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Worth the wait: Billy Ball + PH+ SP+ rain delays=winning night for Reds



CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 29: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds walks off the field as rain stops the game in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on April 29, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Theme of the night

Final: Reds 3 Cubs 2 boxscore
*3 game losing streak snapped...move to 12-14, stay 7.5 back of Milwaukee.
*Brewers beat Cards 5-4 in 11 11-1 on road.
*Chris Heisey's PH RBI 1B in 6th broke 2-2 tie.
*19-minute rain delay to start game, 15-minute delay 5th, 1 hour 11-minutes delay 6th....Total: 1 hour 45- minutes.
*Total of over 10 hours of delays for 10 games GABP. 

B1: Billy BB,SB,WP...scored Phillips SF, 1-0 (BP's first RBI since April 21.
T3: Simon allows 2-runs, Castro 2-run 1B, 2-1 Cubs
B5: Billy HR, 2-2
B6: Cozart 3B, Heisey PH RBI 1B, 3-2 Reds
*Simon 4-1 1.60 on season: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP.
*Simon visibly ticked at Price for PH for him in the 6th in 2-2 game.
*Simon 33.2 innings this year, 38% of way to his 87.2 total last year.
*Bullpen: Scorless innings for Ondrusek, LeCure and Broxton (5th SV).
*Billy Hamilton on based four times: BB, infield 1B, HR--1st ML career, infield 1B. + heck of a catch Video of his big night HERE
*Reds had gone 251 ABs w/o HR before Hamilton HR (Kevin Goheen,
*Clearly Hamilton is the power bat Reds  have been looking for.
*Billy caught stealing 5th time in 15 attempts (66.0). Not exactly efficient.
*MLB average success rate SB: 74.0. Only 3 teams below 66.0. 
*From listener Jeff: In his 3 seasons of 1986-1988, Eric Davis had 165 SB's in 185 attempts(89.2%). In his 9 seasons with Reds, Davis had an 85.4% SB success rate.
In his 8 seasons with Reds, Joe Morgan had 82.9% SB success rate.
*Mark Sheldon has an interesting note on Billy's hand guard and what umpire Joe West told him.

More notes:
*Cozart 2 hits: 3rd multiple hit game of season...BA jumps from .148 to .165.
*Pena 2 hits, Votto 3 walks, saw 29 pitches in 5 PA.
*Philliips 0-3, SF, RBI...saw 8 pitches in 4 PA.
*Reds loaded bases with 0 outs in 9th: Billy FC, Votto DP....0 runs.
*Heisey career splits=weird:
Starting:       .253-.306-.422-.728
Pinch-hitting: .298-.361-.577-.938
vs RHP: .267-.318-.442-.760
vs LHP: .226-.282-.405-.688
*After 3rd rain delay, Cubs manager Rick Renteria got ejected for arguing balls/strikes. Rookie mistake, should have gotten tossed before the delay, could have been enjoying wings and cold one at the Holy Grail.
*At one point, a guy pushed a girl to get a foul ball, and she still got it.
*At one point, there was no visible outfield foul lines.
*I want baseball without borders…no foul lines, one game, just for fun, everything is in play.
*The game will get votes and challenge, but not beat #Reds-Pirates 10 HR/rain/suspension two weeks ago for most bizarre game at GABP.
*Nights like last night remind me of a Banana Phone caller asking Marty and Joe why players didn’t just wear water repellant uniforms?
*By the 8th inning I was tired and confused….was LeCure pitching or standing in the Diamond Seats?


CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 29: Chris Heisey #28 of the Cincinnati Reds singles to drive in the go ahead run in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at Great American Ball Park on April 29, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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