PGX: Winless in Seattle

Tough weekend, eh?

*One run scored all weekend (one over last 30 innings, since Thursday)

*0-for-6, 8 LOB Sunday, 1-for-12, 18 LOB for weekend.

*Not a shocker that Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez were indomitable, but Ryan Rowland-Smith? He came in 0-6 with a 6.63 ERA.

*Rowland-Smith had five walks allowed. The Reds could not capitalize.

*The Mariners are the last-place team in the AL West at 28-41.

“It was a nightmare weekend for us scoring runs. We couldn’t buy a run,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

*On the bright side, Aaron Harang had a very nice afternoon on the mound.
(6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER,  1 BB, 4 K — 110 pitches/68 strikes).

Quotes —

“No offense to him but he was the best out of the three that we had a chance to capitalize on. But we didn’t. He made pitches when he needed to.” — Jay Bruce on Ryan-Rowland Smith
“It was a tough series to swallow. We have to look forward to going down to Oakland and turning things around.” — Aaron Harang

“It shows kind of how we depend on the long ball too. We didn’t hit a home run here. It’s a major part of our offense. We had some opportunities and we didn’t put the ball in play a couple of times.” — Dusty Baker

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In the past 10 games, in 41 AB, the Reds? lead off hitter, Orlando Cabrera:

Has 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 runs (none since June 13), 0 doubles, 0 triples, 0 home runs (none since April 12), 0 RBI (none since June 5).

Tell me again that we can?t afford to play Paul Janish because of his hitting?

We had Brandon Phillips lead off on June 10, he was 4/5, with 2 runs, 2 RBI and a triple ? and we haven?t even TRIED that again?

Look, even if FOR SOME REASON, you thought that Orlando Cabrera, despite his injury, despite his poor defense, despite his zero productivity, just HAD to stay in the lineup because ?he?s a winner,? that does not mean he has to stay in the LEAD OFF spot.
The local media in town, especially the Reds TV and Radio broadcasters, have been giving Cabrera a free pass. They nightly extol his virtues as a fielder, despite statistics showing he is WAY below average in the field. Baker’s insistence in batting Cabrera in the leadoff and playing him every game, despite his injury, despite his lack of productivity, is a big part of the reason the Reds are in an offensive slump.

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