|Chicago Cubs (9-17)
|Cincinnati Reds (12-15)
|W: E. Jackson (2-2) L: N. Christiani (0-1) S: None|
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Brayan Pena (.304/.360/.457) has been a godsend filling in for Devin Mesoraco. A HR tonight in the second inning to put the Reds back in front momentarily. The pitchers seem comfortable with him behind the dish and he’s reportedly a great clubhouse guy, for what that’s worth. A fine pickup by Walt Jocketty.
J.J. Hoover has been having some mechanical problems, but tonight it looked as though he might be figuring it out.
Zack Cozart has 4 hits in his last 6 ABs.
Tony Cingrani got behind early when Anthony Rizzo decided he was unimpressed with Cingrani’s fastball. And after that, Tony never could find himself. He couldn’t make it past the 4th inning. It was interesting listening to Thom Brennamen posit that working on developing a second pitch has possibly done more harm than good for Cingrani. “Messing with something that was working” were the words I believe Thom used. I suppose there are some people who believe it’s normal for pitchers to get by indefinitely with nothing but a fastball, but that is one crazy bet, IMO.
Joey Votto needs a new glove. This one isn’t working. That botched grounding in the ninth was ugly.
Sean Marshall had no fastball tonight. He wasn’t even looking to throw it, which makes one think he’s not physically at full strength yet. Perhaps this is why we haven’t seen more of Sean since he was brought up. It was just brutal to watch. Sean is a much better pitcher than this. Aroldis Chapman can’t get back fast enough.
In the bottom of the 7th, Zack Cozart singled. Then, as a pitch got away from Cubs catcher Welllington Castillo, rolling a good 8 to 10 feet away, Cozart timidly stayed at first—as if frozen. I believe Bryan Price has already shown he’s a much different manager than Dusty Baker. But, when it comes to base running, this team doesn’t seem to be much smarter than they were a year ago. And Price clearly hasn’t figured out how to fix it. It will be interesting to watch how this facet of the Reds’ game develops–or doesn’t.
Not so random thoughts …
The Daily Billy: Hamilton had another stolen base, leading to a run when after swiping third, Phillips drove him home with a timely McRBI.
Another night of a hit here, a hit there, but nothing strung together. Bruce is getting on base, but he’s not hitting for power. Ludwick, Frazier and Phillips are treading water and nothing more. There’s no consistent hitting from the right side since Mesoraco went down.
Something’s got to change. The Reds are back to 3 games below .500 and the first place Brewers are coming to town looking to take the Reds’ lunch money.