September 2013

Game 154: at PIT

Reds lineup vs. Pirates

Choo 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Ludwick 7
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Cozart 6
Mesoraco 2
Latos 1

Where things stand, 9/20

NL Central standings

Cardinals 89-64
Pirates 88-65 1 GB
Reds 87-66 2 GB

*The Cardinals magic number to clinch the division over Pittsburgh is 9.
*The Reds magic number to eliminate the Nationals from the 2nd NL Wild Card spot is 5.

*Click here for my story previewing the six of the next nine games between the Reds and Pirates.

*Click here for the playoff tiebreaker rules on MLB.com.

If the season ended today:

NL Wild Card: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
NL Division Series ‘A’: NL Wild Card winner (CIN/PIT) at Atlanta
NL Division Series ‘B’: LA Dodgers at St. Louis

Marty signs contract extension

I had just landed in Pittsburgh when I was pleased to learn that my friend, and I hope yours, Marty Brennaman signed a three-year extension to keep doing Reds games on radio.

Click here to read the story on MLB.com.

This is great news as Marty is not only a Cincinnati icon and a good man, but one of the best there is at his craft.

Games at Louisville, Pensacola

Triple-A Louisville announced on Thursday that the Reds will travel there to play an exhibition game against each other on March 29. A few days ago, it was revealed that the Reds will face their Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, Fla., on March 28 after the Cactus League schedule concludes in Arizona.

Here is a portion of the Louisville press release:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats and Cincinnati Reds will host an exhibition game at Louisville Slugger Field on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The game will give fans the first glimpse of the 2014 Cincinnati Reds playing against the Bats in their final preseason game leading up to Opening Day. All fans with a paid ticket for admission will receive a free Cincinnati Reds cap when entering the stadium. The game will be played on Saturday afternoon with a specific time to be announced at a later date.

“We’re excited to be able to finish off our 2014 spring training schedule with an exhibition in Louisville,” said Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty. “The Bats have one of the strongest fan bases in the minor leagues, and we’re happy they’ll be able to watch in person some of the Major League players who recently came through there. Gary Ulmer and his staff do a tremendous job and play an important role in the development of our players.”

Bats full season and mini-plan ticket holders will have first priority to purchase Reds exhibition game tickets. …Single game tickets for the Reds exhibition game featuring the free Reds cap giveaway and all Bats regular season home games will go on sale to the general public November 1 at 10 a.m. Reserved seat tickets for the Reds exhibition game start at $14; premium infield seats will be available for $25.

Game 153: at HOU

*First Major League start for Billy Hamilton…

Reds lineup vs. Astros

Choo 7
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Ludwick DH
Frazier 5
Cozart 6
Mesoraco 2
Hamilton 8

Reynolds 1

False alarm

Many members of the Reds roster were somewhat sleep deprived Tuesday because of a fire alarm that sounded at the team hotel overnight. It proved to be a false alarm but the noise persisted for approximately one hour.

A few Reds tweeted about the experience, including reliever J.J. Hoover.

From reliever Manny Parra:

And, second baseman Brandon Phillips had a leading suspect behind the alarm.

I considered myself lucky to not have shared their experience…I am staying at a different hotel.

Game 152: at HOU

Reds lineup vs. Astros

Choo 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Paul DH
Frazier 5
Cozart 6
Mesoraco 2
Robinson 7

Leake 1

*Joey Votto is batting .430 (58-for-135) in 34 career games at Minute Maid Park, including a still-going 22-game hitting streak. The odds are in Votto’s favor tonight. He is 5-for-7 lifetime vs. Astros pitcher Jordan Lyles.

Just because…

Tom Seaver vs. J.R. Richard at the Astrodome tonight… Be there.

I couldn’t find Kelly Leak or Tanner Boyle and the Bears gearing up to play the Toros.

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Cueto, Marshall activated

As you already knew, RHP Johnny Cueto has been activated from the 60-day disabled list to start tonight vs. the Astros. But there is a second transaction…

LHP Sean Marshall has also been activated from the 60-day DL. He has been out with a sprained left shoulder since May 24.

To make room on the 40-man roster, RHPs Kyle Lotzkar and Josh Ravin have been designated for assignment.

Game 151: at HOU

Reds lineup vs. Astros

Choo 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Ludwick DH
Frazier 5
Cozart 6
Hanigan 2
Heisey 7

Cueto 1

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