BOSTON, MA - MAY 07: Will Middlebrooks #16 of the Boston Red Sox hits a go-ahead RBI single in the 8th inning against the Cincinatti Reds during the interleague game at Fenway Park on May 7, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Final: Red Sox 4 Reds 3 Boxscore
*I need an aspirin.
*"This has been a disaster for JJ Hoover"--Marty Brennaman, 700 WLW
*The Reds jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but wasted a nice out from Mike Leake.
*JJ Hoover imploded given a 3-2 8th inning lead. He failed to record an out, allowing 2 H, 2 BB, R in taking the loss. 1-4 with a 9.31 ERA in 12 appearances.
*Leading 3-2 in 8th, Hoover faced AJ with two on. Pierzynski: .319 vs RHP/.136 vs LHP.
*How many times is Bryan Price going to hold back Broxton because it's a tie game on the road?
*Leake: 7 IN, 2 R.
*Look at the bright side, Reds only have to jump over 7 teams to grab a Wild Card spot.
*11 of 18 losses being of 1-run variety (61%) would have to be on pace for ML record.
*Roger Bernadina has managed to hit below .200 for his last 3 teams: .178 Washington, .187 Philadelphia, .143
*Be honest, no team that is serious about anything, has Roger Bernadina on roster, let alone starting. Don't care who is hurt.
*Dusty has his feet up, smelling aroma of his newest wine and counting Brussels sprout from his garden window. ...just smiling..
*Maybe Walt can sign Andy Benes? Matt Morris? Woody Williams? Sterling Hitchcock?
*Paging Sean Marshall vs LHB again, paging Sean Marshall again.
*Votto 1 for 10 in series and 6 for last 37.
*Votto's current .263 BA is lowest his average has been in month of May since .259 on May 21, 2008.
*Heisey made two really nice plays in LF.
T1: Skip Schumaker 2-run HR, 2-0 Reds
B6: Ortiz RBI 1B, Napoli RBI 2B, 2-2
T7: Bernadina RBI ground out, 3-2 Reds
B8: A Pierzynski hit a ground rule double, 3-3
B8: W Middlebrooks RBI, 4-3 Reds
*Reds had based loaded with no outs in 7th and failed to hit the ball out of the infield, scoring just one run.
*Can a friendship run deep enough to save a GM?
Stat of note
In his career, JJ Hoover is much more effective when brought in to start an inning as opposed to bringing him in with runners on base.
Bases empty: .164 BA .246 OBP.
Runners on: .250 BA .347 OBP.
In addition, Hoover has allowed 43% of Inherited Runners to score.
Did you miss it?
*I melted down over the Reds to leadoff the show: 2:30 mark.
*ESPN's Buster Olney joined me to talk about the impact Homer Bailey's new contact is having on the rest of MLB: 10:47 mark.
*Mike Petraglia, WEEI in Boston, the pride of Indian Hill HS, talked Reds-Red Sox: 16:30 mark.
*Matt Andrews, voice of Louisville Bats, joined me to discuss Aroldis Chapman's performance Tuesday night and Wednesday night: 23:30 mark.