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Reds score nine times in ninth to embarrass Cardinals 13-4

Apr 8, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

Mitchell Boggs AP

The joke was on Shin-Soo Choo for most of Monday’s Reds-Cardinals game, as the newly converted center fielder dropped a pair of Yadier Molina flyballs to give St. Louis three of its four runs.

Then came the top of the ninth inning. With Cardinals closer Mitchell Boggs in a 4-4 game, the Reds exploded — well, that’s probably not precisely the right word — for nine runs, turning the NL Central battle into a 13-4 laugher.

Here’s how the inning went:

– Shin-Soo Choo walked
Chris Heisey fouled off a sac bunt attempt, then popped out (1st out)
– Choo advanced to second on a wild pitch
Joey Votto was intentionally walked
Brandon Phillips flared a ball down the right field line that bounced off the chalk for an RBI double (5-4)
Jay Bruce was intentionally walked, loading the bases
Todd Frazier walked (6-4)
Jack Hannahan grounded to third, David Freese bobbled, everyone safe on infield single (7-4)
Ryan Hanigan grounded to short, Pete Kozma bobbled, everyone safe on error (8-4)

At this point, Boggs finally gets pulled in favor of Marc Rzepczynski

Cesar Izturis singled to right (9-4)
– Shin-Soo Choo tripled to left (12-4)
– Chris Heisey grounded out (2nd out)
– Joey Votto singled to left (13-4)
– Brandon Phillips walked
– Jay Bruce grounded one off Rzepczynski’s glove for an infield single
– Todd Frazier struck out (3rd out)

Two intentional walks, three regular walks. An error and two more infield singles that could have been errors.

In all, it was pretty much the ugliest inning you’ll ever see from a good baseball team. Boggs and Rzepczynski combined to throw 52 pitches to 16 batters. Boggs was charged with six earned runs, taking his ERA to 14.54. Rzepczynski gave up two runs.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Another reason why baseball is awesome

    • spudchukar - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Exactly. Thanks for reminding me. Actually I have been sitting here trying to overcome the game with similar, but with a less understanding clarity.

      Yes, Mathew it was ugly, but it wasn’t embarrassing. And a better choice of words was imploding, not exploding. Boggs has always been a time bomb. Rosenthal struggled too, but he is a rookie, and Boggs is nearing veteran status. Rosy will get better. But Boggs has never been able to harness his obvious talent. True, as an 8th inning setup dude he excelled in 2012. But thrust him into the closer role and the situation becomes too much for him.

      But back to embarrassing. Mathew, embarrassing is how you play the game. Every team experiences outings like this one, and the Cards actually played very well, much better than Cincinnati for the first 7-8 innings. They failed to finish, and was a disappointment to all Cards fans, particularly for the Home Opener, but as Chill’s perspective states, even when outcomes in baseball are tough to swallow, you gotta admit, no game can turn on a dime like Baseball.

      One last point. The supposed questionable errors you indicate I would quibble with. Scrabble made a stab at a come backer and it bounced off his glove, which at the speed it was hit isn’t, and never should be declared an error. Even the error credited to Kozma was questionable, since it would have been a bang-bang play at first had he succeeded in his do-or-die approach.

      Plays that should have been made both by Freese and then Carpenter never show in the box score but were both easier plays. But all this happens when infielders get back on their heels when their pitchers continue to fall behind hitters, and put runners on base accentuating the pressure, and making split second choices so much more difficult.

      One last point. Those Cincy fans who castigated me for suggesting the Reds would suffer from the move of Choo to centerfield, especially when the Reds play on the road, are you so sure now?

      • joshfrancis50 - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        I still think Choo is fine at CF. From the replays it looked like he was battling the sun; at least on the first one. I think when you question ability in the OF, it’s more about range and speed, neither of which seemed to be his downfall here. Maybe your right, but maybe it was a flukey day, too. We’ll see.

