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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Make that a three-run Cubs lead

Harang walked Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez in the fourth. Kosuke Fukudome’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to third base and second base, respectively. Ronny Cedeno knocked both players in with a single to right center. The Cubs lead 3-0 heading into the bottom of the inning.


19 Comments:

at 8:49 PM Blogger Joe said...

Harang keeps on battling even when he does not have his best.

Big Z on the mound or not, this team just does not look like it has anyone capable of putting the bat on the ball consistently right now.

It has now become a question of what we would rather watch; a young team develop, or a team loaded with streaky left handed power hitters that fail to deliver more 80% of the time.

Maybe Jr's lead off single will get it going.

 
at 8:54 PM Blogger Kevin said...

This is practically unwatchable. They bounce into a sure double play, Cubs botch it. What do they do? Make them pay? No, bounce into an easy double play.

Can somebody get David Weathers on the phone, it sure looks to me like a lifeless team going through the motions.

 
at 8:59 PM Blogger Steve said...

Look, no shame in losing to Zambrano but even when we get two on with nobody out, we either get picked off or hit into a double play. This team really isn't very smart or good.

We we lucky to score five unearned runs last night. Blow it up!

 
at 9:07 PM Blogger Mark T said...

Marty summed it up" "Is this team ever going to hit?" If so, it woudl have happened by now.

Break up the Reds.

 
at 9:27 PM Blogger Steve said...

Something fundamentally and philosophically amiss with this team. Not to mention boring. Man, it's hard to watch these guys.
No life, passion, nothing.

Purge is to remove people considered by the group in power to be "undesirable.Walt: let the purge begin!

 
at 9:29 PM Blogger John from Cincinnati said...

This team is bad bad...

It used to be when you heard 'Cincinnati Reds' it would bring to mind greatness and the team was so good it almost brought tears to the eyes.

The current version of the Reds is such a polar opposite, making one want to heave every time you watch them. This team is so bad they don't even make it hard for the opponents to beat them. They swing away -making easy outs. There is not one single player on the roster who can carry this team on his back til the rest get out of their funks. I'm beginning to believe they aren't in funks, this is how they really are. Free swingin', low contact, high strikeout team. When they do make contact it's an out. They don't even try to work the count or make the other pitcher work. THis is why the roster needs to be turned over. You can't squeeze water out of rocks.

 
at 9:35 PM OpenID bashbrother12 said...

harang is going to wind up 1 - 5 with an era around 3 its ashame that this team with these players cant get this guy some runs when he pitches this team needs a makeover and fast

btw - jay bruce 2 - 4 tonight vs norfolk with 2 rbis including a triple

 
at 9:37 PM Blogger Clinton said...

Plenty of baserunners tonight against Zambrano but no cigar... Same old, same old.

 
at 9:38 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Any idea why the Reds keep swinging at the first pitch?

 
at 9:45 PM Blogger Lets Talk Reds Blogger said...

Again no offense. This is almost getting to be the norm.

 
at 9:47 PM Blogger Mark T said...

Adam Dunn reminds me of what Sports Illustrated said about Reggie Jackson year ago - "he hits them high, far, and seldom".

Each night when I listen to the games and absorb the loss, I take hope in that I know that there are smart people in this organization that know that this just isn't working, that there isn't some magic awakening in the future. This team will win 70 games if things go well.

Bowden showed that hitting alone won't do it, Krivsky that you can't ignore hitting. Jockety might bring us better days. Let's be patient.

 
at 9:48 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

Pitiful. Why is management not blowing this team up? I'm not sure they really care. I want to hear someone in management rip this team a new one. And do it in public. I'm sick of hearing that "Its still early".

Horse-hockey - that just doesn't fly anymore.

 
at 9:49 PM OpenID spartansboy7 said...

BRING UP JAY BRUCE!

 
at 9:50 PM Blogger redsfaninchitown said...

When did the Reds and Devil Rays trade franchises? This is the worst Reds team I have ever seen. Bring back Vern Rapp and Paul Householder!

 
at 9:52 PM Blogger brian said...

Bring up Jay Bruce.Freel is garbabe,if we want any shot this year we need to bring up the best prospect in baseball.....doesnt take rocket science

 
at 10:10 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Bottom of the ninth:
Bad Ab for BP
Beutiful bunt by Votto
Bad call for EE
Bad Ab by Dunn

BP, Griff and Dunn just killing us.

Hopefully with tommorow being getaway day, Dunn and Griffey will be in hibernation mode.

Freel
Kepp
Votto (LF)
EE
BP
Hairston (RF)
Hatteberg (1B)
Bako
Volquez

To hell with righty lefty BS, it only phases crappy pitchers anyway.

 
at 10:59 PM Blogger MJ said...

I tell you its times like this that make it hard to hold your head up as a Reds fan. Its got to turn around at some point.

 
at 6:22 AM Blogger mentalmidget said...

Just curious; what exactly does Brooke Jacoby do?

BLOW IT UP!! This is cruel and unusual punishment!!!

I will attend todays game. It will be my last game this year. Let's see, I've been to 5 this year. 1 win. 4 losses. No more!!

 
at 10:09 AM Blogger Joe said...

I there with you MJ. Nothing about loosing two out of three is easy to take when you are a fan.

I can only imagine how Aaron Harang feels....has to be a lot tougher for him than us.

 
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