August 9, 2012
Posted at 11:32 am
W: Axford (4-6)
L: Broxton (2-3)
S: Henderson (2)
The Reds wasted a lovely start by Mat Latos yesterday afternoon to notch their fourth loss in a row.
In 7.0 innings of work, Latos allowed just 1 run (earned) on 3 hits and a walk. He struck out 8. Seriously, as this guy gets older and gets better control over his Mr. Hyde side, he’s going to be a serious weapon.
Sadly for him, though, a W was not in the cards. Jonathan Broxton came in for the next .2 innings and gave up 2 runs (earned) on 3 hits in that amount of time. Logan Ondrusek got the last out in the eighth. He didn’t allow any runs or hits, but did give up a walk.
Now, giving up 2 runs in .2 innings isn’t good, but I propose it wasn’t really the problem here. The first place team in the division ought to be able to come back from a 1-run deficit to the fourth place team in the division. The offense only managed 6 runs in the whole 3-game series with the Brew Crew. I’d say the Milwaukee clubhouse manager replaced the Reds usual bats with Folgers Crystals, except the lack of offense started in the last game before the road trip.
FYI, the team’s two RBI belong to Dioner Navarro who hit a home run in the top of the third with Miguel Cairo on first base. The only Red who collected more than one hit on the night was Latos. He’s a weapon, I tell ya.
The loss brings the Reds’ record to 66-45. Tonight they head to Chicago to try to change their luck against the Cubbies. Chris Volstad (RHP, 0-8, 7.22 ERA) leads the charge for the Cubs against Mike Leake (RHP, 4-7, 4.51 ERA) for the Reds. First pitch at 8:05 p.m.
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August 9, 2012
Posted at 8:39 am
Mat Latos threw a real sparkly gem, but Reds-noob reliever Jonathan Broxton blew it in the eighth to lose to the Brewers, 2-3. The loss gave the Brewers the sweep of the series and gave the Reds their fourth loss in a row.
Fortunately for the Reds, the Pirates have returned to earth and also have a 5-5 record over their last 10, so the division lead remains at 2.5.
Today the Reds hope for a boost from a chance of scenery. They head to Chicago to take on the Cubs for a four-game set. Mike Leake (RHP, 4-7, 4.51 ERA) hasn’t exactly been putting himself in the Cy Young conversation lately, but if there was ever a chance to bounce back, it’s against the Cubs. He’ll face off against Chris Volstad (RHP, 0-8, 7.22 ERA), who is winless in 21 starts.
The Cardinals Losing is Keeping me up at Night
I have an app on my phone that beeps whenever the score changes in the Reds, Pirates, or Cardinals game. Last night, it beeped and I saw the Cardinals were down 2-0 to the Giants. When it beeped again, they were down 7-0. I was already in bed when it was 11-0, and the 15-0 beep woke me up.
What an incredible shellacking. Ryan Vogelsong and crew held the Cardinals to just 4 hits and 4 walks, while touching Joe Kelly and his relievers for 15 hits and 7 walks. I guess if you’re going to lose, lose big.
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Among all 25 guys on the Reds’ active roster, only 2 share the same first name. Can you name them (without looking it up)?
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