      • jm91rs - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Ill still say you’re over-reacting. Choo’s errors today weren’t speed or ability related, they were just flat out bone head mistakes. They aren’t a sign of his lack of speed or arm strength everyone has been so worried about. If you’re trying to make your point off of one game then it’s fair to make mine off of 7 Games. Drew Stubbs is batting .182 (.182 obp)with one error. Choo is batting .350 (.516 obp)with 2 errors.

        Ill take choo 10 times out of 10.

      • thomas844 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        For Choo, the gain in offense far outweighs the loss in defense. Cardinal fans should know this: Remember when they put an aging Berkman in the outfield in 2011? That worked out pretty well.

      • romospersonalsnuggie - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        Lame know nothing piece of poop

    • spudchukar - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      Josh, really, the sun? As indicated by the Cards’ announcers, Choo’s glasses were down, and he didn’t go after the ball like he was having trouble seeing it, and the glare was in the right fielders’ eyes, not center anyway. It is possible but the replay gives the impression that he just dropped it, and by the way that was his second error not the first.

      Speed and range, are important assets for an outfielder, but agility, judgement, and hand-eye co-ordination also play a huge role. Lots of fast guys are crappy outfielders.

      Bone-headed implies errors of omission. Now, Choo did have one of those too. Mid-way through the game on a routine fly ball into the left center field gap Choo collided with Heisey. Neither appeared to call the ball, but it is the center fielder’s job to call off the left fielder, especially when the left fielder is newly installed.

      But perhaps the most worrisome attempt came late in the game, on a simple pop up into short center, right center. Choo broke back, which can happen, but then inexplicably continued back. Fortunately, for him the ball was hit high enough, that he still had time to recover and make the play, but as indicated by the Cards’ broadcasters, he had become completely frazzled by this, time, and one could tell by the shaking of his head after he recovered that he was clearly shaken by his performance, and his confidence was shot.

      Was it a fluky day? Maybe. And no doubt to date, Choo’s offense has out shined his defense, but he won’t be able to continue to stay hot with the bat, and his play should have cost the Reds, had not the wheels come off for Boggs et al.

      The honest critical viewer, not the rose-colored one in denial, aided by the every so ready Cincy announcers, who are too busy telling their listeners how great the Reds are, which is just another kind of insecurity, Choo’s play should be bothersome. If his play in the future resembles his vain attempts today, then it will be a long year for the Reds in the outfield, and a lot of games will be lost due to his inability to adapt to the center field position, a place where plus offense rarely offsets minus defense, and a place where the Cards would never think of placing Berkman, Thomas.

      • jm91rs - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        You keep worrying about Choo’s defense. For some reason it makes you feel better, so keep complaining. People that know baseball will point out a million times that Choo’s offense outweighs his defense, and a million times you’ll disagree. Compare Stubbs’ WAR to Choo’s at the end of the year and see what the answer is. I think I already know what the answer will be.

        And as for Reds announcers telling fans how great the team is….have you ever heard either of the Brennaman’s on the radio or TV? They are ridiculously impatient with the team. Sure they point out that they’re very talented (like everyone else in the national media has already done), but they are always ragging on the players for leaving runners on base. They aren’t the homers you think they are, in fact I know plenty of people that can’t stand to listen to Marty because they think he’s too negative.

      • joshfrancis50 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Actually, on the first ball Choo biffed, I’m pretty sure he didn’t flip the glasses down. Could be wrong, but that’s what I remember seeing. Don’t know on the second one.

        An honest, critical viewer, you don’t appear to be. Now I’m a Reds fan, and admit to that, but it seems you have an ax to grind against the Reds (calling out the announcers? How many times have you actually listened to the Reds side of a broadcast?) and are simply deflecting the poorly played 9th inning by trying to call out a bad day by a good player.

      • spudchukar - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        jm, I’m not worrying about Choo’s defense. I am reveling in his horrid play. Playing centerfield, like playing SS, is a tough assignment. It takes special skills that few ball players possess. Choo is never going to be a good center fielder. He may pass for adequate, but yesterday’s performance suggests otherwise.

