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

FINAL
Cincinnati 2
Toronto 8
WP: Richmond (6-4)
LP: Arroyo (8-6)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Jonny Gomes had two of the Reds four hits, including his third homer.

–Willy Taveras didn’t make a single out tonight.

NEGATIVES
–TOS*

–The Reds got four hits, and they were facing a guy who was pitching in the independent leagues two years ago. How bad is that?

–Bronson Arroyo was just terrible. The first five Jays to bat in the first inning scored, and the Reds were never in the game after that. Miserable.

–Pitching was awful, hitting was awful, defense was bad. Yep, that just about covers it.

ETC.
–The Reds are now two games under .500. The only time all year they have been two under was after…two games, when they dropped to 0-2 before topping the Mets to get their first win.

–Is this the beginning of the end for our beloved Redlegs? I hope not, but the upcoming schedule looks pretty brutal. The Reds are going to play St. Louis, Philadelphia, the Mets, Milwaukee, the Dodgers, the Cubs, and Colorado — all during July. If the good guys don’t get things going soon, they could be in bad shape before August gets here.

–Dusty Baker looked like he wanted to strangle someone in the dugout after the game. I could feel his anger through the television, even in standard definition.

–I know Dusty wanted to get his left-handed bat in the lineup, but I just can’t understand why he thought it was a good idea to start Danny Richar at 3B. Richar has never played 3B in the majors. He has played 3B in the minors exactly 6 times in 731 career games. Louisville has played 8 different guys at 3B this year; none of them are named Danny Richar. (Tip of the cap to Lance McAlister on those numbers.)

Is it just a devious plot to keep Paul Janish out of the game? (Janish. J-A-N-I-S-H. I swear to you, he plays for the Reds. No, really. Just trust me on this one.)

–He’s not my favorite, but Reds announcer Jeff Brantley hit the nail on the head:

“The Reds can’t turn the double play and the run will score…that’s what happens when you continue to play guys out of position like Hairston and Richar”.

As I said in the game thread: Why not Janish at short and JHJ at third? Better defense at both positions (and of course, Richar committed an error tonight), and the offense doesn’t take a hit either (as compared to JHJ and Richar).

Dusty vexes me.

–Series wrap-up tomorrow night. I can’t wait.

*This Offense Stinks.

10 Responses

  1. renbutler

    “I could feel his anger through the television, even in standard definition.”

    Great line.

  2. Randy

    I’m pretty sure this lineup couldn’t have happened yet, but to me it doesn’t look that bad. I’m not going to abandon all hope until I either see this or until Dusty proves he totally unwilling to ever use logic.

    1.Dickerson
    2.Gomes
    3.Votto
    4.Phillips
    5.Bruce
    6.Hannigan
    7.Encarnacion
    8.Janish

  3. nick in va

    I don’t get Dusty at all. Seriously, someone from the stands, a Reds player, or another coach should make out the lineup. He may be good with players, but he has zero skill for deciding who plays where.

  4. per14

    Yep. Dusty is the most stubborn SOB in the Queen City. I mean it. That’s all this is. He isn’t *this* stupid.

  5. Glenn

    As bad as the offense has been, it’s been the pitching that’s let the team down of late. Harang, Cueto, Owings and now Arroyo have all had bad starts.

  6. Greg

    Another Arroyo game where the Reds were out of it by the third – or first!

  7. Glenn

    Back to lack of offense, aside from the drafting of Yonder Alonzo last year, the Reds seem to back striving to fill our minor league ranks with quality pitching. While I understand that you can’t have too much good pitching, I’m beginning to wonder if the team has any bats anywhere in the system.
    I’m wondering that when Votto and EE went down, how was it possible that the best players the team had talent-wise, Rosales, Richar type players? When Votto went down, how was it possible that there was not a major league ready 1B in the system that could be called up rather than putting a catcher who’d never played the position in there to fill in. Where’s the offense going to come from in the future?

  8. shane

    You guys are missing the big picture. The Reds admin is smarter than you. You have to keep your AAA team competitive. You can’t let them suffer by moving all their best players to the major league level just to keep your silly old MLB team in the running. Sheesh. Think guys.