Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle….
Los Angeles 11
WP: Weaver (6-4)
LP: Maloney (0-3)
–Paul Janish pulled out the big bat today, with his second major league homer to go with a double.
–Brandon Phillips was 3-4 with a double and a leg cramp; Joey Votto was 2-4 with a double.
–Craig Tatum hit the first homer of his career.
–The game was tight until Carlos Fisher imploded. In the seventh inning, with the Reds down by just one, Fisher came on and gave up five runs without recording an out. He gave up four hits and a walk, and committed an error to boot.
–Matt Maloney settled down nicely after giving up two runs in each of the first two innings, but giving up five runs in six innings isn’t the way to get another start in the big leagues.
–Why not just start Micah Owings today? I don’t have a problem with giving Maloney a chance to show what he can do, but if Owings was available — he pitched two scoreless, hitless innings to finish the game — why not just start him instead of making a roster move?
–Oh well, the winning streak was nice while it lasted. Let’s see the Reds start a new one tomorrow.
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