        The question baseball people ask, and will continue to ask, is the trade-off going to work?. History predicts that Choo better have lights out offensive numbers to make the choice worth while. No doubt he is off to a great start offensively, but even if he has a career year, he won’t continue on the pace he has currently set. A .379/.514/1.272 with 69 HRs, and 138 RBI are Ruthian. And I am sure that he won’t stumble, fumble, and mumble every game like he did in his first road appearance.

        But making excuses about the sun, which had no effect on his first error, glasses up or down, since it was overhead, and the ball was torched on a line, Josh, is exactly the type of acritical analysis that I was criticizing.

        As to the “homer” announcers, yeah, the Brennamans have their moments when they discard the “rose colored glasses”, but the TV one’s do not. The past few years I have tuned in to plenty Reds telecasts, and it is always the same. This year since the Reds are rivals, and happened to be playing good teams in the first week, I saw most of the first six games. Trust me that was enough to ascertain an opinion, it was enough glamourizing to choke a horse.

        Readers of this site should know that “deflecting” from poor St. Louis play isn’t my style. The ninth inning was defenseless. Boggs was disastrous and he didn’t get much help. But that doesn’t dismiss, Choo’s play either. In his first encounter in a strange park, at an unproven position, he failed miserably, and any body who cares about winning baseball should take notice. He has a long season to redeem himself, and prove to the Reds’ management that they made the right decision by moving him to patrol the more spacious pastures that away game parks will challenge him with.

        It is a small sample size, but currently the standings are Away Parks 1, Choo 0, and had it not been for a miserable performance by the Cards in the ninth, he would have single-handedly cost the Reds a loss vs. their division rivals.

      • jm91rs - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        A) THOM is a tv announcer. He does less than 5 radio games per year. And if I didn’t know better I’d say he was a Reds Hater. I assume most announcers are pretty cheery and rah rah on the opening week. If the team’s own play by play guys can’t get excited when the season starts, how are they going to sell any tickets to the games?

        B) Why the hell does he spell it THOM?

        C) As a Cards fan, I can really see your desire to be right. Trading Drew Stubbs out of the division was a blow to all NL Central pitchers. We won’t know until the end of the season, but I have a feeling most of your fellow Cards fans wish Stubbs was playing for the Reds instead of Choo. Choo just flat out dropped balls yesterday and I’m praying it was a fluke.

      • spudchukar - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        But this has been the point I have been commenting on all Spring. As a Cards fan I am happy to see Choo in center field. And his horrid play yesterday only confirms my belief that the Reds will suffer more than they realize by his presence there.

        I imagine he spells his name Thom, cause it is probably Thomas by birth, and it is his damn name.

        He may be mostly a TV guy, but in the last 3 games I watched he wasn’t doing the broadcast, and I would know that voice anywhere.

  2. paperlions - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Fucking embarrassing is right. That was just pathetic.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      On point.
      Just is a piss-poor display of baseball. From the Manager on down.

      • paperlions - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Yep, it was just bad baseball.

        Rosenthal and Boggs both look like they are trying to throw every pitch through the catcher instead of making pitches and trusting their stuff. Add to that the defensive miscues…and it was just a horrendous 2 innings in the field…..but…just one game of 162.

  3. afirst916 - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    LOL wow a day after they hang a 9 spot on the Giants in one inning

  4. justinreds - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    If St. Louis has the best fans in baseball, where did they all go? Cincy scores 4 times and they all go home?? Doesn’t sound like real fans to me…

    • fearlessleader - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Staying around to watch your team give up nine runs in the ninth inning doesn’t make you the Best Fans In Baseball. It makes you the Most Masochistic Fans In Baseball.

      The Cards fans turned out in record number to greet the Clydesdales and the living Hall of Famers, to pay tribute to Stan the Man, and to hear Musial’s beloved harmonica club play the national anthem to open the game. The ninth inning sucked, but Cardinal baseball is heaven to a lot of us, irrespective of anyone else’s need to tear it down.

      • fearlessleader - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        Cards fan: “I really love my team even when they’re awful!”
        Reds fans: “QUICK! TO THE THUMBS-DOWN BUTTON!!!”

