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

FINAL
Washington 2
Cincinnati 0
WP: Mock (2-4)
LP: Harang (6-14)
S: MacDougal (12)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Very nice outing for Aaron Harang. Seven innings, six hits, two runs, six Ks. Poor guy has less luck than anyone.

–Paul Janish made a wonderful leaping grab of a Ryan Zimmerman liner in the 8th inning. The Nationals announcers agreed that they were disappointed that Alex Gonzalez wasn’t a Red anymore, since he wouldn’t have made that play.

NEGATIVES
–TOS* Why can’t Harang ever get run support? This is getting ridiculous.

–Dusty Baker.

–I had intended to mention this in the recap when it was first posted, but forgot until Jim’s comment jogged my memory:

Lay this one at the feet of Mark Berry….His idiotic decision to send Harang (who would be hard pressed to beat Ramon Hernandez in a foot race) killed a potential big inning. I’ll take Joey Votto with the bases loaded any day.

I only watch the Reds, so there may be some incompetent 3B coaches I haven’t seen…and I’m not saying Berry’s incompetent, but doesn’t it seem like Berry is getting runners pegged at home all the time, in situations where everyone on earth knows that the runner should be held up?

How many times have we seen it? A million or so, I’d bet. I’d like to see the stats on which teams have the greatest percentage of runners gunned down at the plate.

ETC.
–Why does every third-rate pitcher in the world make the Reds look like schoolgirls at the plate?

–Chris summed it up perfectly in the game thread:

Here’s what I don’t understand: To Dusty Baker, Paul Janish is SO BAD that he can’t see the field. The Reds had the worst SS in baseball, and Janish got all of 25 AB since July 1.

YET TONIGHT, when he has no choice but to play Paul Janish, Dusty bats him second.

One day (season) a guy can’t crack the lineup, the next he’s batting at the top of the order. Another news flash to Dusty: Like Gonzalez, Janish is slow.

Indeed.

–Johnny Cueto tomorrow on Brandon Phillips Bobblehead Night. Oh joy.

*This Offense Stinks

30 Responses

  1. Y-City Jim

    Lay this one at the feet of Mark Berry, who moved ahead of Dusty Baker and Walt Jocketty in the category of dumbest Reds coach or executive. His idiotic decision to send Harang (who would be hard pressed to beat Ramon Hernandez in a foot race) killed a potential big inning. I’ll take Joey Votto with the bases loaded any day.

  2. Steve

    Yes, Joey Votto with bases loaded. Every time. Terrible coaching decision, even if Morgan’s arm is weak. How could a 3B coach who has seen Harang run ever think he could possibly score?

  3. Matt B.

    What does Berry actually do for the team besides coach third base?

  4. Chad Dotson

    What does Berry actually do for the team besides coach third base?

    I fixed your comment for you, Matt.

  5. Kyle

    Why is Cueto pitching tomorrow? Do we really need to throw him out there again? I bet he doesn’t last 3 innings after his hip flares up again.

  6. mike

    I don’t watch many other teams either but I DO watch the As, SF (a lot), Boston, Texas (a team I’ve always hated but when Hamilton got traded along with the As 3B coach who I really like becoming their manager there I started watching), Cleveland, TB and the Nationals (duh, they are the ex-Reds). Berry has made more mistakes than ALL those 3B coaches combined.

    I just watched the last 5 innings of the Texas/Boston game tonight. Wow what an exciting game. I had forgotten what watching good baseball was like being a Reds fan

  7. mike

    Kyle I can tell you why

    because Dusty needs another Tommy John surgery so he can have a good excuse why the team did so bad this year. The injury excuse

  8. REDS1

    Does anyone think Cueto could have a successful night tomorrow?

  9. mike

    by the way, is anyone else finding this years playoff race boring?

    are there really any good teams?

    It feels like….

    Dodgers vs Colorado
    and
    NYY vs Angels

    and nobody else really matters
    I guess Philly has an outside shot

    but after that? Boston? Texas? Stl? TB? Florida? Detroit? Atlanta? Seattle? Cubs? eh…whatever

  10. mike

    REDS1…yup Cueto could be successful tomorrow night. He has good stuff and has pitched great at times in the past.

    it’s that recently his hip has been bothering him, before that his back, and his velocity has been slightly down. He needs a rest.

    it’s the Nats fer @#$%#$% sake. I could have a successful night tomorrow, even if their offense is good.

  11. JerBear

    The playoff races do seem lackluster Mike…I think the Dodgers are this year’s Cubs. I think they are gonna dissapoint their fans in the playoffs bigtime. I may be in the minority, but I think St. Louis is going to win it all. Pujols, Halliday, Carpenter, and Wainright will lead them to greatness.

  12. mike

    Stl could take advantage of needing fewer starters/pitchers in the playoffs. And in the playoffs what do teams do when Pujols comes to bat?

    but I also think the Angels, Florida, Philadelphia, NYY, Boston and TB gain from needing 4 or even 3 starters during the playoffs.

    what’s strange to think about in relation to the Reds is that Seattle, the White Sox, SF, Florida and Atlanta. Are the Reds that much worse than those teams? SF’s offense is just as bad as the Reds for example.

