Daily Archives: July 22, 2008

July 22, 2008

Padres 6, Reds 4: Cordero Blows

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Reds (48-53)0110020004100
W: Hensley (1-0) L: Corder0 (4-3) S: Hoffman (18)


Francisco Cordero blew his 6th save of the season, leading to the Reds 53rd loss.

The Reds should have won the game thanks to an adequate offensive showing and a decent outing from Homer Bailey (although he shouldn’t have started the 7th, but Dusty Baker is the manager). RHM almost missed the end of the game, but didn’t thanks to Cordero blowing.

The investment the Reds made in the offseason is looking pretty bad right now. Of course, so does the team. It’ll be interesting to see what they do at the trade deadline. Will they cling to the bizarre idea that they’re still in it? Or will they finally wake up to reality so that next year isn’t a complete waste, too?

July 22, 2008

Brewers 6, Cardinals 4 (OT): Brewers Hang On

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W: Torres (5-2) L: Franklin (3-3)


The Cardinals undoubtedly view last night’s game against the Brewers as one that they should have won. The Brewers, who won their 5th straight and moved into a tie with the Cardinals, probably wouldn’t agree.

St. Louis tied the game in the bottom of the 9th to force extras, but that didn’t last long. In the top of the 10th, Ryan Franklin, current closer for the Cardinals, did anything but close things out. Franklin allowed three runs, including a home run from Bill Hall.

The loss gives the bullpen 21 losses so far this year, which is second only to the Giants. Obviously an area that needs to improve if the team wants to continue to hang with Chicago and Milwaukee.

July 22, 2008

Cubs 0, Diamondbacks 2: Randy Johnson Beats Dick Harden

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Diamondbacks (49-50)00000101-221
W: Johnson (7-7) L: Harden (5-2) S: Qualls (2)


Rich Harden made his second start for the Cubs last night, and he was impressive. Harden went 7 innings and allowed only one run while striking out 10 batters. Unfortunately, Randy Johnson rose to the challenge and bettered him, shutting out the Cubs and allowing only 2 hits over his 7 innings.

The Cubs never scored, even after Johnson left the game. Perhaps those bats are missing Alfonso Soriano, after all. He made his first rehab start last night, so barring any setbacks, he’ll be back with the team soon. We’ll see if that’ll be enough to hold of the surging Brewers and the 100 year drought.