Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Another day, another one-run loss for the Reds

Chapman is now 0-3 with two blown saves in
his previous seven outings

Tuesday's edition of the Battle of Ohio at Progressive Field unfolded much differently than Monday's 19-run, 27-hit slugfest. Instead of offense, stingy pitching was on full display by the Redlegs and Indians. However, the end result on Tuesday was just the same for the Reds (38-29) as they fell victim to another one-run defeat -- this time by a tally of 3-2 in 10 innings to the hands of the rival Indians (35-32).

Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera stuck the proverbial dagger into the Redlegs with his walk-off, 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10th off closer Aroldis Chapman.

Let's have a look at the good, the bad and the notables from the rivalry bout:

The Good:
- Justin Verlander and Detroit beat up on the Cardinals. That's perhaps the only silver lining to tonight's heart-breaking defeat.
- Sean Marshall has been mighty good since moving back to a setup role. The southpaw delivered two scoreless innings of relief while fanning three.
- Starter Mike Leake produced a quality start by limiting the Tribe to one run and six hits over seven frames. He struckout four and walked only one.
- Zack Cozart collected three hits in five at-bats including his 18th double of 2012.

The Bad:
- Scott Rolen was charged with a throwing error (3) and was 0-4 in his second game back from the DL.
- Cincy was a pitiful 2-12 with RISP tonight. That's not going to cut it in the long run.
- The Reds took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 10th only to have Chapman blow his third save of the season. Cabrera's 7th homer of the year (a 2-run bomb) sent the home team to a walkoff victory and dropped Chapman's record to 4-3. The Cuban Missile has shown himself to be quite vulnerable over the past few weeks after looking nearly unhittable the first two months of the season.
- The Reds wasted an excellent start by Leake -- a start that would've nice to have in Monday's 10-9 loss.
- Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco were each 0-3 with a pair of Ks.
- Cincinnati is now in danger of being swept after doing the same to their instate rivals just last week at GABP.

The Notables:
- A mediocre-sized crowd of 17,213 was on hand for the weekday affair.
- CIN is now 39-41 all-time vs CLE.
- Chapman's streak of 34 consecutive appearances with at least one recorded strikeout was snapped. That was the third-longest streak of its kind in major-league history.
- Up next: The Reds will wrap up the series, and road trip, on Wednesday as they march out Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 3.84) to counter the Tribe's Justin Masterson (3-6, 4.38). First pitch is slated for 7:05et. After Wednesday the team will enjoy an off-day on Thursday before returning home to host a 3-game set with the Minnesota Twins beginning on Friday.
- Were Cleveland hitters stealing signs during Tuesday's 10-9 Reds loss? Mat Latos implied it after the game and Ryan Hanigan talks about it in this piece by Tom Groeschen.

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