April 15, 2010
The Reds got their first serious shellacking of the season tonight as they fell to the Marlins 2-10 in a game that made me feel like 2009 all over again. Seriously, I was afraid that if I turned the channel I might hear that Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy or that Heath Ledger had gotten the Oscar.
Aaron Harang took the mound and the loss for the Reds. He lasted four inauspicious innings, giving up 8 runs (earned ) on 10 hits and 2 walks, including a home run. He struck out 4, which might sound OK if it didn’t come after all those other numbers. Owings, Ondrusek, and Masset finished out the game with commensurate performance to what you’d expect in the situation they were going in to.
Chris Dickerson and Johnny Gomes scored the runs for the Reds, knocked in by Orlando Cabrera and Ramon Hernandez. Those four plus Jay Bruce were the only hit contributors and seven were left on base.
Tomorrow the Reds head to Pittsburgh to pick on someone somewhat less than their own size (theoretically, at least; the records are nearly identical so far). Mike Leake will face off against Zach Duke.
April 15, 2010
The Reds dropped their game against the Marlins yesterday, 5-3. Paul Janish was the offensive star, although it wasn’t quite enough for the win. On the plus side, the offense did manage to save the tired bullpen from having to work the bottom of the 9th inning.
The Reds try one final time to take the 4-game series from the Marlins when they send Aaron Harang to the mound. Florida counters with Josh Johnson. Game-time is again at 7:10pm EDT, and FSN-OH and 700 WLW both carry it.
Miscellaneous Roster Items
The Reds cut Aaron Miles and Wladimir Balentien 10 days ago. And today was the day the Reds had to deal with them. The Reds released Miles and sent Balentien down to Louisville.
In other roster news, Drew Stubbs is nursing a sore back and will miss a few starts. And in the minors, Bill Bray, the last player standing from Wayne Krivsky’s infamous Trade, had a setback in his attempt to come back from Tommy John surgery.
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With the Reds receiving no interest in Aaron Miles, they are on the hook for his $2.7 million dollar salary.
April 15, 2010
W: Volstad (1-1)
L: Bailey (0-1)
S: Badenhop (1)
It was a night when the Cincinnati Reds had a tired bullpen. After two straight nights of extra inning baseball, the Reds were hoping for a longer start from Homer Bailey.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. It took Homer 115 pitches to go 5 1/3 innings. He allowed 5 runs and walked 4. Bailey had been brilliant at the end of 2009, and has many hoping that he may have actually learned a thing or two about pitching. So far, though, that hasn’t carried over into this season. His walks are up again, and he seems to have recaptured the ability to turn an 0-2 count into a full one.
There was no offensive heroics to rescue the starter this time, though. The Reds managed just 5 hits and 3 runs. The highlight of the game came in the 7th when Paul Janish, finally getting some playing time, hit a two-run home run to narrow the deficit to 2. I’m optimistic that this will make Dusty Baker think about possibly starting Janish over Orlando Cabrera more. However, since the Reds still lost, I’m afraid that’s all Baker will remember.
Good, game, Paul. I look forward to seeing you again in another week or two.