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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Livingston v. D-Kice a draw; Reds win 5-0

Daisuke Matsuzaka was very good for the Boston Red Sox Monday against the Reds. But Bobby Livingston was as good and a lot more efficient.

The Reds won 5-0. Craig Hansen gave up five runs in the seventh, due a major bout with wildness. He hit Jeff Conine to forced in a run, walked Brandon Phillips and Paul Janish to force in two more. Javy Valentin then doubled in two off Kyle Synder.

The game drew 7,663, a new record for Ed Smith Stadium. The old record was 7,659 in 1992 when the White Sox played here.


All of Japan must have been worried when Ryan Freel walked on five pitches in the first.

But Dice-K got Adam Dunn to fly out on a 3-0 pitch. The wind is really blowing in or the ball might have been in the left-center gap. The Reds didn't hit a ball hard off Dice-K after that.

Matsuzaka was very good: No hits, five walks, six strikeouts in five innings. He is a slow worker.

Bobby Livingston was as good: No runs, one hit, one walk, four strikeouts in five innings. His ERA is down to 1.23 over five games and 14 2/3 innings this spring. Got to like the 12 strikeouts vs. two walks. Don't know if he'll be the fifth starter but he was a pretty good waiver claim.

The media contingent on the field during Red Sox batting practice was about what you'd seen for a first round playoff game. Rob Butcher said he issued 200 credentials. Mind you a lot of those go to TV techs. But Dice-K rolls with a large caravan of media.


14 Comments:

at 1:47 PM Blogger baundy said...

Looks like another great outing from Livingston (thus far). As I've said before, I saw him pitch three solid innings against the Yankees on March 7 and now he's pitched very solid against the BoSox with the added media attention. Livingston is making a very strong case for his inclusion on the Opening Day roster. He's my question mark, but I don't know who's spot he would take on your roster John.

 
at 1:47 PM Blogger Mark said...

Speaking of Dunn... Is he showing any signs of cuttings down his Ks this year?

 
at 2:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you keep Livingston out of the starting rotation? How about this rotation:
Harang
Arroro
Belisle
Saarloos
Livingston

Maybe we can get some batting practice balls for Milton, that is all he throws anyway.

- Kevin

 
at 2:08 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Narron has Milton and Lohse are locks to start the season in the rotation. Livingston's had a great spring. But he had 4.59 ERA at AAA last year and he has options. If he makes it, Belisle, who also had options, starts the year at Louisville is my guess. The beauty of options is the Reds can go get Livingston or Belisle -- if Milton struggles.

 
at 2:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

IF HE STRUGGLES? He has be positivly horrable! How long do they give him to get it together? 3 more years?
- Kevin

 
at 2:40 PM Anonymous PaulT2 said...

I agree - Milton flat out sucks - there's no way to sugarcoat it. Why not give these other guys an opportunity and let's try to win now. The potential is there - why waste it by throwing 2 retreads out there after Bronson and Aaron?

 
at 2:55 PM Blogger Brad said...

CTR reports that Milton got his beat down against the Pirates class A team today.....wow....

 
at 3:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that's true about Milton's outing today, I think they should start him on the DL until he can get somebody out.
- Kevin

 
at 3:17 PM Anonymous Tom from Oakwood said...

I might be able to open up a spot on my Little League team. It's generally a small strike zone, though.

 
at 3:42 PM Blogger mark said...

Once again this shows the unwillingness of the Reds to cut their losses with Milton and move on. He is a fly ball pitcher in a hitter's park. They say they want to win now, you can't do that with your number 3 pitcher getting a schwacking every third day out there. If the Reds are worried about the money, they need to look at the big pitcher and that would be a decent "consistent" option as a number 3 pitcher which would lead to more wins and save the arms in the bullpen. More wins leads to more fans and thus generates a revenue that the reds lose by pitching a batting practice pitcher every third day in Milton.

- Mark

 
at 3:43 PM Blogger mark said...

Once again this shows the unwillingness of the Reds to cut their losses with Milton and move on. He is a fly ball pitcher in a hitter's park. They say they want to win now, you can't do that with your number 3 pitcher getting a schwacking every third day out there. If the Reds are worried about the money, they need to look at the big pitcher and that would be a decent "consistent" option as a number 3 pitcher which would lead to more wins and save the arms in the bullpen. More wins leads to more fans and thus generates a revenue that the reds lose by pitching a batting practice pitcher every third day in Milton.

 
at 4:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, how is 7663 larger thank 7759?

 
at 4:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read again .... 7663 vs 7659

 
at 4:42 PM Blogger rednk-n-eurp said...

so is dice going to have the large japanese media entourage all season?

 
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