Lots of long balls.
Per what Dusty Baker was quoted in the previous blog entry, Sunday’s 9-5 loss was a tough one for the Reds vs. Florida.
It wasn’t just that Reds pitchers gave up five home runs. It was that the offense twice tied the game up only to see the Marlins take the lead again the very next half inning. It was also disappointing four a two-run deficit wide when Florida had a four-run eighth inning.
Still, the Reds were in it at the end. They scored two and had the right guy batting in Joey Votto representing the tying run with the bases loaded.
The Reds are back to .500 with a 14-14 record. On this date in 2010, they were 12-12. Through 28 games last season, they were also 14-14.
*Hard to believe this, but Hanley Ramirez hit his first homer of the season in the top of the first. He had 21 last season.
*John Buck hit his second homer of the series to put Florida up for good in the seventh. It was also Buck’s second homer of the season. He came into the day in a 2-for-23 skid and collected three hits.
*Emilio Bonafacio hit his first outside the park HR off of Nick Masset in the eighth, a three-run shot to right field. The only other Bonafacio HR was an inside the park deal in 2009.
*Before the four-run, two-homer eighth, Nick Masset had retired 19 of his last 21 batters. He had seven scoreless innings in a row.
*Joey Votto has reached base in all 28 games this season with his first-inning walk.
*Chris Heisey hit a pinch-hit, two-run double in the ninth. He is 5-for-12 (.417) as a pinch-hitter this season.
*Since April 20, the Reds have alternated wins and losses for 11-straight games. They are 5-6 in the stretch.
*Nice game today by 3B Chris Valaika, who was involved in eight putouts, including a stretch of 5 out of 6. However, Baker said that Edgar Renteria would make his first career start at 3B on Monday vs. HOU.
“It’s definitely disappointing in the fact, you give up the lead, they tie it up, you give up the lead, they tie it up. It’s mentally draining on your ballclub to fight back like that and to give up the lead like that when you go out there with a tie.” — Bronson Arroyo
“Nick was throwing the ball outstanding until today. The young man Stanton, he can hit them any place off anybody. When you give up a home run to Bonafacio, who is a good player most of the time, it’s a ball up and usually it’s a mistake – especially left-handed. Right-handed, he’s got some sock but left-handed, that’s the best ball I’ve seen him hit.” — Dusty Baker