Wow. Two games in a row that weren’t worth staying up until tomorrow for. Thank goodness I didn’t.
The San Francisco Giants again beat down the Cincinnati Reds, hard and fast. This time Travis Wood was the starting pitcher to get rocked. He did last quite a bit longer than Volquez did the night before, but it was still a horrible outing, with 7 earned runs over 4 innings. Mike Leake made his second relief appearance and was also terrible, and did nothing more than supply the Giants with brass knuckles. Over 1/3 of an inning, Leake allowed 6 runs on 6 hits, 2 of which were home runs. The outing was so bad that there’s now talk of shutting him down for the season. Recent callup Sam LeCure got in on the run-allowing action, too, giving up 3 in his 3 innings. Only Nick Masset showed competence last night.
Well, that’s not entirely true. The offense was solid. At least, I think 5 runs is a good showing. Heck, they scored 3 to get within 2 in the 5th before Mike Leake came in. In the 5th, Brandon Phillips hit his second solo shot of the evening. Then a few batters later, Scott Rolen launched a two-run home run. That was all for the rest of the game. I imagine the massive amounts of runs the bullpen was leaking didn’t provide much incentive to score.
This marks the first series the Reds have lost since being swept by the Cardinals. The good news is that this road trip had just one game left, the Reds will have a winning record on it, and that they will return home in first place. The season isn’t over; the Reds have simply had 2 bad games in a row. It happens, and if past performance is any predictor of the future, then this team will bounce back. And hopefully, it’ll be today.