Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: J. Garland (4-6)
L: P. Villarreal (0-1)
–Todd Frazier had two hits, a run, and an RBI. Xavier Paul hit a three-run homer. Logan Ondrusek pitched an effective inning and a third.
–Pedro Villareal, making the start (and his major league debut as a starter) in place of injured Johnny Cueto, was not good: 3.2 innings pitched, six runs allowed on ten hits and two walks. He permitted three homers. Ugh.
–Alfredo Simon and Manny Parra were pretty terrible, too.
–Tough game, but the Reds were behind the eight ball the entire way, thanks to Cueto’s injury. Cincinnati had little choice but to call upon Villareal, who was the scheduled starter for AAA Louisville tonight. Expect to see Tony Cingrani called up soon to start in Cueto’s absence.
–If Villareal and Parra never pitched for the Reds again, I probably wouldn’t lose much sleep.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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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