Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – May 27, 2011 – ESPN.
Pitcher gets sent down to AAA, he doesn’t really get any better, but cuts his ERA from 5.70 to 5.10 in just six innings because he’s facing the Braves. If Mike Leake hadn’t allowed that one run, he could have gotten it under five. This habit of looking defenseless against the dregs of both leagues isn’t funny anymore.
Speaking of defenseless, the Braves are that, committing three errors though only one run was scored “unearned”. Alex Gonzalez is really good on defense, and Martin Prado has been good, the rest of the team is awful. Brooks Conrad might as well start, he couldn’t be any worse.
Tommy Hanson gave up a run in the second, a run in the fourth, and a run in the fifth, the last of which he wasn’t around for any more because he’d thrown 98 pitches. The Reds aren’t being “aggressive” and presumably Larry Parrish would tell them if they swung more often they’d be leading the league in runs by more.
The Braves one run came on a sac fly by Dan Uggla in the sixth. They did not lack baserunners; they had only one fewer hit than the Reds and walked the same number of times, though admittedly Cincinnati wasn’t giving up free outs by getting thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, and wasn’t giving extra baserunners via terrible defense. The Braves left eleven on base; the Reds left fourteen.
168 thoughts on “Reds 5, Braves 1”
Mike Leake has a 4-2 record with a 5.1 ERA. I wonder what his record would be if he pitched for the Braves.
In general, they can’t hit, and even when they manage to get guys on base they can’t score. It’s exhausting–I keep waiting for the real offense to emerge, but perhaps this really is the offense. They should be scoring at will against pitchers like Mike Leake.
It can only get better… it can only get better… it can only get better…
@2, I think the Mets proved that’s not true.
We play the Blue Jays in a 3 game series beginning June 20. Look for JoJo Reyes to pitch a complete game 2 hit shutout and get his first win in 32 starts with a 1-0 victory.
If we can’t score more than one run on Mike f…ing Leake, then when will we ever score two? It’s tough to watch this team right now. Soon as the other club scores 2-3 runs, all hope is lost.
At least noone got hurt this time.
On a positive note, 39 year old Chipper is tied for the league lead in doubles. I guess Zombie ate Uggla’s brains.
Did anyone hear Nomar on Baseball Tonight? It scared me that he was talking about using the hit & run and bunting to try to get something going with the offense.
I didn’t want two Furcal Rules, so I came up with the “Furcal Count” and added it to the Glossary.
Furcal Count: The number of DUIs that a player has. After one DUI, you become a target for jokes. After two, you have crossed the Lockhart Line.
I’ve decided that Lowe has a Furcal Count of .5, so I will mock him for it but he still needs two to go over the Lockhart Line.
So, I guess we’ll get treated to at least 7 strong innings from Arroyo tonight:
“Arroyo enters this matchup after one of the worst outings of his career – nine runs allowed over 2 2-3 innings in a 10-3 loss at Philadelphia on Monday – and perhaps still dealing with back stiffness.
The right-hander, who has a 13.03 ERA over consecutive defeats, told the Reds website that he had kept that problem to himself before an MRI exam Tuesday showed a minor muscle strain.”
Listen, I have a feeling Dave Dravecky could throw six shutout innings against this team.
“Listen, I have a feeling Dave Dravecky could throw six shutout innings against this team.”
Bad taste but funny.
4- Don’t forget Yunel going 1-1 w/3 BB’s and a grand slam as AAG makes 4 noisy outs on 6 pitches…
Brent lillibridge has a 1.000 ops and 5 hr for the whitesox. Does that make sense to anyone?
13 – Just as much as Melkys 7(!) HRs for the Royals.
Could this guy: http://tinyurl.com/3vyq8a7 be any worse than Wilkin Ramirez as a possible right handed bat off the bench ? He’s been playing some left field and couldn’t possibly cost very much at all.
I know all about the PCL inflation, but he’s still only 29 years old. Just asking …..
F…ing Success now has second best OPS of last night starters
Jose Bautista has a higher slugging percentage than any Braves starter’s OPS. That’s just plain crazy.
Time for a Braves haiku.
June: when dogwoods bloom,
Mosquitos bite, pork smokes, and
Braves lose 20 games.
We thought he thought in
SABR terms, we didn’t know
bunts were his fetish.
Is the game on tv tonight? I can’t find it listed anywhere.
It’s on Fox, the main network.
Lineup is the same as last night.
Well, except for the pitcher.
Looks like the bad Lowe is in the house.
Hopefully Schafer continues to get on base tonight
Can Fox not adjust their picture correctly for those of us watching in Standard Def?
Dan “Whipping Boy” Uggla.
You can’t just buy a hi-def tv like the rest of America?
