41 starts batting 2nd: .333 BA, .372 OBP, .531 SLG, .903 OPS, 54 of 162, 6 HR
101 starts/other spots: .221 BA, .256 OBP, .359 SLG, .615 OPS, 109 of 493, 15 HR
Did you miss them?
New Bengals TE Alex Smith talked about why he picked the Bengals.
Jayson Stark, ESPN.com senior baseball writer, on the Reds
Mick Cronin on his extension and recruiting class (9:20 of podcast).
Rawly Eastwick, Big Red Machine closer ('75-'76) on his appearance at Reds Hall of Fame Sunday Brunch (17:00 of podcast).
Bengals 2013 schedule
What games are national TV worthy?:
Home: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New England, N.Y. Jets, Green Bay,
Away: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, San Diego
Tweet: Have to say it!! From all of us who are down here for 81 Reds games a year. If you are over the age of 12... DO NOT WOO! You sound stupid!! @HolyGrailBanks
Tweets I received after quesiton the wooo last night
*what's the big deal? Don't Whoo personally but, it's fun and better than just sitting there unenergized.
*Why are cincy fans so negative...mr. Positive wants to hate on the legendary wooo!?
*it's the dumbest thing I've heard during a game. This is not WWE.
*get over it lance! The wooo is here to stay
*what if distraction costs a game or two then what?
*ok I’ll be absolutely silent next time I go to a BASEBALL game.
*the wooing actually causes me to turn the sound down while watching game and makes me think twice about attending game.
*it is harmless fun
*if screaming Woo at an MLB game is fun to you as peep on twitter are saying, you're either a child or mentally unsound
*why .... Why are you the fun police ?
*They're having fun. Annoying at times, I agree. But not a lot of wooing at ballpark between 2001-2009.
*there is not a strong enough word to describe my utter abhorrence towards the wooing
*Crazy Little Thing Called "FUN" Who cares what they do. It's a game.
*I'm going to punch someone if I catch them. So annoying!!!
I could not have said it any better than my friends at the Holy Grail Banks.
Look, the wooo had it's moment, for one night, last season. I will even admit to having a hand in all of this. I found it hilarious that night and defended it on Sports Talk. But that was for one night. It was fresh, different and hilarious. Now, it is old, tired, silly and annoying. Stop it. It is immature and sophomoric. The wooo lacks purpose, direction and organization. It is not a rally call. It does not offer motivation. Stop it. The shelf life of the woooo has expired. The organization does not like it and the players do not like it. It makes the city and the team sound and look bad. When it happens on a night with a small crowd, it is only magnified. Stop it. It is small time and embarrassing. The wooo is for small towns that don't know any better. It's for a minor league baseball game in the middle of nowhere, in a town with one stoplight. Stop it.
If you define wooing as fun, you need to redefine fun. You may like to wooo, but understand, people are not laughing with you, they are laughing at you. Stop it.
How about Mike Leake?
From Steven Sharp
Mike Leake went 3-for-4 (1 triple and 2 infield singles) and scored three runs last night. It's time now to empty the Mike Leake book of notes that I had gathered regarding this game.
This was the second time in the MLB career of Mike Leake that he recorded three or more hits in a game. He also had a three-hit game on July 9, 2010, at the Philadelphia Phillies.
Mike Leake recorded his first career triple in the game. He now has 9 extra-base hits (6 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 homeruns) in his MLB career as a batter. His MLB career regular-season hit total is now 49.
Mike Leake is the first Reds pitcher to record two or more games with three or more hits each as a batter since John Smiley, who accomplished the feat three times while playing for the Reds.
Since 1969, there have been nineteen instances of a Reds pitcher recording three or more hits as a batter in a game.
Mike Leake is the first Reds pitcher to record three or more hits (as a batter) in a game since Homer Bailey did so on September 20, 2011, versus the Houston Astros.
Joe Nuxhall and Mike Leake are the only two Redlegs/Reds pitchers to record three or more hits (as a batter) in a game (with one or more of those hits a triple) since 1929. It happened multiple times before 1929, though. So, it's only happened twice in the past 85 Redlegs/Reds seasons.
Mike Leake is the first Reds pitcher to score three or more runs in a game since Danny Jackson on September 4, 1988, at the Chicago Cubs. In that game Danny Jackson went 4-for-5 (3 singles, 1 double, and 1 time reached base on error) and scored 4 runs. Jackson also pitched a six-hit complete game shutout that afternoon at Wrigley Field, as the Reds won 17-0. It was win number 20 for Jackson in 1988.
When was the last time the Reds combines for the cycle in the same inning?
Tony Cingrani will start today’s game against Miami Marlins. He will end a streak of 180 starts by a RHP for the Reds. Dontrelle Willis was the last LHP to start for the Reds. He started on Sept. 23, 2011. Cingrani has tossed 14.1 shutout innings for Triple-A Louisville this year, allowing three hits, two walks and recording 26 K. Cingrani started Sunday at Louisville. He was lifted after just two innings and 41 pitches (27 strikes), as insurance if needed to start for Reds tonight.
