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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Reds 6, Astros 1 -- Hamitlon goes deep

Josh Hamilton just hooked a three-run home run to right. That noise you just heard was the crowd getting Hamilton to come out for a curtain call. He's got five in 29 at-bats.

That's a 5.6 homer ratio. ARod was leading MLB at 5.8 going into today. Hamilton wasn't listed because he didn't enough at-bats to qualify.

Hamilton is tied for second in the NL, one behind Jimmy Rollins.


8 Comments:

at 9:26 PM Blogger Bullpen said...

I have a great idea-now that the bullpen has once again collapsed,
at least it was productive for 15 games or so-lets trade 2 starters (maybe Hamilton and Freel) to Washington for 2 sore armed relievers-wait thats already been done-

 
at 10:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

did narron give up? casto hopper in 9th against a righty with valentin griffey and conine on bench.

 
at 10:07 PM Anonymous Brendan Tebben said...

Can Hamilton come in to pitch the 8th inning too? This is getting ridiculous.

 
at 10:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This loss is Narron's fault. He shouldn't have take Arroyo out then. He can pitch in 8 innings.

 
at 10:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two in a row that Narron has blown. I agree, his choice of batters in the 9th. Poor, Poor, Poor. Look I love Castro, but for his defense. This guy is not an offensive powerhouse. And I am tired of formulaic managing. Just becuase a righty or lefty is pitching, doesn't mean that you should send in a crappy hitter just because he bats from the "right side" of the plate. How about who is going to give you what you need. What about Javy? I love the headline article on the Reds page on this site: Players acountable. When is Narron going to be accountable.

 
at 11:17 PM Blogger Chris said...

I was upset at first too when he pinch hit Castro, but now I kind of see where he was coming from.

We were down 2, if Javy or Conine or Junior (who was unavailable) would hit a solo shot, where does that leave you? You're still down a run (thanks to Coutalangus). Narron was trying to get somebody on base, who can acutally run the bases. If Castro got on base, I promise you Javy would have pinch hit for Hopper. You need baserunners when you're down more than 1 run.

Bottom line is this bullpen is not getting the job done. Blame Narron all you want, and this city seems to put all the blame on the manager, but reality is Saarloos, Stanton (although he only gave up a chopper that found a hole) and Weathers didn't get the job done tonight. You can't blame Narron for giving up 5 in the 8th.

I'm not a huge Narron fan, but tonight was again the bullpen caving... Narron can't make the pitches for them.

 
at 11:18 PM Blogger Chris said...

I was upset at first too when he pinch hit Castro, but now I kind of see where he was coming from.

We were down 2, if Javy or Conine or Junior (who was unavailable) would hit a solo shot, where does that leave you? You're still down a run (thanks to Coutalangus). Narron was trying to get somebody on base, who can acutally run the bases. If Castro got on base, I promise you Javy would have pinch hit for Hopper. You need baserunners when you're down more than 1 run.

Bottom line is this bullpen is not getting the job done. Blame Narron all you want, and this city seems to put all the blame on the manager, but reality is Saarloos, Stanton (although he only gave up a chopper that found a hole) and Weathers didn't get the job done tonight. You can't blame Narron for giving up 5 in the 8th.

I'm not a huge Narron fan, but tonight was again the bullpen caving... Narron can't make the pitches for them.

 
at 11:19 PM Blogger Chris said...

I was upset at first too when he pinch hit Castro, but now I kind of see where he was coming from.

We were down 2, if Javy or Conine or Junior (who was unavailable) would hit a solo shot, where does that leave you? You're still down a run (thanks to Coutalangus). Narron was trying to get somebody on base, who can acutally run the bases. If Castro got on base, I promise you Javy would have pinch hit for Hopper. You need baserunners when you're down more than 1 run.

Bottom line is this bullpen is not getting the job done. Blame Narron all you want, and this city seems to put all the blame on the manager, but reality is Saarloos, Stanton (although he only gave up a chopper that found a hole) and Weathers didn't get the job done tonight. You can't blame Narron for giving up 5 in the 8th.

I'm not a huge Narron fan, but tonight was again the bullpen caving... Narron can't make the pitches for them.

 
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