FREE BASEBALL! Oh, Crap. Reds Lose 3-1 in Extras

For the largest regular season crowd in Great American Ball Park history, it was the pitcher’s duel that all the baseball scribes had said it would be. The 43,168 attending witnessed two potential Cy Young candidates square off in a masterful display.

For the Good Guys, Johnny Cueto hurled 7 innings, allowing only a run on 3 hits. He also struck out 9 and walked a pair. The only run came in the top of the 3rd on a Chris Ianetta home run. The Angels received as impressive an effort from Jared Weaver who went 6 innings, allowed only 1 run on two hits to go along with 4 whiffs and 2 walks. The run he permitted came in the bottom of the 3rd on a wild pitch as Shin-Soo Choo slid into home avoiding a Weaver tag.

Apr 1, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Ludwick is taken off of the field after injuring his shoulder during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Great American Ball Park. (Photo: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)

Before I go on, I’ll get the bad news out of the way. Ryan Ludwick separated his right shoulder as he was sliding into third base. According to a tweet from Joe Kay of the AP, he’ll have an MRI tomorrow. Just so happens that the back end of the play in which Choo scored is when Luddy injured his shoulder. After Weaver was late applying the tag to Choo, Weaver argued the call with home plate umpire Dale Scott. During this time, Luddy bolted for third and slid into the base head first.

It came down to a battle of the bullpens. More on that in a bit except for one thing. The bats seemed none to anxious to end the game.

A point Chris Welsh made that I’m sure brought some ire from Reds fans on Twitter. He stated that Dusty Baker doesn’t overuse the sacrifice bunt…or something along those lines. Think of that what you will.

And not long after making such comment, Brandon Phillips laid down a sacrifice. And as you might expect, Joey Votto was intentionally walked, effectively taking the bat right out of Votto’s hands. You have to give your best bat a chance. You simply have to allow Votto a shot.

Oh well…

The bases were now loaded for Chris Heisey who was replacing the injured Ludwick. How did that work out? Heisey whiffed. Angels skipper Mike Scioscia brought in lefty Sean Burnett to face Jay Bruce. And that? Another whiff and the threat was gone by the boards.

And Dusty would try the sacrifice bunt again in the bottom of the 11th after Votto reached on an Erick Aybar error. Heisey sacrificed Votto to second and Bruce was given the free four. First and second with one out. What would happen this time? Todd Frazier would strike out and pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan would ground out weakly back to pitcher Mark Lowe.

Yes, the RISP gremlins bit ‘em today (0-for-10). A lot…

Dale Scott’s squeezing of the strike zone on Aroldis Chapman was pretty evident. Just so you can see it for yourself…

Chappy’s fastest pitch? 98 MPH. Of course, it may take him a while to rediscover those triple digits. Maybe next outing…

Free baseball on Opening Day? Tomorrow an off day meant everyone was available.

Choo and defense? In the top of the 12th, seems he misplayed the ball off the bat of Peter Bourjous. The speedy Bourjous ended up on third with a triple…with one out and Mike Trout at the plate. J.J. Hoover proceeded to strike out Trout and coax a ground out of Aybar.

And to Thom…it’s the Angels, not the ’27 Yankees. Unless you’re think of of the same guy that knocked the solo shot off Cueto.

Apr 1, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Ianetta afer hi solo shot in the third inning, He would also double home a pair in the 13th in a 3-1 ANgels win. (Photo: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)

But in the top of the 13th, Hoover got himself into trouble. It started after a strikeout of Andrew Romine. You remember the ol’ scoreboard at Riverfront when it would flash “Walks Will Haunt”? One did and it was to former Red Josh Hamilton with one out. After a Mark Trumbo ground out with Hamilton advancing to second, Howie Kendrick was intentionally walked. Pinch-hitter and last Angles position player available Hank Congerwas plunked on a 1-2 pitch.

It was Ianetta again. After an eight pitch at-bat, Ianetta would double down the left field line. That double would be the only hit the Angels would get with runners in scoring position and it was the only one that mattered.

The Reds bats scuffled mightily aside from the RISP blues. They could only muster one hit after the third inning…and that came off the bat of Choo.

