June 29, 2012

Daily Brief: The dreaded West Coast trip

Last Game
Since the Reds are visiting the Giants, you might expect some “Left my Heart in San Francisco” reference, but last night it looked more like the Reds forgot to pack their defense and left the offense in Cincinnati, too. Reds lose 0-5.

Miguel Cairo was filling in for Brandon Phillips who was a late scratch due to lingering effects of the knee-to-the-head he got a couple days ago, but it was Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen who got the team’s two errors. They were going to have to do a lot better than that against Bumgarner, who took the no-hitter into the sixth before Ryan Hannigan got the one hit the Reds would end up with.

Joey Votto, the most walked guy in the universe, never sniffed first base, but Drew Stubbs, the guy who just can’t stop swinging, got on twice with walks. It was a weird game, but not in the good way. More in the “I stayed up for this?” way.

Next Game
The Reds try to get over their jetlag tonight as the series continues with the Giants. Mike “Not Quite As Bad As My Record” Leake (2-5, 4.46 ERA) faces of against Matt “I Threw A Perfect Game A Couple Weeks Ago” Cain (9-2, 2.27 ERA).

First pitch at 10:15 p.m. ET. At least I don’t have to get up for work tomorrow.

Cueto Unavailable for ASG
All-Star voting has concluded, and now all that’s left to do is choose the pitchers, find representatives from the less-fortunate teams, and fluff up a lot of pageantry with a “selection show” on Sunday, which is pretty fake, since the “selection” was all finished up last night.

One of those things is pretty easy on the NL side: Johnny Cueto is a no-brainer to represent the senior circuit. Unfortunately for NLer’s, he’s unlikely to be available. Cueto is currently scheduled to start the last Sunday before the All-Star Break, and then be right back at ’em afterward when the Reds take on the Cardinals.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
If the Reds lose tonight, it’ll be the longest losing streak of the season, at 4.

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