|Los Angeles Dodgers (35-31)
|Cincinnati Reds (29-34)
|W: J. Beckett (4-3)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â L: M. Leake (3-6)|
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Joey Votto came back tonight. That was good. Other than that, there was nothing good about tonight. There just wasn’t. I could make something up. Not doing it.
For the second night in a row, the starting pitching–usually the stalwart of this team–couldn’t keep the Reds close. Mike Leake was solid early. He struck out 5 in the first 4 innings. But in the 5th, Justin Turner got a stupid bloop hit and the rains came down. 5.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 7 K.
The Dodgers had 5 doubles in the game. That’s a killer.
The Bat Rack. There are no hits there. It’s a barren wasteland where runs can find no purchase.
Not so random thoughts …
Who the hell is Justin Turner and why is he tormenting the Cincinnati Reds with his bloop hits?
Because thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way this season has gone. I had to listen to Thom Brennaman tell me that the Reds averaged a half run less when Joey Votto was on the DL and that run discrepancy wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t all that significant. I had to listen to the Fox Sports Ohio team tell me that the problem with all the Dodgers high priced talent was that they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have gritty players like Skip Schumaker.
I give up.
Who do you want as your third lefthander in the bullpen? Sean Marshall or Tony Cingrani? Sean looked like he was auditioning for a spot in the 8th.
You can scream for Walt Jocketty to find another bat, but there is nothing out there now. Too many teams are still in it. I predict this extra Wild Card team will effectively kill in-season trades for the foreseeable future. There might be a team that needs a closer at the deadline. Chapman is the one trading chip that would bring a viable hitter to the lineup that could be a difference-maker that wouldn’t also cripple the team’s chances this year and beyond. But, I think the front office values their closer too much to make that deal.
Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of Nuxhall’s MLB debut at the age of 15. I have one signed ball in my collection. It’s signed:
Joe NuxhallÃ‚Â 6-10-44.
The Daily Billy: Hamilton had 2 hits in 5 ABs.