Blogged just the other night about how it seems like the Reds tend to miss opportunities where retaliation might be called for according to time-honored “unwritten rules of baseball.”
Sure enough, right after Jonny Gomes’ 3-run blast in the 7th gave the Reds a 6-1 lead, former Red Todd Coffey drilled Drew Stubbs square in the back.
So in the top of the 8th, the first two batters Nick Masset faced were Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. The two biggest stars on their team. At least go up and in on one of them, right? Or knock one of them down? You’ve got a 5-run lead. I know Masset’s still working on lowering that ERA and he’s after a 1-2-3 inning first and foremost. That’s fine.
Throw it behind Braun then. You’ll probably only get a warning (because I don’t think there was any warning after Coffey plunked Stubbs) and you’ve got the rest of the at-bat to get him out but We hear post-blogpost via Twitter that both benches were warned after Coffey hit Stubbs but you still send the message that it’s not OK for you to hit our next batter after you give up a 3-run bomb even if you used to play for us, dude.
I know, I know … I’m missing what’s really important here which is that we’ve won three in a row and 8 out of 9. I promise my next post will be a by-the-numbers look at how great the Reds are right now or something along those lines.