Postgame extra: Walk this way

The Reds have made their opponents pay for intentional walks three-straight games now.

After the previous batter was walked  intentionally to get to him, Drew Stubbs burned the Cardinals with a two-run triple on Saturday. Bronson Arroyo did it to St. Louis with a two-run single on Sunday.

On Monday, the Brewers’ Todd Coffey gave Jay Bruce a free pass with two outs to put runners on first and second for Jonny Gomes. Gomes took notice.

“When you get that guy in front of you intentionally walked, not really to set up a double play or a special match-up, you dig down,” Gomes said. “It’s a little character-check for yourself.”

Gomes sent a first-pitch 95 mph fastball over the left-field fence for a three-run homer. It made the big five-run inning for the 6-3 win.

“You know you’re going to get power from Todd, whether it’s a power slider or power heater,” Gomes said. “He locates it well. I just wanted to be ready early. I didn’t want to go deep in the count with runners in scoring position with him. It worked out well.”

Other items from Monday:

*Orlando Cabrera boosted Johnny Cueto with a nice play in the first inning. With Escobar on third with a triple, Cabrera threw him out at the plate on Ryan Braun’s sharp grounder to shortstop.

*Also a nice play by Drew Stubbs to throw out Greg Zaun trying to score on fly ball by Gallardo. It was one-hopper to Ramon Hernandez that beat Zaun by two steps. Hernandez also did a textbook job blocking the plate.

*The Reds’ errorless streak ended at 11 games with Jody Gerut’s fourth inning grounder going between Brandon Phillips legs.

*After giving up the Gomes homer, Coffey drilled Stubbs in the back with his next pitch. Both benches were warned to prevent retaliation.

“We don’t have any time for that to escalate right now,” Gomes said. “We’re focused on winning ballgames. I don’t know if it was intentional or not. You’d have to ask him. we’re not really going to waste much energy thinking about that stuff.”

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1 Comment

Hey Mark, Reds nation, Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the aggresive baserunning and much more disciplined approach and pounding the zone with strikes. But when I saw Votto get in a rundown after powering his RBI double and got out, I’m not as upset that he was too aggresive. It’s that he stood there and didn’t at least force 1 throw by the defense. Make them at least make the throw! I know it’s a minor thing and the chances of bad throw is low, it’s the thought that counts. I se no more lineup complaints huh… OBP not as important quality & clutch at-bats.

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