SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 24: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by Todd Frazier #21 after Phillips scored on a Jay Bruce RBI double in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 24, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Reds 8 Giants 3
*Reds take 2 of 3 from Pirates and 3 out of 4 at SF...have won 6 last 8
*Cards and Pirates both win...Reds 5 back STL, 1.5 back PITT.
*Season series: Reds take 6 of 7 games
Runs: Reds 45, Giants 14
Hits: Reds 83, Giants 46
HR: Reds 9, Giants 2
BA: Reds .331 (83-251), Giants .204 (46-225)
*The Reds put on their 'hitting shoes' for this trip...4 straight games 10+ hits (55 H/31 R)
*Reds clubbed 15 doubles and 22 EXBH in series
*No SF starting pitcher got through five innings in series. SP 14.2 IN, Pen 21.1 IN.
*Add on baseball: 1 in 1st, 3 in 3rd, 2 in 4th, 3 in 6th......
*Votto 2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI, on base 36 straight games
*Phillips: 2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI
*Bruce has 30 doubles! He had 35 all of 2012
*Mesoraco making a bid for majority of playing time? 2 H, 2 RBI/8 hits, 7 RBI series
*Leake scattered career high 12 hits, but only 1 run in 6 innings for 10th win. (10-4 2.73)
*Multiple hit games from: Leake 3 (had been 0 last 26), Votto 2, Phillips 2, Bruce 2, Mesoraco 2
*Hell of a job by LeCure getting out of base loaded, 0 out jam in relief of Leake in 7th (2 K).
*Ondrusek allowed 3 H,2 runs (1 ER) in 8th.
*Votto ties career high with 11th error? (2008)...in 43 fewer games.
*Votto had 6, 6, 5 errors in three previous years.
*Hunter Pence was 5 for 5. I love that guy.
*I'm tired: End times 1AM, 1:58AM, 1:53AM
*Reds scored 20 runs the last 2 days despite their 2 hole hitters combining to go 2-14 with no Runs or RBI.(Thanks Jeff)
Did you see what I saw?
Was the grounds crew in San Francisco drinking before lining the batters box?
Getting on at a record pace
From Steven Sharp
Most number of times on base (reaching base safely via hit, via base on balls, or as a hit batsman) in the 2013 season:
1. Miguél Cabrera -- 201
2. Joey Votto -- 199
3. Shin-Soo Choo -- 197
4. Mike Trout -- 181
5. Paul Goldschmidt -- 175
Joey Votto is on pace to reach base safely 316 times, and Shin-Soo Choo is on pace to reach base safely 313 times. From 2005 to 2012, zero MLB players reached base safely 311 or more times. Pete Rose holds the Reds single-season record for times on base with 311 times on base in the 1969 season. So, both Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo are currently on pace this season to slightly edge Pete Rose's single-season Reds franchise record for times on base.
1. Pete Rose, 1969 -- 311
2. Pete Rose, 1975 -- 310
3. Pete Rose, 1976 -- 307
4. Pete Rose, 1973 -- 301
5. Joey Votto, 2011 -- 299
6. Joe Morgan, 1975 -- 298
7. Pete Rose, 1974 -- 296
8. Frank Robinson, 1962 -- 295
9. Pete Rose, 1965 -- 286
Remember Dan Serafini?
From Steven Sharp
The Reds purchased the contract of Dan Serafini from the Monterrey Sultanes of the Mexican League on August 25, 2003, and he made his Reds debut as a starter the following day. The Reds had a need for a starting pitcher at the time, after deciding days earlier to end the experiment of using Danny Graves as a starting pitche. His first four appearances were starts, but he went 0-3. The Reds then took him out of the starting rotation, and he finished the season as a reliever. Serafini appeared in 11 games (10 games as a pitcher and 1 game as a pinch-runner) for the 2003 Reds. Serafini recorded one win in his short stint with the Reds. On September 21, 2003, Serafini pitched 1.0 innings of relief, and the Reds took the lead with him as the pitcher of record. In that game, his battery mate was current Reds back-up catcher Corky Miller.
HERE is a recent interview with Serafini.
Down on the Farm
Ryan Ludwick served as Dayton Dragons DH last night on his injury rehabilitation assignment. Ludwick had three plate appearances: pop out to third base, a walk, and a line single to left field. Thanks to Tom Nichols and Dayton Dragons for allowing us to listen in on the AB's during Sports Talk.