Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…

FINAL
CHICAGO – 3
CINCINNATI – 2
WP: M. Mateo (1-1)
LP: F. Cordero (2-1)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
– Bronson Arroyo pitched outstanding today.  Arroyo allowed just 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks in 7.1 innings pitched.  He deserved to get the win; unfortunately the Reds offense did not give him enough support and Cordero could not nail down the save in the 9th inning.

– Logan Ondrusek struck out the only 2 batters he faced in the 8th inning.  After Arroyo allowed a 1-out single, Ondrusek ended the Cubs threat.

– Ryan Hanigan went 2-4 with 2 singles and Joey Votto reached base twice thanks to 2 walks in 4 plate appearances.

NEGATIVES
– Francisco Cordero has been solid all year.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t today.  Cordero gave up a leadoff homerun in the top of the 9th inning to tie it at 2-2.  A single, double, and single later, the Cubs came from behind to win the game.

– Drew Stubbs looked bad on the fly ball with 2 outs in the 9th.  He got turned around 2 or 3 different times and then didn’t even get a glove on the ball. Fortunately, it bounced over the wall for a ground rule double.  Unfortunately for the Reds, Stubbs did not catch it and the next Cubs batter singled in the winning run.

– The Reds only scored 2 runs on 5 hits. TOS*

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
-I wonder if walking Fukudome ever crossed Baker’s mind?  Fukudome was 2-4 in his career versus Cordero.  He was a lefty batter and first base was open.  On deck was a guy with only 189 career at-bats.  I am not sure the result would have been different, but I like the odds of Cordero getting Barney out better than the odds of Fukudome beating us, which he did.

– The Reds had a chance to win their 2nd straight series with a win today.  I guess we will have to wait and see if the Reds can win the series tomorrow afternoon against the hated Cubs.

– The game was actually on Fox here in Virginia today.  I only watched the final 3 innings due to other obligations.  I was able to watch the 9th inning.  So perhaps I am to blame for the Reds loss since I was unable to watch any of the previous 3 wins.

– Johnny Cueto gets his first start of the season tomorrow against former Reds pitcher Ryan Dumpster.  Or uh, Dempster.  Let’s hope Cueto’s season debut goes a lot like Homer Bailey’s did on Thursday.

– I hate the Cubs!

– This picture neither makes me laugh nor smile.  In fact, I despise the stupid thing…

Goat Braces!

*This Offense Stinks