Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: J. Zimmermann (2-3)
L: J. Arredondo (2-1)
S: H. Rodriguez (8)
–Aroldis Chapman is the greatest pitcher in the history of the world. Four strikeouts in two innings pitched. One of those strikeouts was a three-pitch K of Natinals phenom Bryce Harper. Harper whiffed on a 100-mph fastball for strike three. It was a thing of beauty.
–This absolutely kills me:
Drives me crazy when Dusty Baker lets the pitcher hit then immediately replaces him on the mound.
— Sean Lahman (@seanlahman) May 13, 2012
Dusty did just that — for the second straight night — when he let Mat Latos hit for himself in the bottom of the fifth, then brought out Jose Arredondo to start the sixth. I know, Dusty thinks it’s a sacrifice situation, but why not use a real hitter there? Drives me bananas.
–Ryan Ludwick went 1-4 and actually saw his putrid offensive numbers (.187/.274/.347) go up.
–Tough loss, and it means the Reds have lost the series. Let’s hope they can salvage something tomorrow afternoon.
–It was the second largest non-Opening Day crowd in Great American Ballpark history. Thanks, bobblehead craze!
–Mat Latos only gave up one run in five innings, but he walked five and threw 109 pitches in those five innings.
–Let’s hope that Chapman pitching two innings was the first step in stretching him out to get him ready for the starting rotation. He can’t do much better out of the pen:
18-straight relief appearances with 0 R and at least 1 K for Chapman. Only 3 longer streaks in history. Record is 22 by Billy Wagner. #Reds
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 13, 2012
–Get ’em tomorrow, Redlegs.