Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 3
Washington 2
WP: Cueto (6-3)
LP: Detwiler (0-3)
S: Cordero (15)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Smilin’ side of the scoreboard. Yeah, it’s the Natinals, but still….

–Really impressed by the way Johnny Cueto hung in there today. He walked four, so his control wasn’t great today, but he still went seven innings, giving up just four hits and one run (yeah, it’s the Natinals, but still…). Another solid outing by the young guy.

–Jonny Gomes and Alex Gonzalez had two hits each, and Brandon Phillips had an important double to knock in two runs.

NEGATIVES
–TOS*

ETC.
–I know it got a little more exciting later, but for most of the evening, this was an unbelievably boring baseball game. With a couple of exceptions, it was two lineups filled with nobodies.

–Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, Cueto is just fun to watch, isn’t he? He was the only redeeming thing about tonight’s contest.

–More Natinals “action” tomorrow. Same bat-time, same bat-channel.

*This Offense Stinks.

8 Responses

  1. WillRedsCHI

    What do you guys think about this: Trying to get Mark Teahan from KC? He can play first and third while Edwin and Votto are on the DL. If they both come back (which is a big if) then run him out there in left and as a ph.

    I think it could just take Sean Henry, Jordan Smith and/or James Avery and be worthwhile to get Teahan. Heck, it would be worth it to ship Nix or Dickerson to get a solid starter who can play both corner infield spots.

    He is a much better option than Rosales and Hairston, plus he can help Hernandez stay rested.

  2. per14

    I’m so over Taveras. Give me Dickerson.

  3. Jason

    You really do have to tip it to Dusty for keeping these cast of “nobodies” only 2.5 games out of first place.

  4. Mark T

    I would put this team up against any other quality team in the major leagues.

    They’d lose, of course, but I’d still put them up, just for fun.

  5. Nate D

    I made it out last night also, starting out about 15 rows behind the dugout, then about 10 rows, then the 2nd row for the 9th. Yeah it wasn’t that exciting, but any chance to see the Redlegs pull one out is worth the trip. With Cueto and this crazy coot that I sat with for the last couple innings, i stayed more than entertained! Can’t wait to go back tonight…

  6. per14

    Teahen seems to me to be little more than replacement value at 1B. I’d rather keep playing Hernandez there and have Hanigan catch.

  7. indydoug

    This “stinking offense” has scored a grand total of 12 runs less than 2oo8 Reds in 1st 57 games. Losing Dunn has not been that big of a deal, especially when you consider the number of games missed by EE, Votto & Phillips and the saved runs with Dunn out of LF.

  8. earl

    I think the Reds front office is going to have to assess pretty quick whether they are going to try and make a move to win now or just hold par. Encarnacion’s injury doesn’t sound good. Wrist injuries can be pretty hard on hitters. Derek Lee has never been the same since he popped his wrist. Considering that Votto is a complete x-factor, they need to make a move. I don’t think it needs to be a superstar or necessarily a rental, but they need a player who can either play 3rd or 1st. I don’t really know Teahan, but Mark DeRosa would be a good fit as long as we don’t have to pay out the yin yang to bring him over. Nick Johnson is really fragile and might end right up on the DL two weeks after he is signed.

    I wonder if the Rockies might be willing to deal Garrett Atkins? He has been struggling this year, so I think it might possible that they might let him go cheap.

    Taveras looked really bad at the plate, especially on that third K. I don’t think the guy looked right.