Before Cleveland, the Reds were on a 6-game winning streak. After Cleveland, they own a 3-game losing streak. The latest in the string of putrescence was last night’s 1-8 loss.
Bronson Arroyo started for the Reds and managed to get himself out of trouble every inning until the 4th, when his start ended. In 4.0 innings, Arroyo allowed 5 runs (earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks.
Alfredo Simon’s line doesn’t look too much better. In the next 2.2 innings, he allowed 3 runs (0 earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks. That’s not really fair, though, since the Indians benefited from having a runner called safe at second who was out by 5 feet. It would have been the third out, so I like to think the reason Simon’s runs are unearned are because of an error on the umpire.
J.J. Hoover and Logan Ondrusek put in 0.1 and 1.0 innings of hitless pitching apiece, but it wasn’t really relevant at that point.
It was a dreary day one the offensive side as well. No one had more than one hit and not a single guy walked. The lone RBI for the Reds belongs to Willy Harris, filling in the traditional role of DH: every AL team uses their worst hitter for that position, right?
The loss brings the Reds’ record to 38-30. They are now leading the NLC by only 2.5 games. The Reds have yet another day off today before playing host to the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.48 ERA) leads the charge for the Twins against Homer Bailey (5-4, 4.03 ERA) for the Reds.