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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, March 9, 2008

Reds 6, Rays 4

Matt Belisle did a nice job of getting out of trouble in the first. The Rays loaded the bases with with two hits and a walk. But Belisle got Jonny Gomes to hit in 1-2-3 double play. Belisle ended up going three innings, one run, two hits, two walks, one strikeout.

The Reds roughed up Edwin Jackson mightily in second. Joey Votto singled and stole second. Jolbert Cabrera doubled him in. An out later, Chris Kroski doubled. Juan Castro walked. Ryan Hanigan doubled. Ryan Freel and Norris Hopper singled. Six runs, six hits.

Kroski, for the person who asked, was signed as a minor league free agent in 2004. He hit .281 with six homers and 29 RBI in 70 games for Sarasota last year.

Belisle promptly walked the first two hitters after getting the 6-0 lead. Dusty Baker visited the mound after the second walk. That's the first time he's done that when he wasn't taking out the pitcher.

"He told to me to basically forget what happened so far and get after it," Belisle said. "He said while staring in my eyes."

"I just told him to throw it through the catcher," Baker said.

Belisle gave up a run on shortstop Jeff Keppinger's error, but got out of it from there and pitched 1-2-3 third.

Josh Fogg gave up a run in the fourth and another in the fifth. He pitched a 1-2-3 sixth.

Daryl Thompson stuck out the side in his big league spring debut. Ramon Ramirez gave up a run in the eighth. Marcus McBeth pitched the ninth for the save.


at 2:17 PM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

By Marty's description, Bellisle has no command today and is surviving soley on his stuff. Let's hope Dick Pole can get the MattMan to a point where he can actually locate his pitches.

at 2:44 PM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

Fogg may be slipping in his bid for the rotation.

at 2:57 PM Blogger redfuture said...

The broadcasters are saying that Fogg's contract is a 'make good' contract for the $1M. If he doesn't make the roster Josh is due $100K. I had thought he would wind up as the long man and still could but with all the flame throwers that could be on the the roster, maybe not!

at 3:01 PM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

The number of fly outs also doesn't bode well for Fogg. If you are going to be successful in GABP you had better be able to get the K and/or the groundout.

at 3:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a Reds fan for most here have been alive. More than 60 years. "Command" used to be called "control." In the early 50's when the Reds really stunk they had a control pitcher named Kenny Raffensberger. He probably struggled to break 80 mph (didn't have radar guns in those days) but he could paint the edges.

There was some controversy as to whether a curve really broke or whether it was an optical illusion. Sports Illustrated set up a sequence of multiple timed still shots (see how much technology has advanced?) to show that it really did break. They used Kenny because he had the "command" to throw the pitch. I think he won 17 games for a terrible team.

at 3:18 PM Blogger redfuture said...

Wow! We may get something out of the Kearns/Lopez trade after all. Daryl Tompson just struck out the side in order! John, how hard does he throw?

at 3:33 PM Anonymous Noggy said...

Make Belisle a starter!

at 3:59 PM Blogger redfuture said...

It's going to even more amazing that the Reds win the division over the Cubbies while their interleague schedule has TB & Bal and six games with the Whitsox while the Reds get NYY, BoSox and six games with the Indians.

at 4:19 PM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

Thompson was freakin' sinister!!!

redfuture, I rather the Reds go up against those tough opponents that they will likely see in the WS this year.


at 4:23 PM Anonymous tutorkey'sfavoriteson said...

As a lifelong Reds fan, I am so tired of hearing about Matt Belisle. He is not a Major League starter has never been and keeps showing he never will be anything more than a mop up middle reliever. He and Coffey just take up roster space. If Fogg has that clause in his contract, his stuff should be absolutely electric before he should get a spot over one of the kids. I'd much rather see one of the kids get the ball every fifth day as to endure Matt Belisle one more start. Come on Krivsky/Baker...cut this clown and move on.

at 4:49 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

looks like Josh Fogg is as advertised..
Belisle pretty shaky again this year and Affeldt looked great yesterday..yep its world series for the team

I see Keppinger got yet another hit, the man is a hitting machine,, maybe all he needed was a chance

at 4:55 PM Anonymous Red Faced said...

Hey John, I figure we'll see some roster cuts first thing Monday morning. Have you gotten any word if this will be the case or not?

at 5:16 PM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

How did that advertisement read?

He was pretty shaky today in giving up 5 hits, a BB, and 2 runs. If Bruce doesn't make hang up the runner who knows how much worse his outing might have been. He also had a GO/AO ratio of 2/5, which is not to great for GABP. So I presume the advertisement read that he was lousy.

at 5:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoa whoa whoa... jack, affeldt looked great yesterday? are you serious? 3 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts. I am not positive that you are in fact crazy.

at 5:19 PM Blogger Dusty10 said...

What are Fogg's chances of making the rotation?

at 5:22 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Belisle gave up an unearned run due to the error by the shortstop.
Slow on the DP yesterday, the guy has to bring his A game to start.
Hope that Castro's arm is healing well.

Loved the sabermetrics debate on SS. Pick it Kepp, we need ya

at 5:28 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

hey reagan how ya doing..nice to see Belisle Affeldt and others doing so well this spring. You were correct I was wrong, the pitching is great and going to take this team to the World Series

Lets see Kepp is now batting close to .400?

at 5:59 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

And Kepp leads the team with 3 errors in 11 games.

at 6:02 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

i think trended out last year Kepp had a bout 50% fewer errors than Gonzalez..it dont matter fox with a compression fracture of the need AGONs days are numbered..Think Chris Perry of the Bengals

at 6:02 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

knee ..sorry fox

at 6:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And Kepp leads the team with 3 errors in 11 games."

Whaaaaa!? I thought he was better than AGon according to the stats... :)

at 6:18 PM Blogger Doug Gray said...

Errors hardly tell you how good/bad a player is defensively.

Gonzo and Kepp are similar in range (although Gonzo has a little bit more) but Gonzo has the huge advantage when it comes to turning the double play and that is what takes his defense from 'average' to above average.

at 6:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

in case some of you are still not clear, it DOES matter that Kepp is hitting @ .400 in the spring, and it DOESN'T matter that he has 3 errors in 11 games and has been pretty bad on a few other plays, slow turning 2 on more than one occasion, muffed a play yesterday that was generously scored a hit and led to Braves scoring off Affeldt.

any questions, just ask Jack and his make believe girlfriend, who watch 30-40 gamesd a year from their scout seats in left field.

at 6:45 PM Blogger Jack in Blue Ash said...

i agree Doug..yet being in the medical care field I would suggest to everyone that this injury with Gonzalez is not minor and may be career limiting if not ending. Compression fractures in the knee and /or ankle have ruined the careers of many promising athletes,

Compression fractures, unlike complete or other types of incomplete fractures suggest a more serious underlying issue

Kepp will fill in more than adequately especially with all the other talent on this team. Hes a much better hitter and a solid infielder

I understand they are starting construction of the Banks shortly. That will prove to be very exciting for all the fans at the ballpark..and about time. We are psyched

Julie RN

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