Wrigley like home away from home

Wrigley Field is ancient, lacks modern amenities and has the smallest visitor’s clubhouse in all the land. But the Reds have certainly made it feel like home the past two seasons.

On Wednesday, the Reds cruised to a 5-0 win to sweep the three game series.

This season vs. the Cubs: the Reds have won nine of the 10 games played at Wrigley. They have been the victor in 15 of the last 16 games played at “The Friendly Confines.”

“When you get some good pitching and timely hitting, it happens,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I really enjoy coming here and winning. I enjoy winning anywhere. We didn’t hear that [‘Go Cubs Go’] song much here, which is a sign we played good ball.”

In the 2013 season series, the Reds are 13-3 vs. the Cubs. They have not won 13 or more games in a season against the Cubs since 1962.

“It’s just good to come in here and get on a roll. We’ve played well here in the past and it’s nice to continue that. In the position we’ve been in for a while, we’ve been just spinning our wheels – six and seven and 5 ½ games back. It’s nice to kind of get some traction and hopefully take that to Milwaukee.”

Some post-game notes:

*Todd Frazier hit a solo homer to left field in the top of the first inning. It was his first homer since July 1 vs. the Giants. Four of Frazier’s 11 homers this season have come against the Cubs.

*Pretty soon, my final version of today’s game story will be up and you can click here to read it. Baker and Arroyo talk about the team’s momentum and how important it is at this point of the season.

*Included in my notebook are things on Choo getting the day off, the notion of Johnny Cueto being used this season as a reliever and the signing of a 20-year-old Cuban outfielder. Click here to read those items.

*I have the series at Milwaukee off. I will be back on Monday for the start of a new home stand vs. the Diamondbacks.


Reds sign 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Medina

CHICAGO — The Reds signed outfielder Reydel Medina, a Cuban defector. According to the Dominican Prospect League web site, Medina received a $400,000 bonus for signing and defected from Cuba in 2011.

Reds scouts have been watching the 20-year-old Medina play in the Dominican Republic.

“Our people did a good job getting many looks at him and project him to Major League average to above average on five tools,” said Bill Bavasi, Reds vice president of scouting, player development and international operations.

Medina will come to the United States to play as soon as he receives his visa. ANYBODY KNOW ANYTHING DEFINATIVE ABOUT THIS GUY????????? t2

T2…thanks for bringing that…here’s is what I have found:
August 14, 2013 by Ben Badler/BA
Medina played for the Cuban youth national team at the 16U World Championship in Taiwan in 2009, a tournament that also included Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor and Red Sox shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin. Media performed well at the tournament, hitting .444/.516/.852 over seven games, going 12-for-27 with a homer, two triples, four doubles, four walks and three strikeouts. He ranked second on the Cuban team in slugging and OPS, behind only Guillermo Aviles.
At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Medina runs above-average times in the 60-yard dash. He’s a lefthanded hitter with a quick bat and projectable power, although there are concerns among some scouts about his crudeness at the plate despite his performance at the World Championship. Given how little time is left in the 2013 season, Medina might not make his debut until next year, at which point he’ll probably start in one of the lower levels of the system, perhaps low Class A Dayton.
Medina trained in the Dominican Republic with Aldo Marrero and also participated in the Dominican Prospect League. Medina, like several recent players who have left Cuba, has claimed residency in Haiti.
Since Medina is under 23 and does not have at least three years of professional experience in Cuba, his bonus will count against Cincinnati’s international bonus pool for the 2013-14 signing period. With a $1,862,100 pool, the Reds have the second-smallest pool in baseball, ahead of only the Nationals.

Reds’ scouting team are stellar. This guy could be a huge sign.

BTW…something we need to keep in mind: “With a $1,862,100 pool, the Reds have the second-smallest pool in baseball, ahead of only the Nationals.” Certainly could answer why our teams do so poorly in nearly all AVG and OBP stats in all of our 4 minor league teams; comparatively speaking.

Today is the day that I predicted the Reds would be ‘in 1st place to stay’ back in June.
Looks like I might be wrong. (However, I will coattail on Curt’s recent forecast: Reds in 1st on Labour Day).

I hope the Reds go on a streak/ But with the worst manager in baseball I don’t like there chances

3.5/.5/5.5 – won 4 in a row, 7 of 8, 8-3 for month…let’s keep it going against these weak teams. Reds at season high 16 games over .500 at 68-52. 42 games to go!

If we want to get to WS, the road appears to be through LA. Dodgers are on torrid pace; over last 48 games…40-8! Wow, did they ever turn it around.

By Mark Sheldon
MLB.com | 8/14/2013 4:12 P.M. ET
“It’s something we haven’t talked about,” Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. “It won’t be until he starts to throw again and we’re confident that he’s coming back. I think there are still a lot of things we have to discuss in regards to Johnny and how we’re going to use him if and when he comes back this year. Until he starts to throw and we’re confident he will be able to get back on the mound and pitch, we really haven’t talked about it yet.”
“Cueto, who has never pitched in relief in the Majors, has been on his third DL stint of the season since June 29 with a strained right lat, while Marshall went on the DL for the second time on May 24 with a left shoulder injury. Neither pitcher has resumed throwing programs as of yet, and with less than a month left in the Minor League seasons, rehab assignments will soon no longer be an option.”
This kinda chapd my hide. Why would we use Cueto in the closing days of this
season, when he has shown a complete and 100% stain on the “lat” over the last 3 times? Why not take advantage of the remaining season, + time until the next season in order to cure the wound completely. He certainly could start his rehab for real after seasons’ end. Terrible to say? Not so sure when we have a replacement like Cingrani.
Doubting thomas’…he’s returned to the DL 3 times now…all on the same injury. Why risk our #1 pitcher for another year. Remember, the first time was last season in the playoffs. Summary: lay him off until next season. JMHO.

5 wins in a row. Is that the longest streak of the year?

Max…no. May 10th – May 16th; 6 games…first 3 with Milwaukee/last 3 with Miami.

By John Fay
“Francisco Cordero caused more angst among Reds fans than any player in recent history. Cordero rarely saved a game routinely. But he got the job done at the about the same rate as Aroldis Chapman.”
“In his Reds career, Cordero converted 150 of 174 save opportunities (86.2 percent). Chapman, going into Saturday, had converted 68 of 78 opportunities (87.1 percent).”

If not for Soriano’s huge contract, this guy might have fit GABP…
August 13…6-3-3-6…2 HR
August 14…3-3-3-7…2 HR
August 15…5-1-4-7…0 HR
August 16…4-2-3-4…1 HR
24 RBI in 4 games! Wow!

Wuups…August 15th RBI total was 1, not 7.
Total for 4 days ties MLB record at 18 (not 24).

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