Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bullpen implodes as Reds lose 9-4 in series finale

Not much went right after the fifth inning for the Reds,
as Chapman and Ondrusek gave up their first runs.
The Reds (19-18) and Mets (21-17) got together for an afternoon bout on Thursday, with Cincinnati looking to sweep the brief two-game series. The big righty Mat Latos went against the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Weather Education day at Citi Field in New York. The Redlegs broke it open with a three-run fifth inning which gave them a 4-0 lead, before the Metropolitans rallied and ripped a gaping hole in the game to take a 9-4 lead over the next four innings, and that was the final score.

Here's the good, the very, very bad, and the notables:

The Good
-The Reds offense looked good early on, banging out four runs on eight hits, before everything went wrong.
-Latos drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, as part of the three-run fifth.
-Joey Votto blasted a knuckleball deep to right field for a solo home run (4) in the fourth. He finished 2-4 on the day.
-Ryan Hanigan was 1-3 and doubled to knock in the first run of the fifth, later scoring on a passed ball by Dickey.
-Chris Heisey came off the bench to smack a double in the ninth.

The Bad
-He started out well, but Latos once again labored to get through five innings, throwing 100 pitches, and giving up three earned runs. He did strike out seven, before giving way to J.J. Hoover in the sixth inning with two men on and no outs. One of those men scored, with the run charged to Latos with Hoover on the mound. Hoover otherwise, recorded a scoreless inning.
-Aroldis Chapman gave up his first run of the season, an unearned run which tied the game 4-4 in the seventh, on a hit and two walks, though he did strike out two. He was charged with the blown save.
-If that wasn't odd enough,the loss was pinned on Logan Ondrusek (3-1) who also surrendered his first run of the year, an earned run that gave the Mets the lead in the eighth. That wasn't all though. He gave up five total runs, all earned, including a three-run home run to Ronny Cedeno...yes Ronny Cedeno.
-Three Reds made it a little bit windier in the Big Apple today as Zack Cozart was 0-4 with two whiffs, while Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce each went 0-4, with hat tricks by striking out three times.

The Notables
-The webbing on Votto's glove broke when he made a nice play, diving to his right to stop a line drive in the fourth. The equipment malfunction resulted in a hit for Daniel Murphy.
-The Reds will travel across town to take on the Yankees tomorrow at 7:05pm. Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 3.25) will oppose Andy Pettitte (0-1, 5.68).

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