You can get a pretty good one for about $300.
I don’t have money right now. It shouldn’t be too much to ask for Fox to at least fit the score into the picture.
Chip Caray (kapaya1234) on Twitter.
Yes, it’s real. And it’s awful.
If you’ve missed Blanco, Schafer’s doing a heck of an impression so far — with fewer Ks.
Martin!!! Great to see.
Damn, Lowe’s walking the tightrope.
Hey, let’s save some of this offensive explosion for our next game!
Mac just gave Bronson an epidural
Can we face Arroyo every day?
Our cup runneth over
Bronson will always have his cover band.
ya’ll think that arroyo sux bad enough for uggla toget a hit
Guess we needed these runs.
That happened quickly.
Go easy on Lowe, guys. It’s hard to pitch when you’re drunk.
It’s also hard to manage when you’re dumb. #frediot
Well, it was nice while it lasted, eh? Let’s try to get out of this and start over.
wow Lowenbrau was awful
that steal by Schafer sure was F—ing stupid
edit–the offense finally shows up and Lowe pisses it away
Fredi Gonzalez eats five run leads for breakfast!
Lowe had nuttin. How in the heck do you leave him in there?
i think i am a jinx
Anyone else catch Brennaman earlier in the game talking about the Braves offense being awful but their leading the league in bunts without making the connection? Dumbarse.
Guess Lowe was drinking between innings.
Lowe’s ERA jumped to 4.03.
Are you sure that’s not his BAC?
I’d be pissed if I was a cards fan. Larussa left Jaime Garcia out there for 3 2/3 innings and he gave up 12 runs. Thats torture.
I’d be pissed if I had Garcia in a roto league.
Yeah, Fredi should have pulled Lowe during the National Anthem and gone with Lisp. Or maybe Lowe should quit sucking. That inning should have already happened a couple more times.
I wish we could have dumped him on the Yankees before he turned back into himself.
Look, it’s a rookie left-hander, looks like we’ll get shut out from here on out.
bullseye–he’ll be the second coming of Koufax
Well their sub .200 guy is now 2/3 on the night.
Dayum, way to go, Chipper!
This umpire has a microscopic strike zone.
I was planning to go to Tuesday’s game against the Padres but I’m not sure I want to pay to see this garbage. Ick, ick, ick.
*The* Anthony Swarzak is no-hitting the Angels through 7…
I thought Cheryl was the designated LOOGY against the left handed hitting (relief) pitcher. Look what happens when you use somebody else.
Yep, jj. Fredi should have put Lisp in LF and brought in Cheryl for a “batter”. Could have cost us the game there.
I got up from a 5-0 lead to have an epidural and i come back and we’re losing 6-5. what happened?! Oh good McCann just squeezed one.
68 — And Jared Weaver has a 2 hit shutout so it’s scoreless.
Uggla has hit some hard foul balls tonight, FWIW.
That and the $9 million he’s making this year will buy him a lot of coffee. He can’t buy a hit, though.
Brandon Phillips laughs like a little girl.
Ramirez got to second in a hurry.
“Dusty Baker gets Horst out of game….He can’t WHINNY this game in his debut”
From Chip’s twitter, in case you missed him with the national broadcast.
Protologist in to lose the game.
@81–seems like a spot for a loogy doesn’t it?
Makes me wonder if something’s wrong with O’Flaherty. Or just Frediot being himself.
Did you guys know that a women’s softball field is only 220 feet to center? It’s on ESPN right now instead of real baseball and it’s kinda ridiculous.
Nice play, Schafer. McLouth doesn’t make that one.
Andruw makes it — but no other CF we’ve had since. It’s a double on McLouth. A triple on Melky.
This team is the Picasso of bad baserunning.
Andrew makes that play Schafer made and he would have made it in such a way we wouldn’t have thought it was all that hard.
That is how good he was.
That is crappy way for a no hit streak to end.
88 — I think I’d rather have O’Flaherty pitch the whole 7th than the Sherill/Proctor team. Irrelevant now, though.
Not sure what Rolen was arguing about, there.
.179 – Any guesses where it’ll bottom out?
Usually Bucknor makes calls that screw us, instead of the other way around.
@60 – Uh, that would be me.
why is eric carros still talking about stealing?
Because he’s stupid.
Schafer, you know what time it is. Time for the four most important letters in all of baseball: B-U-N-T.
No more extra innings games. Please God.
oh boy extra baseball
Just got back from the Astros game. At least we aren’t the Astros–yikes.
So, we scored 6 yet couldn’t avoid extra innings? Goodnight.
Through 9, the Reds had 20 baserunners. 2.22 per inning.
Note the terrible throw by Uggla, rescued by AAG.
AGon has some great hands. I have no idea how he caught the terrible feed from uggla.
