Elizardo Ramirez's traditional lack of offense came a day early and accidentally got all over the hallowed Bronson Arroyo on Saturday when his team was shut out on his watch, 0-4.
Arroyo lasted six innings, allowing three runs (earned) on five hits and two walks for the loss. Kent Mercker took over the seventh to allow another run (earned) on one hit. David Weathers allowed zero runs on one hit in the eighth.
Ryan Freel followed up his five-hit game with a 1-for-4 performance. Seeing as he was one of only four Reds to hit at all, that really doesn't look so bad. It did bring his average all the way down to .307, though.
Ken Griffey, Jr. was the only Red with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 on the night. Brandon Phillips and David Ross each provided a hit as well.
I couldn't watch the game on Saturday. It was not aired on FSN Ohio, but instead on Fox. Rather, for many people it was aired on Fox, for me it was aired nowhere. Fox carried the stupid White Sox game. However, a guy at Lowe's commented on my Reds' shirt while the game was going on, so that was practically the same thing.
The loss brought the Reds' record to 40-35. They'd go for the series win on Sunday when Elizardo Ramirez took on rookie Jeremy Sowers.