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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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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Reds 6, Twins 1

The Reds beat the Twins 6-1 Thursday before a crowd of 3,085 at Ed Smith Stadium.

Jerry Gil's three-run, opposite field home run was the key hit. Seven Reds pitchers limited the Twins to an unearned run on the five hits.

"Everybody we put out there looked good," Dusty Baker said. "No walks. That's a beautiful thing."

Starter Matt Belisle and Josh Fogg went two innings each. Kent Mercker, David Weathers, Francisco Cordero, Mike Stanton and Mike Lincoln pitched an inning each.

Gil's impressed early.

"That young man has skills," Baker said.

Gil, however, left the game after pulling up while trying to beat out an infield hit. He probably won't play today."


First pitch: 1:09, 57 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. Matt Belisle pitching for the Reds.

Twins 1st: Carlos Gomez 3 unassited. Brendam Harris, former Red and much discussed on the blog last year, F9. Nice play by some kid named Jay Bruce on slicing line drive. Joe Mauer bounced a single through the middle. Michael Cuddyer Foul 3.

Reds 1st (Scott Baker pitching): Norris Hopper F9. Ryan Freel singles to center. Brandon Phillips grounds into fielder's choice. Should have been a double play. Harris' throw to first was bad. Edwin Encarnacion strikes out.

Twins 2nd: Jason Kubel singles. Craig Monroe singles. Mike Lamb L6. Garrett Jones grounds into a 3-6-1 DP.

Reds 2nd: Bruce singles. Andy Phillips singles on the hit-and-run. Bruce to third. Juan Castro flies to right -- too shallow to get Bruce in. Javy Valentin hits into a 6-4-3 DP.

Belisles's done: 2 IP, 3 hits. Josh Fogg's in.

Twins 3rd: Alexi Casilla Ks. Gomez Ks, looking. Harris 1-3.

Reds 3rd (Matt Guerrier pitching): Votto 1-3. Hopper 1-3 (allmst exactly the same play as Votto). Freel F(. Nice play by Gomez.

Ryan Hanigan's catching now.

Twins 4th: Mauer F7. Nice play by Freel. Cuddyer single. Kubel 8. Wild pitch to Cuddyer to second. Monroe 1-3.

Reds 4th (Pat Neshek pitching): BPhillips strikes out. Encarnacion doubles down the left field line. Bruce F7. APhillips 6-3.

Kent Mercker's pitching, Jolbert Cabrera's at first, Adam Rosales is at second, Andy Green at third, Chris Dickerson in left, Jerry in center, Drew Anderson in right.

Twins 5th: Lamb singles. Jones F8. Casilla hit into a 4-6-3 DP.

OK, I went down to talk to Josh Fogg. It's 3-1 Reds. In the fifth, Jerrry Gil hit a three-run homer the opposite field, scoring Castro and Votto who singled.

The Twins scored an unearned run in the sixth. Really unearned. Jeff Keppinger mzde an error at shortstop. Gil and Chris Dickerson collided on a ball in center. And David Weathers threw wilding to first.

Reds 6th: Andy Green P5. Cabrera 1-3. Keppinger singles. Hanigan takes a called third strike.

Twins 7th: Francisco Cordero's pitching. Monroe Pop to 4. Matt Macri reaches on Gil's error. Flyout and groundout end the inning. (I've given up on the Twins substitutions).

Reds 7th: Votto 6-3. Gil 5-3. Dickerson K.

Mike Stanton pitching.

Twins 8th: Jason Pridie foul to 5. Matt Tolbert P4. Jose Morales 6-3. Nice play by Paul Janish. The kid is smooth.

Reds 8th: Rosales singles. Green F3. Drew Anderson walked. Cabrera doubles, scoring two. Keppinger F8. Janish reaches on error, Cabebra scores. Alvin Colina strikes ot.

Twins 9th (Mike Lincoln pitching). 1-2-3 inning. It's over.


at 1:25 PM OpenID bart756 said...

What are the chances Stanton gets cut?

at 1:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is MLB.com's radio broadcast down or is it just my comp?

at 1:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

this club needs a veteren leader and locker room presence. kenny lofton? a guy who always seems to be in the playoffs! are the joe blanton talks done? lofton and blanton would make the reds a contender in the central.

at 1:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

MLB Radio is down for me, too

at 1:32 PM Anonymous Dan in Vegas said...

I just got on. It was giving me lots of trouble though?

at 1:33 PM Anonymous Heisey fan in Hershey said...

John......could you give us the starting lineup?

at 1:33 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Doubtful during spring since his parting gift is a check for $3.5 million.

at 1:35 PM Blogger Will T. said...

I really like Belisle. I think that he will have a good year this year. There are many comparisons to Aaron Harang's early stats and I think that they deserve noting. Belisle is a solid pitcher and should be given every opportunity to make it in the rotation.

at 1:38 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Lineup's on an earlier post.

at 1:39 PM Blogger Bruce said...

I finally got the mlb audio working. I had to keep refreshing the page and it finally pulled it up.

at 1:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still nothing on mlb radio. Why would they be working on the site during the only time of the day there are games?

at 1:47 PM Blogger Bruce said...

