UNSOLICITED OBSEERVATIONS from The Man Cave while wondering, “What is Google thinking?” I have a Google Alert that e-mails me anything that is published with my name in it. On Saturday morning I received an alert and opened it. It was a notice about an old movie called The Real McCoy, starring Kim Bassinger as Karen McCoy, a jewel thief. Well, I always did like Kim Bassinger.
I watched the Toronto-Chicago White Sox game Saturday afternoon. The Man Cincinnati Fans Hated, Corey Patterson, had five hits for the Jays, including a game-winning walk-off home run in the 14th Inning.
And then he had four more hits Sunday in a 13-4 win over the White Sox. Nine hits in two days? Isn’t that more than he had during an entire season with the Reds?
MAYBE THE Reds could have used Patterson the last two nights when they lost in 12 innings Saturday, 7-6, and lost Sunday night, 2-1.
It was a beautifully played baseball game Sunday, despite the defeat that ended this Trip Through the Jungle for the Reds, a 2-8 trip and they’ve lost 10 of 12.
And it gets no easier. The Reds wobble home for a three-game series against the hottest team in baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers.
JOHNNY CUETO was Johnny-on-the-spot for the Reds Sunday, saving the bullpen with a complete game, but back-to-back mistakes did him in.
He led, 1-0, thanks to Jay Bruce’s major-league leading 15th home run in the second inning. But he walked the leadoff hitter and Martin Prado drilled a two-run home run and that was that.
Cueto gave up one run and only five hits for his eight innings and all it got him was an ‘atta-boy’ pat on the back and an ‘L’ on his record.
The Reds had the tying run on second base in the eighth inning in Paul Janish when Brandon Phillips singled sharply to left.
Third base coach Mark Berry waved Janish homeward and Prado’s throw easily beat Janish. But Janish put on a dandy fadeaway slide to the inside of home plate, forcing catcher David Ross to make a diving effort at a tag.
Replays indicated that Ross might have missed the tag. Might have. But umpire Dan Iassogna, wearing an ESPN microphone, screamed, “Right there. Right there he gotcha.”
That ended the inning.
Atlanta’s Jair Jurgenns, who might be the best pitcher in the majors right now, pitched eight innings and gave up one run and six hits - the 10th straight start in which he went six or more innings and gave up two or fewer runs.
CLOSER CRAIG KEMBREL, now 15 for 19 in save situations, tempted the fates but won out.
He walked Joey Votto on four pitches to start the ninth. Scott Rolen popped to second and Bruce struck out on three pitches.
Fred Lewis singled to right and with the outfield playing deep to cut off doubles Votto should have easily made third. But he stopped at second, another baserunning faux pas.
But it mattered not. Ramon Hernandez, who on Friday hit the first home run ever hit off Kembrel in the majors, struck out to end it.
Janish did not have a night on the basepaths to tell his future kids about. In addition to getting thrown out at home, he was picked off first base by catcher Ross.
DID ANYBODY else get tired of announcer Bobby Valentine’s constant babble about how the Reds should acquire Mets shortstop Jose Reyes?
Pshaw and balderdash. Why?
First of all, Reyes would be a quick-fix rental. He is a free agent after the season and would leave to the highest bidder, which isn’t likely to be the Reds. To acquire him, the Reds would have to give up some very good prospects.
So at season’s end, the Reds would be minus Reyes and minus some top prospects just to rent a shortstop who has lost a step on defense, has a low on-base percentage and doesn’t take walks.
Let’s hope general manager Walt Jocketty is much smarter than Bobby Valentine. My opinion? Jocketty wins every time.Tweet