July 6, 2012
W: Street (2-0)
L: Ondrusek (3-2)
Mat Latos was great in the high-pressure game against his old team, but Reds still lost in San Diego, 1-2.
Latos pitched 7.0 inning, allowing 0 runs on just 4 hits and 2 walks. Too bad for him that Sean Marshall couldn’t even get out of the eighth before giving up the tie, and Logan Ondrusek couldn’t even get an out in the ninth before he put the winning run on base for Sam LeCure to allow to score.
The offense was a stink-fest. Only four guys even got hits: Brandon Phillips (2), Chris Heisey (2), Wilson Valdez, and Todd Frazier. Heisey got the RBI and Jay Bruce, who reached on a walk, got the run scored.
The Reds’ offense is again becoming worrisome. They’ve been in slumps before, but at some point you just have to start wondering if the team doesn’t have what it takes to actually outperform the Pirates. Hopefully getting off the west coast and relaxing over the All Star breaks will completely change my perspective.
The loss brings the Reds’ record to 44-38. They are 2.0 games out of first place and 2.5 games out of third. Tonight they continue the 4-game series against the Padres at 10:05 p.m. Bronson Arroyo, (3-5, 4.06 ERA) takes on Kip Wells (1-1, 1.50 ERA).
July 6, 2012
Last night Mat Latos went out against Edinson Volquez in an obvious opportunity to evaluate whether the Reds or the Padres got the better of the trade for the two pitchers.
As you can see, they were too similar to call (though I’d point out that Volquez wasn’t the only piece the Reds gave up in that particular trade). Unfortunately for the Reds, Volquez won out in the “who has the better bullpen” category when Sean Marshall blew the save and Logan Ondrusek gave up the winning run. Final score: Reds 1, Padres 2.
The Reds continue the 4-game series against the Padres tonight. Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.06 ERA) will take on Kip Wells (1-1, 1.50 ERA). First pitch at 10:05 p.m.
Winning One for the Kipper
In his last start, Kip Wells notched his first win since 2009: he was with the Reds that year and not another major league team in the meantime. The 35-year old has been bouncing around the minors since then, and though he wasn’t actually doing all that well with the Padres AAA-affiliate, he got the call.
It’s certainly true that 1.50 ERA is influenced by the very small sample size, but his last start was pretty remarkable, all things considered. He put in 7.0 innings of work, allowing 0 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.
At first blush, it looks like the Reds ought to have an easy time of it tomorrow, but that’s what the Rockies thought, too, when they faced Wells in his last outing.
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