Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 3
Pittsburgh 5

W: T. Watson (1-2)
L: A. Chapman (2-1)
S: J. Hanrahan (31)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Another outstanding day for Brandon Phillips out of the leadoff spot: three hits, a walk, and two runs scored.

–Another classic Joey Votto day: 2-2, 2 walks, 2 RBI. This guy just isn’t human. He even stole a base.

–Drew Stubbs had two hits, with a stolen base, and he scored a run.

–Sam LeCure had his first good outing in some time, going an inning and a third, allowing no hits or runs, and striking out three.

NEGATIVES
–On the other hand, Aroldis Chapman had his first rough outing in a while, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Sure, a couple of the hits were little bloopers, but he wasn’t good.

–Paul Janish: 0-4, .223/.266/.276. Not good.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Another loss to the Pirates and the Reds drop back to four games under .500. The good guys are having trouble getting back to the .500 mark, and that’s really all I’m hoping for out of this season, frankly.

–Dontrelle Willis wasn’t sharp, but he battled through six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked three.

–I’m sick of Charlie Morton, who has a 0.93 ERA in 29 innings against the Reds this season.

19 Responses

  1. mike

    Janish’s OPS+ is now below 50!!

    only 4 times (before this season) has a Reds SS had at least 300 PA and an OPS below 50
    in the history of the Reds

    OPS+
    44 Concepcion (1971)
    44 Hod Ford (1930)
    49 Pokey Reese (1997)
    49 Tommy Thevenow (1936)
    50 Janish (2011) (numbers from before today)

  2. mike

    something that might make some of you happy

    STL is almost out of the race. The Brew Crew have turned it on and have the 2nd best record in the NL (well, tied with Atlanta)

  3. wildwestLV

    @mike: This team is just ridiculous right now. Can’t wait to see them lock horns w/ the Phillies in October. But TLR & the WLBs are done.

  4. Redsfanx

    So be it. The question is: can the Reds win a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates? And then on to Miami for a well deserved day off, and then their final series at Sunrise (Joe Robbie) Stadium before big crowds.

  5. wildwestLV

    @Redsfanx: Witnessing the very destruction of the Florida Marlins by the San Diego Padres as I type this (14-1). I think Mike Leake will pull through tomorrow but…if the Reds don’t outright OBLITERATE the Marlins (after a one day rest, esp.) next week, then you can officially put a fork in them (if you have not done so already).

    • mike

      then you can officially put a fork in them (if you have not done so already).

      they have been done since the end of last month
      that’s why not playing Alonzo every day is a tragedy

  6. Y-City Jim

    Just allow them to get through the rest of the season without Dusty inflicting some type of irreparable harm.

    • mike

      Just allow them to get through the rest of the season without Dusty inflicting some type of irreparable harm.

      but isn’t he causing harm by not playing Alonzo?

      • OhioJim

        but isn’t he causing harm by not playing Alonzo?

        It is more like benign neglegence at this point in time I think.

  7. OhioJim

    For one, I’d like to see a big effort by the Reds to overtake the WLB

  8. Myles

    Why the bleepity bleep is Aroldis Chapman pitching in relief in meaningless rest-of-year action?

    • Steve Mancuso

      Why the bleepity bleep is Aroldis Chapman pitching in relief in meaningless rest-of-year action?

      Even more on that point, Brantley was saying yesterday that he thinks it would be really hard for Chapman to go from being a short reliever, sometimes pitching to one person, to being a starter.

      As we have pointed out numerous times here, the decision to make Chapman a freaking SET-UP pitcher this year could end up costing him two years as a full time starter.

      Unbelievable.

  9. pinson343

    Even the Pirates broadcasters talked about how Morton was not sharp today.
    He was very hittable. The Reds squandered opportunities and the Pirates played some good D.

    The Reds starting pitching isn’t that good and the bullpen is a total mess.

    As for the offense – look at who was batting 2nd, 5th, and 6th in the Reds’ lineup. Lewis, Cairo, and the ML leader in Ks.

  10. Steve Mancuso

    We should send Chapman to AAA for a few games where he can pitch several innings — an open-minded major league manager could figure out how to get that done for the big league club, but that leaves Baker out.

  11. The Mad Hatter

    Just saw the lineup for Sunday’s game and if someone could explain why Fred Lewis is starting again, this afternoon, please enlighten me. If you don’t want to use Sappelt and Alonso send them to AAA where they’ll get at bats. There is no chance of making the playoffs, play the rookies and get an assessment of their abilities on an everyday basis.

  12. lookatthathat

    On the plus side, nice post title Chad!

  13. OhioJim

    @The Mad Hatter: Let me stir the kettle a little bit. When they show Dusty in the dugout, he still looks very engaged as if something really were on the line beyond finding out about next year and playing out the string.

    Maybe he is working under some sort of do or die edict such as get team back to .500 or else. Or maybe finish within 10 or the lead or catch the WLB.

    Just a thought. Probably nothing to it but…..