Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Not much doing for Reds prospects as Javelinas lose 3rd and 4th in a row

The Javelinas got walloped on Monday night, losing 7-1 to the Scottsdale Scorpions. Peoria was outhit 10-3 as it was a quiet game for Reds prospects.

-CF Billy Hamilton went 0-3, with a walk. His batting average has dropped to .214.

-RHP Curtis Partch notched a perfect inning with a strikeout to bring his ERA down to 2.35.

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Tuesday wasn't any better for Peoria. They once again took on the Scorpions and got whipped 12-2. They managed just six hits while committing two errors on the day. Players from the Reds organization didn't fare well at all in this one.

No. 2: Homer Bailey's no-hitter

 

Today marks day 11 of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 2 on the list:

Six Reds denied top defensive prize

 

Six Cincinnati Reds had a shot at winning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday night, yet none of them did. This comes as a relatively big surprise considering no other team in the major leagues had more nominees than the Reds. The awards were announced on ESPN2 for the second consecutive year.

Brandon Phillips was a finalist at second base, but his bid for a fourth career Gold Glove was stymied by Chicago Cubs infielder Darwin Barney, who won the honor instead.

Bronson Arroyo, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart, and Drew Stubbs were each named finalst for the award at their respective positions as well, but ultimately came up short just as Phillips did.

Both Phillips and Votto garnered the prestigious defensive prize at their positions last season.

The trio of Bruce, Cozart, and Stubbs were vying for their first career Gold Glove awards.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Johnny Cueto in a tornado costume?


Have you ever wondered how awesome it would be if we could see some of the Reds dress up in Halloween costumes? I posed this precise question in yesterday's post and the same answer still holds true today. I have not only thought about how awesome it would be, but I have attempted to make it a reality as well. Here is the second half of the 2-day series featuring costume recommendations for Reds players and personnel.

Today's post features Chris Heisey, Ryan Hanigan, Bronson Arroyo, Jeff Brantley, Homer Bailey, Sam LeCure, Drew Stubbs, Jay Bruce, Gapper, and Johnny Cueto. Enjoy.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Dusty Baker as a box of toothpicks?

Have you ever wondered how awesome it would be if we could see some of the Reds dress up in Halloween costumes? I have. And as much as I (and others) would love to feast my eyes on such a spectacle, it isn't likely that we will get the chance to. However, thanks to modern day technology and a little imagination, I have created the following post which features costume recommendations for several Reds players and team personnel. Due to its lengthy nature, it has been divided into a 2-day series (double the pleasure, double the fun!). So, be sure to check back tomorrow as I publish the second half of what this glorious piece has to offer.

Today's post features Mat Latos, Dusty Baker, Brandon Phillips, Aroldis Chapman, Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick, Marty Brennaman, Mike Leake, and Mr. Redlegs. Enjoy.

Billy Hamilton homers, but Javelinas lose twice over weekend

Hamilton hit his first homer of the 2012 AFL.
On Friday, Peoria lost 8-7 to Salt River. It was about as even as an affair as you can get with both the Javelinas and Rafters banging out 12 hits on the afternoon.

-CF Billy Hamilton went 1-4, with a home run (1) and a walk. He was picked off at first after the walk.

-SS Didi Gregorius notched a hit in four at-bats.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Recapping the season of Mat Latos


Expectations were sky high entering the 2012 season for Mat Latos. The Reds dealt a king's ransom during the offseason to acquire the right-hander's services from San Diego, and all in hopes that he could be the No. 2 starter the team so desperately needed. After watching how is individual campaign unfolded, I would venture to say that his first season in Cincinnati can be viewed as a successful one.

Here are some notables regarding Latos' year:

Saturday, October 27, 2012

No. 3: Joey Votto's career day lifts Cincy to win on Mother's Day

 

Today marks day 10 of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 3 on the list:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tim Crabbe unhittable in Javelinas win

Crabbe patties
Peoria won its fourth game in a row to push its league-leading record to 11-4 on the season. They claimed an 8-2 victory over the Mesa Solar Sox yesterday behind some strong pitching from a Reds prospect. He was joined by four other players from the organization. Here's how they performed.

