Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Reds end Battle of Ohio on deflating note as Indians dominate, 8-1

This guy got the last laugh in the Battle of Ohio.

Just a week ago, the Reds seemed assured of taking back the Ohio Cup after dominating the Indians at GABP. That feels like years ago after Cleveland wrapped up a shellacking of their in-state rival with an 8-1 win on Wednesday.

After last night’s extra innings heart breaker, the Reds needed a bounce back at Progressive Field. What they got was the exact opposite as the Indians played long ball on their way to a dominating win.

The Good
-Some nights it is extremely hard to find many bright spots. This was one of those nights.
-Let’s see. Uh, Alfredo Simon had three runs score against him, but they were unearned so his ERA stands at 1.98 now.
-Well, we actually saw J.J. Hoover. It pretty much confirms that Dusty Baker doesn’t trust him in any type of high leverage situation, though.
-Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless eighth.
-Pittsburgh fell, 2-1, to Minnesota.
-Phew, finding those tidbits was hard.

The Bad
-This list will be considerably longer than “the good.”
-Cleveland did most of its damage via the long ball. Things started with Johnny Damon, yes, that Johnny Damon, whacking a two-run homer for the first scoring in the fourth. Damon entered the game with just two home runs on the year and was batting under .200
-Damon’s round-tripper just opened the flood gates. Asdrubal Cabrera nailed a three-run homer later in the fourth to give the Indians a 5-0 edge.
-Lonnie Chisenhall unloaded the bases with a seventh inning double to put the Indians up eight and for all intents and purposes put the game on ice.
-Bronson Arroyo (3-5) struggled, not making it past the fourth. After three scoreless frames, the bottom fell out in the five-run fourth.
-A rare error from Joey Votto helped allow the Indians score three unearned runs against Simon in the seventh.
-Justin Masterson (4-6) was masterful, holding the Reds to just three hits and one unearned run in a complete game gem.
-The Reds whiffed nine times against Masterson and did not work a walk.
-The Cardinals won, 3-1 in Detroit, and gain a game in the Central.

The Notables
-An announced crowd of 23,544 took in the battle at Progressive Field. The Indians did not draw nearly as well for their three games of the series as Cincinnati did last week when a total of 86,379 to GABP turned out for the first meetings between the Ohio squads.
-The Reds take a needed day off tomorrow before welcoming in the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Homer Bailey (5-4, 4.03) is set to face off against right-hander Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.48) for a 7:10 p.m. start.

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