The Morning Update (5/20): Cincinnati Reds, Walt Jocketty, California Chrome


May 20, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) wave to the crowd as he a his teammates walk off the field after defeating the Washington Nationals in extra innings at Nationals Park. Cincinnati Reds defeated Washington Nationals 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Did you stay up and watch all 15 innings last night? I did, because I’m an idiot. At least the Cincinnati Reds pulled out the win last night 6 innings after the game should have ended. It was a refreshing site to see the Reds come back and win the game. It isn’t something that normally happens.

Is it sad I would rather watch hockey last night than the Reds? They were two teams not even close to Cincinnati, the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens were playing. I have to say it was wildly more entertaining than the Reds. Sure the Reds game got exciting in the 12th and 14th then the 15th inning but hockey, wow. So much more action, people genuinely don’t like each other, the pace of the game is better.

On a sidenote, does anyone actually watch the Dan Patrick show on NBC Sports Network? Watching radio on television is awful, the only show that should be on TV and isn’t is the Opie & Anthony show on SiriusXM. Stop putting radio on television, looking at you ESPN.

Cincinnati Reds (20-23)

Well, that was long, but a well-deserved win for this ballclub, because they needed it, after playing for nearly five hours of baseball. Third basemanTodd Frazier’s two-run homer in the 15th inning helped the Cincinnati Reds defeat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Monday night.

Brandon Phillips singled off Ross Detwiler to open the inning and with one out, Frazier homered to center.

Logan Ondrusek worked two innings for the win, allowing an RBI single to Greg Dobbs in the bottom of the 15th before getting Danny Espinosa to fly out to deep right to end the marathon game.

The number one fielding percentage defense in the majors was in full display in extras,with two diving catches that prevented the winning run from scoring.

Phillips robbed Wilson Ramos behind second base with a runner on third to end the 11th. Billy Hamilton’s diving grab in center of Anthony Rendon’s liner sent the game to the 15th.

The Reds are back at it Tuesday night at 7:05pm, Johnny Cueto (4-2) will be on the mound.

Walt Jocketty

Late last night I ranted about Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty and his failure to field a better team than last year. I stand by everything that I said. I do not think Jocketty is doing what is best for the club, he did nothing to improve the team over last season. He sticks with players that are mediocre, ones that will never improve. It is mind boggling.

You can read the whole thing here.

California Chrome

Do not fear everyone, we will see California Chrome run for the Triple Crown this season. There was a lot of hoopla about Chrome potentially sitting out of The Belmont because the New York Horse Racing Commission does not allow nasal strips. New York is the only state to not allow nasal strips.

That changed Monday as officials announced Chrome would be allowed to wear his strip, thus ensuring his bid at the Triple Crown. The Belmont will be ran June 7th.

Video of the Day

Is there a worse fan than this guy? “Throw me the ball. I’ll catch it.” How do you not catch that bro? How does it just mack you in the face. Hey at least your girl is attractive, she should by all means leave you.