Game 147: Reds @ Cubs (8:10 EDT). Bailey v. Germano

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

Homer Bailey vs Justin Germano

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Hi folks. I've never made a Gamethread before, so I sure hope this works!

The road trip is off to a rough start, but the Cubs may be just the tonic the Reds need. Homer will be building off of a decent stretch to face everyone's favorite ex-Red, Justin Germano. He was traded for Joe Randa (along with Travis Chick) by the Padres on July 23, 2005. He was then traded to the Phillies for Rheal Cormier on July 31, 2006. His rein with the Reds was brief but terrible, much like many of our prom nights. Let's see how he does facing his old team, this is his tenth in increasingly underwhelming starts with the North Side Cubbies.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Homer Bailey 11-9 30 29 1 0 0 0 181.0 193 91 79 24 47 142 3.93 1.33


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Justin Germano 2-7 10 9 0 0 0 0 49.0 58 38 34 5 12 34 6.24 1.43



Lineups and emotions after the jump...

THE AWAY REDS

1. Brandon Phillips, 2B

2. Drew Stubbs, CF

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Ryan Ludwick, LF

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Scott Rolen, 3B

7. Ryan Hanigan, C

8. Wilson Valdez, SS

9. Homer Bailey, P

THE FRIENDLY CONFINES CUBBIES

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Justin Germano, P

Now I don't know what it's like where you are, but this is the first day with some nip in the air over in Saint Louis. I wore jeans to school and all. I always get a little wistful at the end of summer, there's an instant nostalgia that comes over me as I reminisce on the summer gone by. I think that September baseball in Wrigley also gives me the same huzun. Nightime, dying ivy, sweatshirts, and the hopelessness of the Cubs situation are the backdrop for tonight's struggle. Summer is fun, but autumn is work. As the Reds play out their string and the Cubs theirs, and one string leads to some Very Important Life Choices and the other to hunting season, it's important to remember the carefree days of summer, when we could laugh at .gifs instead of grumble at the ever-increasing importance of the Reds' minute plays.

July 4, 2004 is one of my favorite "end of summer" songs that encapsulates this feeling for me. It could be construed to be a bit cheesy, but that's okay. Summer is for reckless enjoyment, and now it's behind us. Let us celebrate the dead king of summer and toast to the newborn king of autumn.

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