|Cincinnati RedsÃ‚Â Ã‚Â (7-10)
|Chicago CubsÃ‚Â Ã‚Â (5-11)
|W: Jackson (1-1)Ã‚Â L: Cingrani (1-2)|
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Devin Mesoraco had a goodÃ‚Â dayÃ‚Â at the plate. His second double of the game plated our first run. Its early, but if he keeps hitting like this, we need to find a new place in the batting order for him. Through eight games, Mesoraco is hitting .483/.515/1.481
In the bottom of the 3rd, TheÃ‚Â ToddFather put together two strong defensive playsÃ‚Â to keep our Redlegs in the game. I was listening to the Chicago radio feed at the time and both announcers praised Fraizer’s defense at third. Without these twoÃ‚Â plays, the Reds might have given upÃ‚Â a three or four run inning.
Jay BruceÃ‚Â had three hitsÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â worked a walk. If Jay Bruce is destined to be a streaky hitter, now wouldn’t be a bad time for him to catch fire.
Billy Hamilton is starting to find first base. After leading off the game with a single into centerfield, he reached on a bunt single in the top of the third and two moreÃ‚Â singles in the top of five and seven.
We have had our offensive woes, but Joey Votto is quietly having a great year at the plate: .322/.453/1.030
“Darin Barney?“Ã‚Â You could hear the disbelief in Chris Welsh’sÃ‚Â voice when Barney’s hit one into the left field seats.Ã‚Â Logan Ondrusek, you areÃ‚Â needed inÃ‚Â Louisville.
The bullpen usage was mind-bloggling this afternoon. WithÃ‚Â Marshall, Broxton, Hoover, LeCure and Parra available, Brian Price turned to our worst bullpen arms early in the game.Ã‚Â The Reds were hitting all afternoon and the Cubs’ 2-run lead did not looks safe. Despite this, we brought in Ondrusek, who had not pitched in 11 days. And after Ondrusek gave up threeÃ‚Â runs, Price turned to NickÃ‚Â Christiani, who promptly gave up two more runs.
Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â had a bad day at the office.Ã‚Â Two Ks, including one in an important at bat in the top of 5.Ã‚Â It is good to see him back in the lineup, butÃ‚Â we need some of those DatDude RBIs.
Todd Frazier, for as good as he was in the field, had an ugly day at the plate (0-4).
Not so random thoughts …
In the top of the fifth, Billy Hamilton wasted no time swiping his sixth bag of the season. Immediately afterward, Edwin Jackson threw four consecutiveÃ‚Â breaking pitches to Joey Votto, all out of the zone. If we are going to open up first base by sending Hamilton, can we at least punish pitchers that are going to pitch around Votto with slow breaking pitches?Ã‚Â We need to be sending Hamilton to third to make pitchers think twice about throwing Joey the low curve.
Tony Cingrani had trouble locating his off speed pitches early in the ballgame. His control was so poor at times that he threw multiple 55 foot curveballs. Even the stupid cubs won’t swing at those. I went back and forth about putting him in the negatives column because he did only give up three through five. Yet, hit sequencing played a big role in this: he gave up four hits, three walks, and a home run today. It was a less than great performance, but I don’t think it was worthy of being called a “negative” one.
In the top of seven, Chris Heisey managed to get on base when Michael Olt launched an errant throw past the AnthonyÃ‚Â Rizzo at first base. Unfortunately, the throw bounced off the brick side wall and right back to Rizzo. Heisey was out at second byÃ‚Â about 20 feet. On the plus side, the play did manage to plate two runs for the Redlegs.
From the game thread…
SPRO:Ã‚Â Grande actually said Cin-grah-ni instead of Cin-granny! IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m optimistic about this game already!
CP:Ã‚Â Mesoraco came pretty close there to solving the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ondrusek problem
Preacherj:Ã‚Â ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s days like this where I really miss Carlos Marmol coming in the game.