The Reds beat the D-Backs 6-5 in rather dramatic fashion thanks to Edwin Encarnacion's three-run walkoff homer, but the story I want is Corey. If you remember from earlier this week, Dusty Baker's hand-picked leadoff hitter Corey Patterson had an oh-fer in his first game as a Red. Welp, last night Patterson hit a home run, but I'm not ready to eat my hat quite yet. Yes, he hit the dinger off stud pitcher Dan Haren, but (a) it was a solo job and (b) he's still not taking pitches.
Patterson has a pretty high power/speed number over the course of his career, which means he hits a lot of dingers and steals a bunch of bases. But even the man who invented the stat, Bill James, has said the power/speed number is a 'freakshow stat'. Sure, historically awesome players like Barry Bonds and Willie Mays have high power/speed numbers, but so do historically mediocre players like Ron Gant and Marquis Grissom. Truth is, without a good eye for drawing bases-on-balls, you're just a two-dimensional hitter; I'd rather have that third dimension like drawing walls or a fourth dimension like hitting to the opposite field or even a fifth dimension.
So over the course of the first two games of the season, Corey Patterson is 1-for-8 with a home run and an RBI, and I'm 1-for-2 in predicting Patterson to have a shitty day. He's not in the lineup today against lefty pitcher Doug Davis, so the CPW is taking a day off.
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2:02 Reds rookie Johnny Cueto is perfect through 5 innings.
2:05 Yes, it's true. Much-heralded rookie pitcher Johnny Cueto is perfect through 5 innings. D-Backs starter Doug Davis was pulled in the 4th after throwing 87 pitches; the Reds are up 3-0. Other Redleg rookie Jeff Keppinger has a solo dinger.
2:08 Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion both ground out against D-Backs reliever Yusmeiro Petit. Hatteberg lines out and we're headed for the 6th.
2:11 Thom and Marty Brennaman are the broadcasters on the Reds radio network. Are they brothers? Father-son? Lovers? Justin Upton just hit a home run. This ends your liveglog.
2:14 Dear Justin Upton, thanks for ruining the perfect game, no-hitter, shutout, and liveglog. Dick. I am Perfect Game Cancer. I once passed up tickets to the David Wells perfect game TO GO TO MY GIRLFRIEND'S GRANDFATHER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY.