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    2008 Cincinnati Reds Season Thread

    Well, it's time once again for baseball on the banks of the Ohio River. Reds Baseball is back. And here is the place for those short celebrations and complaints of each day of the 2008 Baseball Season. Have fun and LETS GO REDS!

    REMEMBER, THIS IS OUR YEAR!
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    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    I'm really looking forward to this season. I really hope Dusty can figure this club out. (IMO he was a bad signing) I think they will push for the playoffs and hopefully make it. For my second favorite team, GO REDS!
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    Opening Day

    I went to my first Opening Day today and what a day. I went down to Fountain Square for the Rally on the Square and the Findley Market Opening Day Parade. It was pretty neat. Before the parade, there was a guy in a golf cart who work for Findley Market. Everytime that he drove by us, there were a bunch of cheers which was pretty funny. When the parade started, the fun truly started. Of all the floats, cars, bands, and performers, the best thing I saw was this dog with it's owner all by themselves and the dog was carrying a plastic baseball bat. It was just funny. The amount of people there was more than I had orginally expected but us Reds fans can survive the rain.

    Well, I went to the game and well, it rained. But that didn't stop the spirit. I sat in section 518 which if you are not familar with GABP, it is on the 3rd base side. I also sat under an overhang so I didn't get wet. The fly-over of 4 F-16s occured 45 minutes before the game really started which was pretty funny. The ceremonies before the game were pretty somber. A moment of silence was held for the 4 Reds who were lost in the off-season which include some pretty big names: Bob Purkey who led the Reds to a '61 World Series Victory, Chief Bender who scouted and signed some of the biggest names in Reds history, Bob Howsam who built the Big Red Machine, and Joe Nuxhall who was a member of the Reds for 63 years. What got the biggest applause was for Army Sgt. Matt Maupin who was MIA for 4 years but wasn't exactly there sadly. A moment of silence for him and all fallen troops followed. When the Reds players were introduced, a well-kept secret was revealed as each player was wearing a Joe Nuxhall jersey which truly shows how much Joe meant to the Reds and to Cincinnati. The first pitch was a strike but fell apart quickly after that. The Reds lost but the day wasn't a total waste because I got to see The Boys of Summer for the first time.
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Cueto Notes

    According to Elias, Cueto was the first to throw five perfect innings in his debut since Seattle's Ken Cloude retired the first 16 batters he faced on Aug. 9, 1997, against the White Sox. ... The last pitcher to strike out 10 in his big league debut was Daisuke Matsuzaka, who fanned 10 in seven innings for Boston last season. In modern baseball history - since 1900, that is - no Reds pitcher had fanned 10 batters in his big league debut.
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    From C. Trent Rosecrants
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    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Lookouts' Bolivar puts forth perfect 6-for-6 effort

    Look out for Luis Bolivar.
    The Chattanooga third baseman went a career-best 6-for-6 with a homer, two doubles and three runs scored Monday to lead the visiting Lookouts to a 9-4 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits.

    It was the 11th time in Southern League history that a player collected six hits in a game. The feat was last accomplished in the Minor Leagues in the California League by High Desert's Carlos Triunfel on July 30, 2007.

    "I've never before had a game like this," said Bolivar, whose previous career high was a five-hit game July 30, 2003. "Not in Venezuela and not in the Minors. I couldn't help but think about the opportunity for six hits while I was on deck in the ninth inning. After I got the last hit, I was pretty excited."

    Before the game, such a performance was the furthest thing from the 27-year-old Venezuelan's mind. Stuck in a 2-for-12 funk to begin the season, Bolivar wanted to concentrate more on shortening his swing rather than chasing pitches out of the strike zone.

    But his mind-set would change over the course of nine innings.

    His night began with a leadoff double and a run scored in the first, and he added singles in the second and fourth. With a man on second and the Lookouts trailing in the sixth, 4-3, Bolivar found his way to the plate again, but with much more confidence.