Let’s do some business against Five for Fighting.
Uggla needs to get back on the roids. If only to get the 50 game suspension.
As much as we must hate extra innings games, I’d hate them more as a Reds fan after that 19 inning dirge the other night.
I think it’s time for the Braves to orchestrate increasingly enticing situations that would potentially void his contract. Summer league basketball with LeBron, cross-country motorcycling with Fredi, etc.
Ah, here’s the white flag.
Mike Minor better be on his game tomorrow. The starters have not really gone very deep in games, and the braves are having yet another extra inning game because this team cannot score.
Isn’t Jurrjens pitching tomorrow?
Jurrjens tomorrow, Huddy Monday, and Minor Tuesday. Right?
@106, What Rob said.
Let’s hope we can end it here so we don’t have to see another inning of Linebrink.
What does Mitch Williams know about baseball?
Apparently, this was recently added to m-w.com:
Definition of UGGLA
a point of reference to define a benchmark of woefully substandard performance
Examples of UGGLA
1. M. Night Shyamalan is the uggla of filmmakers.
2. After years of gradual decline under Tubby Smith, Kentucky basketball reached its post-Eddie Sutton uggla under Billy Gillispie.
That he can’t play it?
So now we are having a fly ball marathon?
This bullpen is worn out, and we’ve seen 4 pitches this inning.
Damn, Brandon Phillips can play second base
His career ERA is 3.65, largely in an inflated offensive context. He was pretty good at baseball, even though all I really remember is the World Series.
Is this where it ends?
Linestink will end it this inning. He got his roster preserving inning last inning so now he’ll lay an egg.
I wish we could steal a few bases
This is how the game ends. Not with a bang, but with a Linebrink.
I stand corrected. Nice DP.
AAG certainly deserves the Gold Glove.
I guess a Gonzo > a Linestink
Fredi is Old Mother Hubbard and only has Sherill in the cupbord. Let’s win it here.
I was out of whack on the rotation, and my calendar.
Jurgens is going tomorrow, my bad.
Well he better be on his game tomorrow.
I really can’t believe I’m saying this, but following Chip Caray on Twitter tonight has actually him more likeable to me.
F***in success time baby.
Wish they’d keep showing shots of Dusty giving signs. Top of the head is bunt, ear is hit and run.
Good AB for Schafer
Bunting time! And one of the few times when it’s the right move.
Clearly, Schafer isn’t listening to a word Parrish says.
Prediction time. Prado bunts him to 2B and he gets stranded there.
I think bunting here is still technically wrong, since it very slightly decreases the odds of scoring.
Dear god, I hate Fredi Gonzalez.
Oh great, our best hitter is bunting
@136, I still flinch a little bit when I see it, but, yeah, bunting is the right move.
Of course, the announcers are saying let him swing.
3-1, take the bunt off!
Yeah two walks.
Chipper is bunting here, right?
@131–isn’t EOF left too?
not another F’ing bunt
A lot of room on the left side.
This guy is toast. Just don’t screw it up.
This pitcher for the Reds is clearly done.
Bunting here would be mathematically correct. 2-3 and 1 out is 6% more likely to score than 1-2 and 0 outs. Of course, it’s Chipper. I say swing.
Should have bunted.
Man, that’s nice.
Finally….way to go guys.
Seeing Chipper come through makes it a tad sweeter for some reason.
I’m not sure what has been more painful:
Watching the Braves squander a 5-run lead…and watch it morph into yet another disaster that will wear out the pen.
trying to figure out an inherited water sprinkler system. Shit. Whoever writes these manuals should be shot. Or forced to ride with Derek Lowe downtown after 17 Nattie Lights.
Goooooooooooooo Mohawk City!!!!!!!
Hell of a game. Nice to win it.
I hope Uggla didn’t pull a bicep trying to tackle Chipper.
How much longer does Schafer have to get on base like this to take the job away from McLouth for good?
I have to say, I really like Schafer hitting leadoff and being in the lineup every day. He’s a far superior defensive CF to McLouth, and he gives them a little burst at the top of the lineup (tonight’s CS notwithstanding). And he’s getting on base at a pretty good clip– I thought that was a nice at-bat in the 12th to get on and start the parade.
I’ll take it, but damn.
Greetings from Detroit….
I’d like to see another week or so of Schafer before I’m all about asking him to start from here on…
ububba…hate it for you. Detroit sucks worse than a 22-inning game that you lose on a bad call by Joe West.
Yeah, maybe some irrational exuberance on my part– but it’s nice having a CF that the Braves don’t seem to need to hide in the lineup. =)
Schafer had a nice night. RBI bunt single. Great catch. Great AB in the 12th and scored the winning run.