I decided to try something different for Frogs in the Pros this week. Instead of trying to throw all of the stats for every player at you all at once, I'm going to choose one or two players each week to give an update on. We'll update the last month or so of their games and show you some of the social media hype surrounding them, too. Hopefully this makes things easier to read and keep up with.
On that note, our Frog Family lost one of its littlest Frogs and biggest fans last week: Micah. I don't even have to say his last name, because every Frog knows who Superhero Micah is. And we all know that one of his favorite players is Brandon Finnegan. So this week, in honor of Micah and Finny's friendship, here is your FITP Update on one of our favorite pitchers...
The Reds are still struggling this year and last we looked at Finnegan was back in June, when he had just two wins on the season. Since then, things have taken an upward turn for him.
On June 14, Finnegan pitched in Atlanta against the Braves. In six innings, he allowed just one run on four hits. He struck out five and walked three. The Reds won 3-1, which was Finnegan's fourth win of the season.
RECAP: @bfinny29 gives six solid innings, Bruce homers as #Reds defeat Braves. https://t.co/BJulO3Whhm pic.twitter.com/LVSPenjTdY— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 15, 2016
The highlight of the whole game, though, was when he tried to pick off a runner and epically slipped and fell. Even Superhero Micah was baffled...
@bfinny29 showed Micah and he asked, "how do you fall like that?" https://t.co/qeDWHkfrG7— Maurice Ahern (@AhernMo) June 15, 2016
even better in GIF form @bfinny29 pic.twitter.com/lfbRexH0VY— Keely J. Warren (@keelyjolene) June 15, 2016
The next battle for Finnegan was on Father's Day (June 19) against the Astros. Unfortunately, he gave up four runs on five hits in five innings, including a homerun. He walked three and only struck out one. The Reds lost 6-0.
On June 25, the Reds were home against the Padres. Finnegan got off to a rocky...and painful...start:
.@bfinny29 had himself a blooper-filled first inning: https://t.co/mzM8gT2iD6 pic.twitter.com/gvGEhDbUrn— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 26, 2016
Over 6 2/3 innings, he allowed three runs on five hits, including a homerun. He walked three and struck out eight. The Reds lost 3-0.
June 30 saw the Reds on the road against the Nationals. It was not a pretty game for Finny. In just 2 1/3 innings, he allowed eight runs on just five hits, including a homerun and a grand slam. Ouch. He walked five and struck out two. Mind you, the rest of his team didn't exactly rise to glory after his departure. The Reds went on to lose 13-4.
It took 37 pitches for Brandon Finnegan to get out of the 1st inning. Gave up 4 runs. #Reds #Nats— Cameron (@CBuc32) June 30, 2016
#Nats lead #Reds 4-1 thanks to a Ryan Zimmerman 3-run homer on a 2-0 pitch from Brandon Finnegan.Begin again, indeed pic.twitter.com/aQdcjWMHkz— Dave Preston (@davpresto) June 30, 2016
I'm pretty sure Finnegan was glad to kiss June goodbye, as the Reds headed into July. On July 5, he led the Reds against the Cubs. After a 3-up-3-down 1st inning, Finnegan bunted into a fielder's choice to first in the 2nd. Zack Cozart brought him in on a homerun to make the score 4-0. In five innings, Finnegan allowed five runs on four hits, including a whopping FOUR HOMERUNS, yet the Reds still managed to pull off two homeruns of their own to win 9-5. Finnegan also posted four walks and four strikeouts in the game.
Perfect 1st for @bfinny29 with strikeouts of Bryant and Rizzo. #Reds lead the Cubs 2-0 after an inning. pic.twitter.com/EyjIiVjyUZ— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 5, 2016
@DanielHaget @bfinny29 pic.twitter.com/iDiTcigRga— Josh Cleek (@TheRealJJCleek) July 6, 2016
On July 18, the Reds saw the Braves back in Cincinnati. Finnegan pitched a solid five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, including a homerun by Adonis Garcia to start the 6th. He walked one and struck out five, and the Reds celebrated an 8-2 victory.
Brandon Finnegan gets the ball as the #Reds begin a new series tonight https://t.co/Hv8BuGmnQx— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 18, 2016
After a 13 day lay off, @bfinny29 is rested up & ready to take the hill for the @Reds tonight to take on the @Braves https://t.co/7RvUk58IOp— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 18, 2016
After a 13 day layoff @bfinny29's Monday positive performance bodes well for him and the @Reds moving forward https://t.co/ivwSpaeDXk— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 19, 2016
On July 24, the Reds played the Diamondbacks, and Finnegan allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings, including three homeruns. He walked two and struck out three. The Reds lost 9-8.
Finally, on July 29, just one day after Superhero Micah gained his angel wings, Finnegan had an outstanding game against the Padres. He kept the Padres scoreless on four hits, while walking three and striking out five. And not a homerun to be seen. The Reds closed out July with a 6-0 win, in what was surely an emotional game for Finnegan.
Get to see a @TCU_Baseball alum pitch at the Padres game tonight! Go Frogs! @bfinny29 pic.twitter.com/u70T20RG4A— Patrick Smedley (@patricksmed) July 30, 2016
.@bfinny29 induces the 5⃣-4⃣-3⃣ double play and the Padres are gone in the 6th. #Reds still up 6-0. #LateNightReds pic.twitter.com/EedTfwv6TL— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 30, 2016
.@bfinny29 earns his sixth win. #LateNightReds ☕️https://t.co/7D0K7EXVFm— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 30, 2016
Micah was cheering you on from above @bfinny29! Great game! #NEGU https://t.co/vklCz0eICn— Maurice Ahern (@AhernMo) July 30, 2016
As if we didn't have enough proof that Finnegan's #1 fan is always with him now, the Reds faced the Cardinals on August 4. Over six innings, Finnegan allowed just two hits and no runs. He didn't walk a single batter, and he struck out four. Bravo, Finnegan. The Reds won 7-0.
Six scoreless innings his last time out, six scoreless innings this time out for @bfinny29. #LetsGoRedshttps://t.co/Ip2yrYmPpD— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 4, 2016
12 scoreless innings!! Way to go @bfinny29! #NEGU #MicahStrong https://t.co/yL20gkbZUN— Maurice Ahern (@AhernMo) August 5, 2016
.@bfinny29 is the youngest #Reds LHP in 16 years with 6+ scoreless innings in a start https://t.co/hdMAIGwUHD @TCU_Baseball— CAA Baseball (@CAA_Baseball) August 5, 2016
Brandon Finnegan and Superhero Micah had a wonderful relationship that started at TCU and carried into the pros. Now Finnegan has his very own angel on the mound with him, cheering from the best seat in the house (and probably giving a few pointers, too). Micah will never be forgotten by the Frog family, and his #NEGU spirit continues to shine through everyone that knows his story.
Love this photo I came across of Micah with his buddy @bfinny29. @Reds @TCU_Baseball #NEGU #Micahstrong pic.twitter.com/JclVDGFoBH— Maurice Ahern (@AhernMo) June 29, 2016
Finnegan currently has a 4.45 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He's gone from 1-4 at the end of a winless May to 7-8 after last night's game. You can see his full stats here.