Daily Archives: September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012

Game 141: Astros 5, Reds 1

W: Gonzalez (2-0) L: Cueto (17-8)


The Reds finished off the series with the Astros last night by losing by the same score they won by on Saturday. That loss made for another losing series for the Reds and minor slippage to 8.5 games in the lead of the NLC.

Johnny Cueto reacts to having a 3-run homer hit off him. That doesn't happen very often. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)It was Johnny Cueto on the mound, and he had a stinker of an outing. He worked 4.0 innings, during which he allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and a walk. Blerg. That’s the second time in a row he’s had a poor outing. What’s up with this guy?

On the bright side, young Tony Cingrani performed well in long relief. He bailed Cueto out for the next 3.0 innings. He did allow 1 run on 1 hit, but he also struck out 5. Fans who suffered through this game got pizza and ice cream! Yay!

Logan Ondrusek and Jose Arredondo finished the game off with a 1-hit, 0-run inning apiece. That’s pretty much what we expect from those guys these days.

The Reds’ 1 RBI belongs to–whom else–Jay Bruce, who hit a triple in the bottom of the fourth to bring in–who else would be on base–Joey Votto. Bruce and Votto were the only ones to get on base more than once yesterday. The only surprise here is that Dusty Baker actually let 2 lefties hit next to each other in the line-up. That’s a sadly comment sentiment for these game wraps lately.

The loss brings the Reds’ record to 84-57. Obviously the losing didn’t matter in the scheme of things, but it was still no fun to watch. Tonight the Reds open a series against a foe they might find more worthy of rising to: the Pirates. Mat Latos (RHP, 12-4, 3.69 ERA) will try his hand against the infamous Wandy Rodriguez (LHP, 3-4, 3.50 ERA). First pitch at 7:10 p.m.

September 10, 2012

Jay Bruce remains hot despite losses

Last Game
It always seems to go this way: the worst team beats the best team when the two get together. Does the bad team get an extra jolt of adrenaline that pushes them over the top? Or does the good team fail to find the competitiveness? Or is everything bound to happen eventually as the number of games approaches infinity?

The answer is unclear. What is clear is that the Reds lost an ugly one to the Astros yesterday afternoon, 5-1. It gave the Astros the W in the series.

Johnny Cueto lasted only 4.0 innings, which makes for his second short start in a row. Zack Cozart has been out of the line-up with a strained oblique, Todd Frazier needs a couple days off, and Jay Bruce is the only one who managed to get on base more than once.

It may ultimately be a good thing for the Reds to lose a little in the standings. It’s easy to lose your edge right when it matters most when you’re coasting on a 8.5 game lead.

Next Game
Even though I know these losses recently aren’t likely to change anything, post-season-wise, they still make for some really crappy baseball to watch. Personally, I hope the Reds can get some intensity back in the series against the Pirates that starts tonight. Mat Latos (RHP, 12-4, 3.69 ERA) will take on Wandy Rodriguez (LHP, 3-4, 3.50 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.

Jay Bruce prepares to swing and hit a home run to tie the game on Saturday.

Jay Bruce, Superhero
The Reds media notes yesterday pointed out that Jay Bruce is the first player ever who hit at least 20 home runs in his rookie year and then hit progressively more home runs the next 4 years:

  • 21 in 2008
  • 22 in 2009
  • 25 in 2010
  • 32 in 2011
  • 33 in 2012, so far.

Bruce is the first one to do that starting with his rookie year, but 5 other guys have had progressively increasing home run total over 5 years at other points in their careers. They are:

  • Hack Wilson (1926-30)
  • Willie Stargell (1967-71)
  • Jim Thome (1998-2002)
  • Derrek Lee (2001-05)
  • David Ortiz (2002-06)

I don’t know Hack Wilson, but the other names are pretty good ones to be in the company of. Bruce is streaky as can be, but when he’s on, he’s a force.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Joey Votto has gotten on base in each of the 4 games since he’s been back. He’s gone 4-for-10 over those 4 games with 5 walks and a hit-by-pitch.