When you get that error hit the F5 key to refresh the page. Just keep refreshing and it will eventually work. That error message must be a generic "sorry but we have no idea why you got an error message so we'll just try to convince you that we're working on our site" message. I'm a web developer and we use them all the time to cover our mistakes :)

at 1:52 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Thinking this was on WLW, I turned on my radio only to hear the soft, soothing voice of Bill Cunningham telling me all liberals are communists. Why isn't the game on WLW?

at 1:52 PM Blogger Will T. said...

So far so good for Fogg. I want to see what he does next inning against Mauer, Cuddyer, and Kubel though before I judge this outing.

at 1:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah good trick... You dirty techhies :)

at 2:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh Fogg for Cy Young!

at 2:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red are knocking the cover off the ball so far, eh?

at 2:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the hint on getting the MLB radio cast up...you have saved my day off.

at 2:17 PM Anonymous letstalkreds.com said...

We better build a big lead because I see Stanton is scheduled to pitch today.

at 2:18 PM Anonymous LetsTalkReds.com said...

I am going to start passing around a hat at spring training games. If we can raise enough funds then maybe we can cut Stanton. Anyone in?

at 2:24 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

Where can I send my contribution to the LetsCutStanton Fund?

at 2:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Gill huh? Ok im paying attention. Didn't he hit a bit yesterday too?

at 2:46 PM Blogger Ol' Timey Redsfan said...

Damn MLB.com Radio, updatin, for better service my foot. this stinks, but at least there's the Insider. Thank God for it.

at 2:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

JF, are you copying C. Trent? He mentioned that someone is imitating him in his blog....haha

at 2:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the hell you say!! Keppinger made an error?!?!? There goes the Gold Glove. :-)

at 2:49 PM Blogger Ol' Timey Redsfan said...

MLB. Loaded I am listening to game now. Thanks for the tip bruce

at 2:52 PM Blogger Bruce said...

No problem. Happy to help.

at 2:53 PM Blogger Ol' Timey Redsfan said...

Let's Go Coco!

at 2:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bart, I don't know if you're question regarding Stanton was specifically for John or if you intended it for "the open forum" but here's my three cents worth..

Stanton is very unlikely to be cut during Spring Training. And he's probably unlikely to be released during the season (say June or later) unless he's being completely outpitched by at least two other bullpen candidates. (Or if Wayne and Dusty are willing to stow a Bailey or a Volquez or a Cueto or a Maloney in the pen for long relief or spot starts when Affeldt runs out of gas. Which he will. Sooner rather than later.)

That said, keep an eye on Coffey, Roenicke and especially Mercker. They're the guys that could make things interesting by pitching above expectations early.

(I think after Burton, Weathers and Cordero we've got to assume that either Fogg or Affeldt will have a spot reserved for them.)

By the way, I'm no big fan of Stanton but I think it's entirely possible that he'll bounce back and have an improved season in 2008. Yes, he's getting older and he doesn't appear to be getting any more athletic but he's a lot like the rest of us in one regard: Some days are gonna be better than others.

Also, if I recall correctly, his expensive option for 2009 kicks in automatically if he has at least a certain number of appearances this season. So we can assume that he's going to be motivated to not suck early in the season and avoid gettin himself moved to the bullpen's basement. Or cut.

And speaking of appearances, Stanton is also somewhere close to breaking the all-time MLB record for appearances by a pitcher. Be sure to get your commemorative patch for that, eh?

at 3:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ladies and gentleman...Mike Stanton had a 1-2-3 inning!!

Or did they sub someone else for Stanton at the last second?

at 3:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which just goes to show you that Stanton can still pitch....at a AAA level.

at 3:48 PM Blogger Matt said...

OT: On the Weathers comments, I feel for him. It's business and I think the salary situation is the issue, not Cordero's signing, which he has to know is important. When you stop getting saves, it hurts your market value. His chances of being a closer for someone else are minimal, despite his good performance. However, teams can't be expected to take all the lumps. I'm sure if the Reds could recoup money from Milton, Coffey, and Stanton, they would give some extra to Weathers. It just doesn't work that way. He will get good setup man money if he performs well this year and I think he'll avoid the poorhouse.

at 3:57 PM Blogger Matt said...

One stat I like is no k's in the first two games by Votto and Bruce. Also, Jerry Gil seems to be taking advantage of his situation and the absence of Craig Wilson. All I ask is for him to perform at Josh Hamilton's level all season. ;-)

at 3:57 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Krivsky will probably give Stanton a contract extension today.

at 4:15 PM Blogger Brandon said...

Hey John I was just wondering is there a good place to find in depth stats. Such as runners in scoring position Avg. and 2 out rbi's, things that seem obscure but are very very important.

at 4:15 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

I will say that it was nice to see Belisle bounce back from the back to back singles there in the second and get out of that jam. He struggled in this very same situation multiple times last season. Hopefully he'll be a much different pitcher for us with runners on this season. I expect him to have an excellent season.

It was also nice to see no walks for our pitching staff. Overall I was quite happy with the pitchers even though there were too many errors in the field.

Man 0 Man do we play a lot of guys. Not a complaint, just an observation. I know, it's spring. Thank goodness for that.

Thanks again for the play by play John.

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at 5:23 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

Brandon, I get a lot of stats from http://www.baseball-reference.com/ but I don't think they have the detail you are wanting.

at 5:52 PM Blogger Brandon said...

Alright thanks. I'm a stat nerd I can't help it must be this whole being an Engineer thing haha.

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