2013 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: Screw LA

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 1
Los Angeles 4

W: H. Ryu (9-3)
L: B. Arroyo (9-8)
S: K. Jansen (14)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Jay Bruce hit his 22nd homer. Chris Heisey tripled. Logan Ondrusek pitched a dominant inning.

That pretty much covers it, as far as positives are concerned.

NEGATIVES
–Two hits? That’s two consecutive evenings that the Reds have had trouble scoring. Sure, it was against two pretty good pitchers, but…

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–That wasn’t very much fun.

–Bronson Arroyo wasn’t bad: 5.1 innings, three runs allowed on eight hits. He wasn’t great either. Didn’t matter either way, as the Reds couldn’t get anything going against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

–Huge South Korean contingent at the stadium (and in the television audience) tonight, for Ryu and our guy Shin-Soo Choo.

–Not sure what else I can say about this one. Not much to enjoy, from the Cincinnati perspective. The Reds will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow, with Tony Cingrani taking the mound. Are your fingers crossed? Yeah, I’m not very smart and/or I don’t have a very good memory. The mighty Redlegs won the first game of this series, of course. They’ll try for a split tomorrow. Sheesh. (Thanks to commenter CI3J for reminding me of what happened on Thursday night.)

Source: FanGraphs

31 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: Screw LA

  1. –Not sure what else I can say about this one. Not much to enjoy, from the Cincinnati perspective. The Reds will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow, with Tony Cingrani taking the mound. Are your fingers crossed?

    What sweep? The Reds won the first one. They can go for a split tomorrow.

  2. Maybe Chad listened to Dusty’s pregame radio and got confused by that convolusion.

    DB was saying something about tonight was really like the rubber match of the series if you won because then you could go for the series win tomorrow but if you lost tonight then you had to try to win tomorrow to get the split (and at least inferred that losing three of four always seemed like getting swept).

  3. Notice in the FanGraphs win expectancy graph that the Reds chances of winning went down from 53.8% to 52.2% with Chris Heisey’s successful sacrifice bunt in the first inning. Playing for multiple runs against Ryu in the first inning might have been the Reds best chance tonight. But even if the goal is to score one run, giving up that out is the wrong decision – not even taking into account that Chris Heisey has been swinging a good bat, particularly against left-handed pitchers.

  4. I figured we’d lose a close game against Kershaw, and I figured Thursday and tonight could both go either way. I also figure we’ve got the edge tomorrow, as long as Dusty doesn’t do one of his day-game-after-night-game crazy lineups. Leaving with a split on the road against a hot, division-leading team sounds pretty good.

    I’ve sat along the first base side near right field these last two nights, and good grief, does Bruce have an arm. It’s one thing to see it on TV or on the computer, but man, the distance, speed and precision is incredible.

  5. I also see this as one of those games where the baseball gods just decided it wasn’t gonna be the Reds’ day. …

    Cowboy said during the game how wise of a decision it was for Mattingly to start Schumaker in left field over Crawford. But I read before the game that Crawford was sick with a fever and even went to the hospital to get checked out, so perhaps it wasn’t the wisdom of Midas to have him miss the game. … So, of course, Schumaker hits the deciding homer. ………. Shades of Milwaukee, when Aoki gets scratched and the guy who replaced him, a lefty who CANNOT hit lefty pitching, hit a fastball for a homer to beat Cingrani. … Is it just me, or do the Reds seem to be especially unlucky?

    Go get ‘em, Cingrani!!

    • @vegastypo: Vin Scully said Crawford was out sick – a high fever. I remember the Aoki thing. It seems like in baseball the emergency replacement often does damage. Probably just seems that way because when it happens, you remember.

  6. Kind of expected to see Milton this morning. Still, a series split in LA with the Dodgers on the tear that they’ve been on is nothing to sneeze at. I’ll take it every day.

  7. The Dodger starter has a sub 2 era at home, we have never seen him before, not sure why anyone is shocked by the results from last night.

  8. Bronson had a complete game shutout in his previous start vs. SF so you could see in the first and second inning he just wasn’t as sharp. Kept us in the game but all that offense we saw in SF gets handcuffed with solid pitching and we saw on back-to-back nights. Dodgers are solid.

    Great play by Mesoraco to sneak-in behind Puig after he’s singled and have Bruce’s throw nail him at 1B. That was a positive. If we can win today and split, I’d take that vs.LA. Only negative is that we’re failing to gain ground on St. Louis who also lost 2 in a row.

    George “Great” Grande continues to be a piece of work. Does Thom Brennaman work Reds telecast’s anymore? Best job in baseball. Work a week, take two off.

    • George “Great” Grande continues to be a piece of work.Does Thom Brennaman work Reds telecast’s anymore?Best job in baseball.Work a week, take two off.

      I’ll be glad when this road trip is over. I can tolerate GG in small doses but having him do the entire road trip is getting old.

      • @Hunt4RedsOctober: GG is still better than Thom. I’ll take Cin-granny and Buccos and smiling side of the scoreboard over 74 years young, shouting, ridiculous superlatives, and stories that start and wander and turn back on themselves and then end with either an uninformed rant about 2 out RBIs or a reference to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mercy! (Which is what I want to ask for whenever Thom does the game.)

