Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Los Angeles 9
Cincinnati 11
WP: Lincoln (1-0)
LP: Troncoso (1-1)
S: Cordero (5)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Positive number one: the Reds finally won a game again. They tried to lose it, but the Dodgers didn’t want to win either. I’ll take it!

–Scott Rolen: I really wish we could keep this guy healthy and in the lineup. Three for four, a double, a couple of runs scored. Nice game.

–Arthur Rhodes is a stud. A dominant inning, helping Logan Ondrusek escape trouble.

–Joey Votto was 2-3 with a homer, 3 RBI, and a walk. Brandon Phillips had a homer and Jay Bruce had a triple. Bruce also made an outstanding play in right field to save what would have been the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

–The Bat Boy (his name is Paul Janish; you may not have heard of him before tonight) came into the game and delivered a clutch single, knocking in the winning run. Good work, Soft J.

NEGATIVES
–Something’s gotta give with Drew Stubbs. Leading off tonight, Stubbs went 0-5 and struck out twice; he’s now hitting .146/.255/.268. That’s just bad.

–Homer Bailey was bad tonight, as well. He threw 110 pitches and couldn’t get out of the sixth inning, giving up five runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out five. He was in position to get the win until Nick Masset threw up all over him, but Homer didn’t deserve a win anyway. I’m very disappointed in young Homer.

–After taking a 9-3 lead, we were all pretty happy…if skeptical. The skepticism was warranted, because the Reds proceeded to allow the Dodgers to tie the game at 9, thanks to more crappy pitching by Nick Masset. Masset gave up four hits, walked one, and gave up four earned runs…and only recorded one stupid out. A completely miserable performance.

This team just punches me in the gut almost every single night.

ETC.
–It would be really nice to see the Reds win one easily one of these days. This team kills me.

–I wonder if the Louisville Bats have stitched Logan Ondrusek’s name on a jersey, or if they will wait for the bus to arrive from Cincinnati?

–Nick Masset’s ERA is now 14.14. I predicted that he would regress to the mean this season, but this is ridiculous.

–Joe Morgan and Pete Rose were at the game, for some reason.

–I dunno…I enjoyed the Reds win, but it feels empty somehow after they let the Dodgers get back into it. In the end, it doesn’t matter how they win, only that they do win. Still, I don’t think I can hang a sombrero on this one. Sorry.

–Tomorrow night, the Reds and Dodgers get together again. Aaron Harang pitches for the good guys.

10 Responses

  1. taoistlumberjak

    This game reminds me of a famous scene from the movie UHF;

    “I need a drink.”
    “You don’t drink.”
    “Yeah, but I’ve been meaning to start.”

  2. Sean

    I really didn’t think Homer pitched that poorly after the first. i thought he really settled down and was actually the victim of some poor fielding (Rolen in particular). Dusty also should have yanked him earlier in that 6th inning when Homer was clearly gassed.

    Janish needs to get more PT. And Dusty better give it to him cause he bailed his ass out tonight!!!

  3. Furniture City Red

    @wanderinredsfan: I agree that Chapman doesn’t need to be called up until he shows he can consistently throw strikes.

    As for C. Trents t-shirts? well, it Just a t-shirt. When chapman does get the call and makes his first start at GAB I bet a third of the crowd will be wearing them.

  4. Furniture City Red

    I was expecting a break-out year from Bailey…been dissapointed with him so far, but that was his 3rd start of the season…plenty of time left to turn it around.

    I still think Bailey is more comfortable and therefore pitches better with Hannigan catching him.

  5. Furniture City Red

    @mike: Good point Mike. The Reds have won some games, but they haven’t ‘Beat’ anyone.

    It looks like Bruce is coming around. I’ve been a Bruce fan since his call up…He just seems like a good kid. I’d like to see him succeed.

  6. The Mad Hatter

    Concerning Bailey, in the first he wasn’t sharp but deserved better than giving up 3 runs. It really felt as though the ump was squeezing him based on his previous two outings. Once he settled in he looked good and that is a tough lineup. I was hoping he would get through 6 but that first inning clearly had an effect on him. As the temperature rises I think Homer will get better.

    @Furniture City, I thought the same thing about Hanigan and Hernandez but according to B-R Bailey threw better to Hernandez last season than to Hanigan. The guy he reallly worked well with was Miller. When it was a Homer-Corky battery Bailey’s numbers were 6 GS, 39 IP, 1.38 ERA, 36K and an OPP BA of .232.

  7. justcorbly

    I agree that Chapman should stayin the minors until he demonstrates the kind of consistent control needed to pitch in the majors. The biggest reason tht it is easy to lose patience with a 23-year-old Bailey is that the team was premature in their attempts to get him to pitch in the majors. He wasn’t ready. If Homer had spent the last two-three years learning his craft full-time at Louisville, without the temptation and pressure of being brought up, he’d be a much beter pitcher now.

    Prediction for tonight: Harang will leave in the 4th, with 85 pitches, behind by 4 runs.

  8. Furniture City Red

    @justcorbly: Ah come on, you know Dusty will let the Reds get behind more than 4 runs before he even gets someone up and throwing in the bull-pen… 🙂

  9. DK in Erie Pa

    Rantings from afar
    Catch all the games on MLB Extra Innings and unless Gomes drives in a run a game, his defense is KILLING the Reds. Stubbs looks lost, move him down in lineup (wait; doesn’t the CF have to hit leadoff?) Reds pitchers are SO predictable; away, away, away. Can someone PLEASE throw inside occasionally? Every opposing batter is ahead in count, 2-0, 3-1, no wonder strikes are being mashed. I didn’t see all the games last year, but is this a philosophical change (away, away, away)? Great to “talk” to fellow Red fans

  10. TC

    One more possitive Chad. The Reds scored 11 points. TODNS*. And all largely without the benefit of the long ball.

    😯

    (This offense did not stink)