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

FINAL
Milwaukee 5
Cincinnati 1
WP: Parra (4-8)
LP: Harang (5-10)
BOX SCORE

–No full recap tonight because I’m tired after sitting through a two-hour rain delay…for that.

–The Reds have lost 8 of their last 11. Not a good trend. Heck, they’re in fifth place…and three full games behind Houston, who is in fourth.

–Aaron Harang was actually really sharp tonight…except for the fourth inning, when he gave up 4 Milwaukee runs. It was enough to lose, though.

–On the other hand, Manny Parra couldn’t throw a strike most of the night, yet his line ends up looking much better than Harangs. TOS, ya know.

–Adam Rosales had two doubles. Nice to see him swinging a bat well for the first time in his major league career.

–It was freezing at the ol’ ballyard. This is July?

–I’m going to bed. Later.

8 Responses

  1. Jose

    We should boycott the Reds till they actually give a crap about winning
    they obviously don’t. Because even a freaking half dead turtle would realize Willy Taveras sucks, Dusty is incompetent, and that apparently Pitching and Defense arent the only thing that win championships… and the Reds proved this season, that apparently OFFENSE yes you heard it here folks, OFFENSE, is a necessity to win.

  2. mike

    a good team is what is needed to win a championship
    that requires balance. Rarely ever in history has a team won that has SUCKED at one of pitching, defense or offense.

    the teams with great pitching usually have average offense or the other way around.

    here are your Reds

    offense ranks 26th in baseball
    defense ranks 7th in baseball
    rotation ranks 19th in baseball
    bullpen ranks 3rd in baseball

    that’s not good enough

    I also find the buyers vs sellers things silly
    the Reds have a better catcher and better CFer on the bench
    we have 2 prospects in the minors who could probably produce more than Hairston in the OF
    honestly unless they can get a big hitting SS I see no reason to deal unless it’s to build for next year

    if you already aren’t putting the best team on the field, why trade for another guy Dusty will sit for Taveras?

  3. mike

    one more thing, the starting rotation looks good on paper but

    a. we lost volquez
    b. Bailey is inconsistent (understandable)
    c. Harang isn’t what he use to be but also shows brilliance (aka also inconsistent)
    d. Which Arroyo will we get, the awful one of the great one
    e. Cueto is young and going through a mini-slump
    f. Owings is nothing to write home about

    if they come together they are among the best in baseball. If not they are average and an average rotation can’t win with the awful offense.

  4. earl

    Considering how bad things have been, I think they have been close. If the Reds could have generated 25 more runs at some key moments this season, I think they could be like 8 games over .500 at this point. They have easily let 10 games slip through their fingers. 25 runs is not a lot over 90 games. I think they could have gotten some with just a bit better lineup setup and not pitching to Pujols or Adrian Gonzales when the freaking game is on the line when you have options. I’d bet with the same players and and a better game manager, we would probably be at .500 or a tick or two better depending on the breaks.

    I think the starting pitching has been a bit better than where the numbers place it at, as there are about four or five blow outs that kind of blow the curve. Owings has been a major improvement out of what we have gotten out of a #5 starter over the past few seasons. We’ve got quite a few shutouts over the year. Sad thing is that this is probably one of the best Reds staffs in a good long time, way deeper than in years. If we had the offense from five years ago with this pitching staff , it would be a cakewalk.

    I guess one way to look at it is that they are not as bad as it could have been considering Votto was gone for a month, Volquez has been gone for weeks and Jay Bruce slid back then got hurt. If you knew those three things would happen, you might expect us to be in a much worse hole than where we are at.

  5. doktor

    a very frustrating evening, starting with the 1st inning, get Taveras AND Hairston on, with votto and phillips up and no outs but not able to score. Reds kept getting guys on to leadoff the inning but never put hits together to score. I feel for harang, since his last W, its his 6th quality start in his last 10 and he is 0-6 during that stretch. he is probably hoping for a trade to get remove the jinx of Reds not able to score runs. and per Chris Welsh, there were a lot of scouts in the stands.

  6. Eddie

    Trading Harang would be a huge mistake, do you really want Arroyo to be your veteran leader on the pitching staff? I don’t think so.

  7. Steve

    Agree with earl (#5) above, especially:

    They have easily let 10 games slip through their fingers. 25 runs is not a lot over 90 games. I think they could have gotten some with just a bit better lineup setup and not pitching to Pujols or Adrian Gonzales when the freaking game is on the line when you have options. I’d bet with the same players and and a better game manager, we would probably be at .500 or a tick or two better depending on the breaks.