Sunday, July 1, 2012

Reds Lose 4-3, Manage to Split Series with Giants

After a lackluster 8 innings, the Reds started to come back in the 9th, having the bases loaded with no outs, allowing Miguel Cairo to come to the plate and drive in the tying run. Unfortunately, two strikeouts and a pop-out ended the Reds best chance of winning the game.

The Giants came back in the bottom of the ninth, and won the game with an Angel Pagan ground rule double with men on first and second. Although the series isn't a total loss, coming out of the first series of a West Coast road trip with a split series is a small victory before heading into LA.
The Good
- Bronson Arroyo pitched 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, 2 K's and 2 walks. A performance one would think would be good enough to win, at least if slugger Joey Votto was in the line-up. His ERA is now 4.06
- Ryan Ludwick stepped up with Joey Votto out with knee inflammation, going 3 for 4 and crossing the plate once. He is still batting below .240.
- Sean Marshall started off shaky, letting two men get on, but managed to leave the inning without letting a run cross the plate. He now sports an ERA of 2.70.
- Todd Frazier managed 3 AB's despite not starting the game. He had two hits, two runs, 2 RBIs on a HR and walked once.

The Bad
- None of the top four spots in the lineup had a hit until Bruce managed to get a hit in the 9th. Zack Cozart, Drew Stubbs and Brandon Phillips all did go hitless.
- Ryan Hanigan uncharacteristically never managed to reach base, going hitless in 4 plate apperances and a strikeout.
- Arrendondo pitches .2 innings, giving up the winning run walking a guy and striking out one. His ERA is still a good 2.12.

The Notables
- While a storm brewed through much of Western Ohio (knocking out my satellite and forcing me to the radio for the 3rd through 7th innings) weather managed to stay good in San Francisco, 64 degrees with cloudy skies.
- 42,039 showed up to AT&T Park to watch the Giants split the series.
- The Reds continue their West Coast road trip with a three game series between the Dodgers before heading to San Diego. Homer Bailey (5-6 4.42 ERA 61 SO) will face off against Chad Billingsley (4-7 4.18 ERA 87 SO) tomorrow night at 10:10 EST.
On an an unrelated note, it seemed to me like the team had some wind taken out of their sails from the very beginning of the game. Whether I'm seeing something that's not there, or morale is down after the All-Star snubbing of Johnny Cueto and Brandon Phillips, I don't think we'll ever know. If that is the case, I hope they turn this into a rallying point and put a chip on their shoulder before the second half of the season starts.

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