    "My first few at-bats were about seeing better pitches and not chasing bad balls," Bolivar said. "In the sixth, I had a plan, and that was to move the runner to third with less than two outs. They stayed away from me the whole at-bat, and I thought, since they hadn't really pitched me inside much, that they might try it there. I guessed right and hit it out."

    Bolivar's two-run homer, his first of the season, cleared the left-field wall and gave the Lookouts a lead they would not relinquish. In the eighth, already 4-for-4, he made a bid for the cycle.

    Leading off, he lined his second two-bagger down the left-field line. As he rounded second base, he realized that the throw to third would beat him by plenty. With Chattanooga leading, 5-4, it wasn't the right time.

    "The game was too close to risk it," Bolivar said, "but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about the triple before I even stepped into the box. I thought I had a shot when I hit it down the line, but the outfielder got over quickly. By the time I got to second, the play was in front of me and I would have been out too easily. We needed runs, so it was an easy call."

    Bolivar's double sparked a four-run rally as Craig Tatum and B.J. Szymanski each stroked two-RBI doubles to pad Chattanooga's lead to the eventual final score.

    Bolivar collected hits against five different Biscuits hurlers -- four to left field -- and raised his average 277 points, from .167 to .444. He had one less hit than Montgomery's team total (seven) at the end of the night.

    "I'm happy I finally made some good swings and contributed to the team," Bolivar said. "I felt a little lost at the plate over the weekend and it was frustrating. Now I feel much better."

    Shaun Cumberland smashed a two-run dinger and Tonys Gutierrez walked four times and scored twice for the Lookouts, who improved to 3-2.

    Chattanooga starter Sam Lecure surrendered four runs on five hits with seven walks and two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Danny Herrera (1-0) notched his first win after yielding just three walks in 2 1/3 scoreless frames.

    Derrik Lutz and Pedro Viola combined to allowed two hits with two strikeouts over the final 2 1/3 shutout innings to close out the win.

    Josh Asanovich went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Sergio Pedroza knocked in two runs for the Biscuits (2-3), who left 12 runners on base.

    Montgomery starter Michael Wlodarczyk lasted three frames and allowed two runs on six hits and five walks. Jeff Kamrath (0-1) suffered the loss after being charged with a run on a hit and two walks in the sixth.

    Shane Figueroa is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Corey Patterson is such a bad leadoff hitter but I love him anyway.
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Cueto

    Quote Originally Posted by redlegsfan21 View Post
    According to Elias, Cueto was the first to throw five perfect innings in his debut since Seattle's Ken Cloude retired the first 16 batters he faced on Aug. 9, 1997, against the White Sox. ... The last pitcher to strike out 10 in his big league debut was Daisuke Matsuzaka, who fanned 10 in seven innings for Boston last season. In modern baseball history - since 1900, that is - no Reds pitcher had fanned 10 batters in his big league debut.
    Not to mention he was the first pitcher ever in modern baseball history, for any team, to have 10 K's and no walks in his ML debut. Followed that up with another no walk outing (8 Ks) in start # 2.

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    C Patt

    Quote Originally Posted by redlegsfan21 View Post
    Corey Patterson is such a bad leadoff hitter but I love him anyway.
    Like most Reds fans i wasnt exactly thrilled about the pick up of C Patt in Spring Training. But like most Reds fans, i'm quickly comming around as this appears to be the steal of the year (like B Phillips two years ago). He provides the same or better D then we had their last year, much more power and no drop off in speed.... This is the C Patt from the Cubs before he was farmed out and lost everything....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gman5431 View Post
    Like most Reds fans i wasnt exactly thrilled about the pick up of C Patt in Spring Training. But like most Reds fans, i'm quickly comming around as this appears to be the steal of the year (like B Phillips two years ago). He provides the same or better D then we had their last year, much more power and no drop off in speed.... This is the C Patt from the Cubs before he was farmed out and lost everything....

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    Well, I believe a leadoff hitter shouldn't lead a team in HRs but it is amazing what he has done so far. And I'm also impressed with Paul Bako. It like 2006 all over again.
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    2 words for Bako.....
    Smoke
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    I bet if someone looks at yesterday's score, they might think, wow the Pirates had some great pitching. Well guess what, the Reds failed to score after 7 hits and 4 walks. I will give the Pirates credit, they know that if the bases are loaded, have Encarnacion at the plate.