Reds to call up Cingrani for Thursday vs Miami
Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
"That's what the depth of the organization is about," Baker said. "We're here to win ballgames and not see who the next rising star is, even though it's exciting. We want him to fit in like we hope he does."
USA Today: Flawless at Triple-A, Cingrani gets for Reds
Project Prospect: Tony Cingrani scouting report
LH starting pitchers and the Reds
From Steven Sharp
When Tony Cingrani starts, he will be the first lefthanded pitcher to start a game for the Reds since Dontrelle Willis on September 25, 2011. Dontrelle Willis (1-6) picked up the win in that start, which was his only win while pitching for the Reds.
So, the Reds did not use a lefthanded starting pitcher for the final 3 games of the 2011 season. Adding that to the 162 regular-season games played in 2012 and the 15 games played so far in the 2013 season, the active streak of consecutive games started by righthanded pitchers for the Reds is now 180 regular-season games.
That 180-game streak is nothing like some of the other history that Cingrani is facing (below).
The last lefthanded pitcher to throw a complete game for the Reds was rookie Lance Davis on July 16, 2001.
Games started in the regular season by Reds lefthanded pitchers after the complete game effort by Lance Davis on July 16, 2001:
Eric Milton 66, Brandon Claussen 57, Travis Wood 35, Lance Davis 14 (after his lone complete game), Dontrelle Willis 13, Matt Maloney 11, Bobby Livingston 10, John Bale 9, David Williams 8
Jimmy Anderson 7, Dennys Reyes 6, Shawn Estes 6, Chris Michalak 6, Phil Dumatrait 6, Dan Serafini 4, Randy Keisler 4, Jung Keun Bong 3, Jesús Sánchez 3
Bruce Chen 1, Adam Pettyjohn 1.
Total games started by Cincinnati Reds lefthanded pitchers (after July 16, 2001) -- 270
While the last 270 games that were started by Reds lefthanded pitchers resulted in none of them pitching a complete game, the Reds have played a total of 1,868 regular-season games since July 16, 2001, with none of those resulting in a lefthanded pitcher throwing a complete game.
Reds pitchers have thrown 54 complete games since the Lance Davis effort on July 16, 2001, and all 54 of them have been by righthanded starting pitchers:
The last lefthanded pitcher to throw a complete game shutout for the Reds was Mike Remlinger on July 11, 1998, at the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks.
Because someone will probably bring this up to you today, you already know that Travis Wood, who pitched 9.0 shutout innings in a start for the Reds on July 10, 2010, did not pitch a complete game in that game; the Reds lost, 1-0 (in eleven innings), that evening at Philadelphia.
That didn't take long
The Reds needed just 9-minutes to beat the Phillies 1-0 in the completion of the suspended game. Jay Bruce delivered the game winning hit. Aroldis Chapman picked up the win, despite not throwing a pitch Wednesday. It was just the 8th 1-0 game in the 11 year history of GABP, and the 76th shutout of a team at GABP.
From the Reds
The completed suspended game was only the 65th homerless contest in the 11-year, 819-game history of Great American Ball Park, the first this season...only 3 times in this ballpark’s 10-year existence has there been a streak of 2 straight games without a home run by either team (8/6-8/7, 2005 vs Fla; 4/5-4/6, 2011 vs Hou; 9/12 vs Pit & 9/21 vs LAD, 2012)...there never has been a 3-game homerless stretch at GABP.
Reds looking for 'Honorary Bat Girl"
CINCINNATI (April 18, 2013) – Join Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds in the fight against breast cancer.
Fans 18 years and older are encouraged to submit stories about how they, or someone they know, are “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” and why they would like to be an “Honorary Bat Girl” for the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, May 12, which is Mother’s Day.
Fans can visit www.HonoraryBatGirl.com to share their story. The deadline for submissions is April 22.
The 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest is a Major League Baseball initiative designed to raise greater awareness and support for the breast cancer cause.
One winner representing each MLB team will be chosen by a panel of judges.
The Reds winner will be recognized during pregame ceremonies on May 12th (Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m.) at Great American Ball Park.
Please visit www.HonoraryBatGirl.com for full contest rules.
The winner will receive on-field recognition, complimentary tickets to the game, Louisville Slugger pink bat engraved with winner’s name, commemorative jersey and pink wrist bands.
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Friday: National Blue & Green Day on Fountain Square
Cincinnati, OH (April 16) – LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, the non-profit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation in Greater Cincinnati, is proud to announce the second annual “National Donate Life Blue and Green Day” on April 19th, 2013 in support of organ and tissue donation and in celebration of National Donate Life Month.
A rally on Fountain Square will take place from 12 pm – 1 pm on Friday, April 19th to celebrate National Blue and Green Day in Cincinnati. Rally highlights include a proclamation presentation by Cincinnati Councilmember Chris Seelbach and personal testimonies from a young woman waiting for a lung transplant and a donor family member.