Time for a recap of today’s titanic struggle….
WP: Lowe (2-1)
LP: Arroyo (3-1)
–Place the responsibility for this loss directly in the lap of Bronson Arroyo. Nine earned runs in 5.2 innings. He was awful from the first pitch.
–Today, Chris Dickerson looked like he had no business wearing a major league uniform. At the plate, he struck out four times in five at-bats. Defensively, he butchered back to back plays in the 6th inning (though he inexplicably escaped without being charged with a single error). When he actually caught an easy fly later in the inning, he got a standing ovation from the crowd. Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley were sarcastically complimenting Dickerson on using two hands to catch the ball this time.
—Pitching and defense? Not today. The pitching was terrible, as you know. The defense, in addition to the Misadventures of Dickerson in Left Field, Edwin Encarnacion made another error (just a terrible play) and Alex Gonzalez was charged with another error, as well (though that one may have been unfairly charged to Gonzo).
–When is Brandon Phillips going to start hitting? These 0-4s are starting to add up. Our cleanup hitter is slugging .232. His batting average is .161 and his OPS is .522.
–Ditto for Encarnacion. BP and EE are killing this team.
–Four measly hits as a team, two by offensive juggernaut Ryan Hanigan.
–So: bad pitching, bad defense, bad offense. Not a good combination.
–Home plate umpire Mike Estabrook was a complete and total disaster today. One of the worst performances I’ve seen by an umpire since Dave Pallone. If it had been a close game, he might have been the difference. Estabrook was, to put it simply, incompetent.
–Dusty Baker and Jerry Hairston were ejected in the bottom of the third for arguing balls and strikes. Yeah, they were correct and Estabrook was wrong, but no umpire, whether competent or incompetent, is going to permit that.
–Listening to Jeff Brantley makes my ears bleed. I can only hope that I never have to listen to him attempt a “Honeymooners” impression (when Greg Norton came into the game) ever again. He’s by far the worst radio broadcaster the Reds have had in my lifetime. It’s really not even close. I keep waiting for him to say, “Boom goes the dynamite!”
I loved watching him pitch for the Reds, though.