Reds open road trip on wrong foot
As I wrote in my pre-game notebook, the Reds are trying to get another look at Yonder Alonso in left field and right from the get-go of a 6-4 loss to the Nationals they saw some of the limitations he faces.
Rick Ankiel hit a routine fly ball to left field to lead off the bottom of the first inning right after the Reds took a 2-0 lead. Playing way back, Alonso couldn’t run in quick enough to catch the ball. Drew Stubbs also made a desperate effort but it landed in for a bloop single that started a three-run inning.
“A faster outfielder would have [caught it],” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That’s the one thing he lacks is speed. It’s something, most of the time, you’re either born with it or you’re not.”
*Jay Bruce also had something go awry in the bottom of the first. On a Mike Morse drive to right field, Bruce took a first step in before having to run back. The ball screamed over his head to the wall for a two-run double.
*Mike Leake came in with a 2.53 ERA over his previous five starts. He hadn’t given up five earned runs since July 8 at MIL. His line was 6 ip, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. 89 pitches/56 strikes.
*Upon hitting a RBI double off the CF wall in the seventh, SS Edgar Renteria pulled up lame and hopped into second base. He was removed from the game and diagnosed with a strained left groin. He will be evaluated tomorrow. Without Zack Cozart already, Paul Janish is the lone remaining true shortstop on the 40-man roster.
“We really kept fighting and fighting but just couldn’t muster up two or three hits in a row or the big one like they got. They got a couple of big home runs.” — Dusty Baker
“I did not feel a pop. I felt it a little bit. Tomorrow we will see what happens.” — Edgar Renteria on his injury
“It happens sometimes. Some balls found some holes. I felt like I threw the ball pretty good. The balls they hit out were off the plate. They were good pitches. I don’t know if they were sitting on them or had a good plan.” — Mike Leake
“You hate to get two quick runs and they come back with three quick runs.” — Baker on the first inning.