g88 | of 1st inning homers, lights out pitching and winning road trips

Mariners 3 | Reds 1

Coming into this game, Joe had posted quality starts in SIX of his last SEVEN games . . .
now, make that SEVEN of EIGHT 🙂
At one point Joe retired ELEVEN straight AND retired the side in order in FOUR of his SEVEN full innings. The Reds didn’t score their first and only run until the 7th inning – when Joe allowed back-to-back ONE out doubles but, then got TWO ground balls to get out of it. All in all, super start for Joe…
SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

and he even tried to help his own cause at the plate (after bunting for strike THREE in his previous AB)

buntin' Joe | David Kohl

buntin’ Joe | David Kohl, AP

} Charlie great in inning #8: ELEVEN pitches = THREE outs
} Tommy (not to be outdone) was fine #9: FIVE pitches = his EIGHTEENTH save and preservation of Joe’s SEVENTH victory (AND back-to-back road series wins for the first time this season)

Tom returns | Andy Lyons, Getty Images

return of The Bartender | Andy Lyons, Getty Images

~ Only SIX hits aside in this one (and another double-digit K game) but, they made them count as Nick gave the M’s the early lead (AGAIN!) with a solo shot in the 1st and Justin came through with a TWO-run shot in the 3rd that extended the M’s lead to 3-1 which gave the M’s the 3-0 lead at the time.
~ Raul extended his hitting streak to TWELVE

love this shot . . . sort of tells the 1000 words of the season

The Kid and The Vet | David Kohl, AP

The Kid and The Vet | David Kohl, AP

* Nice stop/flip in the 1st by Nick to end the 1st inning and serious threat for 1+ runs
* Great sliding catch by Choo ended the M’s 1st and a chance to go up by more than one early
* Justin showed his under-rated worth at 1B with back-to-back solid efforts in the 5th on slightly errant throws: digging way to his right on a wide throw from Brad for the out and leaping for a high throw from Joe (which unfortunately pulled him off the bag a second too long)

tweets of the game . . .

g87 | M’s pitching and play as sloppy as the damp field in Cinci . . .

Mariners 4 | Reds 13

Jeremy didn’t exactly cruise through the first three innings (as he had at least one base-runner in each) but, he was able to limit the damage to ONE run . . . then came the 4th when the wheels came off and the Reds scored THREE via a couple of doubles (ONE of them a 2RBI – by Latos, the pitcher!) an IBB and a single AND the 5th where the combination of a couple of TWO out walks and singles scored another pair for the Reds and they took a 6-3 lead
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SIX earned runs ~ FIVE walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Carter, having not pitched since June 25th (ill earlier on the trip) didn’t fair any better than Jeremy. A couple of singles and a double (with TWO out) scored THREE more and the Reds took  a 9-4 lead in the 6th. He was able to retire the side in order in the 7th and hand the Reds their only scoreless inning since the 3rd.
} Danny (and the DEE behind him) had a horrible 8th as FOUR more Reds runs scored on a couple of walks, a FC, a couple of singles and a double (and TWO errors on one play).

~ Things started out SO well . . . Endy singled and Kyle homered and it was 2-0 M’s again in the 1st
~ Latos settled down and proceeded to strike out SIX Mariners in-a-row until Brad worked a walk (on the 10th pitch of his AB in the 3rd inning – he would end up with THREE walks – and so far, he’s done nothing to lose the lead-off spot) and Endy’s single sent him to 3B and Kyle’s sac-fly sent him home, some more M’s manufacturing and the M’s took the 3-1 lead
~ Dustin (who was left stranded in his previous AB after doubling with TWO outs) singled with ONE out in the 6th and then scored from 1B on a double by . . .  Brendan! And the M’s cut the Reds lead to TWO (6-4)
~ FOURTEEN total strikeouts (THREE by Michael ~all swinging~ one ended the 5th with TWO runners in scoring position trailing by a run) and another ZERO for ELEVEN w/RISP . . . argh!!!

* Reds first run scored via a combo of a lead-off walk, passed ball and looper when Mike Z let a nearly perfect throw from Endy get by him (bounced off his shinguard)
* Endy with an awesome, diving  catch just above the grass in RF robbing a base hit in the 7th
* but then in the 8th, Brad and Endy make separate errors on the same play that would eventually turn into TWO unearned runs

* Reds Phillips had a web gem in the 9th that robbed Michael S of a bast hit or more
* Dustin looking generally less than comfortable in CF

tweets of the game . . . 

g86 | the future is NOW and Ollie, Ollie strikes out THREE

Mariners 4 | Reds 2

So, Brad made the most of his major league debut at the lead-off spot . . .
not ONE but TWO triples! And, best part was that he scored on the first one via Nick’s first pitch homer! And the other Mariners RBI’s – both from Michael S. As awesome as it has been to see what Raul is still capable of it is really great to see the “future M’s” contributing here and now.

Brad and Nick - future looking bright | Tom Uhlman, AP

Brad and Nick – future looking bright | Tom Uhlman, AP

Aaron apparently very comfortable back in his old stomping grounds . . .
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE wals ~ FOUR strikeouts ~ FOURTH WIN!!!

} Yoervis as able to get a strikeout and a ground ball in the 7th after the lead-off guy reached 2B on an error

} Charlie with a super outing ~ retiring all FOUR batters he faced (1-4 in the Reds lineup) getting Choo lookin’ for the third out in the 7th and then retiring the side in order in the 8th: swinging strikeout and two ground outs. Votto took one behind the back before his ground ball – it wasn’t called a HB but, the Reds announcers vociferously begged to differ.

} Ollie merely struck out the side in the 9th for his SECOND save that preserved Aaron’s FOURTH victory!!

Ollie, Ollie strikes out THREE! | Tom Uhlman, AP

Ollie, Ollie strikes out THREE! | Tom Uhlman, AP

~ If early returns are any indication, seems a good bet that Brad will be batting lead-off again tomorrow 🙂
~ As mentioned earlier ~ Brad with TWO hits (both triples), Nick with a TWO-run shot, Michael S with a solo shot and a sac-fly for the other RBIs
~ Good to see the manufacturing as well . . .
Kyle drew a walk, advanced to 2B on a WP, advanced to 3B on a ground out by Mike Z and scored on a deep sac-fly by Michael S
~ Raul extended his hitting streak to ELEVEN games with a single in the 8th (unfortunately, he was erased by a GDP by Kendrys – the THIRD straight inning with a DP turned against them – the only ugh! moments of the game)

* Nice DP started by Brad in the 4th with the runner charging hard, stepped on the bag and fired to 1B
* Kendrys with a TWO base error allowed lead-off runner to get to 2B in the 7th
* Nice play by Kyle to hold the runner at 2B and throw to 1B for the second out
* Kendrys with a “lookie what I found” smash grounder and a flip to Charlie for the third out in the 8th

tweets of the game . . .