June 20, 2012

Game 67: Reds 2, Indians 3

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W: Hagadone (1-0) L: Chapman (4-3)

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What a tough break for the Reds. They held their own in a pitcher’s duel all the way into extras, only to have their once-ace give it away in the 10th.

Mike Leake started for the Reds and gave ‘em all he could. He went beyond his normal pitch count through the 7th, hoping his offense would break the 1-1 tie. In his 7.0 innings pitched, he allowed 1 run (earned) on 6 hits and a walk, but alas, he wasn’t eligible for the win when he left the game.

Sean Marshall came in for the 8th and 9th innings. Two whole innings? Why, that’s the exact opposite of the LOOGY role that Dusty Baker had knocked him down to when he didn’t come strong out of the gate as closer. Marshall allowed 0 runs on 2 hits.

And maybe it’s good that Marshall is finally working his way back into Baker’s good graces, because Aroldis Chapman continues to struggle in the closer role. He got one guy out in the 10th, but also let a guy on before serving up a walk-off home run pitch to Asdrubal Cabrera.

There’s not much to say as far as the offense goes. Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 and scored one of the Reds’ 2 runs. Chris Heisey only went 1-for-5 but got an RBI and a run scored.

The loss brings the Reds’ record to 38-29. They close out the series and this season’s games against the Indians tonight at 7:05 p.m. Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 3.84 ERA) takes on Justin Masterson (3-6, 4.38 ERA).

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