Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…
Cincinnati RedsÃ‚Â 6
New York MetsÃ‚Â 3
WP: Arredondo (3-1, 2.41 ERA)
LP: Rauch (3-2, 4.60 ERA)
S: Marshall (7)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â RedsÃ‚Â are now 2-1 on the road trip. They look to sweep the Mets tomorrow afternoon in this short series, with Mat Latos pitching.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Mike Leake delivered on the mound, at the plate and on the bases. Does any pitcher help himself more with his athleticism and all-around game? It was a great bounce back performance, 6 innings 1 earned run. Perfect sacrifice bunt, too. Raise your hand if you wouldn’t mind seeing Leake as the DH in Yankee Stadium this weekend instead of Ryan Ludwick.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Todd Frazier (.293)Ã‚Â broke out of a short slump with two home runs, including an enormous two-run blast to centerfield. His first homer was to the opposite field. He has such tantalizing potential with his power. Here’s hoping he can put together some consistent play.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Dusty Baker made absolutely the right move in pinch hitting Jay Bruce for Ryan Ludwick at a crucial moment of the eighth inning. Baker could have played it safe and waited to have Bruce pinch hit for the pitcher slot two batters later. Instead, he benched a veteran and invited a lefty-on-lefty match-up with Bruce. The move paid off when Bruce hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Drew Stubbs, Joey VottoÃ‚Â (.311) and Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â triggered the decisive rally in the eighth inning with consecutive hits. Votto took an extra base with some aggressive (risky?) base running.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Jose Arredondo, Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall dominated the Mets over the last three innings. Arredondo’s splitter against left-handed hitters is sick. Using Chapman has almost reached the point of being unfair to the other team. Throw in Logan Ondrusek and JJ Hoover and it’s hard to find a better bullpen in baseball. Nasty Boys x 2.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Ryan Ludwick continued to struggle mightily at the plate. In the seventh inning, he led off the inning and at a 3-1 count, fouled off a down-the-middle fastball from Johan Santana. Jeff Brantley commented, “Boy, you can’t be late on an 88 mph fastball in that situation.”
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Jay Bruce is hitting .290 against left-handed pitchers and is leading the NL in extra-base hits. Brandon Phillips is batting .190 against left-handed pitchers.Ã‚Â Ryan Ludwick is hitting .240 against left-handed pitchers and is leading the NL in making outs. Right now, Bruce and Joey Votto are the only reliable impact hitters on this team. They need to be in the lineup every day and batting third and fourth.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Joel Luckhaupt tweets that the Reds have bunted with one out twelve times this year and not scored a run in any of those occasions. Scored on 7 of 37 in 2011.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â Top game thread commentÃ‚Â (Sergeant2):Ã‚Â That would have been a HR at GABP. Great at bat for Bruce, drove in the go ahead run. (also)Ã‚Â Wow! Runs given up by Bullpens: Reds 29 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Mets 69