Same ol' story
There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said. Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the White Sox was like watching a summer rerun. Good Reds pitching was trumped by no Reds hitting as Mark Buehrle dispatched them with seven scoreless innings. Aaron Harang has three quality starts and a rain shortened start this month and no wins.
Dusty Baker was a bit edgy after the game and wore the look of disdain. Here is a sampling of his postgame comments:
“That’s been a repetitive story. We’re trying to find a way to get some hits when they count and drive in some runs. Aaron pitched well enough to win today. I’ve gone over this many times. We have to produce some runs.”
“Here we are in late June and we’re still doing the same things we did in April and May. It seems like we’re not learning anything. I’m frustrated big time. The guys are frustrated too.”
“They blooped some balls in there early. Still, we have to score.”
“We’vre had chances. We’ve had opportunities. We have to get somebody to drive in some runs. Brandon [Phillips] has been pretty good but other guys – we give them a theory and philosophy on how to drive in runs.
There is a way. It’s frustrating to look up there and see a lot of zeroes or a one or a two. Last night, we scored but couldn’t stop them from scoring.”
That’s a 3-3 homestand that was winnable. The big loss was Saturday when the Reds blew a 5-0 lead and still lost as the White Sox made four errors. That hurt…a lot. Their record is back to .500 at 34-34 and four games out of first place. It’s not a bad place to be but they really need a certain someone to return to the lineup, meaning…
The Joey Votto watch will be on this week. Votto was 1-for-3 with a lined RBI single to center field and a run scored in his second game with Class-A Dayton. Nothing has been announced, but I envision Votto making his next stop at Double-A Carolina, which is home all of this week.
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