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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, April 24, 2008

Reds 3, Astros 3 - middle of 4th inning

Johnny Cueto gave up a two-run homer to Lance Berkman in the first. The Astros scored again in the second on a two-out RBI single by pitcher Jack Cassel. The Reds countered with a run in the first on Griffey's RBI single and two in the second. Scott Hatteberg's double scored Edwin Encarnacion, who extended his career-high hitting streak to 14. Paul Bako then scored Hatteberg with a single to center.


2 Comments:

at 4:33 AM Blogger Dave said...

Does anyone remember the "good ol' days" of Ryan Freel? I read "this team is boring" about 3 times a night on here. What happened to Freel (oh yeah, he's on the bench)? Wouldn't it be nice if we had a rich man's Freel? Maybe we could trade Dunn and Gonzo for one of the Rays outfielders (Crawford or Upton) and lead them off.

 
at 4:37 AM Blogger Dave said...

Or we could play the hand we're dealt, as compared to an "ideal lineup"...

1. CF/SS/2B Fast, gets on base, works the count
2. CF/SS/2B Contact to all fields, sees a lot of pitches, can hit-n-run
3. LF/RF/1B/3B Best hitter, with some speed, hopefully
4. LF/RF/1B/3B Slower, lower avg., maybe more power than #3
5. LF/RF/1B/3B Less power than #5 or low, low BA (see Rob Deer or Adam Dunn)
6. LF/RF/1B/3B #2 of the bottom half - more power, less contact
7. CF/SS/2B #1 all over again - poor man's leadoff
8. C 2nd cleanup - power, but not the contact to hit #5 or 6...also, last guy in a thin lineup
9. Pitcher

We have:

CF Freel - could see more pitches, get on more, but solid spark plug
SS Keppinger - see #2 description
2B Phillips - see above, and at a non-premium offensive position
RF Griffey - no longer has the avg. or speed for the 3-hole
3B EE - .300/30/100+ this year, watch
LF Dunn - too little contact to be a #4
1B Votto - future #4/5 (EE in the other), with Bruce at #3 and BP hitting #2
C Take your pick - see "thin lineup" above - take the D and game-calling skills and don't complain
P Fogg...okay, maybe not :)

 
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