No-hitter for Louisville

This came from the folks at Triple-A Louisville Sunday afternoon:

LHP Tony Cingrani (4.0 IP), LHP David Holmberg (3.0 IP) and RHP Sam LeCure (2.0 IP) combined to throw the Louisville Bats’ first ever nine-inning no-hitter Sunday afternoon in Toledo. Louisville defeated the Mud Hens 5-0.

LeCure struck out Mike Hessman for the final out. Hessman hit 25 homers as a member of the Bats in 2013.

On May 14, 2000, Larry Luebbers tossed a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader at Charlotte, the only other no-hitter in Louisville franchise history since 1982.


Tied 3-3 in X-tray innings…the Cards score 2 in the top of the 10th to take the lead, 5-3 over the pesky Pirates…they are toast…NOT…they score 3 in the bottom of the 10th against Cards’ Rosenthal…beat the leaders, 6-5 (we need to develpe this kind of culture/resolve). When was the last time our Reds came from behind against a contender?

Are the Cardinals vulnerable? Pirates making their move. Adds some excitement to the NL Central.

Pirates seem to think they are ‘the ones’. Not sure what to think of them; they are playing very, very tough baseball. The Pirates are not fluff and powder; they are a team that is grit and nasty; coming from behind against the the Cards. Their SP is no joke either…Liriano, Burnett, Cole, etc….not too shabby

Before the all-star game…
…the Reds are 39-47…453 W%
What is truly depressing is their RD at -48.

74 wins at this rate.
Marlins put on clinic for the Reds on how to advance runners and score runs without depending on HR.

OK…I am kinda new to statistics…(tic)…so let’s carry the thought further…
If that W-rate is the same for the season…then the Reds would end up
76W and 86L.
Just for fun, if that were true, let’s look at last season…
2014 – 74-88
2015 – (projected) 76-86
Nice job Price…when do we win…

Actually, it’s worse. At a .453 clip over the entire 162 game season, they would end up 73-89 for the year; I gave them extra credit for a few games.

Today’s game a real low point:
$200,000,000.00 Votto leans into a pitch to get on in 1st.
2 errors
1-11 RISP
Only get 5 hits but leave 9 on base
Circus of errors in the 7th when no one other than Pena did what they were suppossed to do. Total breakdown of fundamentals.

Happened by chance to hear Pirates on radio come back in bottom of 10th to beat St. Louis. They kept going at it, coming up with 3 to win. Quite a contrast!

The all-mighty HR…
Reds – 96 HR, 331 R
Brewers – 84 HR, 360 R
Cubs – 77 HR, 335 R
Cards – 69 HR, 355 R
Pirates – 67 HR, 356 R
27 more HR than the Cards…15.5 G back

•Jay Bruce’s name has only recently surfaced in trade rumors, though ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (Twitter link) that the Reds have had the outfielder “available for awhile.”
•Also from Olney’s tweet, the Reds “haven’t officially” begun shopping Johnny Cueto. The free agent-to-be is expected to be one of the most sought-after pieces in this deadline period.

April – .181/.310/.403/.713
May – .256/.343/.411/.754
June – .263/.345/.495/.840
July 12th – .342/.390/.632/1.022

Why did Cingrani pitch 4 innings? Even for a long reliever that is a lot.

The Reds are switching him again from reliever to starter; stretching him out.

Jay Bruce available in trade; is it setting up Reds as deadline sellers?
July 13, 2015 12:26 pm ET
CBS Sports

CINCINNATI — Reds right fielder Jay Bruceis available in trade, league sources say.
The Reds are expected by rivals to become a full-fledged seller in coming days, perhaps shortly after the All-Star Game here, but to this point the one name being heard is Bruce, which is somewhat curious since they have multiple big players who are free agents after the year, and Bruce isn’t one of them.

