Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: J. Zimmermann (4-1)
L: H. Bailey (1-2)
–Homer Bailey gave up one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Homer is really throwing the ball well this season. Has he finally matured?
–One measly hit. For the second straight night. That’s not good, friends and neighbors.
–TOS*. Okay, no, the offense doesn’t really stink. Just a couple of days ago, the Reds had scored more runs than anyone in the major leagues. They have looked really, really bad lately, however.
–It doesn’t help matters when Dusty Baker lets Cesar Izturis take hacks in the second spot in the lineup. Yes, a guy with a .294 career OBP batting in front of Joey Votto. Ugh. (Then again, Dusty likes to bat Zack Cozart second, and his career OBP is .281. Izturis is actually an improvement!)
–The last time Cincinnati collected just one hit in back to back games? July 5-6, 1900, against Brooklyn!
–Example #1,034,827 for why pitcher wins are a useless statistic.
*This offense stinks.
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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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