Sunday, June 10, 2012

Reds Unravel Against Tigers, lose 7-6

The Reds (32-27) faced off against the Tigers (28-32) tonight to wrap up a three game series. Despite a quality start from Homer Bailey and an offensive explosion from Todd Frazier, the Reds gave up a 4 run lead to completely implode against the Tigers and losing their grasp on their lead in the National League Central and allowing the Tigers to take the series 2 to 1.

The Good. 
- Todd Frazier has come alive against the Tigers this series, having his best offensive performance today. He had two hits for a career high 4 RBI's. Including a two run homer. Frazier improves to .275 on the year.
- Homer Bailey with another quality start. 6.2 IP, 3 runs, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.
- Zack Cozart also gets two hits and drives in an RBI.
- Devin Mesoraco also homered but still has much improving to do at the plate
- Brandon Phillips crossed the plate twice on two hits, but also had a fielding error on a tough chopper to second.
- Alfredo Simon pitched an awesome 8th inning. Giving up only one hit and letting no one cross the plate. He's come a far way from the beginning of the season.

The Bad
- The was awful tonight. Giving up four earned runs on four hits.
- Angel Hernandez was a constant source of grief for Redleg Nation, especially among Ryan Ludwick. You know what they say...if you know the umpire's name it means he's doing a horrible job.
- In a completely unusual performance, Aroldis Chapman gave up two earned runs on two hits. He walked one, hit a batter and had only one strikeout.
- This travesty was tionally televised on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
- Dusty Baker's handling of the bullpen in the 7th inning left many scratching their head.

The Notables
- 34,056 showed up to watch the game. It sounded as if 1/3 were Tigers' fans.
- Perfect weather for an evening ball game. 84 degrees and cloudy with a slight wind coming in from center field.
- The game was televised live on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball broadcast. Cincy is now 1-8 in its past nine SNB appearances since 2001...8-17 all-time.
- The Reds have an off day tomorrow before continuing interleague play. They Reds host a three game series against the Indians that is scheduled to kick off at 7:10 pm on Tuesday.

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