Beat the Braves, get swept by the Mets, sweep the Giants, lose to the Astros. It’s a wonder that not every Reds fans’ hair has turned gray in 2011.
A 4-3 loss in 10 innings came on a dropped ball at the plate on a fielder’s choice. But don’t pin this on catcher Ryan Hanigan. The whole team was 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 men. The Reds were facing an Astros team with a lot of newbies as well.
*Save for a three-run second inning, very nice start for Bronson Arroyo. He tied a season high with eight innings pitched and allowed only the three runs with six hits, two walks and three strikeouts He retired 13 of his last 14 batters and 18 of 20. For the first time since June 13, he did not allow a home run.
*Brandon Phillips might have had the play of the night in baseball in 10th had the Reds recorded the out. With the bases loaded and the infield in, Phillips made a spectacular diving stop on Jose Altuve’s screamer up the middle. Hanigan could not hold on to the throw to the plate.
*Since his 11 appearance, 8 2/3 innings scoreless streak, Logan Ondrusek has given up 4 ER, 8 H and over his last five appearances.
*The Reds are a season-high 7 1/2 games out of first place after the Brewers beat the Cardinals.
*With a third-inning double, Joey Votto has produced at least one extra-base hit in each of his last 11 games at Minute Maid Park. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest such streak by a player at any park since Houston’s Jeff Bagwell produced an extra-base hit in 11 straight games from 1993-95 at SF’s Candlestick Park/3Com Park.
*The Reds are 7-5 in extra inning games and 16-24 in one-run games.
“I’ve had my back against the wall a lot lately. I’m just trying to survive out there. I was happy to go deep in the ballgame and giving us a chance to win. It’s not any more satisfying really at this point in the season seeing how many games far back we are. We need every win we can get regardless of how well you throw.” — Bronson Arroyo
“We left runners out there all night. We couldn’t get the big hit.” — Dusty Baker
“We had some chances and didn’t come through. This team is hungry. You can’t take this team real lightly because you never know who will be out there. We really don’t know many guys out there. But I’ll tell you one thing, the way they played, they showed they were really hungry and we have to motivate ourselves to really go out there and push ourselves harder for us to get the win.” — Brandon Phillips on the Astros
“It’s a good lineup over there. Those guys definitely can hit the ball and they mashed a lot of singles. Luckily enough, no any real damage, a couple doubles here and there but like I said, keeping them at bay is all I can do, and once again, hats go off to the bullpen and the guys for finding a way to win.” — Astros RHP Bud Norris