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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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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Minor matters

From Jamie Ramsey:

Louisville wins a close one vs. Toledo…Jay Bruce with 2 doubles…Matt Maloney on the hill tonight for the Bats…Chattanooga gets beat at Tennessee…Sarasota once again has a game in Tampa suspended due to rain…Dayton loses at West Michigan…All 3 of the Dragons’ losses in the series come in the bottom of the ninth inning…Billings beats Helena…Brandon Waring goes deep – twice – again…GCL Reds conclude their series with a loss at the hands of those dastardly GCL Pirates.

78 extra-base hits, 1st
299 total bases, T2nd
45 doubles, T5th
163 hits, 6th

Midwest League: Dayton’s Carson Kainer (12-26, .462, 6r, 1hr, 11rbi)
Pioneer League: Billings’ Brandon Waring (11-23, .478, 6r, 4hr, 8rbi)

MORE WARING: 3b Brandon Waring leads the Pioneer League with 16 homers…he’s hit 2 home runs in each of his last 2 games and has homered in each of his last 3 games…has gone deep in 4 of his last 5 games (6hr)…Waring has driven in a run in each of his last 6 games…he’s batting .302 (73-242) with 16hr, 49rbi, 17 doubles, 362obp and a .587slg…He was the Reds’ 7th round pick in the 2007 draft out of Wofford College – where he belted 27 homers this past season (2nd in NCAA).


at 3:31 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

If the Reds are 4 or 5 games out on September 1st, we'd better see Jay Bruce at GAPB vs. the Mets on Labor Day...that series will require lots of offense--and it won't hurt Bruce to get some pinch-hitting experience in the majors...and the way Billy Wagner has been going of late, well...I smell a pinch-hit walk-off Home Run for Bruce's first major league at bat.

However, if the carriage turns into a pumpkin against the Pirates and Cardinals...then Bruce should get a START vs. the Mets during that series next week. The Reds need to get a preview of Bruce 2008 whenever this season is "over" realistically speaking, and any major league experience will be helpful. (If the Reds lose 4 of 7 this week, the season would be realistically over--although not mathematically over).

All this "resting" of young supposedly in top-shape athletes during the baseball season by the Reds--not just once every two months but multiple times per month--it's frustrating when that ends winning streaks (as it has for the Reds at least twice this year--1 run games lost without Dunn once and Phillips once)...but if rest is so good for young studs like Phillips and Dunn, then why would sitting on the bench in the Majors for a few days be bad for Bruce?

Bruce has already played lots of minor league games this year. Doesn't he need a rest? And what else does he have to prove in the minor leagues?

Why not have him come up the Show, and rest on the bench for September? The "seasoning" would be good for him. If the Reds get down in a game by a large margin, Bruce could get a couple of innings of work. In extra-inning games too. And even in close games-- unless the Reds are afraid that Bruce might tear the cover off the ball like Keppinger...

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