July 22, 2010
The closer who caused no end of stress for our friends down in St. Louis is now a member of the Cincinnati Reds minor league system:
CINCINNATI — Two days after they watched free-agent right-hander Jason Isringhausen throw in a bullpen session at Great American Ball Park, the Reds agreed to terms with the reliever on a Minor League contract Thursday.
Isringhausen will meet Triple-A Louisville at Gwinnett and officially sign his contract. It will likely take him at least a couple of weeks for him to get big league-ready. The 37-year-old hasn’t pitched in the Majors since June 2009 for the Rays before his right elbow blew out and required Tommy John surgery.
After the last couple games, it looks to me like he’d be an improvement over some of the people we’re sending out there. Of course, if the reason Bill Bray can’t get an out is because he goes so long between outings, the adding another pitcher to the mix isn’t going to help.
July 22, 2010
W: Strasburg (5-2)
L: Arroyo (10-5)
S: Capps (24)
Stephen Strasburg brought the heat in his start against the Cincinnati Reds last night, but couldn’t finish the 6th and didn’t even have a quality start. Still, he picked up his 5th win, thanks to Bronson Arroyo also being unable to get out of the 6th.
Strasburg struck out 7 in 5 2/3 innings and allowed 3 runs in his start. Arroyo struck out only 1 in his 5 2/3 innings and allowed a whopping 7 runs. It was Arroyo’s worst start in a while.
For the offense, the Reds missed several opportunities to tie the game or take the lead late in the game. The best was in the 8th when Cincinnati loaded the bases with no outs, but only managed to score 1 run on a ground-out by Joey Votto.
The bullpen was again a strong-suit for the Reds, with Bronson Arroyo’s bad showing giving the Nationals more than they needed for the win.
The loss puts the Reds 1.5 games behind of the streaking Cardinals. The Reds have been solid since the Break, with a .667 winning percentage. If they can keep that up the rest of the year, they’ll end up with 97 victories. Of course, at the Cardinals current pace, they’ll end the season with 121 wins.