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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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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Reds 12, Brewers 4

One of the things I like about Dusty Baker is he says things that other manager's don't. Like this:

"That's a huge win for us tonight. It's the difference between being 1 1/2 back and 3 1/2 back."

Everyone knows how important a good start is for the Reds. Baker talks about it openly. I don't think that puts more pressure on the players; it just acknowledges the importance of these early NL Central games.

The Reds finally hit tonight: 14 hits, four sac flies, two-run homers from Adam Dunn and Corey Patterson.

Josh Fogg was pretty good in his second start. He went five innings, allowing only one earned run on four hits. Two other runs scored as a result of two Reds' errors in the fifth.

"I told Griff: Get me 12 a night and I'll be a pretty good pitcher," Fogg said.

Reds got aggressive on the base paths and it led to two runs in the second. Brandon Phillips singled and Dunn walked to start the inning. With Jeff Keppinger at the plate, Phillips stole third. Dunn stole two pitches later.

Scott Hatteberg lofted a flyball into shallow right. It was a risk sending a runner, even one as fast as Phillips. But he slid past Jason Kendall as the throw arrived from Corey Hart. It skipped past Kendall, allowing Dunn to score as well.

Ryan Braun got the Brewers on the board with home run on the ninth pitch of his at-bat in the fourth.

Fogg gave up a two-out hit to pitcher Dave Bush in the fifth. Kendall followed with a slow roller that Ryan Freel bare-handed at third. He threw wildly to first. The runners ended up and at second and third. Fogg got the groundball he needed. But it went right through Phillips. Both runners scored to make it 3-2.

"It seemed lie that woke us up even more," Baker said.

It sure looked like it. The Reds came right back with three in the sixth. A big play in the inning came when Phillips took second on Dunn's sac fly to left.

"That's what we preach: Be aggressive," Baker said. "It's not hard with these guys. They're an aggressive bunch of guys."

They kept adding on, as Jack McKeon liked to say: two in the seventh, three in the eighth, two in the ninth.


at 8:54 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Fogg looks good, after last night, Im hoping hell put in 7 innings +, get the bullpen some rest.

at 9:22 PM Blogger Jon said...

anybody care to plow REALLY HARD into home plate for the team? Dunn? Javy? Harang?

at 10:39 PM Blogger Chillicothe redfan said...

uummmm boys, I think Corey Patterson is the real deal. I'm glad for him, and for the Reds. Keep it up!!

at 10:47 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Are we having fun yet? Also Bats win 11-0 5 beautiful innings by Shearn 5 Innings 0 runs 3 hits, GO BATS!!! This bats team is so good

at 11:02 PM Blogger Joe said...

10-3 line up aka the speed and good hands line up: Hopper in LF, Patterson in CF, Freel in RF, Castro 3b, Keppinger SS, Phillips 2B, Valentin C. Good to see the runs and hitting. Dunn off the snide! Fogg much better tonight.

at 11:10 PM Blogger Joe said...

How about Mr. Patterson! He may turn out to be quite some addition to this team.

at 11:13 PM Blogger Greg said...

i think if someone asked any reds fan who would be leading the team with hrs on April 9th ... nobody would have said patterson!... 170lbs and all pop!

at 11:18 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

Very nice Offensive output tonight...finally!

Hey guys, let's save some for tomorrow.

at 11:19 PM Blogger Ron said...

No doubt!!!

CP 23 is looking GOOD!

Where are all the mathematicians???

Good think Dusty is a baseball MANAGER and not an armchair fan with a calculator.

Good lookin' out to Kriv DOG, too...


at 11:32 PM Blogger The Dunce Cap Marvel said...

Haha...how about Corey Patterson? I wasn't a huge fan of the pickup, but I wasn't one of the bashers either. Guess he's shut up the naysayers for a while. Heck of a night for him and Dunn and the whole offense. Figured this type of game was close to happening.

Listening to Marty tonight talk about Dusty's decision to sit EE tonight. Dusty told EE to take a breather and just watch what the successful hitters were doing tonight and hopefully take something positive out of it. Well, hope he watched closely cuz the Reds gave him a show to pick and choose from: good mix of XB hits, timely hits, sac flies galore, and good pitch selection and working the count. I'm thinking Edwin is going to take some constructive things out of this game, not mope about sitting, and start to swing a hot bat when he gets back in.

This should be the start of a good run. I'm calling a winning road trip. Go Reds!

at 7:16 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Corey Patterson will end up playing as he has always played

EE has been around successful hitters before he does not need to watch

He is in an early season slump and will come around

Too early to make determinations about any player

at 9:18 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Great game for the Reds.
Only complaint: George Grande seemed even more confused than usual.

at 10:02 AM Blogger Joe said...

Lots of offense to be happy about, but the pitching was very good last night as well, especially from Lincoln and Merker. Fogg did much better in his second start.

at 10:31 AM Blogger MarktotheHtotheB said...

Ron - I'll bite:

The objections to Corey Patterson as I recall them when he was signed were threefold: 1) the Reds had enough legitimate candidates for centerfield and Corey was not a significant enough of an upgrade to warrant giving him their at-bats. 2) Corey had plenty of time to live up to his potential and had not, leading to the concern that he was here just because he was one of Dusty's guys; and, 3) he did not get on base enough to be a lead off hitter, which was the biggest need in our lineup and his likely role. (I know this may ultimately be a "stats" argument, but its hardly a deep one - just as saying that Juan Pierre shouldn't be your clean-up hitter)

You can certainly argue that Corey, and by extension, Dusty have proven everyone wrong - and I hope they do, but these concerns have more to do with plain old strategy and personal preference than any complicated mathematical formula.

Dusty may turn out to lead this team to great success solely with his intuition and disregard for stats. If that's the case then I think everyone will be happy, even the stats guys. But I bet it will also mean that Corey has a break out year, which will ironically show up in the stats.

Your Friend in the armchair with the calculator, MHB

at 11:21 AM Blogger Steve said...

Amazing how most of you ripped personel and managerial decisions in APRIL! Oh we're shocked Patterson's playing so well? He had a good season last year with the O's plus Dusty know him better than anyone! We're lucky to have him roaming CF.

Dusty's the best manager we've had since Trader Jack. Enjoy the ride.

at 12:15 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

steve..I appreciate your enthusiasm..yet its somewhat premature..the season is only two weeks old

at the 25 mile mark of the Indy 500 it is impossible to determine who will win the race as it is to judge Dusty Baker at this point in time

Go Reds

at 12:20 PM Blogger ewad said...

Amen on Patterson.
He has always been the 5-tool diamond in the rough.
I hope that we are lucky enough to be the one that finaly mined him.

at 12:45 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Corey Patterson has never been considered a 5 tool player

at 1:25 PM Blogger Deaner said...

Dusty is no nonsense flat-out cool guy... I like him too!

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