Game 76: Reds 2, Mariners 3
The Reds dropped yet another series today to the Mariners when they lost 2-3 in Seattle. As is a tradition with the Cincinnati club, they lose two of the three games, but outscored their opponent 19-13 over the series, thanks to the 16-1 drubbing they administered in the opening game on Friday.
Bronson Arroyo took the mound after a little more rest than usual, and he certainly did seem to hold up better than he has been. Still, it was he who allowed the three runs (earned) on 10 hits that were his undoing. Marcus McBeth pitched the eighth and didn't allow a run. Todd Coffey was constantly warming up in the bullpen but never saw the mound.
Ken Griffey, Jr. titillated the Seattle fans with two solo home runs that accounted for all of the Reds' runs. Griffey's tenure in Seattle was, by definition, before I started watching the sport--the Crack Technical Staff returned to the sport because Griffey came to Cincinnati--so I didn't know to expect the kind of reception that they gave him there. If there was any negativity at Safeco, it was drowned out by the standing ovations. Every time I see Griffey play, it seems like there's someone yelling at him about how he doesn't hustle or makes too much money or something. I know it's far from home, but I'd have to wonder if Junior doesn't have some nostalgia after this weekend's trip.
One more thing: there was finally room in the line-up for Javier Valentín tonight. He went 2-for-4 on the night. The CTS told me that he's more enraged about the way Javy's been mis-utilized than the way that the pitchers have. I'm not prepared to go quite that far, but he has a point. Javy is the best bat off the bench, so every time Juan Castro or Chad Moeller has been used to pinch hit is a sort of abuse of Javy.
You could also make an excellent point that debating which deficiency of the management is the worst isn't terribly useful. This loss brings their record to 29-47. They take tomorrow off to travel back east to Philly before coming home for the weekend series with the Phillies. It would seem that Narron needs to come back with a sweep to continue to keep his job (but then, I would have thought that a month back). Homer Bailey goes up against Kyle Kendrick.