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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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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Forgettable first

Kirk Saarloos' outing is over after the Reds right-hander failed to record an out in the first inning.

The Pirates led 5-0 with runners on first and second when Reds manager Jerry Narron pulled Saarloos and brought in Victor Santos from the bullpen.

Saarloos faced seven batters and allowed three singles, one double, a three-run home run by Jason Bay on a full count and walked two Pirates on full counts. He threw 38 pitches, 24 for strikes.

The first batter Santos faced, Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson, grounded into a double play. The second batter he faced, pitcher Zach Duke, grounded out.

The Reds have now been outscored 50-23 in the first inning this season and 16-1 in the first inning during this homestand.


9 Comments:

at 1:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

john,

what about changing the dimensions of the ballpark? if i remember correctly, krisky addressed this and said it ain't happenin'. just a thought... probably as likely to happen as the other horsecrap!

it would have been nice if some foresight would have been put into building a new stadium. i'm sure it was well known during construction that we weren't going to be able to afford the quality of pither that wouldn't get demolished here. i guess at that time we were just trying to outslug everyone and throw jimmy haynes and joey hamilton out there.

 
at 1:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

err... sorry, kevin. i forgot john works banking hours....

 
at 2:10 PM Blogger Jeff said...

I know Bailey has been throwing a lot of pitches and perhaps isn't 'ready' but when is ready? The existing members of the rotation have been 'ready' for years and they are killing this team! The Reds aren't going to Greinke this guy as, by all accounts, he has some serious confidence.

 
at 2:18 PM Anonymous Jim said...

John, I am seriously speechless...

 
at 2:36 PM Anonymous Roger Swearingen said...

I would trade Adam Dunn, Mike Stanton, David Weathers and Edwin Encarnicon for whatever I could get. I would fire Jerry Narron and Brook Jacoby. We need to get a Manager that will kick some butt. These guys are just going thru the motions. Last I would take Arroyo guitar away from him and tell him baseball should be all that is on his mind. If he wants to do the concert tour, then get out.

 
at 2:42 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Saarloos (whom I had high hopes for) is merely Milton with more vowels.

Cut both, fire Narron, come on Bob you brilliant bold baseball genius, you have to act NOW. Or you'll surely feel foolish when you do the same thing at 30 games under .500 as you should have at 10 games under!

There's nothing to laugh at except Bob's stubborn wishful thinking.

 
at 2:43 PM Anonymous david weathers and kirk saarloos must die said...

what the hell

 
at 4:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's going to be the long man if/when Lohse gets crushed tomorrow?

 
at 4:39 PM Anonymous This team is bad said...

John, I was there, stuck it out three innings and then left, one it was way too hot on the field level(w/ Pregnant wife) and two I'm not going to sit around for lackluster play and effort.

This pitching staff is atrocious. Over the last 5 starts, there appears to be 1 person you can count on to perform as expected...Harrang. That's not very comforting. Arroyo, god love him but his last few starts have been suspect.

McAllister said best on Friday, at what point is Narron going to start calling out his players rather than making excuses for them. This is wrong and management doesn't seem to give a crap what happens at this point..

 
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