In light of trying to forget the mess that was last night’s game, there are two very important things to remember about today. First and by far the most important, is today is the 71st anniversary of D-Day so take a moment to remember those soldiers who fought and died in Normandy and in World War II.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 6, 2015
Second, and maybe not equally important but still noteworthy, today is Barry Larkin bobblehead day at the ballpark! The first 25K fans get a bobblehead, so if you don’t have a ticket already, get one here and head on down.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
Andrew Cashner made history in his last start, going 4.2 innings, giving up 11 hits, and striking out 12. Cashner was the first pitcher in Major League history to last less than five innings while giving up double digit hits with double digit strikeouts. His solitary perch was short-lived however, as Noah Syndeergard of the Mets accomplished the same feat the very next day. To summarize Cashner’s season in a sentence, he is the poster-boy against pitcher wins/losses at the moment. With a 2-8 record, it would seem that Cashner has pitched poorly, but five of his losses have come in games where he gave up less than three earned runs. Luck just hasn’t been running Cashner’s way this season (.347 BABIP), so here’s hoping it continues for one more night.
In his last time out, Michael Lorenzen went 6.1 innings allowing just one hit but two runs on six walks for a no-decision against the Nationals. Lorenzen’s control has been erratic as he’s settled in the big leagues, but as the beneficiary of some good luck (.217 BABIP), the walks haven’t haunted him yet.
Brayan Pena is back in the Reds’ lineup, and Skip Schumaker continues to start in left for the injured Marlon Byrd:
Former Red Yonder Alonso is in the five-hole behind the Padres big off-season grab, Matt Kemp:
MORE DEVIN, MORE FUN
Devin Mesoraco will be rejoining the Reds’ lineup sometime in the near future as a corner outfielder, and it’s been cleared by one of the best as Steve detailed this morning. Of importance, Dr. Kelly believes that Mesoraco cannot further hurt his hip, and Mesoraco’s surgery should be scheduled for early August should he be ready for play next year.
The first switch-handed pitcher since 1995 debuted for the Oakland A’s yesterday. Pat Venditte pitched two scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox, switching arms a couple times along the way. Venditte had been in the minors since 2008, spending his first seven seasons in the Yankees organization. One particularly delightful quote from the Oakland bullpen coach on the ambidextrous pitcher:
He told me when he was with the Yankees in Triple-A that if his pitch count was too high left-handed they would have him just throw the rest right-handed to conserve his arm for the next day
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a SHP? THIS.
Welcome to the show Pat Venditte. pic.twitter.com/DylGEcHd3q
— Oakland Athletics Ã°Å¸Å’Â³Ã°Å¸ÂËœÃ¢Å¡Â¾Ã¯Â¸Â (@Athletics) June 5, 2015
Hopefully, the Reds (23-30) can rebound after a stuttering start to this homestand. With the Bunbury festival going on as well, Cincinnati should be flooded with people looking for something fun to do, and what’s more fun than a winning Reds baseball game.