-RHP Tim Crabbe tossed four hitless innings, while walking one and striking out two. He is the owner of a crisp 2.00 ERA.

Video: Top 10 moments of Cincinnati's 2012 season


 

Check out this video compiled by the fine folks at MLB.com which features some of the top moments from the 2012 season. Among the memorable Reds moments include:

+ Homer Bailey's no-hitter
+ Joey Votto's monster individual performance on Mother's Day
+ Todd Frazier's "no-hands" homer
+ Barry Larkin's HOF Induction speech
+ Mat Latos' dominant complete game shutout vs Pittsburgh
+ Marty Brennaman shaves his head for a good cause
+ Jay Bruce's walkoff slam against the Mets
+ The division clincher against Los Angeles

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Javelinas win behind three-run triple from Billy Hamilton

Peoria continued its winning ways on Wednesday afternoon by beating Salt River 7-6. While the Rafters were able to match the Javelinas with eight hits, they fell just one run short in defeat. The Javelinas got big contributions from the three Reds players in the game.

-CF Billy Hamilton was 1-5, with a run scored and three RBI (4). He drove in all three runs on a crucial triple in the bottom of the four-run sixth inning.

On this day in Reds history: Two general managers resign

 

Today hasn't been a great day to be an executive of the Cincinnati Reds in years past. Both of those examples come as proof and are derived from Redleg Journal:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

David Bell moves to Chicago; Donald Lutz is AFL Player of the Week

Bell will be trading his Bats jersey in for a Cubs one.
It was only a one-year relationship between the Louisville Bats and David Bell as the 2012 manager has joined the coaching staff of the Chicago Cubs as third-base coach. He led the Bats to an awful 51-93 record during the 2012 season, in which the Bats seemed to be severely lacking in talent, in part due to offseason trading activities.

With the announcement that Dusty Baker had been extended for two years and his full coaching staff would return for 2013, there was no room for Bell on the major league club, likely prompting him to make the move to Chicago. As bad as the Cubs have been, they could be looking for a new manager much sooner than the Reds as well. Perhaps Bell will get chance there.

Four Reds prospects partake in Peoria win


The Javelinas improved their record to a league-best 9-4 on Tuesday. They did so by defeating the Scottsdale Scorpions by a score of 7-2. Peoria outhit their opponent 11 to 9. Four Reds prospects, two hitters and two pitchers, got on the field.
-LF Donald Lutz, fresh off being named the AFL Player of the Week, went 0-5 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .395.

-SS Didi Gregorius was 1-3, with a run scored.

No. 4: Reds win first playoff game in 17 years


Today marks day nine of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 4 on the list:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Javelinas shut out Saguaros


Peoria used seven pitchers Monday night in order to shut out Surprise and get a 3-0 win. The Saguaros were held to just four hits by the Javelinas pitching staff, however none of the Reds pitchers were used in this one. There were a couple of Cincinnati batters in the game though.

-CF Billy Hamilton was 1-4, with two strikeouts and is hitting .292.

Recapping the season of Johnny Cueto


For anyone who thought Johnny Cueto's success in 2011 was merely a fluke, his 2012 campaign did well in proving them wrong. The Dominican right-hander experienced tremendous success once again while anchoring the Reds rotation to their second division title in three years. And although he didn't garner a trip to the All-Star Game, he was definitely deserving of one as he projects to finish among the top five in National League Cy Young Award balloting, an award with which will be announced later next month.

But for now, here is a recap of the notables from Cueto's fine season:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Didi Gregorius has nice game in Javelinas loss

Peoria was off on Sunday, but they played Phoenix on Saturday. It was a smashfest as it saw the teams combine for 23 runs on 27 hits. The Javelinas ended up on the wrong end of the score though as the Desert Dogs came up with a 12-11 win. Not many Reds prospects were in the game, but the ones that were made their mark in what time they had.

-CF Billy Hamilton came in as a pinch-runner and stole a base (6) and went on to finish the game in center field. He did not have an at-bat.

