CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 3: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds is mobbed by Brandon Phillips #4 after scoring a run in the seventh inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on September 3, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 1-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
My tweet during the 6th inning last night: Close
This feels like a Billy Hamitlon PR SB, scores on single to walk off win it 1-0 kind of night #Reds— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) September 4, 2013
Final: Reds 1 Cardinals 0
*Wow, that was a ball game. Biggest win of the year. Felt like a playoff game.
*It's a night like last night that causes me to pause and remember how cool my job is.
*How about Homer, Billy and Aroldis?
*Cincinnati: Home of MLB's fastest pitcher and fastest player
*Hamilton pinch-ran in the 7th and the crowd erupted, you could feel the drama and anticipation building.
*Cards RP Seth Maness threw over to first three times before delivering to the plate. Hamilton took off and beat Yadier Molina's throw. Molina appeared to have a grin on his face after the safe call.
*Hamilton then scored on Todd Frazier's base hit.
*Bailey was spectacular: 7 IN, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Afterwards he said he thought Bryan Price was joking when he told him he was coming out for a PH. Bailey said he regretted throwing a water bottle, saying he could have handled it better, but that they made the right move.
*Bailey's last 2 starts vs Cards: 14.1 IN, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 15 K.
*A career high five game win streak for Bailey.
*Bailey last 7 starts: 5-0 2.42, .210 BAA
*How about Latos or Bailey vs Cards in wild card game?
*Bailey was lifted for PH Heisey with a runner on 3rd...a huge run to get in. Totally understand the move.
*Chapman came on for the 9th, having not pitched in 9 days, since August 24th.
*When the bullpen gate came open, the crowd went nuts
*Chapman proceeded to announce his presence with authority.
*Chapman was filthy, mixing 103 mph fastballs with 90 mph sliders. He retired the side 1-2-3.
*Reds missed big chances to add an insurance run. Choo walked to lead off 8th: Phillips K'd looking, Votto K'd looking and Bruce grounded out. That looked for be a big wiggle room run if Chapman was rusty.
*Heisey could not get Frazier home from 3rd in the 7th.
*How often does a leadoff hitter draw 3 walks and not score a run?
*What a good old fashioned pitcher's duel.
*Parra did the job....again.
*16th shutout by Reds pitching this year....12 shutouts in 2012
*Reds now 29-2 allowing 1 run or less and 49-8 allowing 2 runs or less.
*Cards pitcher Michael Wacha stifled the Reds: 6 IN, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K......add that to his relief appearance last week and that's: 10 IN, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K.
*How many times has Votto grounded out to the right side in the last 10 days?
*20,219 on hand, by my count the 10th smallest crowd of season in 67th game.
*Let's be honest, the first thought by anyone walking into GABP or turning on the TV last night was: "Where is everybody?"
*What do you make of that attendance for an NL Central showdown vs the rival Cards?
*I think people believe I'm criticizing fans when I mention attendance, far from it. I'd never tell anyone how to spend their money. I sat in the pressbox last night, for free. I bought 3 tickets for Friday for $189 to go with Casey and my dad. I'm simply curious. From a marketing standpoint, I'm always wondering what else the Reds can do to get fans to the park? $36 tickets were knocked down to $20 for last night and students were offered half price tickets.
“@AaronBoone_ESPN: 20,000 attendance last night. Come on Cincy.” Remember 1999, they showed up then. Reds need you fans. Lets go, show up— Eddie Taubensee (@EddieTaubensee) September 4, 2013
The Reds ranked 9th of 15 ML games in attendance last night.
Reds averaging 31,593 per game (15th of 30)...up 1,907 per game (7th biggest increase), up a total of 127,745 from a year ago at this point.
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 3: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at Great American Ball Park on September 3, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 3: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates with Ryan Hanigan #29 after pitching the final out of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on September 3, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 1-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Aroldis Chapman threw 4 pitches tonight that were at least 103 MPH. He's thrown MLB-best 13 such pitches over last 2 seasons— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 4, 2013
I have no looked it up, but how many times has Votto grounded out to the right side of the infield in the last 10 days? Seems like a lot.
His .306 BA is the lowest since May 3 (.303)
His .429 OBP is the lowest since July 29 (.428)
Last 8 games: 4 for 27 .148/.361
Last 23 games: .200-.375-.400-.775, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 23 K, 22 BB