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August 27, 2012

Game 129: Cardinals 8, Reds 2

W: Wainwright (13-10) L: Bailey (10-9)


Zack Cozart throwing, via Getty imagesThe Reds put in a poor showing against the Cardinals yesterday and wound up the game- and series-losers.

Homer Bailey started for the Reds and had a tough time of it. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing 5 runs (earned) on 9 hits. It’s weird because he looked so good to start the game. In fact, he only needed 17 pitches to get through the first 2 innings.

Sean Marshall, who came in next, didn’t even start out looking good. He pitched only .2 innings but allowed 2 runs (earned) on 4 hits in that amount of time. Sam LeCure had to come in to get the final out of the seventh and pitch the eighth. LeCure was the only pitcher not to give up any runs.

Jose Arredondo closed it out in the ninth. He allowed 1 more run (as if it were necessary) on 3 hits in the final frame.

That’s a pretty darn mediocre performance from the pitchers, but I’d like to think that the Reds’ offense could come up with more than 2 runs against Wainwright. Instead, only 33 batters even faced Cardinals’ pitching. No one had more than one hit, and several of your favorites didn’t even get that.

Zack Cozart, for example, had a run scored but no hits since he reached on a fielder’s choice. Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick each got an RBI with their hits, but Todd Frazier only reached thanks to being hit by a pitch. The other run was scored by Ryan Hanigan, who also made good use of his single.

I don’t know about you, but I could use a day off. And with the way the Reds played last night, I think they could, too. Their last off-day was August 13, and there’s been a double-header since then.

Instead, they head straight to Arizona for a 3-game series with the Diamondbacks starting tonight. Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 10-7, 3.87 ERA) tries to build off his last solid start against Tyler Skaggs (LHP, 1-0, 2.70 ERA). First pitch at 9:40 p.m.

August 27, 2012

Votto due back Friday

Last Game
The Reds never led in the last game of the series against the Cardinals last night, and they ended up losing the game 8-2 and the series 2-1. Homer Bailey had another rough outing, giving up 5 runs (earned) on 9 hits in 6.0 innings of work. The real question, though, is why no player made it on base more than once last night. The offense could only muster 7 hits in its 32 ABs.

Next Game
Despite everyone’s need for an off-day, the Reds head to Arizona tonight to take on the Diamondbacks. Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 10-7, 3.87 ERA) tries his luck against Tyler Skaggs (LHP, 1-0, 2.70 ERA). It is only Skaggs’ second major league start, so he certainly has the benefit of surprise. First pitch at 9:40 p.m.

Awaiting the Return of Votto
At long last, the Reds are willing to say when they expect to have Joey Votto return to the line-up. The plan is to have him play a couple rehab games with A Dayton starting Tuesday (as if it weren’t already hard enough to get into a Dragons’ game) and then rejoin the Reds when they visit Houston on Friday.

We haven’t seen Votto in the line-up since July 16. He should have come back from arthroscopic surgery on his knee a long time ago, but then he did more damage to his knee doing sliding drills and had to have a follow-up procedure on August 10.

In case you’re wondering, the answer is no: he won’t be doing any more sliding drills before his rehab start.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
We may not be getting Nick Masset back when the rosters expand after all. After experiencing some soreness in his shoulder, Masset has undergone an MRI. The word is still out on how it will affect his chances of playing this year.