No. 5: Opening Day in Cincinnati is a bash


Today marks day eight of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 5 on the list:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Recapping the season of Brandon Phillips


Another year and another productive season from All-Star Brandon Phillips. The Redlegs second basemen has been the epitome of consistency throughout his seven years in Cincinnati, and the 2012 campaign was no different. He proved to be the team's most versatile player (by far) after being moved around in the lineup more times than a dish of cranberry sauce on Turkey Day. His unselfishness and good play continue to make him a fan favorite among the fan base.

Here's a look back at some notables from his season:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Donald Lutz homers as Javelinas edge out Saguaros

It was a 3-2 win for Peoria as they outhit Surprise 10 to six. Every Reds pitcher was used in this one and two of the three hitters saw action as well. They all did their best to figure into deciding the game as well.

-CF Billy Hamilton went 1-4, with a run scored and a stolen base (5). He scored the go-ahead run in the 5th inning. He reached on a bunt, stole second, got to third on a throwing error by the catcher, and then scored on a groundout.

No. 6: Bruce's big fly sends Reds to walkoff win over Mets


Today marks day seven of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 6 on the list:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Didi Gregorius contributes in Peoria victory


Peoria got some great pitching as the Javelinas were able to grab a 3-1 victory over the Salt River Rafters. It was a lonely day for the one Reds prospect who played Thursday, but he did his best to make the most of it.

-SS Didi Gregorius batted 2nd and went 1-3 with an RBI (3). He's now hitting .320 during the 2012 AFL year.

Recapping the season of Jay Bruce


It's hard to believe that Jay Bruce is only 25 years of age. The former first round draft pick just completed his fifth full season in the majors, and appears to be entering the prime of his career. The 2012 campaign had its share of ups and downs along the way for him, but overall the left-handed slugger posted a pretty solid individual season.

Here's a closer look at Bruce's notable feats from '12:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield dominate Reds MiLB Organizational All-Stars


With the minor league season being long over, the Reds Organizational All-Stars have been announced by MiLB.com. As you might expect, Billy Hamilton was the main focus. All he did was steal a record 155 bases this season and give Reds fans hope of a true leadoff man which they have lacked for so many years now.

Now, unless you followed closely, what you might not have expected is that almost the entire roster of the organization's best minor league players this past year was comprised of Hamilton's teammates from Bakersfield. Only the designated hitter/utility player role was filled by a player who didn't appear for the Blaze at some point this season.

Below you will find the list of players. I've included a couple of the blurbs written by Danny Wild of MLB.com below. To read the full article and find a short summary of each player's season accompanied by a quick evaluation of each player by Reds Senior Director of Scouting, Chris Buckley, visit the link here. You'll also see the honorable mentions at each position.

Busy day for Reds prospects as Javelinas lose


It was an old-fashioned wild west shootout between the Peoria Javelinas and the Salt River Rafters on Wednesday. The teams combined for 28 hits, 14 a piece, but it was the Rafters who emerged victorious by a score of 12-9 over the Javelinas.

The game saw six of the seven Reds prospects get playing time. It was a bag of mixed results regarding their performances.

No. 7: Reds fire on all cylinders in San Francisco


Today marks day six of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 7 on the list:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Is Dusty Baker the right man for the job?


Feelings were mixed around the Reds fan base when the team announced it had extended the contract of manager Dusty Baker for another two seasons. Some were clamoring for the organization to replace Baker with a new skipper, while others were adamant about bringing the 63-year old back. The difference in opinion obviously leaves several questions up for debate. Among them includes perhaps the greatest question of all: Is Dusty Baker the right man for the job?

I have been on both sides of the spectrum regarding Baker since he took the reigns in Cincinnati prior to the 2008 campaign. I have gone through periods where I believed Baker is one of the best coaches in the modern game, and I've also gone through phases where I hoped the front office would replace him. But after letting all of the emotions settle from what was a brutally disappointing end to the 2012 year, in addition to some careful reflection, I believe Baker is the right man for the job.

