Why no PH in 4th?
It feels like a just the quotes kind of night on the blog and you can read more in depth in my final game story that will be up shortly (the one with the quotes, not the first version.)
Some of the quotes below, however, should explains the big moment of the 7-2 Reds loss to the Brewers — the decision not to bat for RHP Chad Reineke with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth inning, trailing by three runs. Reineke grounded into a double play to score a run in a rally-killing moment.
“Oh yeah, if I had a full bullpen, that was our chance to get back in the game.” — Reds manager Dusty Baker.
“[Ondrusek] was sore. He couldn’t go. This guy has been pitching a lot. He’s No. 2 in the league in appearances. We’ve got three guys in the bullpen in the top 10 in appearances – Masset, Ondrusek and Bray…It was ‘no’ behind Fisher, ‘no’ behind Arredondo and ‘no’ behind Ondrusek. That puts you in a bad situation when you have only one guy with length down there. I was counting it up. We didn’t have enough to fill nine innings today.” — Baker
“Zack [Greinke] was trying to strike him out and he couldn’t strike him out. [Reineke] swung at the first two breaking balls and looks bad, and then doesn’t swing at the rest.” –Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on Reineke, who worked a 0-2 count into a 3-2 count before grounding into the 643 DP.
“It’s sorry to say, but it’s probably better if I just strike out and not get two outs. But I worked it to full and got a pitch to hit and I didn’t do anything with it. That’s kind of a killer with bases loaded, nobody out, to ground into a double play, but I was just trying to do my best.” — Chad Reineke
“Honestly, I think we beat ourselves today. I think we hit the ball pretty good. They were just playing in the right spots. I hit some balls good today and Scott Rolen did too. We didn’t score some runs. He still has his good stuff. [Greinke is] one of the best pitchers in the league and today was just not our day, really. He kept the ball down real good and we just lost.” — Brandon Phillips
“They had some good at-bats but I only had one pitch that I was throwing how I wanted to, so it made it tough. I got through it. By the fifth and sixth inning, everything started coming together a little bit.” — Brewers starter Zack Greinke