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Walk-off Number One

The Reds were well-prepared to face their rarely-seen Boston opponents. Bryan Price, who replaced Dusty Baker, had colorful spray charts at his disposal. The charts helped Price somewhat, but it was the Red Sox’s dismal 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position that really kept the Reds in the game. In the tight game the Red Sox defense was peerless. Dustin Pedroia turned a glove-to-glove 4-6-3 double play on Skip Schumaker’s batted ball to silence the stirrings of a sixth-inning rally. The Red Sox were winning going into the eighth. Junichi Tazawa replaced Burke Badenhop and easily induced a pop out off Chris Heisey’s bat. Joey Votto walked even though Tazawa got ahead of the slugger 0-2 and Brandon Phillips followed with a double that scuttled into the left field corner. Todd Frazier singled in Votto and Juan Nieves paid Tazawa a visit. The pause in the action didn’t quell the visitors’ rally; Ryan Ludwick lofted the ball deep enough to right to plate Phillips to tie the game. Shane Victorino was key to maintaining the tie. In the ninth inning Koji Uehara had another shaky (for him) outing. With a runner on second and one out Tucker Barnhart (who must...

Rosy

Game 72: June 15, 2008 Red Sox 9 W: Josh Beckett (7-4) 44-28, 2 game winning streak Reds 0 L: Homer Bailey (0-3) 33-38, 2 game losing streak Highlights: A pitcher named Homer. A maid named Dusty. An election supervisor named Chad. A plastic surgeon named Nick. An therapist specializing in anorexia named Slim. In the first inning Jacoby Ellsbury broke the rookie Red Sox stolen base record held by Ambrose (“Amby”) Moses McConnell. The record had stood since 1908. It is almost inevitable that Ellsbury will eclipse Tommy Harper’s 1973 mark of 54 swipes sometime this season.McConnell was also the first player to ever ground into an unassisted triple play in a regular season major league game. The description from SABR’s site on triple plays described the events of July 19, 1909 succinctly:Amby McConnell (BOS) is the batter with a ?-? count. On a hit-and-run play he hit a liner to the SS, Neal Ball (OUT 1)SS then touched second to double up the runner from that base, Heinie Wagner, who had almost reached third on the play (OUT 2)SS then tagged the runner from first, Jake Stahl, who was running toward him and had no chance to...

Vermilion

Game 71: June 14, 2008 Red Sox 6 H: Hideki Okajima (13)H: Manny Delcarmen (9)BS, W: Jonathan Papelbon (3, 3-2)S: Craig Hansen (1) 43-28, 1 game winning streak Reds 4 L: Mike Lincoln (0-2) 33-37, 1 game losing streak Highlights: Sean Casey did the lineups better than Brandon Phillips and their teams followed suit. Tim Wakefield wasn’t part of the decision because of Papelbon’s blown save, but the knuckleballer went seven strong, walking just two while striking out six. Hansen, who signed a major league deal after being drafted in the first round of 2005 and was on the fast track to be the Red Sox closer, achieved his first save in the bigs. It seems one of the traditions the Reds organization decided to promulgate is to set off fireworks when one of their players smacks a game-tying home run, which Edwin Encarnacion did in the bottom of the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon. I can see how obscuring the field with smoke can add to the experience: it’s something the Pirates or Mariners should consider doing as a hazy veil would spare attendees from the often ghastly play of such cellar-dwelling teams.Three of the four runs the Reds...

Crimson

Game 70: June 13, 2008 Red Sox 1 L: Justin Masterson (3-1) 42-28, 1 game losing streak Reds 3 W: Aaron Harang (3-9)H: Jared Burton (6)S: Francisco Cordero (13) 33-36, 2 game winning streak Highlights: The Red Sox played in Cincinnati for the first time since the 1975 World Series. That series alternated between Fenway Park and Riverfront Stadium. Although the Reds are the oldest club in the majors, the team broke with tradition and was the first home field using AstroTurf. It was disconcerting to watch replays of that fabled series as one venue was replete with oldtime baseball charm and the other was a sterile duplicate of many other multipurpose stadia erected in that era. Great American Ball Park is a vast improvement over its generic predecessor, although its dimensions make it an all too cozy place for both established sluggers like Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey, Jr. as well as the blossoming boomer Jay Bruce. Ballparks.com lists the following boundaries: left field foul pole: 328 feet; left field power alley: 379 feet; center field: 404 feet; right field power alley: 370 feet; right field foul pole: 325 feet; backstop: 55 feet.The space couldn’t contain Bruce’s leadoff...


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