|Philadelphia Phillies (25-34)
|Cincinnati Reds (27-32)
|W: Cole Hamels (2-3) L: Johnny Cueto (5-5)|
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Everyone’s given up on Logan Ondrusek, but tonight he gave the Reds two workman-like innings, striking out 4 and keeping the door open to an unlikely Reds’ comeback. In fact, in Logan’s last 4 appearances, he’s faced 25 batters, allowed only 4 hits, while striking out 5 and yielding no runs.
Manny Parra pitched a dominant 8th inning. Zack Cozart had two hits in four at bats. Jonathon Broxton continues to thrive.
After the way the Giants series finished, you had to be looking forward seeing the Reds’ stopper on the mound. But, Johnny Cueto had one of his rare poor starts, going only 5.0 innings and giving up 6H, 4R, 1BB, while striking out 5. It was an odd game for Cueto, who was cruising before mysteriously losing his control in the 4th, plunking two batters and walking another before the hits rained down. A Rollins HR sealed Cueto’s fate in the 5th.
Sam LeCure’s haircut didn’t get it done tonight, did it?
Not so random thoughts …
Cole Hamels just owns this team. Although, lots of pitchers own the Reds’ offense these days. I’d give anything to know what the front office is contemplating right now.
The Reds lost no ground to the Brewers tonight, who suffered a beatdown at the hand of the Pirates. They remain 7.5 games out of first. The Cardinals lost again and are now back to .500 (31-31). But, St. Louis isn’t the Reds’ problem right now.
As soon as Votto is ready, I don’t know that I’d even bother sending him out on a rehab. This offense is in such bad shape, I’m not sure they can afford the luxury. Not sending Jay Bruce out on a rehab assignment sure looks to have been a mistake, but Joey isn’t Jay. Even a walk would be a welcome sight. This team has forgotten how to take even a base on balls.
The Daily Billy: Billy went meekly, going 0-4.