Time for a recap of today’s titanic struggle….
San Francisco 2
W: Harang (6-13)
L: Cain (12-4)
S: Cordero (24)
— Harang.Ã‚Â The big fellow appeared to right his ship.Ã‚Â 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 W, 7K.Ã‚Â It feels like forever since he’s been this good.Ã‚Â Dusty Baker, as usual, left him in too long.
— But Nick Masset entered with bases loaded, no outs, and coaxed a double-play and flyout, giving up the one meaningless run.
— Wladimir Balentien continued his hot start to his Reds career, going 2 for 3 with a walk.
— Brandon Phillips hit a 1st inning HR, and saw 20 pitches in his 5 plate appearances.Ã‚Â I haven’t checked the numbers, but BP has definitely improved in the patience department this year.
— Adam Rose Alice had his first good game in what seems like 4 months, going 3 for 4 with a HR.Ã‚Â (I looked – it was his second multi-hit game since May 25.)
— Alex Gonzalez was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after his second K of the game.Ã‚Â Alex, it ain’t the umps.
— Taveras and Gonzalez, the #1-2 hitters, combined to go 1 for 8 with 4 K and a walk.Ã‚Â Tablesetters, indeed.
— I’m starting to get concerned about Joey Votto is really slumping (3 for 28 in August), but I’m not concerned long-term.
— Scott Rolen was flown back to Cincinnati to have his head examined, if you will.Ã‚Â Rolen is suffering from concussion-like symptoms.Ã‚Â The absence of veteran leadership was palpable in today’s game.
—DAVID WEATHERS was traded to the Brewers for a PTBNL.Ã‚Â I’ve been as frustrated with Weathers as anyone not named Chad Dotson, but he deserves a salute on his way out.Ã‚Â Weathers was a standup guy, and definitely got better results than his stuff merited.Ã‚Â He also took a demotion from closer to setup man like a – well man.
— Feel free to post a link to a Rosales sombrero pic.