Three Reds prospects help Javelinas get the win

The Peoria Javelinas continued their hot start, toppling the Mesa Solar Sox 4-2 to move their record to a league-best 5-2 on the season. All three Reds hitting prospects on the the roster played in the game, and all three of them made significant marks on the stat sheet.

No. 8: Reds and Rockies combine for nine homers



Today marks day five of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 8 on the list:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Donald Lutz participates in Javelinas offensive onslaught

The Peoria Javelinas crushed the Mesa Solar Sox yesterday by a score of 9-2. They pounded out 14 hits in total, while every starter got a hit except one.

-1B Donald Lutz was one of those starters. He finished 2-5, with a run scored, and is now hitting .438 on the young AFL season. He was the only Reds prospect to make an appearance.

2012 season in review: Joey Votto


It was an injury-plagued season for one Joseph Daniel Votto. The Canadian native was sidelined for nearly two months after suffering a knee injury in San Francisco while sliding on June 29. However, it was also a rewarding year for Votto as he signed a 10-year, $225-million contract extension in the days prior to Opening Day.
 
Here are a few notables from his season:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Video: Dusty Baker discusses extension


 
The Reds announced a 2-year contract extension with manager Dusty Baker on Monday. The new deal will be good through the conclusion of the 2014 season. Dusty, along with CEO Bob Castellini and GM Walt Jocketty, discussed the extension via press conference earlier this afternoon.

Potential free agents the Reds could pursue in the offseason



With the 2012 campaign officially in the books, it is time to shift the focus toward 2013. The Reds return most of their NL Central Champion roster next season, so they won't need to retool it that much. However, this is not to say that GM Walt Jocketty won't be looking to upgrade areas of weakness. ESPN's Jim Bowden realizes this fact and outlined some potential free agents the club may pursue come wintertime. Here's a snippet from his recent piece:

Possible free-agent targets
Nick Swisher: Swisher might hit 30 homers at Great American Ball Park. His defense is slightly better than Ludwick’s and his high energy and enthusiasm would fit in the Reds’ clubhouse.

Michael Bourn: Baker tells me every year that Rickey Henderson isn’t going to walk through his clubhouse door any time soon. There’s not a Rickey Henderson in the free-agent market, but Bourn would solve their leadoff woes. Of course, the Reds still have Drew Stubbs, whose greatest asset is center-field defense, so they'd have to move him if they signed Bourn. Signing Bourn also potentially could block Hamilton, if center is indeed his future position.

Reds agree to two-year extension with Dusty Baker


From the Reds...

The National League Central Division champion Cincinnati Reds and field manager Dusty Baker have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension through the 2014 season.
The formal announcement will be made today at a 3:00 p.m. press conference at Great American Ball Park by Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini and President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty.

"In Dusty's five seasons here he's taken us to the Postseason twice and has proven he can lead our teams to championship-caliber play on the field," Castellini said. "He's the right manager to continue the building process that will take us deeper and deeper into the playoffs in the future."

Dusty Baker agrees to two-year extension with Reds

Word has broken that the Reds have extended manager Dusty Baker for two more years. I first saw it from Mark Sheldon on his blog, but it's been reported by several outlets. As of now, the terms of the deal have not been made public. It's also not currently known if the coaching staff will remain intact, but it is expected too. There is a press conference scheduled for 3:00pm EST today at Great American Ball Park to announce the signing. Has Twitter exploded yet?

We'll provide updates as soon as we know more so pay attention.

Billy Hamilton and teammates off to good start in Arizona Fall League

Well I went on vacation and missed the whole first week of the Arizona Fall League. (I didn't miss the Reds woeful last three games though. I still can hardly believe it.) Oh, you missed AFL 2012 debut too? Well don't worry because they were off yesterday and I'm about to get you up-to-date. If you need a primer to get yourself acquainted with the 2012 season of the AFL just go here where I preview the entire thing. A simple side note to be added to that post is that right-handed pitcher Tim Crabbe also joined his brethren as a member of the Peoria Javelinas after I wrote that.

Through five games the Peoria Javelinas are 3-2 and in 1st place in the AFL West division.

