Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
FINAL — 10 innings
St. Louis 11
W: T. Rosenthal (1-0)
L: J. Hoover (0-5)
–Bronson Arroyo was pretty shaky at times (and he took a batted ball off the knee), but he ended up with a decent line: six innings, two runs allowed on six hits. I’ll take that every time from Arroyo.
–Jay Bruce was 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI. Shin-Soo Choo had two hits (including a double) and a walk, scoring two runs.
–Aroldis Chapman pitched a dominant ninth inning. But only one inning. He’s only allowed to pitch, at most, one inning. Remember that.
–Sam LeCure surrendered two runs and three hits without registering a single out. Not a good outing for Sudden Sam.
–JJ Hoover gave away the game in the tenth inning, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Probably his worst outing of the season.
–During this homestand, the Cincinnati bullpen gave up 23 runs in 18.1 innings. That’s not going to get it done, fellas.
–Joey Votto was thrown out at third base when he didn’t slide (a slide would almost certainly have evaded the tag). He didn’t slide because fill-in third base coach Chris Speier didn’t give him the signal to slide. Just terrible.
–The Reds were up 4-2 and things were looking good for the good guys to win the series. Then the wheels fell off.
–After a dominant ninth inning, Dusty Baker refused to use Aroldis Chapman for a second inning in a tie game. We all see how that worked out.
It’s called a double switch, Dusty. Sometimes, this intricate managerial maneuver can be utilized in order to keep your best pitcher in the game.
–Bunts. So many stupid bunts this season. Why would you ever bunt with your second hitter in the first inning of a game, when the leadoff hitter has doubled? The guy’s already in scoring position. You’re just giving the other team a free out. Sigh…
–With the Cardinals leading 5-4 with two runners on base, Dusty Baker had Manny Parra throwing in the bullpen. Why in the name of all that is good and pure would Dusty Baker think Manny Parra was a good option here? Seriously…someone, please defend that.
–Curtis Partch made his major league debut at the end of this game. For whatever that’s worth. He does have some fabulous red hair, I’ll give him that.
Oh yeah, and he gave up a deeeeep grand slam to the first hitter he ever faced in the big leagues. Then there’s that.
–A week after Dusty scolded Joey Votto for his language, ESPN caught Baker cursing on national television.
–Okay, I’ve hammered Dusty a bit here, but let’s not pin this entirely (or even mostly) on him. The Reds made a ton of dumb errors tonight, and just looked every bit like the Not Ready for Primetime Players. The guys have to perform better than this if they want to be what they can be.
–That was a complete disaster.