Time for a recap of today’s titanic struggle….
Chicago (NL) 5
WP: Harden (7-6)
LP: Owings (6-11)
S: Gregg (21)
–TOS* Simply pathetic.
Starter Micah Owings left after three innings due to shoulder tightness and right fielder Chris Dickerson hurt his shoulder while diving in a failed attempt to catch Koyie Hill’s eighth-inning triple. Cincinnati already has seven players on the DL….
“Man, Dickerson looks like he’s hurt pretty good,” said Reds manager Dusty Baker, who was obviously irritated. “Micah’s shoulder is barking. Edwin was safe at the plate. Every day there’s a call. Every day.”
Dickerson said his injury reminded him of a torn rotator cuff he suffered in 2006. Owings said he didn’t feel as bad as last year, when he missed most of the last two months with shoulder pain. Both players will be evaluated Monday in Cincinnati.
Owings (6-11) gave up two runs on three hits and four walks — including one to Fukudome with the bases loaded — in matching his shortest outing this season.
“As the game went on, it got stiffer and stiffer and tighter,” he said. “I was missing some pitches by a foot and a half. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do, taking myself out of the game, but I wasn’t going to help by staying in there.”
John Fay thinks both guys are going on the disabled list. I’d expect Matt Maloney to be called up to replace Owings. If Walt Jocketty doesn’t call up Drew Stubbs to replace Dickerson, he is clueless.
Making things even more frustrating, the Reds had a potential rally snuffed out in their eighth on what replays showed was a missed call by home-plate umpire Laz Diaz.
Trailing 3-1, the Reds loaded the bases with one out against Angel Guzman. Edwin Encarnacion tried to score on Jerry Hairston Jr.’s flyball but was called out even though he slid home ahead of center fielder Kosuke Fukudome’s throw.
—Tell me about it:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Man, Dickerson looks like heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hurt pretty good,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Reds manager Dusty Baker, who was obviously irritated. Ã¢â‚¬Å“MicahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shoulder is barking. Edwin was safe at the plate. Every day thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a call. Every day.Ã¢â‚¬Â
–As noted in the game thread, the Reds wrapped up an 0-6 road trip, getting outscored 43-20 in their first winless multi-series trip in five years.
–The good guys are now 9 games under .500. Can it get much worse?
*This Offense Stinks.