Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: A. Harang (4-7)
L: M. Leake (7-4)
S: O. Perez (2)
–Joey Votto was the only Red with two hits, one of which was his fifteenth homer. Devin Mesoraco reached base twice in three ABs, with a single, a walk, and a run scored. Shin-Soo Choo and Todd Frazier each doubled.
–Curtis Partch, Manny Parra, and Sam LeCure combined for four scoreless innings of relief.
–Mike Leake had a rougher outing than we’ve become accustomed to seeing, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk over five innings.
–The Reds offense mustered just six hits against an old teammate.
–Not a good start to the series. The bats looked suspiciously like the ones we saw on the most recent road trip.
–Our old friend Aaron Harang pitched well in his first start against the Reds at Great American Ballpark. Harang threw six innings, and gave up just two runs on six hits.
–Can you imagine how strange it was for Harang to warm up in the visitors bullpen, after all those years as the ace of the pitching staff for the Reds? The Nation wishes Harang nothing but success for the rest of his career; after all, he was a wonderful Red during his time here, both on the field and off.
All the same, however, I’d appreciate it if Harang wouldn’t beat the Reds anymore. I’m just saying….
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.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.