Sunday, July 12, 2015


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Some notes from the Rain Forest region of the Southern Appalachians.

A couple of days ago I drove by Noah Dillon’s house near my home and I couldn’t help but notice that he and some of his sons were building a huge boat in their yard. Do you think they know something we don’t?

In 2015 Cincinnati is 12 – 2 versus the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals.

Facing the rest of the scum sucking bottom feeders of baseball not named the Kansas City Royals, our Reds sport a record of 27 – 45. For what it’s worth the Reds are 0 – 2 against the Royals.

Speaking of Pittsburgh, Saturday night’s P.N.C. 14 inning clash with St. Louis may have been the best game of the 2015 season. Three times the Bucs rallied from deficits, twice in extra innings, only to see Andrew McCutchen win the game in the home 14th with a dramatic two run walk off homer. I case you’re wondering, that’s what swag does for you.

If it were the Reds playing the Cardinals, the game would have been over when St. Louis led 3 – 1.

The first half mercifully ends with the woeful Reds at least 15.5 games back in the N.L. Central.

Useless Trivia; This is the largest deficit the Reds have faced at the All Star Break since being 21.0 games back in 2005.

How could someone so dominant in his last start be so terrible in his next one like Johnny Cueto was on Sunday?

Cueto was just toying with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. The Marlins pounded him on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s win gave Miami their first series win against Cincinnati since 2005. They were known as the Florida Marlins then.

San Diego’s Craig Kimbrel is currently the fastest pitcher to reach 500 career strikeouts. Kimbrel reached that number in 305 innings. His record looks to be short lived though, because Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has 495 strikeouts in 290 innings pitched.

The Marlins set a club record on Saturday with their eight run seventh inning. It was the first time in team history that they recorded nine consecutive hits in an inning.

75 Years Ago; July 9, 1940 – The National League All Stars, managed by Cincinnati’s Bill McKechnie, defeated the American League 4 – 0 at Sportsman Park in St. Louis. The Reds were represented by pitchers Paul Derringer and Bucky Walters along with catcher Ernie Lombardi and first baseman Frank McCormick.

40 Years Ago; July 15, 1975 – Four Cincinnati Reds were elected to start in the Mid Summer’s Classic, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, and Joe Morgan. The N.L. used a three run ninth inning to break a 3 – 3 tie and won its fourth straight All Star game. First baseman Tony Perez was selected as a reserve for the National League.

25 Years Ago; July 10, 1990 – The American League defeats the National League 2 – 0 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Cincinnati Reds were represented by starting pitcher Jack Armstrong, third baseman Chris Sabo, shortstop Barry Larkin and “Nasty Boys” Rob Dibble and Randy Myers.

(Yawn) I’m heading off for a four day nap, I’ll DVR the All Star Game and watch it later. Have a blessed break. GO NATIONAL LEAGUE!!!!!

Dan Howard

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