Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: J. Axford (4-6)
L: J. Broxton (1-1)
S: J. Henderson (2)
–Mat Latos pitched seven very strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk. Latos struck out eight, and to cap things off, he went 2-2 at the plate. I told you he was going to be good.
–Dioner Navarro hit a two-run homer, before his shoddy defense helped cost the Reds the game.
–TOS* Please hurry back, Joey Votto.
–Four straight losses for the Redlegs, and a sweep at the hands of the Brew Crew.
–Jonathan Broxton came in to pitch the eighth, with the Reds leading 2-1. With two outs, the first Brewer (Aoki) reached on a softly-hit, 55-foot grounder down the third base line. Unlucky. Aoki then attempted to steal second. He got a decent jump, but a good throw would have nailed him. Unfortunately, Navarro’s throw was not good, and it ended up in right-center field.
Carlos Gomez proceeded to dump a ball into short left field (a ball that Zack Cozart probably catches — and Paul Janish definitely would have snagged it — but Wilson Valdez couldn’t quite get it, despite a good effort). Tie game.
Gomez then takes off for second and Navarro mishandles the pitch, so Gomez stole the base without a throw. Ryan Braun proceeds to get a double that put the Brewers in the lead.
Broxton gets the loss, and he deserves the loss, but none of the hits he allowed were hit very hard.
–I don’t have any words of wisdom for you today, Nation. That was simply a punch in the gut.
–Want yet another reason the Reds need Votto back in the lineup soon?
3-4-5 hitters in this series = 4 for 34 (.118)
— MrRedlegs11 (@MrRedlegs11) August 8, 2012
–I can’t really argue with this:
nothing like losing a game by 1 run starting your backups and not using your 2 best relievers.
— Johnson Doephis (@RedTardation) August 8, 2012
–I really wish Dusty weren’t afraid to use Sean Marshall more often.
–This has been a bad week so far, but it’s off to Chicago. The Cubs: Good For What Ails You!
*This Offense Stinks
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