Monday, September 19, 2011

Houston We Have A Problem, Reds Lose

Todd Frazier & the Reds couldn't get past the 'Stros on Monday
Cincinnati (74-80) played host to the team with the worst record in MLB on Monday, and naturally they lost. The Astros (53-100) edged out the Redlegs by a tally of 3-2 as Dusty Baker's offense was stymied again.

Here's the good, the long list of bad, and the notables regarding the rainy affair:

The Good:
-Travis Wood pitched well filling in for Dontrelle Willis -- who was scratched for the second straight game. Wood tossed five innings of no-run, 4-hit ball and also laid down a beautiful sac bunt.
-Brandon Phillips slugged his 17th jack of the year to leadoff the home half of the first. It was his fifth homer in the past week.
-Drew Stubbs picked up his 38th stolen base of '11. He's aiming to become the first Red with 40+ SB in a season since Deion Sanders swiped 56 in 1997.
-Ramon Hernandez reached base in all three plate appearances. The 36-year old singled and reached twice via walk.

The Bad:
-Another one-run defeat. That makes 31 of 'em on the year.
-Logan Ondrusek allowed at least a run for the fourth time in his previous five relief appearances. He's put together a shabby 7.46 ERA this month.
-Nick Masset served up a tie-breaking homer in the eighth -- which would prove to be the difference in the outcome.
-Chris Heisey is 0 for his last 9 after going hitless in the contest.
-With an 0 for 4 performance at the dish, Joey Votto is now hitless in his last 10 at-bats (4 K's).
-Jay Bruce is in an even greater funk than Votto, he is now 0 for his last 14 after an 0 for 4 showing on Monday.
-As dumb luck or lack of skill would have it, Cincy rolled into three double plays.
-As a team, Cincinnati has only eight hits in their past three games combined. They've been outscored 21-4 over that span.
-It was announced before the game that Yonder Alonso will be relegated to pinch-hitting duties for the rest of the year due to right ankle injury. More on that development in the "Quotes & Notes" post later.
-The Reds remain winless on Monday's since June 27th (@ TB). It's been 84 days since the last time they won on the first day of the week, and are 0-9 over that stretch.

Notables:
-Reds still lead the season series 7-6 (4-3 @ home).
-Cincy is riding a 4-game losing skid.

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