Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (66-74) 7 11 0
Baltimore Orioles (82-57) 9 12 1
W: Hunter (3-2) L: Parra (0-2) S: Britton (33)
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Positives

–The Reds were down 6-0 after one inning — what’s new? — but fought back to tie the game at 7 in the seventh inning.

–Great night for Devin Mesoraco: four hits in four at-bats, including a double and his 21st homer, two runs scored, and four RBI. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Negatives

–Mike Leake has mostly been good this year, but not tonight: seven runs allowed on seven hits in four innings pitched.

Not so random thoughts….

–Swept by the Orioles. Redlegs are 1-5 on this road trip so far. Eight games under .500. Oh Reds. Why do you break our heart so often?

–Baseball is so funny. Tonight’s lineup — Bourgeois, Santiago, Frazier, Mesoraco, Lutz, Rodriguez, Hannahan, Elmore, Barnhart — might literally be the worst lineup in the ten-year history of Redleg Nation. And yet, they scored seven runs against a first-place team. Crazy.

–A peek behind the scenes: writing recaps for a miserable team like this isn’t easy. The ol’ Redlegs just aren’t fun to watch right now, are they?

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati's performance tonight. The comeback was fun for a little while, though.

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati’s performance tonight. The comeback was fun for a little while, though.

20 Responses

  1. RedAlert

    Chad , you guys are to be commended for continuing to do these recaps for this miserable season – please know that the Nation appreciates your efforts !

    • kmartin

      I second that! The writers of Redleg Nation do a fantastic job.

      • doctor

        Endeavor to Persevere RedLegNation!!!!

    • Tom Reed

      Tough season but this is a great blog. Thank you for all your effort, time and work.

  2. Jake

    It’s nice to see that some of the call ups got some hits. So close to winning this one then we went with the clown show known as the bullpen. Can’t have a win, now can we

  3. The Next Janish

    File under spilt milk, but does anyone else wish we had picked up Nelson Cruz? Whatever his WAR is this year it would have translated into twice as many wins for the reds considering the number of one win losses we had. With that mind can we please fill the blackhole known as left field?

    • Mister D69

      Believe it or not there are still some people out there (fans of Reds and others, probably) who didn’t want, and still wouldn’t want, Cruz. Gotta keep punishing him for prior drug use, ya know. And that time served, it means nothing. He still wouldn’t be worthy to wear Reds colors.
      Meanwhile, the O’s are waltzing to October.

      • Grand Salami

        I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts he is still using.

      • Reed Bergen

        As one of the people that do not want Cruz, I still do not want him because he will be very expensive. They could have gone for him before he went to Texas and juiced, but the Reds could not afford him now.

      • The Next Janish

        Cruz $8M is definitely too expensive. Glad we got Ludwick at $8.5M.;-)

        Now would I say sign Cruz after this season no way, but some of these players who turn down the offer really take a hit in the market (cruz, jiminez, and drew). I’m not a huge fan of Cruz either, but a real good hitting left fielder might have made a huge difference for the win totals this year. There is a players WAR and Wrc+ and then there is the synergy of having a good player on the team.

    • A.d. Boyd

      Cruz has never been known as a bad clubhouse guy. Plus, I’m not sure how you could possibly disrupt the Reds clubhouse “chemistry.” They quit 10 days ago. Sounds like a chemistry change is just what they need.

    • VaRedsFan

      I was all over Cruz in the offseason. But as you stated, I was met with stern resistance

  4. Reed Bergen

    Yes, it is his bat that keeps him, on the bench

  5. Tom Reed

    Just about any offensive acquisition this year would have probably jolted the Reds to .500 or better and kept them in the wild card race. But, again, nothing was done.

  6. Art Wayne Austin

    I suspect a couple of guys on the team don’t know what baseball is all about, Latos and Bruce to be blunt. Jabberbox Thom’s off-target announcing makes it harder to watch these guys go thru the motions. Let’s trade the three of them for blood, sweat and tears with talent of course. We needed someone to step up this summer. They didn’t and the Reds didn’t. Says something about character doesn’t it?

  7. Art Wayne Austin

    Drew, Bruce has hit .220 and Latos has underperformed in many key games. And, of course Thom keeps hyping opposing managers plus uses his football style for baseball games. SHUT UP THOM. Bear the pain of our world-chumps like the rest of us.

  8. Redsfan48

    I see Barnhart as a Ryan Hanigan type with a better bat. I believe after he becomes the backup catcher, we can expect .260/.340/360 from him on average, with average power for a catcher. When it’s all said and done, I think he will be an average or maybe slightly above or below average catcher offensively and obviously well above average defensively.

  9. Art Wayne Austin

    I’ve done that but their paying announcers big money for some reason. Thom is not the 1st Reds hot-dog announcer there’s always his dad. Jim McIntyre was the first one back in late 60s and early 70s. I just hope there’s not another out there ready to take Marty’s place. Hall of Fame(Hot-Dog) announcer? How did that ever happen?