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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, April 27, 2008

Reds 10, Giants 9

Francisco Cordero earned a good bit of his $46 million Saturday night. If he hadn't nailed down the save, the season on the brink may have been completely lost.

"That would have been Heartbreak Hotel right there," Dusty Baker said.

Cordero was expecting the night off until the game went from a lock to scary situation faster than you can say Todd Coffey.

"We haven't been playing good," Cordero said. "When it went from 10-5 to 10-9, I said we can't lose this."

Cordero got a groundout and then struck ot Ray Durham on three pitches to close it.

"Hopefully, this get us on roll," Paul Bako said.

We'll see. The Reds face Barry Zito in roughly 15 hours.


at 2:49 AM Blogger Marvell said...

Send Coffey down. Move Belisle to bullpen. Bring Bailey up. Insert Bailey in rotation. Send Hairston down or, better, realease Patterson. Bring Bruce up. Insert Bruce into lineup at leadoff. Votto in three hole. Dunn, seriously, in seven hole, or nine (ala Brewers). REDS win.

at 3:22 AM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Hey we got one!

at 8:46 AM Blogger Brick said...

The Reds and Coffey relationship reminds me of that old joke....Guy walks into the doctor's office and says, "doc, it hurts when I do this." Doc says, "well then, stop doing that."

Next conversation Dusty and Walt should have: Dusty: "Walt, Coffey hurts us every time he's on the mound." Jocketty: "Well then, Dusty, stop putting him on the mound."

at 8:53 AM Blogger Joe said...

10 to 9? I shut it off when it was 10 to 8 in the 8th. Must have missed the Giant awakening. A win is a win at this point and we will take it.

at 9:11 AM Blogger Joe said...

I called it a night when it was 10-5 after 8. After seeing the box score it hit me that I should have known. Todd Coffey. Haven't we seen enough to know he isn't cutting it. This performance goes back to last year and there has not been any improvement other than a great Spring training, for whatever that means.

Bill Bray is in Louisville and he gives the Reds another experienced option. Or, Homer could take Belilse's spot in the rotation and Belisle could fill Coffey's in the bull pen. Belisle did not look good last night again and frankly belongs in the bull pen where his pitching mentality works better.

How many chances will Belisle and Coffey get before Mr. Jockety brings up Bailey or Bray? That is part of what has to happen soon if this season is to be salvaged.

I hope Adam Dunn got the message last night. Freel being inserted after another misserable hitting performance and missing a ball he should have caught at the fence. Glad to Dusty will confront non-performance.

at 9:20 AM Blogger Mike said...

coffey has to go. Today.

John is there still concern about Belisle's back if he goes to the pen? That was a concern when they first moved him to the rotation.

I think Bailey gets his shot the next time the #5 spot comes around.

at 9:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

10-15...Last night was the start of the turnaround.

It's amazing at that record, considering how many good things we are witnessing. Who would've thought Paul Bako would be hitting like an All-Star Catcher. Joey Votto is now competing for the rookie of the year. Our weakest link last year is considerably improved (the bullpen.) It will only get better once Weathers comes back (fogg then gone) and when Bray replaces Coffey.

Jeremy Affeldt keeps getting mop up type innings, which with Weathers out, I disagree. His ERA is the lowest among relievers (1.60) and guys just can't hit him. He has 15 strikeouts in 10 innings of relief.

at 10:25 AM Blogger gannfan said...

I don't understand why Todd Coffey is still on the ML team. Can anyone offer an explanation? Is it his contract? Or is there someone in the organization who thinks with a little work he's Goose Gossage?

at 10:25 AM Blogger ST fan said...

This is not a small ball team so why try to make up a small ball line-up card. Bat Kepp and Dunn 1st and 2nd and then the sluggers. Kepp and Dunn may clog up the bases but at least they are on. The fast guys don't clog up the bases, not because they are fast, but because they are usually in the dugout and never got on base. Borrow the idea of bating a fast guy last.


If Jr doesn't like batting 6th, tell him it's there or the bench.

at 11:16 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I thought that George Grande and Chris Welch were incredibly bad last night.

Has JTM cut back on the frequency of the annoying Arroyo & the The Creep commercials or has my ability to just tune it out improved? My guess is that there are a lot of others who refuse to buy any JTM products while our ears are abused by that crap.

at 12:14 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

Decaf just isn't strong enough for the big leagues. Please, Please, Please get rid of this guy and Majewski too while you are at it.

Let's bring up Bray and I agree, give Belisle his chance in the bullpen and let's see Homer back in Cincy. I know he's still got some control issues but he needs to work through them. I'd have much more patience with him then Fogg or Belisle.

at 12:25 PM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

It is time is near for the Reds to move Daryl Thompson up to Louisville. He is 2-1 with a 0.57 ERA along with a 9 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio over 31 innings. This kid is dynamite.

at 12:26 PM Blogger Nani J. Cootsack said...

I agree with Marvell. Reds would definitely win with this combo. Playing has-beens is sending the season down the drain.

Read the Tricky Trail Times for Onion Style coverage of the Reds and Bengals, among other things. trickytrail.blogspot.com

Stay Tricky,


at 12:26 PM Blogger ryan said...

Yes, todd coffey needs to go and he needs to go today. Not to Louisville, he needs to be sent home, he's horrible. I met and spoke with Coffey at the reds caravan at louisville slugger musuem and it was like talking to a four year old, no, a two year old. He needs to go now. that win last night was big, giving usour 10th on the season. It would be nice to win four or five in a row and get us back to 500. Barry Zito hasent looked like his old self in a long time. He got all that cash from san fran and he hasent been the same. Lets see if our boys can pound em' today. Belisle should be sent to the pen and Bailey needs brought up. Volquez will throw seeds again today.

at 12:57 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Coffey sucks.Neve liked it & now I really don't like it.Ship out that stale stuff & get some new flavor that does not give you heart burn.

That is all I'm going to say.For Now

at 1:10 PM Blogger sabr_blogger said...

"Francisco Cordero earned a good bit of his $46 million Saturday night."

Exactly how much of it? No closer is worth even a quarter that kind of money. Decent closers can be found off the scrap heap of failed starters who have one good pitch but fall short of the repertoire for going 7 innings. The easiest way to spot a sap GM is scan the majors for teams that sign closers to this kind of money, especially when said teams don't have the rest of the team built. High priced closers are mostly fool's gold. I know Cordero is not talked about as one of Krivsky's biggest boners, but he should be.

at 1:22 PM Blogger JF said...

Matt Morris?

(it's not like we have more than 3 starting pitchers that are any better)

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