        Peace and here’s to a more competitive game tomorrow…. 😀

    • spudchukar - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      Much like play-off crowds, opening day attendees are not indicative of “real” fans. When a ticket becomes tough to procure, the well-heeled often rule. So judging a team by their fans on days when the “average” guy gets nudged out by the more privileged isn’t a fair representation of their true nature.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Seriously Justin? YOU…are gonna talk about empty seats?
      Hahaha! Don’t be a chump.

    • cardsfanandi - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Where were we? Sitting in bars across the state saying to each other, “this will be the last out, then we only have [insert number here] to score to get out on top again.” Spud is right. The price of one bleacher ticket alone yesterday was nearly $200 last time I checked, and most of us can’t afford that (plus all the other expenses), were stuck at work, or are smart enough to know better than go all out on one game in early April. I watched every painful pitch yesterday with a whole room full of people. At the end of the game, we weren’t condemning our boys for such a sad display of baseball, we were saying there’s always tomorrow. Don’t accuse real fans of being fair weather when we aren’t really being represented.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Maybe it’s just me, but I HATE seeing the Closer come into a tie-game.

    I’m sure it’s just my perception and stats won’t bear it out (and I’m sure someone will point that out), but it just seems based on my personal eye-test that they more often than not lose the game. Even if they are great closers.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Probably because in that situation, it’s either lose or continue, there’s no positive finality.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        Not really. If it’s the top of the inning they can give up runs but ultimately win, so yes that is “continuing” but the game continues in that situation regardless.

        And I am saying more often then not, again it seems, they take the loss as opposed to eventually earning the win or being replaced in extra innings.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      I agree with the first sentect BuckFutter.
      I never like seeing a closer brought into a tie ballgame.
      Essentially, you are going all in. Hold the lead…score the next inning. Or?

  6. steeldominance - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    justinreds, there were more fans in busch stadium when the home team was down 6 in the 9th than GAB when the game was tied in the 12th. Reds may be the worst fans in baseball. enjoy the regular season win, you never get many in the playoffs.

    • bailey2626 - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      Do you try to be a douchebag or does it just come naturally?

      • steeldominance - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Calling people names on the internet has to be the biggest douche move possible. Congrats! The truth brings out how sad of fans you are.

  7. nflguruz - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Who the help cares about Worst fans vs Best fans?? Reds are hotter right now its a long season.

  8. firedustybaker - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    “Chris Heisey fouled off a sac bunt attempt, then popped out (1st out)”

    How many more times is toothpick going to take the bat out of his best hitter’s hand’s before Votto’s head explodes like in Scanners? (those over 35 get this reference, the rest of you Google Scanners head explodes).

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      I always preferred the scene in Dead Friend where a robot Kristy Swanson explodes Mama Fratelli’s head with a basketball.

      Saw that at a sleepover birthday party when I was a kid….we all about lost our shit.

  9. qcubed3 - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    So the Cardinals get 9 runs in an inning off of Matt Cain yesterday, and then give up 9 runs in an inning today (and thanks to, I saw them both). That has to be some kind of record, doesn’t it?

  10. romoscollarbone - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Noticing that Heisy made both outs in the inning the question becomes has a player ever made all 3 offensive outs in an inning?

  11. spudchukar - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    One last question for Reds’ fans, what exactly was Heisey thinking on his slide home?

    • tendigitpoet - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:41 AM

      According to the below link, yes.

    • joshfrancis50 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      That’s was insane. I have no idea what in the world he was doing. He was in a position to avoid tag by going the other way and didn’t. Pretty stupid.

    • jm91rs - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Just heard the story on this. Apparently Heisey thought it was a force out and he was trying to break up the play so yadi couldn’t throw out Brandon. He admitted it was a bone head brain freeze and made sure to let yadi know what happened and apologized. Stupid play by Heisey.

  12. hushbrother - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    IBB-happy Matheny wasnt doing his team any favors that inning. Maybe IBB-happy Dusty was watching from the opposing dugout and learned something.

    • Marty McKee - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      I was happy that Dusty Baker was only the second-dumbest manager in the game for once.

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