|Ã‚Â Cincinnati RedsÃ‚Â Ã‚Â (23-29)||0||3||1|
|Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Aridzona DiamondbacksÃ‚Â Ã‚Â (23-33)||4||10||0|
|Ã‚Â W: Collmenter (4-2) Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â L: Cingrani (2-4)|
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One of the two teams showed up tonight. Last October, when Bryan Price described how he wanted the Reds to play for him, it was the opposite of how his team looked tonight. I wouldn’t insult the goat with braces by associating him with the Cincinnati Reds’ pathetic performance.Ã‚Â
The Reds beat Clayton Kershaw last night.
Josh Collmenter is not Clayton Kershaw. In fact, CollmenterÃ‚Â is one of the least accomplished starting pitchers in all of major league baseball. He’s had only one start of more than six innings this season, when he gave up four runs in seven innings to the Rockies. In May, Collmenter has made it through six innings once. Collmenter has never pitched a complete game in the major leagues, let alone a shutout. Before tonight, before tonight that is.
The Reds didn’t have an inning with more than one runner on base. They didn’t manage to draw a single walk. The next time someone tries to tell you that the problem with the Reds offense is leaving runners on base or not hitting well with runners in scoring position, think about this game. If they had knocked in every base runner they would have lost. To Josh Feakin’ Collmenter.
Not so random thoughts
There’s nothing particularly surprising or damning about the Reds losing toÃ‚Â St. Louis and Los Angeles, especially with Joey Votto still hurt and given the pitching the Reds faced the last week. This series in Arizona, however, is different. It’s going to be a good measure of where the Reds are right now. To say they came up short tonight would be like saying the bug came up short against your windshield. Pray that this is rock bottom.