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Stynes' homer, double key 7-3 win

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Chris Stynes hit his 9th home run and had 3 RBI as the Reds defeated Milwaukee for only the third time in nine chances. Elmer Dessens (9-5) was solid again, allowing 2 runs in 6 strong innings. Rookie John Riedling picked up his first major league save with a 3 inning stint that included 5 strike outs.

"I think we're all ready to go home," said Stynes. "I know I'm much more exhausted, in terms of playing, this year than I was last year. I'm very tired."

For someone who is unaccustomed to starting games on a regular basis, Chris Stynes has done a great job. Stynes took over for the injured Aaron Boone at third base just before the All Star Break and is hitting .311 in Boone's place. Stynes hat knows his role to the team is not one of a starter - he's most valuable as a utility player, coming off the bench. However, it's nice to know that if one of your position players goes down, your team has someone who can more than capably fill in for him.

Sean Casey had another RBI Saturday, giving him 11 in his last 11 games. The Reds first baseman, after recovering from a hand injury, will probably end up around the 75 mark. Those certainly aren't great RBI numbers from a first baseman, but after how far Sean has come back, I'd say he has salvaged his season quite nicely, also hitting .300.

Brewers at Reds
1:15 PM EST - No TV

John Snyder (3-9, 6.03) vs.
Pete Harnisch (7-6, 4.73)

Join us for RedsChat anytime to discuss your Reds. The Reds' last remaining games with the Cardinals are the last three of the season. The Cardinals magic number for clinching the central division is three games.

As mentioned on the sidebar, the Reds traded Dante Bichette to the Boston Red Sox for two minor league pitchers. Chris Reitsma is a highly regarded pitcher who has pitched in AA Trenton this year. Reitsma has gone 7-2 with a 2.58 ERA for Boston's Double A team. John Curtice, a left handed, has struggled at Single A Sarasota. Curtice, the Red Sox's 1997 1st round pick, is only 20 years old and is coming back from an arm injury.

More importantly than the two young arms the Reds picked up, it frees the club of Bichette's taxing contract for next year. Had Bichette hung around, the Reds would owe him $6.5 million next year. Good luck in Boston, Dante.

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Reds acquire four prospects from Yanks

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In a big, but not very surprising trade, the Cincinnati Reds sent ace pitcher Denny Neagle to the New York Yankees for pitchers Ed Yarnall and Brian Reith, third baseman/Michigan quarterback Drew Henson, and outfield Jackson Melian. All of the players are pretty highly rated prospects in their own right, with Henson probably being rated the highest.

Henson was the 1999 minor league player of the year, but is still undecided if he plans to pursue pro football or a baseball career. Ohio State better knock some sense in to him, but don't injure him! :) This was admittedly a calculated risk on the Reds part, but one that could provide very high rewards if he chooses baseball.

Jackson Melian is a five tool outfielder, who despite being only 20 years old, has already made it to AA Norwich. Melian has good speed, is an excellent defender, and has definite baseball insticts. Jackson plays center field, so obviously he'll have to be moved to another position if he hopes to start on the Reds big league team.

Ed Yarnall is something of a mystery. After being on track to start the season as the Yankees' fifth starter, he was sent to AAA Columbus after two rough appearances with the big league club. He's pitched better of late at Columbus, where he was 13-4 last year for the Clippers. Yarnall could provide help in the near future for the Reds. Watch out for the guy in the rotation soon.

Brian Reith has been pitching in Class A Tampa so far this year, and based on his statistics,the young man has been very impressive. Reith has gone 9-4 with a 2.18 ERA in over 100 innings. Reith has struck out about 100, while walking only about 30. That is mighty impressive.

Bottom line: This trade could pay HUGE dividends sooner than most people think. Yarnall should be ready to step into our rotation soon, and getting away from the circus like environment in New York can't hurt. If Henson decides to play baseball, he makes a good trade great. I was dissapointed we traded Neagle, but wasn't dissapoined with the players that we received in return. Under the circumstances, Bowden should be congratulated.

Here are the pictures of the second RedsZone get together. These were taken from the Reds game on 9/15/00.

1 - RedsZone on the scoreboard
2 - group shot
3 - 37red and daughter

Thanks to all who attended, and a special thanks to AllOverJR for providing the tickets.

The second edition of From the Weak Armed Second Baseman is now up. Hoosier Red has written another excellent article the entails the correlation between baseball and growing up.

Check out these new pics of our first RedsZone gathering! Thanks to all who showed up and had a great time supporting our Reds.

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The third edition of Minor Pursuits is available for your reading pleasure. Clemson joins the usual crew of Remdog and Cougarquest to discuss the Reds' minor league pitching prospects. This is definitely a must read.

The second edition of Chip Shots is now up! When you get a chance, check out an excellent article by frequent poster, Chip R.

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Last Game - September 16th at Cinergy Field

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
MIL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 1
CIN 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 X 6 9 0

W: Elmer Dessens (9-5) L: Paul Rigdon (4-5) S: John Riedling (1)
Home Runs: Jeromy Bernitz (26), Chris Stynes (9)


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