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Reds Disappointing After All-Star Break in 10 Game Homestand

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

After the All-Star break and before the 10 game home-stand, the Reds (46-50) were only 4 games under .500 and had the opportunity to improve their record above .500.

Cincinnati began their home-stand with a four game series against the hot New York Mets – the Mets had currently the best run of any team in MLB with an 8 game winning streak before facing the Reds. In the first game of the series, the Reds had an 8-6 lead that they blew in the 9th inning, allowing the Mets to score 4 runs on their route to a 10-6 victory as well as their biggest comeback of the season. In the second game, the Reds played better using a minimal rally to score 4 runs in the 5th inning to win 5-2. In the third game, the Reds won pretty convincingly with a 7-2 victory. The last game of the series, the Reds lost 7-5 in 10 innings on Encarcion’s throwing error. In essence, they should have swept the Mets and been at .500 with a 50-50 record, but the blown save in the 9th of the first game and Encarcion’s throwing error in the last game of the series was crucial points of the Reds splitting the series with the Mets.

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In the next three games of the home-stand, the San Diego Padres had a 6 game losing streak heading into Cincinnati. The Reds had a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning and San Diego had never came back to win after being down eight innings all season, until they played the Reds and rallied to score 3 runs in the 9th inning for a 6-4 win to snap their 6 game losing streak. That was another disappointing blown save and loss for the Reds. The next two games Cincinnati won 4-3 on Keppinger’s run-scoring double in the 11th inning, and the final game of the series a 9-5 pounding, with the highlight of the game Dunn batting 2-of-4 hitting a grand slam and an RBI single. Overall, not bad winning 2 of 3 against San Diego, but again Cincinnati should have swept San Diego.

The Reds had done so-so in the homestand before wrapping up the last 3 games of the home-stand against the Colorado Rockies. The Reds just had a meltdown and were swept in 3 games to the Rockies with scores of 7-2, 5-1, and an embarrassing 11-0 shutout to close out their 10 game home-stand. I don’t understand how the Reds did decent in their first 7 games against New York and San Diego, even though they blew a few games, although they were close and stuck with both New York and San Diego in the games they lost, but I can’t believe they played so poorly against Colorado.

The Reds finished their homestand winning only 4 of 10 games. Now Cincinnati is in a midst of a 6 game road stand with 3 game series against the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The Astros beat the Reds 5-4 and 6-2 to jump ahead of the Reds for 4th place in the NL Central, while Cincinnati has now lost five games in a row and the Pittsburgh Pirates have moved up to fifth place to be a half-game ahead of the last place Reds.

Reds Head into All-Star Break as an Improved Team

Monday, July 14th, 2008

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The Cincinnati Reds are no longer in the cellar and they have moved-up to fourth place in the NL Central Division.

The Reds (46-50) head into the All-star break only 4 games under .500. In the last 10 games, Cincinnati went 7-3 with a 4 game sweep at home against Washington, winning 1 of 3 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, and 2 of 3 at Milwaukee.

After the All-Star break, the Reds will resume with a 10 game home-stand on Thursday, July 17th as they start with 4 games against the hot New York Mets. The Mets go into the All-Star break with an 8 game winning steak – currently the best run of any team in Major League Baseball. After playing the Mets, they will take on San Diego and Colorado, each in a three game series.

Hopefully the Reds can take advantage of this 10 game home-stand and get their overall record above .500.  At home, they have a 26-19 record and are 16-12 against teams in the NL East. After sweeping the Nationals in 4 games at home back in early July, the Reds will get a chance to add to their home winning streak.

Griffey Hits Milestone 600th Home Run

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Jerry Hariston lead off and hit a single to start the top of the first inning, Jay Bruce struck out looking, and Hariston stole second and third, then it was Ken Griffey Jr who would make history against left handed pitcher Mark Hariston.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit a 2 run shot on a 3-1 pitch in the top of the first inning on Monday night against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium to become the sixth player in baseball history to achieve the milestone of 600 career home runs.  

