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|W: T. Ross (5-3) Ã‚Â Ã‚Â L:Ã‚Â J. Francis (0-1)
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The Defense. Terrific plays by Roger Bernadina and Ramon Santiago are another reminder of just how good this team is with the leather and how much they–along with the starting pitching–contribute to the Reds superior run prevention. That run prevention has kept the Redlegs afloat this season. I caution people who cry to replace Zack Cozart. He carries his weight with his fielding, no matter what kind of slump he is in. The RBIs are in Zack’s glove.
Chris Heisey had a double and two walks.
Starter Tyson Ross owned Joey Votto, who struck out three times. Brandon Phillips went 0 for 4.
The bullpen. Logan Ondrusek and Sean Marshall were grossly ineffective. Even Sam LeCure, who has been the sole bright light in the pen, gave up a home run. J.J. Hoover had a one-two-three ninth, but too little, to late.
Not so random thoughts …
On a night when Chris Heisey gets on base three times, the two batters behind him go 0 for 7. Todd Frazier extended his hitting steak to 14 games.
I’m beginning to worry about Sean Marshall. I think Bryan Price has seen just about enough Logan Ondrusek for awhile. The Reds need to look elsewhere. Marshall and Broxton are back and the bullpen just hasn’t gotten better. If you think Chapman is largely wasted now, just wait. If they can’t get the game to the 8th inning, it won’t matter how good his comeback looks.
You’ve heard commentators talk about bad matchups in basketball? This series was a bad matchup for the Reds. With the third best ERA in the majors and the state of the Reds bats, San Diego could easily hang with the Reds starting pitching staff, nullifying the Reds best weapon.
The Daily Billy: The Hamilton Effect provided the Reds only run in the nightcap.