Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
St. Louis 4
Cincinnati 3
WP: Garcia (4-2)
LP: Harang (2-5)
S: Franklin (8)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Jonny Gomes was 3-4 with a double, two runs scored, and a stolen base (!). Gomes has rebounded quite nicely from his slow start.

–Great job by Mike Lincoln, Nick Masset, and — who else? — Arthur Rhodes to shut down the Cards and give the good guys a chance to get back into the game.

–Ryan Hanigan had two more hits, including a key single in the ninth that would’ve mattered if Dusty Baker hadn’t screwed up just after that.

–Drew Stubbs crushed a ball to dead center field for a two-run homer.

NEGATIVES
–Can anyone explain what in the name of all that is good and pure Dusty Baker was thinking in the bottom of the ninth? Why pinch-hit Ramon Hernandez there? Cards pitcher Ryan Franklin kills right-handed batters, Hernandez is 3-21 against the guy…plus Hernandez is slower than molasses. It didn’t take a genius to predict that Hernandez was a good bet to hit into a double play there.

–At least one run tonight was the direct result of Orlando Cabrera’s terrible defense. This guy looks like his feet are stuck in cement out there.

ETC.
–Aaron Harang wasn’t great, but he wasn’t awful either. Two bad pitches really ruined his night, but he loses any sympathy from me by the simple act of actually pitching to Albert Pujols. Pitch around that guy!

–This was a winnable game. If Orlando could move his feet and reach an easy ground ball to shortstop, that would’ve eliminated at least one run. If Dusty Baker had the first clue about how to manage a baseball team, maybe the Reds get another run in the ninth.

–Oh well, frustrating loss, but the Reds still have a good chance to make some noise in this series. Mike Leake is pitching tomorrow, and that’s always a fun time.

10 Responses

  1. Barnes

    Dusty managing this team, they’re a .500 team. Anyone with a brain that can coordinate a roster, they’re more than capable of playing .600 ball.

  2. Barnes

    Hernandez pinch hitting aside, Stubbs scores from second on Hanigan’s single. Hanigan took enough pitches for Drew to have a chance to steal second, and I feel pretty good about his chances of swiping it. Instead, he ends up on second after Hanigan’s single instead of scoring.

  3. The Mad Hatter

    If Nix is unavailable and you wanted to bring up a lefty, who do you bring up? Looking at LVille’s roster the only choice I think you can make is bring up Sutton and DFA Cairo. The only other lefty on the 40 man is Yonder Alonso, now that Dorn, Dickerson and Nix are unavailable. If he’s hurt, I probably would have wanted to keep it quiet too. There aren’t any other options.

  4. Sean

    Sutton’s a better player than Cairo…please….Chad Dotson is a better player than Cairo…

  5. Furniture City Red

    If Nix was ‘unavailable’ then there wasn’t much Baker could have done in the ninth. There is no way Baker would ever send Janish up in that situation, even though he would be less likely to hit into a DP.

    Double steal in the ninth? yeah, it would have been great if it worked – but if it didn’t everyone would be ripping Baker for trying it.

    Cabrera’s defense is a liability. Does any body know how many runs he has given up this year…is there a stat for Short Stop ERA?

    Yes, both Cardinals HR’s were cheap, But if Harang would have kept the ball down they never would of happened. And speaking of bad pitching…When will Reds pitchers learn to pitch around Pujols?

    Cairo needs to be DFA’ed immediately.

    Oh Well…We’ll get’em today ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. The Mad Hatter

    What I thought was a positive was you could flat out see there was fight in that team last night. Between outward displays Votto slamming the bat and Bruce slamming his glove, this team was fighting all night against a tough lefty that they had never seen before.

    I agree with some of the other posts earlier in that if Nix isn’t available then Hernandez was the only real choice in that situation and as much as would have loved to see Stubbs try to steal second from Molina, I don’t think getting the tieing run thrown out is the right call either. Either way it’s good to see the fight and hopefully tonight turns out on the good side.

  7. Furniture City Red

    @Chris Wilson: @pinson343:
    Agreed and Agreed. Make guy’s think twice before they dive out over the plate for that outside pitch….Would it be wrong to throw at Larussa โ“ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  8. Furniture City Red

    @Steve: Has there ever been any serious talk of eliminating the first couple rows of seats and raising the fence?

  9. Furniture City Red

    @Steve: yeah, ultimately it’s up to our pitchers to keep the ball down in the zone. both homers Harang gave up last night were on fat pitches…..That’s another point in Leake’s up-side column – He keeps the ball down.