DRIVES IN SIX RUNS WITH TWO HOMERS
GOING, GOING, GOMES!
JONNY GOMES DRIVES IN SIX
RUNS WITH TWO HOMERS
Jonny Gomes had a career high six RBI in the Reds
11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
Gomes' 47 RBI currently leads the National League.
a pair of three-run homers; one in the first inning, and one in the
third. He was then hit by pitches during his next two at-bats by Kaneoka
Texeira. During the seventh inning, Paul Janish and Chris Heisey were also
hit by pitches from Dusty Hughes, but no intention was suspected:
ďI donít think they were intentional,Ē
Dusty Baker said.
ďAt least I hope they werenít.Ē
THANKFULLY Jeff Brantley pointed it out
during the FSN broadcast on several occasions throughout the evening.
Including the following dialogue with Thom Brennaman after Heisey got hit in
the 7th by Hughes.
Jeff: Alright, now
itís getting old.
Thom: Well, you donít think that one had any intent to it, do you?
Jeff: I donít care if it had any intent at all. You brushed my guy once,
then you hit him. He had two home runs. And now youíve hit a third guy.
Well, that bothers me.
Brantley later added, ďIf youíre in that
locker room and you want to be Jonnyís (Gomesí) friend, Iíll tell you what
So obviously Brantley saw some or all of the
HBP action as harshit. Iím certain that some of the Reds did as well but
there was no retaliation Saturday and Iíll be curious to see whether there
appears to be any Sunday, when the Reds face the Royals for the final time
this season (and if we manage to reach the World Series, something tells me
this isnít the team weíre going to face). The question is Ö as long as
Texeira doesnít get an at-bat Sunday (he got an at-bat Saturday but
unfortunately it was before he hit Gomes for the second time) Ö who is the
top candidate for a fastball between the shoulder blades on Sunday? Iíd
guess maybe David DeJesus or Billy Butler. Donít wish them any harm, just
looked at their lineup for star players. And I donít think Iíd mess with
Kendall or Jose Guillen. Because wouldnít you say something kind of ought to
By the way, what about the tremendous
restraint Gomes showed by not charging Texeira when he plunked him the
second time! Because Iíd guess he thought about it. I wanted him to Ö did
you? Then again, do we want to be without the services of the league-leader
in RBIs for the better part of a week?
Scott Rolen went 2-4 with an RBI in front of 32,240 Reds fans on his bobble
head night and Brandon Phillips (3-4, HR, 3R) extended his hitting steak to
Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman
went five innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out
nine, during his start for Louisville on Saturday. The Bats were trailing
Pawtucket 1-0 when the game was delayed during the sixth.
pitched three scoreless innings for single-A Lynchburg on Saturday. With
44 pitches, Volquez allowed hits to the first two Potomac batters then
retired the following nine. Volquez struck out three and walked none during
his first game action since June 1, 2009.
Sam Lecure (1-2, 3.12) will face Zack Greinke (1-8, 4.05) and the Royals at
1:10pm on Sunday.
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