No. 9: Todd Frazier's walkoff homer

Today marks day four of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 9 on the list:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Top 12 games of the 2012 season: No. 10


Today marks day three of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 10 on the list:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Top 12 games of the Reds season: No. 11


Today marks day two of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 11 on the list:

Friday, October 12, 2012

10 offseason moves the Reds need to make to win the 2013 World Series

 

by: Chase Fitzgerald
Staff Writer

This season ended just awful and I’m going to do you all a favor and not remind you. It really stung to have a great season end like this, but it’s never too early to look at next year. I personally think this team was over-performing but I think this team can win it all next season if they do the steps below. Audience, I give you an off-season check list. The following is a list of moves the Reds have to make in order to win a World Series. So enjoy!

1. Fix Joey Votto
Joey Votto was not right when he returned from knee surgery. He still was the most productive player in the line-up getting on base more than half the time, but we all know he wasn’t 100% especially in the post-season. All the talk this entire season was to get the number 1 and 2 guys on in front of him. Well, we did just that in the post-season yet he didn’t get a single RBI. He just seemed frustrated at himself all the time. The Reds number one priority needs to be getting Votto back to his MVP form like he was earlier in the year because there is no way the Reds can win it all without him.

Top 12 games of the Reds season: No. 12



Today marks day one in what very well could be the longest baseball offseason around Cincinnati in recent memory. The Reds may have flamed out of the postseason in historic fashion, but that doesn't mean the team didn't provide us with a plethora of good moments throughout the year. So instead of dwelling in what could have been, we've compiled a list of the Top 12 Games from the 2012 Season. We will reveal each game on the list one day at a time until we complete the countdown beginning at 12 and ending at No. 1.

Considerations used while ranking the games included such factors as the importance, rarity, and excitability of the given game, among others.

Without further adieu, here's the 12th-best game of the 2012 season:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quotes from Baker, Votto, Bruce and more


The home clubhouse at Great American Ball Park was filled with a group of dejected and stunned Redlegs after Thursday's season-ending loss to San Francisco. However, most members of the team was still able to break the silence and offer some quotes of reflection about the game, and season overall.

Here are the notable ones:

“It was a very good season. Great regular season. A good quick start to the postseason. We just weren’t able to close it out. It gives us more to build on. This team is talented enough and young enough to be in the hunt for a number years. We'll be back."

Five-year old draws good luck photo for Mat Latos



Here's something to cheer you up after a bitter end to the season.

This picture was tweeted by @MichelleMatter to the wife of Mat Latos just prior to Mat's crucial start in Game Five. The artist of this inspirational work of art is Dylan, age 5, who is the son of the aforementioned tweeter.

Dylan's photo may not have propelled Mat to victory on Thursday, but it was an adorable gesture nonetheless.

Giants send Reds to a bitter season end

 
The 2012 season for the Reds came to a screeching halt on Thursday afternoon as the Giants completed an improbable NLDS comeback by winning Game Five, 6-4, before a somber Great American Ball Park crowd. In defeat, Cincinnati becomes the first National League team (out of 22) to blow a 2-0 lead in the LDS since the Wild Card Era began in 1995. San Francisco, on the other hand, advances to the NLCS for the right to take on either St. Louis or Washington.

Neither team had reason to complain about who they sent out to the mound to start the game. The Giants sent out their ace Matt Cain while the Reds trotted out their best available starter in Mat Latos. It certainly looked like a pitcher's duel on paper, but the game didn't play out that way as offense took precedent in the winner-take-all affair.

The highlight of the game came in the top of the fifth when Buster Posey launched a grand slam homer off Latos that nearly landed in the upper deck. The silence around the stadium at that point was deafening as it gave San Francisco a 6-0 lead. The Reds scratched a few runs across here and there, and even managed to stage some threats, but the deficit proved to be insurmountable.

Here's a look at the good, bad, and notables from the final contest of the year:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Eight reasons why the Reds will survive and advance


The National League Division Series between the NL Central Champion Reds and NL West Champion Giants has boiled down to a winner-take-all affair on Thursday afternoon. With the series tied at two games a piece, the two clubs will clash one final time in Game Five for the right to move on to the NLCS.