    • @sezwhom1:
      I heard Thom on the Fox broadcast of the Oakland game.
      I keep waiting for this team to go on a big run. Where is the winning last 18 out of 20 streak. I was feeling it after Thursday and now they are right back into almost must win.
      This team has avoided going into terrible funks this year, so hopefully the bats come alive and we get a solid 6 from the rookie.

  9. Besides the frustrating bunt call in the 1st was the puzzling willingness to leave XP in to pinch hit once Mattingly brought in a LHP. Either one of the switch hitters should have gone up before XP, or XP should have been taken down. A clear case of Dusty being out managed, given that Mattingly was happy to bring in a LHP with Choo on deck.

    The edges of the strike zone seemed kind of inconsistent. It must have been tough on both the hitters and pitchers.

    Remember when Bruce used to have to sit when the other team had a LH starter? He sure has improved through the years.

    Ondrusek pitched like a guy who doesn’t want to get sent down today if they keep Reynolds up with the Reds.

    I assume somebody on the coaching staff designed the play where Mesoraco snuck in behind Puig. Speir? Oh, and Mesoraco also made a nice play to cut down Gonzalez at 2nd after the long throw from Choo.

  10. Have the Reds actually announced Cingrani as the starter? They haven’t recalled him yet, from what I can tell, plus I don’t know if the 10 days needed for him to return to the roster have passed yet.

      • @pinson343:

        Because of the double header in SF. They got to expand their rosters to 26 and….. And…. Uh, something. Anyway, yeah, Cingrani doesn’t need to wait 10 days to come back.

    • @rhayex: He had to follow the 10-day requirement from the day he was sent down – July 19 to today. The double-header appearance was an exception to the 10-day rule created in the collective bargaining agreement.

  11. I’m not sure that Heisey’s bunt was a complete a sacrifice attempt, at least not the way Heisey played it. The call for a sac bunt may have come from the bench, but to the Old Cossack’s eyes, it sure looked like Heisey had every intention of playing that bunt for a base hit. He just missed the bunt location and pushed it too close to the baseline. If a sac bunt was called, kudos to Heisey for attempting to make a positive out of a negative and darts to the bench for another poor decision.

  12. I’m not sure that Heisey’s bunt was a complete a sacrifice attempt, at least not the way Heisey played it. The call for a sac bunt may have come from the bench, but to the Old Cossack’s eyes, it sure looked like Heisey had every intention of playing that bunt for a base hit. He just missed the bunt location and pushed it too close to the baseline. If a sac bunt was called, kudos to Heisey for attempting to make a positive out of a negative and darts to the bench for another poor decision.

    • @Shchi Cossack: I didn’t see it, but of course Heisey is an excellent bunter who often tries to bunt for a base hit. Almost had a bunt base hit on Friday nite but the Dodgers watched it roll foul – it looked like it was rolling downhill, funny thing about that.

  13. Reported by Ken Rosenthal…

    The Texas Rangers have had internal discussions about trading All-Star right-hander Joe Nathan, according to major league sources.

    If the Rangers proceed, it would be with the idea of dealing from strength and exploiting a thin market for relievers, sources said.

    The Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are among the teams seeking to upgrade their late-inning relief.

    Nathan has an opt out clause (that he will easily acheive) from his contract that will make him a FA after this season if he chooses to exercise that option. If Nathan is a valuable commodity with no team control, just imagine what the Reds might obtain for Chapman as an elite closer with multiple seasons of team control, especially from teams like the Indians, Bosox, & Tigers. The reasoning used by the Rangers for possibly moving Nathan is equally valid for the Reds: deep bullpen, multiple good options for closing, needs to fill and some teams apparently desperate to obtain a proven, elite closer.

  14. Need to jump on Capuano todsy. The Dodger offense is strong but has not been as scary as I thought. Other than Schumaker !

  15. With Heisey back from the DL and playing well and the team not making any progress in shaking their offensive woes, maybe it’s time for some adjustments to finally be implemented.

    Everyone is aware of the severe career splits by Choo, but this season, Choo has taken his extreme split to a new dimension:

    .311/.410/.525 Career v. RHP
    .239/.335/.335 Career v. LHP

    .341/.470/.600 2013 v. RHP
    .176/.319/.198 2013 v. LHP

    The Reds seem committed to a LF platoon until Ludwick returns. With Heisey back, the players are available for an effective CF platoon as well as an effective LF platoon with Heisey/XP plattoning in LF and Choo/Robinson platooning in CF. I don’t think the Reds can afford to continue sacrificing offense as the season approaches its final two months. The 2nd wildcard race is narrowing (Arizona is just 4.5 games back now) and the division race is not narrowing for the Reds.

  16. Geez, another friggin LHP on the mound today for the Dodgers. Is every team in the NL, except the Reds, just loaded with LHP in their starting rotations to throw against the Reds or does it just seem like the Reds are continually facing a LH starter?

  17. Anyone else think that Devin has done a good enough job to warrant being the “#1 catcher” on this team now? (And don’t get me started on Cozart hitting in front of him today (Sunday).

    I heard the other day that his cERA is lower than Hanigan, which you don’t hear much about this year, as you did last year.

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