|Arizona Diamondbacks (46-60)
|Cincinnati Reds (52-53)
|W: O. Perez (1-1) L: J.J. Hoover (1-8) S: A. Reed (25)|
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Devin Mesoraco slipped the surly bonds of earth in the 2nd inning. But, after doubling into left field, the Reds unwisely sent Brayan Pena home on a single to center field by Kris Negron. He was out by a country breakfast mile.
With runners on the corners in the 7th, Homer Bailey got a very timely double play to get out of trouble. Homer’s line: 8.0 IP, 5 H, R 1, 1 BB, 3 K.
Jumbo Diaz had another impressive outing, pitching a flawless top of the 11th and a solid 12th. He hit 99 on the radar gun on his 24th pitch of the evening.
Aroldis Chapman and Jonathon Broxton each pitched shutdown innings, with Chapman striking out the side in the 9th. LeCure would later come on in the 13th and follow suit, striking out two.
After blocking a pitch that bounced off the plate, Mesoraco pounced on the errant throw and threw out Didi Gregorious attempting to swipe second base to end the top of the 13th.
After pitching a solid 14th inning, J.J. Hoover couldn’t get through the 15th without giving up what would turn out to be the winning run.
Not So Random Thoughts ….
18 Reds struck out tonight.
Oliver Perez is a lousy pitcher. Trust me. I know. I watched him pitch in New York for the Mets, much to their chagrin. He got the win tonight.
The Reds could have picked up a game as the Bernie Brewers lost again tonight. But, there just is no offense right now. This is the first time the Reds have fallen below .500 since the epic Blue Jay series over a month ago.
In the pantheon of bad major league baseball games, this one will occupy an honored place.
And that’s enough. My head hurts.