Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
San Francisco 5
W: M. Bumgarner (10-4)
L: J. Cueto (9-4)
–The defense was miserable tonight; even the better defenders on the club were hacking it up in the field. Jay Bruce made an error, Scott Rolen made an error, Todd Frazier misplayed a ball (see below), and Miguel Cairo — bless his heart — looked like he’d never played second base before.
–The Reds didn’t get a hit until Ryan Hanigan singled to lead off the sixth. And then they didn’t get another hit the rest of the game. Ugh.
–Cairo also went 0-3 at the plate, and he’s now hitting a paltry .127/.158/.218. I’ve become a big Cairo fan over the last couple of years — he won me over — but I’m really not sure what he brings to this team.
–Sam LeCure was awful in his one inning of work: two runs allowed on three hits and a walk.
–Ugh. A typical west coast road trip performance. Cincinnati’s lead in the NL Central is now down to one game.
–Johnny Cueto was not sharp tonight, for the first time in a while. Somehow, he still managed to go six innings while allowing only two earned runs on six hits and four walks. Actually, only one of those runs should have been earned. The last run Cueto allowed scored when Todd Frazier completely mangled a line drive to left field that should have been the third out of the sixth inning.
–Drew Stubbs walked twice, and his OBP is slowly creeping up to respectability.
–Has a team as good as the Reds ever had a bench as bad as this one?
–It’s late, I’m tired, and I don’t want to think about this game anymore. See you tomorrow.