Wednesday is Opening Night. Maybe knowing there will be fireworks will wake the lumber.

Are there bonus points for striking out 17?

Box Score

LA Angels AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Trout, CF-LF 6 0 1 0 0 2 2
Aybar, SS 6 0 0 0 0 1 3
Pujols, 1B 4 0 0 0 1 1 1
1-Romine, PR-3B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Hamilton, RF 4 1 0 0 2 1 2
Trumbo, LF-1B 5 0 1 0 1 2 3
Kendrick, H, 2B 3 1 0 0 2 1 1
Callaspo, 3B 4 0 0 0 1 2 3
Lowe, M, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
c-Conger, PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Frieri, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iannetta, C 6 1 2 3 0 3 3
Weaver, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
a-Shuck, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
Richards, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burnett, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jepsen, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
b-Harris, B, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Downs, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bourjos, CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 2
Totals 45 3 6 3 7 17 23

a-Struck out for Weaver in the 7th. b-Singled for Jepsen in the 10th. c-Hit by pitch for Lowe, M in the 13th.
1-Ran for Pujols in the 11th.

LA Angels IP H R ER BB SO HR
Weaver 6 2 1 1 2 4 0
Richards 1.2 1 0 0 1 1 0
Burnett, S 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jepsen 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Downs, S 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lowe, M(W, 1-0) 2 0 0 0 1 3 0
Frieri(S, 1) 1 0 0 0 1 2 0
Totals 13 3 1 1 5 13 0

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Cincinnati AB R H RBI BB SO LOB
Choo, CF 5 1 2 0 0 1 0
Phillips, B, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 2
Votto, 1B 4 0 0 0 2 1 2
Ludwick, LF 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
1-Heisey, PR-LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 4
Bruce, RF 5 0 0 0 1 4 7
Frazier, 3B 5 0 1 0 0 2 2
Cozart, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
LeCure, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
b-Hannahan, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Hoover, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hanigan, C 5 0 0 0 0 1 1
Cueto, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Broxton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
a-Paul, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chapman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Izturis, C, SS 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 42 1 3 0 5 13 22

a-Reached on error for Broxton in the 8th. b-Grounded out for LeCure in the 11th.
1-Ran for Ludwick in the 3rd.

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO HR
Cueto 7 3 1 1 2 9 1
Broxton 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Chapman 1 0 0 0 1 2 0
LeCure 2 1 0 0 2 1 0
Hoover(L, 0-1) 2 2 2 2 2 3 0
Totals 13 6 3 3 7 17 1

Topics: Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim

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  • Josh Bresser

    The Reds’ bats will need to show up Wednesday. Pujols, Trumbo, Trout, and Hamilton won’t be that quiet Wednesday night.

  • metalhead65

    nice to see Bruce is in mid season form already. to bad it’s his do nothing from June to mid August form. you know where he disappears for a month and half after winning player of the month in April or May. seriously this not coming thru with guys on base is getting old and I know he is only 25 but he should have this figured out by now. I think guy has all the talent in the world but he needs to put it together now if the reds are going to win. can’t wait to see the lineup Wed. and who dusty has batting cleanup.

    • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

      He left 6 men on base. That simply will not do

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Got a feeling BP will be at clean-up and Cozart will be in the #2 spot. Dusty would still have his lefty-righty thing going. I know it sounds crazy…

      • metalhead65

        I think he will to and the results will be the same for cozart as they were last year as he has no buisness batting that high. and although Bruce is a choke artist he should be put in the cleanup spot. there has to be some element of fear that the guy in that spot can go yard even if he is not hitting or Votto will never get a pitch to hit again. but dusty will refuse logic as he always does and go by the book of dusty.

  • beeker

    Though disappointed by the loss, I am not down on Hoover. (I can only imagine how Twitter exploded after the loss.) He was tough as nails in the 12th, just overthrew the ball that hit Conger. If he learns from it, it’s good in my book.

    Glad the hit by Bourjas didn’t result in a run. I couldn’t handle the “I miss Stubbs” and “When are they calling up Hamilton?” comments beginning with game 1.

    How do umps who are that brutal behind the plate keep their jobs? It went both ways, and I’m not blaming him for the Reds’ loss. But GOOD GRIEF!!!

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