Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
W: A. Ottavino (1-2)
L: M. Leake (11-6)
–Chris Heisey was 4-4, the first four-hit game of his career. Of course, he was forced to leave the game with a hamstring issue, and that pretty much sums up the Reds season.
–Shin-Soo Choo was 3-5 with a double, a homer, and 2 RBI. Devin Mesoraco was 2-5 with a run scored and a run batted in.
–Brandon Phillips was 1-3 with two walks and a run scored. (Good OBP for today’s game.)
–If I told you that four relievers pitched today, and Logan Ondrusek was the only one to post a perfect line (in one inning of work), would you believe me?
–Ugly start by Mike Leake: six runs allowed on eight hits and two walks in 4.1 innings pitched.
–Curtis Partch was Curtis Partch for an inning and a third, giving up three hits and a run, increasing his ERA to 5.95.
–Brandon Phillips didn’t have any RBI. Is this Bizarro World? Am I living in Crazy Town? How did this happen???
–Joey Votto made another mental mistake, blowing through a stop sign at third to get thrown out easily at the plate.
–We love Votto here at the Nation, as we’ve made abundantly clear on numerous occasions. But on this recent road trip, Votto went 2-19 at the plate. That isn’t good.
–Reds lose 2 of 3 vs. Brewers, 2 of 3 vs. Cardinals, and just lost 2 of 3 to the Rockies. This is a playoff push?
–Reds pitchers have logged 1338.1 innings this year. Aroldis Chapman has thrown 53.1 of them. Fewer than JJ Hoover or Alfredo Simon. Ludicrous.
–If you were feeling optimistic, you’d say that the Reds could win 3 of 4 against the Cardinals in this upcoming series, and all would be forgiven with this team. That’s what you’d say if you were feeling optimistic. Does anyone feel that optimistic?
Mike Leake's ERA at the end of July was 2.59. Since then, it is 7.22 in 6 starts. #Reds
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 1, 2013
Dusty Baker brought in a reliever to issue an intentional walk. oh Dusty
— Bill Baer (@CrashburnAlley) September 1, 2013
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