    Plus, the Reds are looking at catching, they should be looking to trade catching. The way Bako has worked this staff is amazing (not taking credit from the starters).
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Something is wrong when the bases are loaded and you don't expect to score.
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Lets just see if they can pull out a W tonight. We never win the first game in the series...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reds Fan Chris View Post
    Lets just see if they can pull out a W tonight. We never win the first game in the series...
    Reds are going to sweep STL and take off from there!
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    I don't know how anything can get worse for Adam Dunn. So far this year, he has two hits with the bases loaded but only one RBI. Almost impossible.
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Paul Janish was the first player with a walkoff RBI in his major league debut since Miguel Cabrera did it on June 20, 2003. He's the first Red to do it since Eric Owens June 6, 1995. He was first player to have a game-winner with his first hit since Randy Keisler on May 24, 2005. That from Elias Sports Bureau.

    Edinson Volquez tied a major league record by going eight starts and allowing one earned run or fewer in each one. Three others have done that:

    Mike Norris, Oakland, 1980
    Dana Fillingim, Boston Braves, 1918
    Dutch Leonard, Boston Red Sox, 1914
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    I know some of you are looking for a replacement for Matt Belisle

    ORGANIZATIONíS TOP PITCHERS
    Code:
    PLAYER             CLUB W-L  ERA
    E. Del Rosario.... DAY. 2-1, 1.13
    Daryl Thompson ....CHA. 2-1, 1.28
    Jordan Smith...... SAR. 7-1, 2.03
    Ben Jukich........ CHA. 3-2, 2.34
    Travis Wood....... SAR. 3-3, 2.38
    Justin Lehr....... LOU. 4-2, 2.41
    Scott Carroll..... DAY. 1-2, 3.14
    Homer Bailey...... LOU. 4-4, 3.88
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlegsfan21 View Post
    I don't know how anything can get worse for Adam Dunn. So far this year, he has two hits with the bases loaded but only one RBI. Almost impossible.
    Dunn hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth tonight to beat the Indians, 4-2. We've won five in a row. A friend and I are skipping out of church early tomorrow to head down to the game. Life is good in Reds' country, if only for the weekend.
    "The value of a stat is directly proportional to how good it makes Steve Garvey look." -- Nerdlinger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Classic View Post
    Dunn hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth tonight to beat the Indians, 4-2. We've won five in a row. A friend and I are skipping out of church early tomorrow to head down to the game. Life is good in Reds' country, if only for the weekend.
    Well, he has had two straight game-winning RBIs. I'm glad he finally matched his hit total with his RBI total with the bases loaded because it is really hard to look at that stat he had for a while with him having more hits than RBI with the bases loaded because it's pretty much impossible.
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Skipper Dusty Baker will be gone for two games until Sunday, because he made physical contact with the umpire last night. He was fined an undisclosed amount of money, and the suspension starts tonight, immediately.

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    Damn, that was a looooooong game you guys had last night. Hope it hasn't screwed up the rotation plans ahead too much. Johnny Cueto must feel left out, the only guy on the roster that didn't get to play.

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    Reds' All-Time HR Leaders

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      1.   Johnny Bench            389
    
      2.   Frank Robinson          324
    
      3.   Tony Perez              287
    
      4.   ADAM DUNN               252
    
      5.   Ted Kluszewski          251
    
      6.   George Foster           244
    
      7.   Eric Davis              203
    
      8.   KEN GRIFFEY JR.         200
    
      9.   Barry Larkin            198
    
     10.   Vada Pinson             186
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    I don't know how many people are surprised by this but Corey Patterson is 0 for his last 24 as of 6/6. He also has not earned a walk in 20 straight games in which he has had a plate appearance (74 AB).
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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    Here is the Reds' Draft in an Excel 2003 format.

    Reds 2008 First-Year Player Draft.xls
    Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.

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