Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Offense fails to show in Reds 3-1 loss to the Cardinals

Reds pitching was finally up to the task, but the bats failed to follow. Mike Leake gave up a homer early, very early but got it back together to pitch a solid game, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs walking 1 and striking out 4 in 6 innings. Sam LeCure also showed up with some solid relief, walking 2 batters but striking out 3 in his sole inning of work. The only Reds run came in the 6th inning. After rookie shortstop Zack Cozart slammed a stand up triple, he was knocked in on a Joey Votto sacrifice fly. Starting pitching has seemed to improve this time around, but the Reds offense still hasn't picked up the pace.

The Good
- Leake had a solid start. Nothing special, but a breath of fresh air after the struggling that Latos, Arroyo and Bailey have done so far this season.
- Scott Rolen's glove work was phenomenal tonight. The old third baseman still has it!
- Sam LeCure pitched a great inning, despite walking 2 batters. 
Cozart and Jay Bruce continue to produce.

Sam Lecure was one of the few brights spots for the Reds tonight.

The Bad:
-The offense absolutely failed to show up. With a game in reach, guys have to get on base. And to do that, this lineup needs much more plate discipline than it currently has.
- With Brandon Phillips out for the next few days, Willie Harris is expected to hit lead off. But going 0-4 at the plate isn't getting the job done. No one is expecting Willie to bat .300 with around 20 homers, have gold glove defense and 200K+ twitter followers, but if you're in the one spot, you should be getting on base somehow.

The Notables:
- The biggest news of the day was the official announcement of Phillips' 6yr/$72.5MM contract extension. Click here for the full story.
- Former Red Kyle Lohse improved to 2-0 on the season after he limited the Reds to just four hits and a run over six innings.
- Nick Masset continues to be bothered by a sore shoulder. He's yet to begin throwing again.
- The game was played in 40 and 50 degree weather today. By far the coldest game of the year thus far.
- The game only drew a crowd of 17,110...marking the second straight night the stadium has been over half empty.
- The Reds move to 2-3. Only the awful Cubs keep the Reds out of the NL Central basement
- Tomorrow Johnny Cueto makes his second start of the season against Jaime Garcia. Cueto has a chance of starting the season 2-0 and helping the Reds avoid a sweep. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope this year the Red's will by my Huckleberry.