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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Reflections: Reds come back late to sweep Rockies 6-4 (7/16/06)

Ok, so I didn't get to see today's game except via MLB Gameday. But I wanted to post something more positive than I did the other today, and today's game was pretty exciting.
  • Great to see that our offense still has the ability to rally a little bit late in the ballgame. Even so, I'm going to be very interested to see what our runs scored per game looks like at the end of this month. I'm guessing it'll be below the 5 runs per game they've averaged so far this year, especially with the lineups that Narron has been running out there.
  • Yet another quality start from Elizardo Ramirez in his first day back from the minors. The kid has been nothing if not consistent. That's 9 out of 14 starts now in which he has gone at least 6 innings and given up no more than 3 runs. Where would we be without him in our rotation?
  • David Weathers has given up only 2 runs in his past 8 appearances, totaling 8.1 innings. He can't seem to avoid giving up a hit though. :)
  • Todd Coffey, on the other hand, has now pitched two consecutive scoreless appearances after allowing runs in his previous four appearances (and 5 of his prior 6 appearances). I hope the all-star break did that guy some good, as we need him for this bullpen to be solid.
  • Redleg Nation is worried that Majewski might be tired, as he has been worked pretty hard so far this season. Christina Kahrl made a similar comment in her analysis of the trade at Baseball Prospectus. It's definitely concerning. Hopefully, Narron will try to limit his usage of the guy over the next month to make up for this. As I said in my analysis of the trade, I don't see Majewski as doing well in anything more than a middle-relief role. I'd rather see Bray given the opportunity to claim the setup role along with Coffey. But we need Majewski to be healthy and ready to pitch.
  • Guardado did give up a homer today--which he will do--but I have to say that the guy has been everything I'd hoped he'd be in the 9th inning thus far. Hope he can keep it up.
  • Adam Dunn hit his 30th today. We're really going to need Dunn and Griffey to get hot in the second half to help carry this offense.
  • Another solid day at the plate from Eddie Encarnacion (2-3, 2 runs), this time in the #4 hole. He may have to keep on hitting this well to get any shot at playing. I'll be surprised if he plays tomorrow though. Oh, did I mention that he didn't make an error, and did start a double play?
  • Props go to both Aurilia and Clayton for coming through in the pinch-hit role. I think that's a great role for those guys. ;) Although Gameday described Clayton's double as a "soft fly ball" and subsequent error by the shortstop. Anyone get to see that? I hear that folks back in Ohio don't get to see games this week either due to some sort of stupidity with FoxSports Ohio.