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

San Francisco 1
Cincinnati 0
WP: Romo (4-2)
LP: Arroyo (11-12)
S: Wilson (30)

–Bronson Arroyo pitched a pretty strong game: 8 IP, 9 hits, 1 run, 5 K. Too bad he pitches for a team that couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat.

–TOS* Geez, two bleeping hits. Give me a break.

–Uh oh. Joey Votto left the game in the bottom of the first with what the Reds describe as “blurry vision.” This sounds suspiciously familiar to the problems Votto was having earlier in the year. We can only hope that it’s nothing, and Votto will be back very soon.

–In his major league debut, Drew Stubbs had one of the Reds two hits, a bloop double down the right field line. Welcome to the Cincinnati, Drew! It’s technically the “big leagues”!

–Five losses in a row. Nineteen games under .500. Pittsburgh — and last place — are closing in on us.

–*This Offense Stinks.


21 Responses

  1. WillRedsCHI

    I don’t know if any of you remember, but five or six years ago ESPN did a piece where they created a T-Shirt with a motto and/or logo to represent the team.

    I believe the Reds’ said “Mediocrity is our motto”…Ah the good old days

  2. RedBlooded

    Wow, Stubbs comes up and is half the offense. When could you say that about Willy. Welcome, Drew.

  3. KY Chip

    Glad I didn’t watch this one tonight. May have gouged my eyes out.

  4. preach

    When you pitch 8 innings of one run ball and don’t win, all you can say is: TOS!!!!

    1. Anyone else feel like sending Nix up to pinch hit when the lefty was available in the bullpen was a bad idea?

    2. Anyone else feel Stubbs was hosed on that last strikeout?

    3. Glad to see Owings back in the dugout. Hopefully he can eat some innings. It will be good to get his bat back in the lineup.

  5. Dan

    I see Stubbs struck out twice. How did he look in general?

    Did he make some plays in CF?

  6. mike

    BOTH strikeouts were on questionable calls on the outside of the plate for Stubbs

    Stubb’s didn’t do much defensively cept back up Balentien

  7. WORLD

    At the bottom of the canyon, there are at least two franchises who have so much history in the National League.

    Behold the Pirates: Honus Wagner, Pops Stargell, Roberto Clemente, Harvey Haddix, Richie Hebner, Manny Sanguillen, Dave Cash, The Goose, Maz, Big and Little Poison, Pie, Waite Hoyt, the Rabbit, Max Carey, the Cobra, and even Mario Mendoza who is immortal.

    The Pirates AND the Reds should be ashamed. How can you sink so low?

  8. Y-City Jim

    Umpires seem to hose the rookies.

  9. Y-City Jim

    Dear Dusty,

    Please quit.

    Dear Walt,

    Please quit.

    Dear entire coaching staff,

    Please quit.

  10. mike

    World I think you’ve touched on something wonderful
    Something killed by (and I’m honestly not making assumptions here) modern baseball
    The history of some of the oldest franchises in baseball

    The problem I have is not that the Reds are horrible this year (or the Pirates) it’s that both teams have been horrible for a while now.

    i only have to say 5 names and it’s clear the current Reds ownership and management don’t understand

    Larkin, Morgan, Rose, Bench and Robinson

    by the way, you left off one of my favorite baseball players that I never got to see play on your Pittsburgh list. Arky Vaughan.
    And I agree, Stargell…wow….one of the great people of baseball

    these two teams have given up in the name of $$$$$

    what’s that old phrase? can’t stand the heat of the kitchen?

    I think sadder than all of this is that the team could be a lot better GM’d and managed by an 8 year old with a stack of baseball cards. Just ask the 8 year old to look at his cards and decide who he wants on his team and how they should bat. They would do better

  11. pinson343

    Is Jay Bruce coming back this season ?

    Blurry vision for Votto ? Dusty says it’s unrelated to his mental (“previous”) problems. How would he know ?

    Taveras on the DL is the best news of the season.

  12. doktor

    i say definitely Stubbs given the “rookie” treatment on his 1st K as the next giants batter did the same/worse check swing and got a ball call by the same ump.

    two check swing hits, wow, against zito. If we only had Billy Hall, 😉

  13. Matt Steele

    tough news about Votto, hope it’s nothing serious. Glad to see Stubbs though not give Dusty a reason not to play him.

  14. RiverCity Redleg

    I think the 2nd K was even worse, given the circumstances. Bottom of the 9th leading off vs their all-star closer with a full count.. the pitch was clearly high and outside, but the rookie got rung up. A leadoff baserunner would have been nice there.

  15. Glenn

    Looks like Hall’s on his way to Seattle.

  16. Matt WI

    Bronson Arroy knows the score (or lack thereof):

    “In my mind after Joey went out of the lineup, and I saw how the game was going, I figured I’d have to try and throw a shutout to get a win,” Arroyo said. “It’s tough to score runs when we have everybody out. It’s getting tougher without some of the guys we depend on.”

  17. Steve Price

    No matter what was said last night publicly, Votto going out when he did was reminiscent of his early departures at the beginning of the season.

  18. Sultan of Swaff

    I’m with you Steve. Coupled with the highly questionable promotion of Barker, this is highly suspicious. I mean, I don’t care if he plays or not, but let’s just be upfront if it is a recurrence.

  19. Eddie

    Good news! Votto is in the 3 hole
    Dickerson 9
    Stubbs 8
    Votto 3
    Phillips 4
    Nix 7
    Rosales 5
    Janish 6
    Tatum 2
    Harang 1

  20. GregD

    I hope that is good news. I believe them when they say it wasn’t anxiety that caused Joey to come out of that game last night, but if I recall it was another illness that triggered the events earlier this year.

    The Cueto to DL move was made official today, too. Owings is on the active roster.

    I don’t see a lot of run support for Harang in that lineup.