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|W: D. McGowan (4-2)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â L: Aroldis Chapman (0-2)|
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I’ll bet you want to vent. I’m here for you. Let ‘er rip. But, let’s recap, curse and weep first.
Jay Bruce had himself a game tonight. A single and a home run in the second inning alone. A walk. A stolen base, his 8th in 9 attempts. Devin Mesoraco got himself a double and his 10th home run of the season. After briefly slipping below .300, Rock is now hitting .310 / .361 / .613.
You must be joking. Keep reading. But, I wouldn’t blame you if you stopped right here.
The pitching completely collapsed tonight in a way it hasn’t in a long, long time. No one person was solely responsible. It was a slow death by a thousand little cuts before the Reds bled out in the top of the 9th inning.
Mat Latos didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the same velocity on his fastball that he did in his first start in Milwaukee, and it showed. But if ever there was a night for Latos to have a poor start, this was it (5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 K) because the Reds got Mat 8 runs in the second inning.
Manny Parra came in with one jobÃ¢â‚¬â€deal with Melky Cabrera. He couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find the plate with two hands and a map. And as quick as he took the bump, he walked off the other side.
Enter Logan Ondrusek, [gulp] who walked in the 5th run, leaving him to face Encarnacion with the bases loaded and representingÃ¢â‚¬â€unbelievablyÃ¢â‚¬â€the tying run. He then grooved one to EE that EdwinÃ¢â‚¬â€too eager to haunt the Reds and the GABP crowdÃ¢â‚¬â€popped up to LF.
How hard is it to pitch in the big leagues? I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, but watching Jumbo Diaz make his first appearance, I think I can guess. Ninety-eight miles per hour is better than good, but velocity isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t everything. Diaz has overwhelmed Triple A, but if you were cursing Walt Jocketty for not calling him up sooner, you may owe the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ GM an apology. Poor Jumbo gave up 3 runs on two dingers. Only the most heartless among us couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel for the guy.
Jonathan Broxton was the beneficiary of a huge double play in the 8th inning, but still couldn’t get out of the inning without giving up the tying run in the 8th inning.
On a night when the Reds desperately needed Aroldis Chapman to be his usual Superman, Clark Kent showed up.
It couldn’t possibly get any worse, could it? Sure it could. Sam LeCure made sure Encarnacion had a night to remember by giving him his second 3-run blast of the night.
Reds pitchers walked 10 batters tonight. Brutal doesn’t begin to describe it.
Not so random thoughts …
The next time some clownish major league baseball player gets offended by the opposing team stealing bases or adding on during a blowout, for not playing the RIGHT WAY, they should be forced to watch this game from start to finish.
By my count, former Reds Encarnacion,Ã‚Â Dioner Navarro and Juan Francisco had 9 RBIs against their old mates. I remember watching the Reds blow an 8-run lead many years ago against the Cardinals. Danny Graves was on the mound that night. He was also in the ballpark tonight.
Make of that what you will.
The 7th inning has been the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Achilles Heel this year. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s where the bullpen has failed seemingly night-after-night when a starter isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t in the game. Predictably, it happened again tonight. The Cincinnati Reds have a huge bullpen problem to say the least. With Sean Marshall almost certainly gone for the year and the usually reliable Sam LeCure and J.J. Hoover under-performing, they have to find a way to patch the middle relief and do it fast.
Tonight’s Win Probability Chart looks like the north face of Everest. The Reds went right off the cliff.
EncarnacionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s throwing error allowed Bruce to score the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 9th run in the 5th inning. Some things never change. Didn’t matter.
In very short order, we are going to find out what this team is made of. Either way, this game will be a turning point. Sink or swim, gentlemen.
The Daily Billy: Did BillyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s speed on a routine ground ball to second in the 6th cause the the Blue JayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kawasaki to muff the easy play? Just wondering.
Tonight’s Words of Wisdom: “Tonight’s one loss and fortunately it counts as one loss. It was an ugly loss, a loss of an 8-run lead and the type of loss that affects everybody. The one in Pittsburgh stunk, it was extra innings and it happened, but these hurt. They don’t happen very often. If you do this long enough everybody sees ’em. You get a big lead and you don’t win the game and they stink. But we got to get over it. We’ve got to counter-punch tomorrow.“Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€Bryan Price