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See Billy run, see Billy score, see Reds win

 
See Billy run, see Billy score, see Reds win

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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


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.

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)


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Votto
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 

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