W: P. Neshek (2-1)
L: B. Arroyo (6-6)
The Joey Isn’t Paid to Walk parrots have to shut up tonight—the smartest hitter in Baseball went yard for the 14th time. Chris Heisey walks and doubles. Welcome back, Chris. You’ve been missed. Jay Bruce has an epic Joey-like at bat in the 5th that results in a walk with the bases loaded. You gotta love not only the results lately from Bruce, but also the process, even as he did go 0-4 tonight. Cesar Izturis and Derrick Robinson had 7 of the Reds 10 hits. Really.
Curtis Partch gives a shakey bullpen a nice lift with 2 scoreless innings. Ditto for Manny Parra and J.J. Hoover. They each got a solid inning of work in.
Imagine if you will, you have a puppy named Bronson. Roll up yesterday’s newspaper and say it with me: “Bad Bronson. Bad Bronson.” We know this is coming every so often. That still doesn’t make it any less painful.
Todd ignores his first base coach and makes a very bad decision, resulting in a rally-killing mistake in the 3rd inning. The Reds leave the bases loaded in the 5th, then do it again in the 6th.
Choo just doesn’t hit lefties. There’s no getting around it.
Batting Practice Bronson. Have to put him here, too. Here’s what Arroyo said to the Enquirer about coming back:
“… Cingrani’s probably going to make the minimum. If I stay healthy and keep doing what I’ve done, I’m probably going to make $13 million-plus.
“I think twice I’ve signed a bit under value – once in Boston and the last time here. The middle time – when I signed here – it was what I was worth. With my age and the numbers that I put up the last few years – for guy who is not a No.1 starter and isn’t thought about as one of the big dogs in the game – put my numbers against the best in the league and they’re pretty good.
“I think this could be my last chance to get a two- or three-year deal without having to go year to year to year. I definitely need to explore that opportunity. Whether it’s here or somewhere else.”
That is one ugly ballpark they got there in Oakland. It looks like it could rival old Shea Stadium in NY.
The Jay Bruce slash line .282/.326/.538 is still not good enough for the clean up spot, even with Brandon Phillips gone on the MLB Paternity List.
Bob Melvin doesn’t fool around when it comes to making pitching changes. Doesn’t Bob know it’s not September?
Predictably, the Cardinals toyed with the hapless Astros, so the Reds lose ground tonight to them and the Pirates, who slapped the Mariners around 9-4. The Reds are now 3.5 out of first, and 2.5 games behind second-place Pittsburgh.
— John Fay (@johnfayman) June 26, 2013