The only other players to hit 600 home runs are Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays.

Griffey blasted it 413 feet into the right field seats, and then fans were scrambling for the ball.  After he rounded the bases and gave high fives to his teammates in the dugout, Griffey came out of the dugout and received a standing ovation for his accomplishment from Florida Marlin fans.

The Reds went onto beat the Marlins 9-4.

Griffey Going for 600th Home Run

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Ken Griffey Jr. is looking to reach a milestone by hitting his 600th home run of his baseball career.  

Griffey hit home run number 598 against the San Diego Padres Thursday night in their 8-2 loss.  He had not hit a home run in his last 90 at-bats.  The last time he homered was about a month ago on April 23rd against Houston.  It was the second longest drought of his career without hitting a home run. 

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The thirty-eight year old is in his 20th season batting .247 and has hit 5 HRs, 22 RBIS, and scored 20 runs this season.  His prime with hitting home runs was with the Seattle Mariners back in 1997 and 1998 when he had 56 home runs both seasons.

Obviously, he is past his prime, but hopefully Griffey can become the sixth major league baseball player in history to hit 600 career home runs this season.  (Now if only the Reds could be good and achieve a milestone by finally making the playoffs).

Dunn, Reds Sweep Indians

Monday, May 19th, 2008

The Cincinnati Reds swept the Cleveland Indians in a three game series this weekend in Cincinnati at Great American Ballpark. 

The Reds beat the Tribe on Friday 4-3, 4-2 Saturday, and 6-4 to conclude the series on Sunday. 

Former Dayton Dragons player, Reds left fielder Adam Dunn was the star in the series having a home run in each game.  He was a big contributor for Cincinnati in all 3 games.  On Friday, Dunn had the bases-loaded go-ahead walk for the Reds in their 4-3 victory.  On Saturday when they were down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th inning, Dunn hit the game winning 3 run homer to make it 4-2.  Dunn has continuted his streak of 4 straight games with a home run.  The streak of 4 straight games with a home run matches his career high of home runs when he did it in August 2004 and June 2006.

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The 21-23 Cincinnati Reds are on a 6 game winning streak and have swept Florida and Cleveland in their 6 game homestand.  Not only did they sweep Cleveland, but they are no longer in last place in the division and have their longest winning streak of the season. 

The Cincinnati Reds will now have to keep the winning streak alive and test it out on the road as they head out to southern California this week and begin their 7 game road stand.  They take on Los Angeles Dodgers in 3 games starting Monday night at 10:10PM and then move on to play a 4 game series with San Diego.

Reds Lose on Opening Day

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

On Opening Day, after an hour rain delay, the Cincinnati Reds dropped their home opener in Great American Ballpark to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Monday afternoon. 

After Arizona Diamondback firstbase man Conor Jackson hit an RBI single to score secondbase man Orlando Hudson in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, the Diamondbacks would hit 2 more solo home runs in the third inning to go up 3-0.  The Reds caught up to the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the 4th inning when they scored their only 2 runs of the game.  After secondbase man Brandon Phillips hit a triple RBI for Ken Griffey to score the run, left fielder Adam Dunn grounded out to second for Brandon Phillips to score.  Arizona would hit another solo home run in the 7th inning to put away the Reds.

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Brandon Webb got the W on opening day after he pitched 6 innings for the Diamondbacks, giving up 2 runs, 3 hits, 6 walks, and had 4 strikeouts. 

This was not the way new Reds Manager Dusty Baker wanted to make his starting debut.  When will the Reds have a winning season?  Hopefully Dusty Baker and the Reds can get it together this year and have a winning season because they need to end their 7 year season losing streak. 

The Cincinnati Reds have 2 more games against Arizona starting on Wednesday night at 7 PM and Thursday afternoon, before having a 4 game homestand with the Philadelphia Phillies.