Although the Giants clearly have momentum on their side at this point, here are eight reasons why the Redlegs will survive and advance:

Red alert! Reds get whacked by Giants to force Game Five


The Reds blew another chance at home to win the NLDS by falling, 8-3, to the pesky Giants Wednesday evening. The loss by Cincinnati forces a winner-take-all situation in Game Five, which will take place at Great American Ball Park on Thursday afternoon. The winner of tomorrow's game will earn a spot in the NLCS.

Here's a look at the good, bad, and notables from Game Four:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Giants edge out Reds in extras to keep season alive


Tuesday night marked a chance for the Reds to do some things they hadn't done in nearly two decades. A victory over the visiting Giants would not only ensure the Reds a spot in the NLCS, but it would also mark their first postseason series victory and home playoff game victory since 1995.

Cincinnati kicked off the scoring right off the bat (pardon the pun) when Jay Bruce singled home Zack Cozart in the bottom of the first. At that point, it looked like the Redlegs offense may roll over San Francisco much like they did in Game Two. However, that wouldn't prove to be the case.

The Giants managed to knot up the score at 1-1 without even recording a base hit during the top of the third. Angel Pagan's sacrifice fly scored Gregor Blanco, who reached base after getting hit by a pitch upon leading off the inning.

Reds vs Giants: 8 notes about NLDS Game Three in Cincinnati


The Reds are shooting to advance to the National League Championship Series with a victory over the Giants on Tuesday. They will get the chance to do so in front of their hometown crowd that has been eagerly-awaiting this day since the Reds were eliminated by the Phillies at home in 2010.

Here are eight things of note regarding the potential series clincher:

1) Since 1995, no team has ever overcome a 2-0 deficit in the National League Division Series to advance to the NLCS.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Highlights of NLDS Game Three at Great American Ball Park


From the Reds...
CINCINNATI (Oct. 8, 2012) – Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Tuesday, Oct. 9 Reds vs. San Francisco Giants National League Division Series Game 3 at Great American Ball Park.

Ballpark gates open at 3:37 p.m. for all fans, full team introductions on the field will be at 5:15 p.m. and the first pitch is scheduled for 5:37 p.m.

A member of the 1990 World Championship team, “Mr. Perfect” was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2006. His perfect game on Sept. 16, 1988 is the only one in Reds history and stood as the most recent no-hitter in team history until Homer Bailey’s gem on Sept. 28 in Pittsburgh.

Reds quotes from San Francisco


The Reds won both games in San Francisco and now enjoy a 2-0 lead in the NLDS as the series turns to Great American Ball Park. The NL Central Champs will have three games at the friendly confines of home to secure a win and thus, punch their ticket to the NLCS.

Here are some quotes from Games One and Two to hold you over until Tuesday:

Game One:

Reds take 2-0 lead in NLDS against the Giants


Reds fans had no complaints about staying up late for game two of the NLDS in San Francisco thanks to starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo and a 9-0 win. Arroyo’s seven innings and the hard-swinging offense never allowed the Giants to even get close to a comeback.


Ryan Ludwick set the tone for the game in the top of the second inning, launching a home run into center field off the first pitch that came his way. The Reds maintained offensive momentum throughout the game, posting three runs in the fourth inning on singles by Scott Rolen and Ryan Hanigan, and another five runs in the eighth inning. Each of the starting position players managed to record at least one hit in the game.


The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner gave up seven hits and four earned runs before being replaced George Kantos in the fourth inning. The sold-out crowd at AT&T Park had nothing to cheer about Tim Lincecum took the mound in the fifth after throwing a total of two warm-up pitches. The Giants would use six pitchers in their attempts to come back against the Reds. 


Arroyo managed to go all the way to the fifth inning before allowing a hit and remained solid afterwards. Arroyo didn’t do it alone, though; he only recorded four strikeouts, allowing the Reds’ defense to truly shine at all positions.


Here's a full recap of the good, bad and notables from Game Two: