Deflating end for Reds
After the Reds took a 2-0 NLDS lead in San Francisco, I brought a change of clothes to GABP for three-straight days just in case I got soaked during the clubhouse celebration.
Of course as we all know, those clothes never left the bag. I really didn’t see this coming when I flew back here on Monday. I didn’t expect a sweep, but I also didn’t expect the Reds to lose three in a row. That’s what happened in a 6-4 defeat. It was the six-run 5th by the Giants that was the big killer, especially Buster Posey’s grand slam.
A few thoughts:
*The Game 4 crowd was pretty muted. But the fans for Game 5 were all in and enthusiastic. Even when the Reds went down 6-0, the atmosphere was more energetic than it had been. And the fans stayed into it through rallies over the last four innings. Joey Votto could be seen applauding the fans from second base as Jay Bruce stood in for an epic 12-pitch at-bat in the ninth.
“The crowd was fantastic,” Votto said. “I was very, very impressed with how supportive they were. I’m really proud of being a Cincinnati Red. I’m very proud we have an excellent, supportive fan base. We just need to give them some wins, play deep in the playoffs and win a World Series here. And the support will increase ten-fold, I’m sure.”
*Bruce on his at-bat in the 9th:
“Sergio has a lot of sink on his ball, so I was just making sure to get something out over the plate, and I did,” Bruce said. “He gave me some pitches I could handle. To be honest with you, the at-bat shouldn’t have lasted that long, in my opinion. He made his pitches, he didn’t give in. It was a long at-bat, but I wouldn’t really call it a ‘good’ one, in my opinion. Good ones end differently.”
Some video clips from Dusty Baker on the game, and his future:
And why the double steal try in the 6th:
*I’m sure many of you are pretty honked off about the way things went down the last three days. But when you have time, we at MLB.com put together a lot of stories worth reading. I hope you can check it out when things have calmed down for you.
Game story — infamy in postseason for Reds
There will also be a story on Baker and the players discussing his future.
*Stay with me all off-season. I will be here to cover it all winter on MLB.com/Reds.com/Mark My Word and Twitter.