July 5, 2012

Game 81: Reds 1, Dodgers 4

W: Harang (6-5) L: Leake (3-6) S: Jansen (14)


The Reds got down early yesterday, and though the Dodgers’ lead wasn’t that big, they never could get back up against the pitching of former Reds’ ace, Aaron Harang.

Mike Leake started for the Reds and actually pitched very well after the first inning. Unfortunately for Leake, you don’t get a do-over, and his line ended up being 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits through 7.0 innings. Bill Bray came in in the eighth and walked two guys before being pulled for Jose Arredondo. Arredondo was on the mound when the Dodgers’ other run scored, but it was Bray’s earned run.

There’s similarly little to talk about on the offensive side of the box. Harang and his successors held the Reds to 3 measly hits: 1 for Zack Cozart, 1 for Joey Votto, and 1 solo shot for Devin Mesoraco that kept it from being a shut-out.

The loss brings the Reds’ record to 44-37 and knocks them a game behind the Pirates. After facing the NLW’s best two teams in the Giants and Dodgers, today they hope to recover against a much worse NLW team, the San Diego Padres. The “Who won the trade?” question will play out tonight when Mat Latos (7-2, 4.42 ERA) takes on Edinson Volquez (5-7, 3.68 ERA). First pitch at 10:05 p.m.

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