Bounce back game?
Friday’s lineup vs. CLE
*If there is any bright side from Thursday for the Reds and their fans is that that game only counted as one loss, just like any of the others. But obviously, that wasn’t just any old loss at the yard that went down at Turner Field. It will be interesting to see if that stomach punch-type defeat in Atlanta has any carryover to this series. The schedule is pretty favorable for the next 10 days (CLE, PIT, HOU) so it would behoove the Reds to have short memories.
*Scott Rolen is back in the lineup after being out with what was reported as hamstring soreness yesterday. Rolen clarified the situation and that he’s been playing with that injury for a while.
“I wasn’t out of the lineup for a hamstring,” Rolen said. “I’ve had it for three-and-a-half weeks. They were trying to get me out of there, lay my body down for a little bit and catch up from kind of a tough stretch and with a tough stretch ahead of us. It seemed reasonable with a day game, night game, day game, night game. We’re trying to stay on top of it a little bit.”
*Jonny Gomes was the DH for all nine games at AL ballparks last season. I wouldn’t be stunned if that happened again this year. As the DH last year, Gomes batted .344 (11-for-32) with three home runs, seven RBIs and five runs scored.
“It’s kind of like an art,” said Gomes, who was the DH a lot with the Rays. “There are so many different ways to do it. When I was in the American league, we’d all seek each other out. I’d talk with Big Papi. I talked a lot with Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Jim Thome. Everyone has their own little tricks of the trade.”
*Saturday’s game will not be televised because of a rare primetime FOX game of the week scheduled.
*Some blown lead trivia:
The Reds failed to hold a lead of at least 6 runs in the ninth inning for just the third time in 58 years.On 5/2/2005 at Great American Ball Park, the Cardinals also scored 7 runs in the ninth for a 10-9 win. Was the biggest ninth-inning comeback in Cardinals history.In the opener of a doubleheader on 6/29/1952 at Crosley Field, the Cubs scored 7 runs in the ninth for a 9-8 win.
The Reds had eight-run leads of 8-0 and 9-1 yesterday. This was the club’s biggest blown lead since 4/28/04 at Mil, when they led 9-0 and lost 10-9.
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