FINAL
Pittsburgh 10
Cincinnati 2
WP: Maholm (1-0)
LP: Cueto (0-1)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
None. Just an embarrassment.

NEGATIVES
–Where do we start? How about Mike Lincoln, whose ERA rose to 34.71 after allowing five runs in one inning. The game was out of hand before Lincoln ever stepped onto the field, but his performance ensured that there was no chance whatsoever of a comeback.

–Johnny Cueto had some issues. He did finish strong, and he had 9 Ks, so he’s probably going to be just fine.

–Until the ninth inning, the offense was just putrid. Then, of course, in the ninth the Reds used HAVOC to run themselves out of the game. Terrible baserunning.

–Taveras and Hairston were 0-7 as the first two hitters in the lineup. They’re both obviously capable of better than that, but today was the type of performance many had feared out of those two. Glad to see Hairston’s injury wasn’t too bad, at any rate.

ETC.
–Micah Owings crushed a ball for a double as a pinch hitter. I don’t know if he’s going to be an effective starting pitcher for the Reds, but I’d love to see him as the everyday left fielder.

–Probably could have put this under “positives,” but I was trying to make a point. Anyway, Brandon Phillips took another walk, which is outstanding. He also had a couple of hits.

–Thank goodness there’s always tomorrow!