Bruce has been hot in recent weeks, raising his average from .160 to .251 and pushing his OPS above .800 (it’s .806). So it’s no surprise the Reds aren’t currently offering to pay down significant money on Bruce’s deal, which guarantees about $19.5 million through the end of 2016. Bruce makes $12 million this year and $12.5 million next year, and has a $13-million option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout. He has a no-trade provision to eight teams, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Teams considering outfielders this trade season include the Angels, Pirates, Royals and Giants. The Blue Jays may, too, but their priority is a starting pitcher, followed by a back-end bullpen piece. The Yankees may seek a hitter, but it’s more likely to be one who bats righthanded. The Angels are one team that’s been looking for a lefty bat since things didn’t work out there with Josh Hamilton this year.

Once the Reds decide to sell, and rivals suggest they expect that day is coming, they should have quite an interesting sale. Ace pitcher Johnny Cueto and solid starter Mike Leake are free agents after the year and would be expected to be part of any sale, as could be reliever Manny Parra and others.

Rival teams are excitedly wondering whether Aroldis Chapman, baseball’s hardest throwing pitcher and the best closer in the NL. Chapman isn’t a free agent until after 2016, but the Reds may want to avoid going into his free agent year without a contract.

The Reds have been delaying a sale, but some believe it’s natural their thinking could change after the All-Star Game, which has created a lot of excitement here in this great baseball city. The Reds are 39-47, 15 1/2 games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central and 7 1/2 games behind the second wild card.

According to Fangraphs, the Reds’ chances to make the playoffs are down to 0.1 percent (or 1 in 1,000) though other sites are slightly more optimistic.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty didn’t return a text.

There may be no better time to at least gauge interest in Bruce, as he has a .309/.389/.551 with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBI over 49 games, as the Cincinnati Enquirer recently noted. Bruce was hitting .162 on May 14, the newspaper also noted. Bruce has played superbly over the last 3 1/2 weeks, hitting .357 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI over 22 games.

“People look at him and see he’s at .245 or wherever he is, but this guy was at .160 in May,” Reds manager Bryan Price told the hometown paper. “That’s a lot of at-bats and a lot of time to make up in as far as getting your average up. For those of us who have been around Jay for a fair bit, you always anticipate that he was going to get through it.

“You just hope the frustration wasn’t something he couldn’t get away from. He knows he’s a good player. He fought through it. He put in a lot of work on his swing and his approach. He’s getting better pitches to hit in the zone. We’re bearing the fruit of that approach.”

Bruce told the paper, “I had a bad first month and 10 days. I left myself with a hole to dig out of. There’s still a lot work to do. I’m still not close to where I want to be. I’m continuing to get better.”

Excerpt: what Gossage and Lasorda think about Rose…
With Rose set to take part in the All-Star festivities, two Hall of Famers have chimed in and said there is still no place for him in baseball. Here’s what Goose Gossage told Ron Clements of Perform Media:

“I don’t think he’ll ever get in, nor should he get in,” Gossage told Perform Media on Friday. “There is more to the story than Pete’s gambling and the extent of it.”

“As young players, the thing you learn early is to not gamble on the game or you will be suspended for life,” said Gossage, who has partnered with Hormel Foods to bring fans tips for a no-hassle major league tailgate.

“If we let Pete in, then gambling and everything else is out the window,” he added. “The horse is out of the barn. What will that mean?”

Now here is what Tommy Lasorda told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times:

“You have got to be out,” Lasorda said. “He has got to be suspended for life.”

Said Lasorda: “If you are stupid enough to go out and bet on your own team and bet on baseball, there has got to be something wrong. If my brother did it, I’d say the same thing.”

“I’m not afraid to come out and say it,” Lasorda said. “Pete and I are friends. But he did something wrong, and it was terrible. You represent an organization. Wherever I go, I’m not Tommy Lasorda from Norristown, Pa. I’m Tommy Lasorda from the Dodgers.

“It’s not a question of getting a front office job, or anything like that. He got suspended. He is completely out of the game.”

Seems there exists sense only once you get 100 or so miles outside the Cincinnati city limits…

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