Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Reds Disappoint Again in Extra Innings

Cincy wasted a solid outing by their ace
The Cincinnati Reds started their second series of the season against the Cardinals tonight, this time in St. Louis. The Reds headed into the game hoping to recover from losing two out of three at home against the defending World Series champions and improving to one game under .500 and coming within 2 games of first place.

Johnny Cueto and Kyle Lohse both pitched amazing games. Cueto only giving up 1 run in the first inning and Lohse going scoreless through 7, leaving the Cardinals with a one run lead heading into the 8th inning. The top of the eighth started promising for the Reds with Ryan Hanigan reaching base on a fielding error by Daniel Descalso, followed by Wilson Valdez reaching on a fielding error by reliever Mitchell Boggs. The Reds comeback was momentarily cut short when Brandon Phillips hit into a double play. The Reds luck finally turned around after rookie Short Stop Zach Cozart finally put a run on the board driving a single into centerfield and driving Mitchell Boggs out of the game.

The top of the 10th showed promise for the Reds with a leadoff single from Devin Mesoraco, but after Harris failed to get a bunt down for an out, Phillips struck out and Mesoraco was gunned down trying to take second, with Cozart and Votto coming up.  

The Cardinals won on a one out, bases loaded walk off hit from Matt Carpenter.

The Good: 
- Cueto went 7 innings with 2 walks, 5 strikeouts and 1 earned run off of a Carlos Beltran solo shot in the first inning.
- Logan Ondrusek came in and sat them down 1-2-3 in the 8th inning and then got out of a 2 out bases loaded jam in the 9th to send the game into extra innings. 
- Devin Mesoraco scored from second after coming in to pinch run for Ryan Hanigan, then had a single in his only at bat in the 10th. He improved his batting average to .231

The Bad: 
- Jay Bruce started out strong this season, but has since gone into an 0-19 slide at the plate.
- Umpiring to start the season has been shaky at best. Pitchers of both the Nationals and Reds were squeezed in Washington. And Stubbs was robbed of a call at third base tonight.
- The offense continues to be absolutely awful. Only three Reds in the lineup tonight finished the game batting above .250:  Zack Cozart, Joey Votto and Johnny Cueto.
- Brandon Phillips was hitless on the night. Going 0-5 and lowering his batting average to an even .200

The Notables: 
- The Reds are now 4-7 on the year and 4 games out of first place. 
-This is the first of two series the Reds will play in St. Louis. The second will be the very last series of the regular season.
-This is the fourth time in five games the Reds have gone to extra innings so far this season. 
- Tomorrow Mat Latos (0-1 5.59 ERA) faces Jaime Garcia (1-0 4.22 ERA) at 8:15 pm. The series finale will take place on Thursday at 1:45 pm with Bronson Arroyo (0-0 2.63 ERA) facing off against Adam Wainwright (0-2 11.42).

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