Blowout loss, Janish pitches

There isn’t much to say about a 15-3 Reds loss to the Brewers. All that was interesting in the end is that shortstop Paul Janish pitched the ninth inning. He was the first position player to pitch since Lenny Harris did it on June 1, 1998.

The game pretty much began and ended with the ineffectiveness of starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo. In an outing that was reminiscent to June 24, 2008 shelling at Toronto, Arroyo lasted one inning, plus four batters. In that time, he gave up seven hits, three walks and two home runs while throwing only 46 pitches.

That sent Arroyo’s ERA from 4.91 over two runs to 7.15.

And with that came the end of the Reds’ brief run as the pitching staff with the lowest ERA in the Majors. It’s now at 3.99 after it was 3.61 entering the day.

Reds have more road wins than anyone at 10-5. They are 4-8 at GABP.

“It’s like walking into a casino,” said Arroyo when asked to explain it. “You win one night. It’s a horseshoe. It doesn’t mean you’ll win the next night. It’s just the way it is in baseball.”

Dusty Baker quotes:

“With our situation, we were hoping that [Arroyo] would get it in the second inning because we needed some innings. We played 14 innings and used our whole bullpen two days ago.”

On using Janish — four relievers already used and Masset and Rhodes were not available. He wanted to save Burton.

“It boiled down to the process of elimination,” Baker said.

Janish gave up five runs and five hits after striking out first batter J.J. Hardy. He threw 35 pitches , mostly fastballs. His velocity was in the 88-92 mph range. At Rice Univeristy, he was a shortstop and a reliever.

“I think I had a little left in the tank but I didn’t want to risk running up into anyone’s gut,” Janish said. “I tried to run it across the plate. Unfortunately, that’s what they were looking for.”


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It’s one thing to lose a game, but good grief…
I hope they can bounce back from this one. The bullpen is taxed, the fans are shell-shocked. I know it only counts as one game in the loss column, but it felt like so much more! I hope that Arroyo and the rest of the club have a really short memory. I for one needed a stiff drink.
Hope we can still have a winning home stand!

Way too many teams are using positional players as pitchers this season! Just crazy.


I like Arroyo’s attitude toward the situation. Although it is hard to watch your team get pounded, the great thing about baseball is you get to do it all over again with a clean slate the next day.Russ

Ouch! So much for the lowest staff ERA. The Reds need to figure out how to win games when they don’t throw a shutout.

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