Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: Y. Gallardo (9-9)
L: M. Latos (12-4)
S: J. Henderson (18)
–Strong start for Mat Latos, who allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. Can’t ask for much more than that from the big guy.
–Logan Ondrusek pitched a perfect eighth inning.
–Brandon Phillips and Ryan Ludwick had two singles each. Those were Ludwick’s first hits since returning from the disabled list.
–The offense was nonexistent, once again. The Redlegs had five hits, all singles.
–The only time Cincinnati really threatened was in the seventh inning. The Reds loaded the bases with one out, and Dusty Baker sent Xavier Paul to the plate (to pinch-hit for Zack Cozart). Predictably, Paul grounded into an inning-ending and rally-killing double play.
Make your own judgment as to whether Paul should have been hitting there, but let’s note for the record that lefty hitters are hitting .141 against Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler. Well, actually less than .141 now that Paul was retired.
–Reds lose their second in a row. Time to panic again, I guess.
*This Offense Stinks
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