Not much offense
Craig Tatum, a veteran of five big league games was his starting catcher. The lineup was missing Chris Dickerson, Jay Bruce, Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan. Micah Owings was also on the DL and happens to be a key pinch-hitter.
Dusty Baker was a man without many moves to make during a 3-2 Reds loss to the Padres. His lineup struck out 12 times and collected only six hits. A Kevin Kouzmanoff sac fly in the seventh snapped a 2-2 tie and was the difference.
The Reds lineup did nothing the final three innings vs. the San Diego bullpen. It was nine up, nine down with seven strikeouts.
“I didn’t want to double-switch anybody,” Baker said of his late-inning limitations. “I couldn’t double switch Tatum because I didn’t have another catcher. I couldn’t take Gomes out, my hottest hitter or Nix. By then you get back to the top of the lineup and they’d come out right-handed like they did.”
Bronson Arroyo was charged with three earned runs allowed over 6 1/3 innings with nine hits, two walks and six strikeouts. It was another quality start without a winning outcome. He acknowledged his team was shorthanded but wasn’t letting his own team off the hook.
“It always hurts to have your usual guys out,” Arroyo said. “It’s really hard to put two or three new guys in the lineup on a steady basis and have everything click. That’s just the way it is. Obviously, their team is banged up just as much, if not more, than ours is. Really, we should be able to take three of four in this series regardless. It’s still going to take a good pitching performance. Any given day, a guy on their side can shut us down just as well as we can.”
The Reds haven’t won back-to-back games since July 1-2.
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