National League Central without them making any other moves. The Reds did get Sean Marshall and Mat Latos in trades earlier this offseason and are waiting to find out if they will re-sign closer Francisco Cordero but other than that they have not had to really do much more.
This has been one very interesting offseason for Reds fans. First we saw Albert Pujols along with manager Tony LaRussa leave St. Louis Cardinals. Prince Fielder is not expected to return to Milwaukee Brewers and Ryan Braun is expected to get a 50 game suspension due to testing positive for PEDs. The Chicago Cubs are cleaning house and are dealing away most of their high salary players like Carlos Zambrano and there are still rumors that Matt Garza might be next. Houston Astros are in a rebuilding year and are getting ready to move to the American League. Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are the only teams in National League Central that have not been losing lots of their key players this offseason.