May 18, 2012

Game 37: Reds 4, Mets 9

W: Parnell (1-0) L: Ondrusek (3-1)


The Reds suffered a complete system failure about halfway through the game last night. Though they started out leading, they ended up losing an ugly, ugly game to the Mets, 4-9.

It was Mat Latos on the mound. Folks have been fond of saying how good Latos has been in the month of May, and while it’s true that he’s been a lot better in May than he was in April, he still seems to lose it in the fifth. Last night he gave up 3 runs (earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks through 5 innings of work. The Reds really need their starters to go longer than that.

They also needed their bullpen to continue to be all manner of awesome, but that sort of failed to happen last night as well. J.J. Hoover’s inning of relief was run free, but Aroldis Chapman gave up one on a hit and two walks to blow the save. It wasn’t an earned run for Chapman, so his ERA remains pristine, but it was a dispiriting outing anyway.

Not as bad as Logan Ondrusek, though, who allowed 5 runs (earned) on 4 hits and a walk in the last inning the Reds got to pitch.

On the offensive side, the Reds were looking pretty good through the fifth inning. They had a 4-0 lead before the Mets delivered their 9 unanswered. Joey Votto had a solo home run and Ryan Hannigan and Latos each contributed an RBI as well.

That ugliness ended the two-game series in a tie. Today they move across town to face the Yankees for a proper 3-game engagement at 7:05 p.m.

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