Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
St. Louis 13
W: S. Miller (11-7)
L: B. Arroyo (9-9)
–Joey Votto reached base all four times he came to bat, going 2-2 with two walks and a three-run homer that represented the entire offense for the evening.
–Do we really need to categorize all the negatives? Tonight’s game was a joke.
–Bronson Arroyo was simply awful, giving up four runs in the first inning and finishing with 3.2 innings, eight hits and seven runs allowed.
–The question of whether the Reds would try to fight to win this important game, even after getting behind early, was answered when Dusty Baker brought in Curtis Partch to be a sacrificial lamb in a game that he’d given up on. Partch gave up five runs on three hits and four walks in an inning and a third.
–Other than Joey Votto, the offense was awful. Again. Everyone else managed just four singles.
–Todd Frazier went hitless for the seventh straight game.
–What a complete and utter disaster. The Redlegs, stumbling home after a disappointing finish to the recent road trip, needed to make a good showing in this weekend series against the Cardinals at Great American Ballpark. Instead, they laid an egg. Embarrassing.
–Dusty Baker just gives up on more games than any other manager in the National League. This team is on the brink of falling out of playoff contention. They can’t afford to concede any games. Period.
–The Reds have been held to three or fewer runs in six of their last seven games.
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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