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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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Friday, August 3, 2007

Reds 13, Pirates 4

The Reds are no longer in last place. So they've got that going for them. It does wonders when you hit -- everyone of the starting eight had at least two hits -- and get decent starting pitching. Matt Belisle won for the first time since May 29. I know a ton of fans on down on him, but I think he can be a serviceable starter. He has to show that over the last two months of the season, however. Here's hoping you had the Reds in the 13-run pool.


at 9:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well -- Dunn batted 4th -- provided protection for Griffey who also hit a HR. Reds scored a lot of runs.

Of course, the Reds are so stupid that they will probably go back to some lineup with Dunn not batting 4th. If Dunn does not bat 4th, then Griffey should bat 4th, with Phillips batting 3d & Dunn 5th (or vice-versa). Given Dunn's high OBP, he should always be batting 3 or 4 in my opinion.

Dunn is batting over .300 in the 4 hole, with a OBP of over .400.

Conine should bat 6 or 7th when he plays.

Hopper should bat leadoff when he plays -- Freel is a utility player at best and is not a starter & is valuable as a utility player.

at 10:59 AM Anonymous ADMS said...

Yeah...it's stunning what we (and every other baseball team in the known world) can do when they hit with runners in scoring position! What a concept!!! Not having to rely on solo homeruns to score runs? Really? It is just PAINFUL to realize that given how potent the Reds offense can be and how shaky it has been lately.

I'm hoping Kep is the real deal...

I would like to propose the following:

Dear [insert winning manager here]:
We would like to make you an offer to coach the "MLB team" Cincinnati Reds. While they have been underperforming this season, we know your skills can turn this around. We would like to propose and give you the following:

- $3 million/year
- Bring your own staff
- Authority to beat the sense into the players by any means necessary.
- Penthouse at The Ascent
- Membership at three country clubs of your choice
- A better car than the players
- Co-owner of "The Banks" project (insert laugh here)
- The ability to concrete block the feet of the owner(s) and general manager(s) and dump them into the Ohio River.
- We will kiss your butt from now until the end of time.
Every angry and tired and furious Reds fan.

at 1:34 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

This was the "Narron Days" pattern, lose five in a row, score 20 runs in an inning and blow out a team, then lose the next 5 of 6.

As long as Mac benches any star that dogs it or otherwise imparts or affects a lazy or hang dog attitude on this team, that's a good start.

I still want to see Mac do a few Lou Pinella impersonations and go nuts out there. This team needs more than one demolishing of the Pirates to get "hot" again, obviously.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Matt Morris toss a 5-hit shutout vs the out-of-last-place-for-a-day bunch!

at 3:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Reds probably will forget that they handled Matt Morris pretty solidly last time in Pete Mackanin's 2nd game as manager.

There is no reason for him to throw a 5-hit shutout against us this time.

at 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Mack could be a real man and bench Dunn or Griffey's lazy butts once in a while. Of corse if he did that every time they dogged it they'd never be in the line-up.

Phillips hustles and leaves on the field more than any player on this team, and after that stunt last night by Mackanin he should demand a trade out of this hell hole.

He's too good for this circus act of Castellini, Krivsky, and "tough guy" Mack.

at 4:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I expect them to run out ground balls and fly balls, but going out on and leaving the field? Aren't you being a little picky? Dunn, as far as I an concerned, can take a gold cart out to left field if he wants.

at 8:57 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Coffey comes in, and the result:



Gosling comes in and the first two batters against him:



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