  13. mike

    and Chris’s summary of Dusty’s ummm….thought process when it comes to Janish/who hits 2nd is dead on

  14. Matt B.

    Haha, thanks, Chad. I was actually being somewhat serious, though. Does Berry work with infielders, outfielders or what?

  15. Eddie

    Player A
    AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
    2009 .323 113 436 76 141 30 2 19 66 232 43 62 17 2 .386 .532 .918
    2008 .291 136 515 88 150 37 8 9 61 230 60 84 32 2 .375 .447 .822
    Player B
    2009 .274 104 398 57 109 25 2 3 39 147 51 99 46 7 .360 .369 .730
    2008 .277 131 470 75 130 33 6 7 57 196 67 123 33 9 .371 .417 .788

    Player A plays plus defense in CF (Has played some LF & RF too), Player B plays plus plus defense in CF.
    Player A has a higher average, a slighty higher on base percentage, hits for more power, walks slightly less, and strikes out less. Player B plays better defense and has more speed on the base path. Player A & B are the same age.

    If you could choose one to play in next years Reds lineup who would it be?
    Personally I’m choosing Player A, I’m sacrificing a little defense and speed on the base path for a higher average, slightly higher OBP, more power and less strike outs.
    Player A = Chris Heisey
    Player B = Drew Stubbs

    Just a little thought for those guys handing next years job to Drew Stubbs and not even considering Chris Heisey (Who also hits enough to play LF).

  16. pinson343

    We lost this boring game between 2 bad teams in the 5th and 6th innings – starting with Harang’s popup that fell in, we had 4 straight singles, a lineout, a double,
    and 2 walks. That’s 7 out of 8 consecutive batters getting on and no runs.

    Harang wasn’t within 10 feet of home when the throw arrived. Marty called Berry’s decision “curious, ” Dusty says that 3rd base coach is a tough job.
    How did Votto get doubled off on Phillips’ line drive to Dunn, did Dunn make the play of the century ?
    And as for Tatum leaving the bases loaded, Dusty says Hannigan has a stiff neck. That neck has been stiff for quite a long time now, and if Tatum is our only catcher we’re headed to last place in a hurry.

  17. doktor

    Eddie, from reports I have read, Stubbs is supposedly super-good in CF while Heisey is supposedly solid but no where close to Stubbs. Hopefully, going to L’ville game today and will see with my own eyes.

  18. Nathan

    “Here’s what I don’t understand: To Dusty Baker, Paul Janish is SO BAD that he can’t see the field. The Reds had the worst SS in baseball, and Janish got all of 25 AB since July 1.

    YET TONIGHT, when he has no choice but to play Paul Janish, Dusty bats him second.

    One day (season) a guy can’t crack the lineup, the next he’s batting at the top of the order.”

    Pretty much the exact thing I said to my wife last night. Ugh.

  19. Veteran Leader

    Pinson (# 19), that double play was a line drive right to the bag. Dunn was holding Votto on, so he was right there. The ball went into his glove about 10 inches above the bag, and he just tapped it (the bag). Nothing Votto could do. Votto gets a pass from this veteran leader. 🙂

  20. Matt Steele

    By the way on the MASN broadcast down here, Rob Dibble said that he is convinced that Mark Berry will be a MLB manager someday very soon. And he said it with a straight face and meant what he said.

  21. Glenn

    Here’s the part of last night’s game that still has me steamed. Tatum batting with the bases loaded and Tatum leading off the ninth inning. Tatum can’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag! Unless there was something seriously wrong with Hanigan last night, there was absolutely no reason to not pinch hit for Tatum in either one of those situations last night. Its one thing that Harang gets no run support from the offense, its another when he get no support from his manager. Dusty! get in the game!

  22. shane

    and Taveras being the last batter in the game! This is your last chance! Who in the world would put Taveras up as their last chance to win/tie a game????

  23. Glenn

    You’re right Shane. It was an extremely weak effort by just about every one but Harang. It just looked like Dusty was just mailing it in last night. Riggleman out mananged the heck out of him.

  24. pinson343

    Thanks, Veteran Leader (are you Scott Rolen ?), sounds like we just had a bad break there.

  25. GregD

    Rob Dibble said that he is convinced that Mark Berry will be a MLB manager someday very soon

    I don’t know how good or bad of a manager he would be, but at least it would cut down on runners getting thrown out at the plate.

  26. Jared

    The second half of this season is turning in to a complete joke. At least these guys could try — are they? Have they ever?

    Tonight in Louisville is going a lot like the [email protected] game I went to last year.. More time spent in the bathroom and beer lines than watching the game. Denove looks to have a cannon, though.

  27. Jared

    Shane – a 2 run deficit with this lineup? Better not risk batting anyone wortha poo.