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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, June 24, 2007

Mariners 9, Reds 1

The Reds are at the same juncture as they were going into the final game of their last three series: They need a win to take the series. They lost each of the last three rubber games.

The well-rested Bronson Arroyo goes tomorrow. Will he be able to get it going again with the two extra days rest?

Keeping Kyle Lohse on his turn certainly didn't work out Saturday night. He gave up a grand slam to the fourth batter he faced. That kind of defines a bad start.

The Reds, who scored 16 runs Friday, got one Saturday on Brandon Phillips' 14th homer in the eighth.

It was all over in two hours and two minutes.


6 Comments:

at 8:36 AM Blogger Tyler said...

So I couldn't stay up for the game but I was checking the box score and just wondering, why was our closer in for the 8th when we are down by 8 runs? If Narron is only going to use 3 or 4 guys in the bullpen, then maybe we should have a roster full of position players so he can do his "late inning defensive replacement" and pinch-hit everytime there is a lefty-lefty or righty-righty match-up.

I try not to criticize Narron because I always feel I have the benefit of hindsight but my goodness I don't understand a lot of what he does.

 
at 8:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we know why Encarnacion didn't play? Just wanting Castro's bat in the line-up?

 
at 10:39 AM Blogger Ron said...

John,
Do you have any idea what the thinking of the Reds is in management of players? Why do they bring up players from Louisville and leave them sit? Wouldn't Gosling be better served starting every fifth day in Louisville than sitting in Cincinnati watching a competitor for a starting position get his butt beat? It seems like a continuous saga, bring someone up and then they sit. When they do get in a game they have been sitting so long that they can't perform. What gives?

 
at 10:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching Lohse pitch .... makes me miss Milton. At least Milton battled with everything he had. Unfortunately, injuries dropped him from borderline good to ... well bad. I wonder if Doc Hollywood could put Milton's brain into Lohse's body. Barring that, I say move Lohse (trade, release, move to long relief -- I dont care) and bring up Livingston. He just pitched a complete game shutout in Louisville, and remember his outing in Colorado. Time to play the kids.

 
at 11:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the Reds trade Griffey, Dunn, and Harrang. Those players deserve better than the current Reds' ownership. Narron is incompetent -- once again starting Conine at the 4 hole, thus providing no providing no protection for Griffey. Trading Griffey, Dunn, and Harrang -- well, then the team would be compromised of generally minor league talent -- with a few players (such as Hamilton and Phillips) when they have an opportunity to prove themselves, we can trade them too.

It is almost as if Narron wants to demonstrate that Krivsky is an incompetent GM, by choosing the batting order that he does. Let's not forget he started the .165 batting Castro last night too. Perhaps, the problem is Krivsky and not Narron & Krivsky should be fired since he appears to support this manager.

Griffey, Dunn, and Harrang deserve to play for a team and ownership that cares about winning. The Reds do not. For the past few years, I have purchased on average 24 tickets per year for Reds games -- I see an end for this trend for me. I understand that teams lose, and have downward spirals, but I don't like teams that do not appear to be even trying.

 
at 2:58 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Weathers needed an inning. He hadn't pitched since Tuesday. Castro actually has a higher average against lefties than Encarnacion. It was a spot start to get him some at-bats.

 
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