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May 14, 2014

What You Need to Know

Tuesday's Late Lead Changes

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
Between the opening of Great American Ball Park in 2003 and the first pitch of Tuesday’s contest with the Padres in town, only twice had a team won a game at the bandbox despite logging three or fewer hits. Both times, that team was the host Reds—once in 2004 and once in 2005.

Through eight innings of the series opener, the only Padre with a knock was Seth Smith, who had two, including a double. The outfielder went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, sustaining one of the most torrid stretches enjoyed this season by any player not named Troy Tulowitzki. Smith is now 19-for-36 (.527 average) with 12 extra-base hits over his last nine games.

But the outfielder’s efforts only kept the Padres even with the Reds in the 1-1 duel between Andrew Cashner and Mike Leake. Billy Hamilton tripled and scored on a single by Brandon Phillips in the opening frame, but Cashner and Joaquin Benoit held them at bay from that point on.

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maphal

Palm to Forehead season continues for the Reds. Should've won last night by five runs, but unfortunately they employ Heisey, Cozart, and Ludwick.

May 14, 2014 06:33 AM
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jfranco77

Is it me or did Hamilton look safe on that play of the day? Still a heck of an effort by Cabrera to make it close.

May 14, 2014 06:37 AM
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Menthol

Not just you. I thought he was safe also.

May 14, 2014 06:59 AM
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John H.

Agreed, but goodness was that a cannon of a throw.

May 14, 2014 07:34 AM
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oldbopper

I went to the game archive on MLB.TV and he was out.

May 14, 2014 07:41 AM
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andrewdeeble

Your statement about winning at Great American may be true of the regular season, but the Giants jump-started their 2012 World Series run by beating the Reds in game 3 of the NLDS with only 3 hits...2 of which came in the 10th inning.

May 14, 2014 11:47 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Great point—the Play Index did not include that game under the search I used.

May 14, 2014 12:22 PM
 
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