|San Francisco Giants (39-21)
|Cincinnati Reds (27-31)
|W: M. Bumgarner (8-3) L: M. Leake (3-5)|
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Todd Frazier continues to be Jersey Strong. He hit his 12th HR of the season. J.J. Hoover held down the fort in the 7th and 8th. He’s quietly getting his groove back.
Mike Leake just didn’t have it today. For the first time all season, he couldn’t get through 6 innings.
Billy Hamilton: 0-4. Devin Mesoraco: 0-3. Jay Bruce: 0-3. Chris Heisey: 0-3. Brayan Pena: 0-3. Zack Cozart: 0-3.
Not so random thoughts …
The boys at WLW and ESPN 1530 are going to feast today. This pitching staff has ZERO room for error. Either they pitch a brilliant game, or the Reds lose. This offense doesn’t have enough consistent hitting up and down the lineup to pick the couple of guys up who have a bad game at the plate. Average pitching can at times beat this team. Good pitching just completely shuts the Reds down. With Votto still not back and Jay Bruce AWOL, it’s left to Frazier and Mesoraco to carry the weight of the offense every night.
You aren’t winning baseball games that way. Votto will make a difference. But how much can one player do? Left field looks like the key to this team’s fortunes this year. Fix LF or start planning for 2015.
Wrapped around a walk, Sean Marshall struck out the side in the 6th. An inning later, he was suddenly ineffective.