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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Aug 4, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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The big series of the weekend kicked off last night in Cincinnati, as the Reds blanked the second-place Pirates by the score of 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 40,829 at Great American Ballpark.

Mat Latos was dominant in the victory, allowing just four hits (all singles) over 7 1/3 shutout innings while striking out five and walking three. It turned out that a second inning inside-the-park homer by Chris Heisey was all the offense he needed, but Latos helped his own cause in the bottom of the fifth inning by launching a two-run home run off Wandy Rodriguez. It was the third homer of his career.

The newly-acquired Jonathan Broxton induced a key double play ground ball in the top of the eighth while Aroldis Chapman worked around a hit-by-pitch of NL MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen in the ninth inning for his 24th save of the season. After the game, Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman stayed true to his word by having his head shaved on the field for charity. Great night all around for Cincy.

With the win, the Reds increased their lead in the National League Central to 4 1/2 games. The Pirates will hope to chip away at that lead tonight when they send the struggling James McDonald to the hill against Mike Leake.

Your Friday box scores:

Mariners 3, Yankees 6

Marlins 4, Nationals 7 (first game of doubleheader)

Marlins 5, Nationals 2 (second game of doubleheader)

Indians 2, Tigers 10

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 2

Orioles 0, Rays 2

Twins 6, Red Sox 5 (10 innings)

Astros 1, Braves 4

Rangers 5, Royals 3

Brewers 3, Cardinals 9

Angels 6, White Sox 8 (10 innings)

Giants 16, Rockies 4

Blue Jays 4, Athletics 5 (15 innings)

Mets 1, Padres 3

Cubs 1, Dodgers 6

  1. hushbrother - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Look for retaliation for the McCutchen HBP. He was hopping mad about it after the game.

    • paperlions - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      They need to win games, which should be hard enough against a superior team, not worry about petty grudges. This is a team scoring runs with smoke and mirrors; they have 2 guys on the roster with more than 150 PAs and a OBP over .306 (Alverez is at .306 and the only other guy with an OBP over .300).

    • joshfrancis50 - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Irrationally hopping mad. Why would the Red hit him intentionally? It’s stupid. Do they feel “disrespected”? Feels like short man syndrome to me.

      I hope they DO retaliate; it’ll just make it easier for the Reds.

      • sorryimbusypolishingmy6lombardis - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        “Why would the Red hit him intentionally?”

        Because it was the Pirates that stopped Chapman’s hitless streak and beat him earlier this season, that’s why. Plus the fact that Dusty Baker is about the most clueless and classless mananger in the majors.

      • joshfrancis50 - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        The Reds have the best record in baseball and you think they care about a busted hitless streak from over a month ago? Come on.

    • jsetser - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      I was there and saw no hopping from McCutchen. If he was so mad why didn’t he do something about it then? He could have stormed the mound. I don’t think McCutchen would want any part of Chapman.

      • sorryimbusypolishingmy6lombardis - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        Chapman is a moron idiot who turns flips in front of the mound like a 3rd grader when he gets a save. Yes I do believe he and his simpleton manager would have the mentality, or lack thereof, to care about a busted hitless streak from a month ago.

  2. kiwicricket - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Since D.J busted out the ‘helped his own cause’, I will counter with Fielder being a ‘triple short of the cycle’ (while crushing the Indians).

  3. joshfrancis50 - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    The event on the field after the Reds game was pretty cool. Marty and the Reds raised 50k for charity and when it was all said and done, Marty took his Reds jersey off to reveal a shirt that says “I’m Still Me”, in support of cancer stricken children (some of whom were guests on the field) who have lost their hair due to sickness/treatment.

    It was a nice, fun event that has given this Reds fan a “this is a special season” feeling.

  4. whodeytn - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I hope they retaliate by hitting Miguel Cairo.

    • contraryguy - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      heh, I’m with ya there, but it’ll probably either be Cozart or Stubbs at the top of the lineup. I’d hope for Stubbs, he’s a bigger boy and can take care of himself.

      One ‘Net commentator suggested that McDonald will go after the Reds’ best player by throwing at Votto in the dugout. lol

  5. APBA Guy - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    All-Star Ryan Cook continues his regression to the expected, but this time in woeful fashion as he gives up a 3-run bomb to Jeff Mathis (.239/.276/.477). If Mathis hits it, he’ll hit it hard, and after looking silly against Straily, he hit one into the thick of the heavy air to tie the game. What distinguishes this year’s A’s is that they went on to win the game after a Weeks’ lead-off triple in the 15th. Straily had enough nervous energy to light up the Mausoleum last night, understandable, but like the other young A’s pitchers this year, he showed composure enough to go six strong. He won’t be striking out 11.66/9 in the majors, he doesn’t have that kind of stuff, but he does have 4 good pitches. He looks very solid.

    • hcf95688 - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      I was sitting directly behind the plate last night (section 117, row 26) and saw a big sweeping breaking ball from Straily, a pitch that ended up the LH batters box. His CU looks to be his best pitch.

      • hcf95688 - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Oh, and DAMN I’m tired. Made it home to Vacaville at 1:45 this morning. Third game this week, 39 innings of baseball.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        The spread between his change and the better fastball is about 10 mph, and it looks like the change has a little late downward break. That’s a tough pitch to hit.

  6. raysfan1 - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    The Rays are hanging in there still even without Evan Longoria. Getting him back now will be like getting a key trade deadline pick up. Meanwhile, Pena needs to start producing some runs and stop channeling his inner Mario Mendoza.

  7. metalhead65 - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    the pirates and their fans need to realize it was a pitch that got away from him and nothing more. what message would he sending by putting a runner on base in a tight game in the 9th? in case you did not know his money pitch is a high fastball that nobody can hit. sometimes it goes high.heres a hint to avoid it,try not crowding the plate and it might be easier to get out of the way when it does come in like that. I am pretty sure with the reds winning and and the way he has been dominating hitters the last month the last thing on his mind was a streak that ended a month a go. part of the reason he went into that little funk then was his lack of control. I am sure it hurt when it hit him but to think he did it on purpose is just stupid. but by all means go ahead and retaliate tonite and preferably in the first inning,that way it will make the reds chances of winning much easier when they throw your starter out. face it even if you win the next 2 games you will still be in second place.

  8. bobhpine - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Cincinnati is getting awfully chesty…I mean, especially for a city that really never wins anything. I know that 10-6 bengals season capped by a first round pounding got drying all excited, but seriously. It’s August. These clowns act like the 27 Yankees

  9. footballchic777 - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    In no way do I believe Chapman intentionally hit McCutcheon. 3 runs is NOT a given in the ninth! Reds were without Votto, Phillips, and Bruce, and you think he is gonna risk that deliberately? And as for the front somersault, I loved it! This Guy has a ton of pressure on him and was just not pitching well……and the relief when he pitched well and got that save had to be overwhelming. Loved seeing the humanity!

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