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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Aug 5, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

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There’s apparently no stoppin’ the mighty Redlegs.

Backed by Todd Frazier‘s timely hitting and another outstanding performance by the National League’s top bullpen, Cincinnati rolled to its fifth consecutive victory Saturday night at Great American Ball Park.

Joey Votto has been sidelined since July 15 due to knee surgery and Brandon Phillips hasn’t started a game in the month of August due to a left calf strain, but the Reds have now finished victorious in 19 of 22 games since the All-Star break and boast the best overall winning percentage (.617) in Major League Baseball.

Cincy is 5 1/2 games up in the National League Central standings. The Pirates are second and the defending World Series champion Cardinals are currently sitting in third.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Mariners 1, Yankees 0

Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1 (11 innings)

Rangers 4, Royals 2

Indians 1, Tigers 6

Marlins 7, Nationals 10

Diamondbacks 0, Phillies 3

Twins 6, Red Sox 4

Angels 6, White Sox 5 (10 innings)

Astros 3, Braves 2

Pirates 4, Reds 5

Orioles 4, Rays 0

Brewers 1, Cardinals 6

Giants 11, Rockies 6

Mets 6, Padres 2

Cubs 1, Dodgers 3

  1. Old Gator - Aug 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I’m on Lon Gisland for a couple of legal meetings and a pair of Cowboy Junkies shows at the City Winery this weekend so I haven’t been able to watch the Feesh continue their nosedive but even a cursory review o’ the box score from last night demonstrates a remarkable new late-inning implosion. I see that Heath Bell pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts but then Mike Dunn came out and handed back the lead, and then some, to the Gnats with an unfathomably dumb error and some terrible peetching – while Slobbering Ozzie sat once again on his Relax-the-Back thumbs instead of going to the boolpen for Cishek because he figured the Gnats would just bring in some lefthanded pinch hitters. Makes sense, in a Slobbering Ozzie sort of way. I get the distinct impression that over the weenter Ozzie sits around with his old pal Fat Fredi and knocks back a few aguardientes while discussing late eening strategy. After the game, according to the correspondents of the Macondo Feeshwrapper, the indomitable skeeper of the Feesh unburdened himself of yet another ELT (Expletive Laden Tirade), which should not be confused with a BLT (Bacon Laden Tirade).

    Noteworthy: with Emilio Bonifacio back on the DL, the Rainbow Warriors managed to field a lineup containing five guys batting in the 170s or lower. They scored seven runs. Gnats fans, mind your pitching staph infection.

    • hoopmatch - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Very creative post, Old Gator. Keep writing.

  2. hoopmatch - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Saturday night? The Reds played a day game Saturday.

    • J. R. - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Ummmm…no they didn’t.

  3. metalhead65 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    way to go REDS! keep it up and go for the sweep today,but maybe dusty should play with the lineup today so when barnett develops control problems and hits reds players today none of the starters get hurt. amazing that the pirates have no idea what a purpose pitch is and that nobody ever loses control when a batter is hit. yea both pitches were on purpose as with 2 outs and needing to get out of the inning Leake had to send a message to the pirates,like what? stop battering me so I can hold on to this lead?yeah putting guys on base will help with that. and we know Chapman really needed to hit McCutchen because he had been hitting the reds so hard this series right? except that he hasn’t! and while the Reds and Chapman have been on this streak all he has been thinking about is getting back at them for stopping his streak over a month ago? so hitting him in the 9th with 2 outs of a tight game is the perfect time to even? get over it you lost and are still in second place!

  4. johnnyb1976 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    You would be correct Drew, there is no stopping the Big Red Machine. Sweeping away the pirates and their arrogant fans today will be very sweet.

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Two points here cuz.
      1. Pirate fans are arrogant? Their ball club hasn’t won anything in a generation.
      2. I thought the “big red machine” was reserved for those great 1970s Reds teams? Kind of like “murderers row” or
      “the swinging A’s” are nicknames reserved for a certain period in a teams history not a generic term for when the team plays well. Be interested to hear from Reds fans.

  5. spudatx - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    How about that Joe Mauer homer to help the Twins to a series win over the Red Sox?! Twins go for the four game sweep of Boston today.

    • 24missed - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Thanks for the reminder. Ugh.

      Hey, at least The Other Pedro hit his first home run. That was pretty cool.

      Hey, I know I’m reaching, but Suzy Sunshine will rah-rah til the end. There is still a lot of baseball to be played, so my pom-poms will get a lot of use.

