Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
WP: Clippard (8-3)
LP: Del Rosario (1-1)
S: Capps (18)
– Drew Stubbs reached base three times, recording a single and two walks. Ã‚Â He also scored a run and stole his 12th base of the season. Ã‚Â He’s fast!
– Ramon Hernandez and Brandon Phillips each had two hits. Ã‚Â Phillips also stole a base and had an RBI.
– Arthur Rhodes is the man! Ã‚Â Rhodes extended his scoreless streak to 1,294,129 innings and I believe now has an ERA in the negatives.
– Aaron Harang threw 98 pitches in just 4 innings. Ã‚Â That will not get it done. Ã‚Â Harang allowed 8 hits and walked a batter.
– Jonny Gomes made a horrendous error in the 7th inning that cost the Reds two runs. Ã‚Â Replay clearly showed Stubbs was calling for the ball. Ã‚Â The ball was lofted into left-centerfield and Gomes and Stubbs both attempted to catch it. Ã‚Â Unfortunately, neither one did.
– The umpiring in Major League Baseball has gotten absurd. Ã‚Â I will have to agree with Rob Dibble’s statement tonight on MASN: “Bud Selig has got to retire Joe West.” Ã‚Â West overturned a call at 3b, and he was umpiring at 1b tonight. Even though the call benefited the Reds, how can he do that? Ã‚Â He then tossed Nationals SS Ian Desmond within 2 seconds of overturning the call. Ã‚Â Insane! Ã‚Â Will West complain about the length of the game tonight, which took over 3 hours to play the first 7 innings.
– Maybe it is just me, but when we turn a tie game over to our bullpen, I have very little confidence that we are going to win. Ã‚Â I almost feel better when we are losing in late game situations than I do when the game is tied. Granted, tonight’s loss was not as much Del Rosario’s fault as it was the error by Gomes in left.
– Adam Dunn had two hits. Ã‚Â I am still a fan of the big guy. Ã‚Â To make the mouth breathers happy, he did ground out with two outs and the bases loaded. Ã‚Â The bum!
– The Reds must now win the final two games in Washington to ensure a .500 road trip.