07-31-10 GAME THREAD: Atlanta vs. Cincinnati – This One’s For A Winning Month.

by RedFaced 31. July 2010 03:22
Time: 4:10 PM EDT, GABP Radio/TV: Cincinnati: TV: FOX; Radio: WLW 700 Atlanta:  TV: FOX.  MLB.tv (audio and video with subscription), XM Radio Ch. 178 Lineups: Reds (57-47) Phillips 4Cabrera 6Votto 3Rolen 5Gomes 7Bruce 9Stubbs 8Hanigan 2Arroyo 1   Atlanta (59-43)   Jair Jurrjens  1 Last Night’s Game:  More of the same with Atlanta, winning it in their last at-bat in extra innings.   Johnny Cueto had what was likely his worst start of July but the bullpen kept it close (until Cordero).  Votto hit his 27th HR and Heisey made an awesome catch to rob Atlanta of a go-ahead HR in the 9th but it wasn’t quite enough, as Cordero walked two in the 10th and both scored on a Jason Heyward double that was just out of the reach of a diving Jonny Gomes.  Today’s Game:  Jurrjens has pitched well since returning from the DL but he’s been awful against the Reds in his career.  Arroyo comes off a hard-luck complete game, three-hit loss his last outing.  He threw only 88 pitches in that game so he should be plenty rested. I’ve got a good feeling about Arroyo for this game.  If the Reds can put up four runs they should be able to win this one. Back into 2nd Place:  The Cards won last night in the 10th inning 1-0 against the Pirates, so the Reds have fallen back into 2nd place.  They also need a win Saturday to wrap up another winning month for the season.  Trade Crickets:  What’s that you hear on the trade deadline front?  Yep...crickets.  There does not appear to be much in the works as far as the Reds are concerned.  The most recent rumor appears to be nothing as Ted Lilly appears to be heading to the Dodgers.  There’s that part of me that feels like there is something going on behind the scenes and that Walt will pull off some kind of trade but I don’t expect it to be anything major.  If the Reds make no moves will you be satisfied?  Attendance Tipping Point Part II:  The full house was nice to hear during the game last night, and with another sell-out set for Saturday the Reds will officially move past last year’s attendance figure for the same number of games.  After a horrendous start attendance-wise during the first two months of the season, it’s good to see the fans start coming out to support this team.  I believe it’s a positive trend we’ll likely see for the next few years as the Reds should be able to maintain a string of competitive seasons.     RedsOctober.com  -The Bloggers Strike Back- The first night on the new site appeared to be a success as we saw over 460 posts!!!  I don’t expect it will continue to be quite that high, but who knows, maybe we’ll see 500 one day soon?  

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07-30-10 GAME THREAD: Atlanta vs. Cincinnati – Time for payback.

by RedFaced 30. July 2010 13:58
Time: 7:10 PM EDT, GABP Radio/TV: Cincinnati: TV: FS-O HD, MLBN; Radio: WLW 700 Atlanta:  TV: SPSO, MLBN.  MLB.tv (audio and video with subscription), XM Radio Ch. 184 Lineups: Reds (57-46) Phillips 4Cabrera 6Votto 3Rolen 5Gomes 7Bruce 9Stubbs 8Hernandez 2Cueto 1     Atlanta (58-43) Prado 4 Heyward 9 Jones 5 McCann 2 Glaus 3 Hinske 7 Infante 6 Cabrera 8 Kris Medlen  1 How the Reds got here: The Reds come home for a quick (and crazy scheduling quirk) 3 game series before heading back on the road.  They were 4-2 on their recently completed road trip and are 8-5 since the All-Star break. The Reds also find themselves 13-11 for the month of July needing to win at least one of the next two games to guarantee another winning month.    Reds looking for payback:  Way back in mid-May the Reds lost two heartbreak games in Atlanta, both in walk-off fashion. They gave up 7 runs in the 9th inning of game two which ended in a walk-off grand slam by Brooks Conrad (who?). That series marked the turning point in the season for the Braves who now find themselves in first place in the NL East. The Reds would like to reverse that momentum now by winning the series and building on their own ½ game lead in the NL Central.    Today’s Game -  Atlanta sends Kris Medlen RHP to the mound tonight.  He’s 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA on the season but he’s only won once in July and gave up 5 runs in 6 IP last Saturday against the Marlins. However, Atlanta is 11-1 in games in which Medlen starts. Atlanta has lost each of their last two series on the road.  They dropped 2 of 3 recently against Washington and 2 of 3 against the Marlins.  Let’s hope they at least continue that trend this series.  The Reds send Johnny Cueto to the mound today having gone 4-1 with a 0.96 ERA over his past 7 games.  He threw 122 pitches during his last outing but has the benefit of an extra days rest after yesterday’s off day.  Cueto has been one of the few things hotter than the temperature in July, look for it to continue tonight with a large home crowd behind him.  I should point out that Cueto could match his career high with his 11th win tonight of the season.  Attendance Tipping Point :  The Reds attendance figures for the season entering tonight’s game is currently  about 39,000 off of last year’s pace through the same number of games.  With near sell-outs expected for each of the 3 games against Atlanta it seems very likely that the Reds will see their attendance figures for 2010 finally push ahead of the 2009 attendance figures.  As a result they should easily crush last year’s attendance figure of 1.747 Million.  Last season the Reds only had one game from this point forward in which they drew 30,000 in attendance and only 3 games of 25,000 or more in attendance.  They will likely avg 25,000 plus this year the rest of the way.  Doing so would put them on track for 2 Million in attendance on the season.  RedsOctober.com  A New Hope- Welcome to the new home of our old RLD band.  The issues at CNati.com kind of forced us to look at other options.  The system you see in place today is really a temporary home for us as we will be having a custom application written for us that will serve our particular needs and wants.  We understand this current system falls well short of the features we’d like to see available to us so please bear with us during the transition.  It might take a couple of months for the new system to get completed but it’s in the works and we’d really like to hear your feedback as to what features/functions you would like to see in that new system.  There is a thread named “Suggestion Box” that can be found in the Admin Messages Category in which you can post your feature requests.  Our hope is to put together a system that is not only feature rich but easy to use and responsive.  Once it’s complete we should be there a long time so get your feedback in now please.   

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