  6. whodeytn - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Saturday night? The Reds played a day game Saturday.
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    No, no they didn’t. Thanks though.

  7. whodeytn - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    You would be correct Drew, there is no stopping the Big Red Machine. Sweeping away the pirates and their arrogant fans today will be very sweet.
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    You got it right about their fans. At the game last night they all thought they were bad boys and thought we cared about them and their team. Just another series win for the Redlegs!

  8. mrredlegz - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I really like my new Johnny Cueto bobblehead. Thanks for the win, Redlegs. The blown paycheck and 5 hour drive home was much more tolerable than it was last September when the Brewers swept that weekend series from you by a combined score of 26-2.

  9. redguy12588 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Yep, those 19 losing seasons have sure made the Pirates arrogant. Reds fans are clueless.

    • farvefromover - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Wouldnt the Pirates be clueless considering they had 19 straight losing seasons

  10. johnnyb1976 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    You wouldn’t know because nobody cares about a team that’s 8 games back and out of it redguy. See you next season LOL.

    • redguy12588 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Can’t wait for the reds to cool off, stumble into the playoffs, and then get swept like in 2010. Do you remember that or were you not a fan back then?

    • timstl - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Well, actually there are way more people that care about a team that’s 8 games back. Have you seen the attendance in Cinci?

      • redguy12588 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Ya, still below 30k avg. very impressive for a team that won the NL central 2 years ago and sold the farm to win a world series this year. Pirates weren’t even supposed to win 75 games this year.

  11. cur68 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    The Beaver Men won a game. Haven’t done that in a while. Of course another player down with injury. This time its Rasmus’s groin. This afternoon we get to see if the AAA OF/Hitting Lineup can split the series with the Yoennis-Less A’s. That would be nice.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      The A’s may have matched your Beaver Men injury for injury this series, Cur. With Yo down and now possibly AJ Griffin. Also, Ryan Cook seems intent on making the series interesting, although Cooper’s HR yesterday was off a pretty good pitch.

    • 24missed - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      C’mon. I’m counting on the Jays to lose every single game. The RS should then win some games. Thus, the gap between cellar dwellars becomes larger and the RS have a stronger go at it. This confidence for the RS players blossoms with the sweet perfume of Win in the air. So, stop winning for crying out loud.

  12. tyler200829 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    yea hey redguy how does 8 games back and the 3 out of the wild card feel? And to answer your question, yes, they are ignorant just like they are about that overates footba team

    • redguy12588 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      You don’t really want to compare the Steelers to the Bungles, do you? LOL

  13. johnnyb1976 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I’ve been a reds fan longer than you’ve been alive redguy. You are a bitter little man aren’t you.

    • redguy12588 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      Sure you have, and at least I know how to use the reply button.

  14. johnnyb1976 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Yup bitter cant think of nothing to say other than that, gotta come stronger than that redguy. Enjoy looking up at us.

    • redguy12588 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Enjoy this until 2014. Then the pirates will absolutely dominate the reds. Gerrit Cole, Luis Heredia, and Jameson Taillon, remember their names, because you will absolutely despise them.

      • mrredlegz - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        We’ve heard those names aplenty. Here’s a few you might want to read up on: Cingrani, Stephenson, Corcino, and Lotzkar.

        There’s good reason for signing a perennial MVP candidate to a 10-year extension and locking up the best 2B in the NL. The Reds are built with plenty of staying power as all of the core talent is signed through at least 2016.

        But it’s nice to hear you’ve given up until 2014. Probably a wise move after dropping 2 out of 3 to the Votto and Phillips – less Reds.

  15. johnnyb1976 - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Redguy is a pirate fan who would have thunk that and he is arrogant too, I was right on that and he’s got his notifications turned on so he can hang in every word I say, I like being popular.

  16. buccobrigade - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I’m a Pirate fan, and I don’t see arrogance here, but reading these messages, there is alot of arrogance in Cincy. I’d love for the Bucs to play these clowns in the playoffs.

    • mrredlegz - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      You gotta make the playoffs, first.

  17. taz101 - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    The Pirates/Reds head-to-head record this season is 6-6, with both teams winning two series. What’s with all the chest-thumping by these Reds fans? For the first time in nearly two decades, the Pirates have a good team. The Reds have one of the best teams in all of baseball, yet the Pirates have given them a run for their money more often than not. All of these arrogant Reds fans are making it very difficult to like a very good team. It must have something to do with Cincinnati’s inferiority complex with the city of Pittsburgh.

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