| Cincinnati Reds (22-28)
| Los Angeles Dodgers (29-24)
|W: Greinke (8-1) L: Simon (6-3)|
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Made mismatch look sorta respectable.
Three Reds bench players started and accounted for four of their hits. Skip Schumaker singled in the first inning, Donald Lutz doubled in the fifth and singled in the seventh and Roger Bernadina drove in the Reds only run with a single. Chris Heisey does what Chris Heisey does when he gets a hit – he doubled into the left field corner. Lutz, in his first start also executed a perfect wipe-out slide against Dee Gordon breaking up a double play.
Logan Ondrusek pitched 2.1 shutout innings, beginning with working out of Alfredo Simon’s bases loaded jam in the fourth inning. The Dodgers hit him hard a few times, but the big guy didn’t give up any runs.
With one swing of Devin Mesoraco’s mighty bat, Zack Greinke’s streak of 22 consecutive starts giving up two earned runs or less came to a sudden end. The last team to accomplish that off the Dodger right-hander? Your Cincinnati Reds, last July 25 in Dodger Stadium.
J.J. Hoover threw his eighth consecutive shutout inning, with ten strikeouts over that stretch. Time for another narrative.
Alfredo Simon was having a great time at the party until the fourth inning when he looked up at the clock and noticed his career pitching numbers. Simon lost more than a glass slipper at the ball (game), giving up five earned runs. That’s what pitching lines look like when you groove fastballs, walk four hitters, only strike out two and the balls put in play fall for hits a normal rate. Mat Latos didn’t get back quite fast enough.
The Reds lead-off hitter, after going 0-for-4, is now hitting .245/.287/.335. He had two one-pitch at bats, which isn’t the way you get Zack Greinke out of the game. In 2009, Dusty Baker gave Willy Taveras 437 at bats as lead off hitter to produce .240/.275/.285 in one of the all-time worst seasons for a lead-off hitter. How many plate appearances will Bryan Price commit to this failing experiment? Just bat him lower in the order, please. Why is every other hitter in the batting order able to move around except precious Billy Hamilton?
The Dodgers continue to take extra bases at will on the Reds outfield.
Not so random thoughts
I hope Prince Charming’s quad muscle takes a turn for the better in the next few days.
In between his home run tonight and going 4-for-4 in Philadelphia, Devin Mesoraco had managed only 2 hits and one walk in his last thirty plate appearances. That’s an OBP of .100 and a batting average of .068. We knew he would never sustain a batting average over .400 and the Law of Averages is nowhere near through with him – the catcher is still hitting .361/.407/.675.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.