Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A huge collection of Reds quotes and notes

So, less than a day removed from notching a thrilling walk-off win, the Reds couldn't exactly capitalize by taking advantage of the momentum in the series finale. Cincinnati fell to the Atlanta Braves, 7-2, Wednesday afternoon as former Red Juan Francisco blasted a grand slam, Dan Uggla homered twice, and shortstop Andrelton Simmons continued to terrorize the Redlegs by churning out four hits (all singles).

Dusty Baker and crew will enjoy an off day Thursday before welcoming division rival Milwaukee for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday night. Southpaw Tony Cingrani will get the starting nod for the Reds opposite Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo.

Until then, delve into a massive collection of quotes and notes:

+ Fun fact: Before Tuesday, the last time the Reds hit back-to-back home runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win was August 27, 1977 when Dan Driessen tied a game and Johnny Bench hit a walk-off homer against the Phillies. [ESPN]

+ Tuesday's walk-off win marked the 1,600th in Dusty Baker's managerial career. Baker called it one of the most exciting wins in his career, too.

+ Johnny Cueto is expected to throw a second bullpen session on Thursday. If all goes well, a rehab start would likely be the next step on his recovery from a strained lat muscle. Cueto has been on the disabled list since mid-April because of the ailment.

+ In case you missed it, Reds longtime broadcaster Marty Brennaman forgot to say his signature "And this one belongs to the Reds" line immediately following the game because he got so caught up with the excitement of Tuesday night's finish. "In 40 years, I've done it probably a dozen times where I've forgotten because of a game like that," Brennaman said.

+ There are still plenty of tickets available for this weekend's home series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Check out StubHub for some great deals on tickets, folks.

+ Here is an overview of the good, bad, and ugly about Great American Ball Park. It may not be the fanciest stadium in Major League Baseball, but it's still home to the Reds.

+ The Reds are suing JS Gold & Coin for failure to pay for two diamond seats for the 2013 season. According to the suit, the company allegedly owes $26,273.50 in related costs.

+ Remember ex-Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano? Of course you do. Well, the maligned right-hander is vying to make a comeback to the major leagues. But his journey back will reportedly begin with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League after signing with them Wednesday.

+ "I stayed on it and went the other way. I knew I squared it up. I wasn't sure it was a homer. I was hoping. I wasn't sure. I was watching him, watching him, watching him and then once [B.J. Upton] looked up, it was a pretty good feeling."
[Devin Mesoraco on game-tying home run Tuesday]

+ "That was incredible. Choo has been so good for us. It's crazy how good he is playing and how good of a player that guy is. It's fun. He never gives away an at-bat. You always know that, with him up there, we're going to have a chance to get something going."
[Mesoraco on Shin-Soo Choo's game-winning blast]

+ "It was a fastball exactly where he wanted it, that's what it was. And the game's over and you come back tomorrow."
[Braves closer Craig Kimbrel on the pitch to Choo]

+ "You look back upon that game and who knows? They might have been the [difference for the] pennant winner or might have been the game that gives us home-field advantage against these guys. Those guys will be somewhere around the top when the smoke clears. That was a big game for us."
[Baker on impact of walk-off win]

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