Three stars, Tough loss

There aren’t many good ways to lose a game, but the way the Reds dropped a 3-2 decision in 10 innings was particularly unfortunate. It came on Alfredo Simon’s wild pitch that scored Ryan Zimmerman. It was Zimmerman who Simon hit with a pitch to start the game-ending rally.

“That was a tough way to lose a game. We were in a tough spot there,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We didn’t have Ondrusek today because he’s gone four out of five. We didn’t have Chapman, he went two innings yesterday. We were down to Billy Bray or Marshall.”

The Three Stars from a frigid Thursday…

No. 3 star: Ryan Ludwick  — 1-for-4, 2 RBIs. In the top of the ninth, the Nationals elected to put the go-ahead run on first base by walking Jay Bruce intentionally with the bases loaded to face Ludwick. In his previous encounters with Brad Lidge, Ludwick was 1-for-10. This time, Ludwick came up big with a two-run single through Zimmerman and into left field that forced extras.

No. 2 star: Adam LaRoche, WAS — 2-for-5, 2 RBIs. It was LaRoche’s two-run single off of Mat Latos that gave Washington a 2-0 lead in the fifth.

No. 1 star: Gio Gonzalez, WAS — 7 ip, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K, 97 pitches/64 strikes. Gonzalez looked brilliant shutting down the Reds all afternoon. Reds manager Dusty Baker pointed out that Gonzalez brought a different strategy than his previous time against them when he was with the A’s in 2010.

“When we saw him in Oakland, he threw a lot of breaking balls and a lot of curveballs,” Baker said. “Today he threw a whole bunch of fastballs. Perhaps he changed his philosophy coming from the American League to the National League.”

News and notes:

*Mat Latos’ line: 5 ip, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 99 pitches/62 strikes. Latos had his pitch count run up early…some of it was a credit to Washington’s hitters, some of it might have been a tight strike zone and some of it was Latos’ own doing. In the second inning, Danny Espinosa worked an 11-pitch plate appearance for a walk. In the fifth, Ian Desmond was down in a 0-2 count, but Latos could not finish him before a single was hit to center field. Espinosa was down in a 1-2 count when Latos issued three straight balls for a walk that loaded the bases. It all led to the LaRoche hit.

*Latos has a 5.59 ERA through his two starts.

*Zack Cozart had his first lackluster day, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

*Drew Stubbs was also 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

*In my Reds notebook, Baker explained more about being shorthanded without Chapman. Click here.


“Thank God we won that game because if we would have lost that game, I couldn’t sleep tonight,” Zimmerman said.  “They are not routine plays like they call them, but I expect myself to make those plays. You can kind of forget about it and laugh about it now. Moving forward, I obviously have to make those plays.”  — Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman

“Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. It’s whatever. I went on the attack early and got defensive later on. That was probably why. There were some borderline pitches I made that I thought could have gone either way. They could have been strike three.” — Mat Latos

“In that situation, I just tried to make a pitch. He blocked the ball but it went to that side. Next time I go out there, I’ll try to do it better.” — Alfredo Simon

“We were one hit away from possibly winning that game and snatching it from them.” — Dusty Baker



hey mark whats ur thoughts on maybe trying to get yucko from boston to play third next year, bostons got an option next year but got that number one prospect middlebrook probably ready to come up next year? would he be enough to put behind joey for a few years as a bat?

hes a cincy kid and i think at his age might want to come here at a “homeboy discount” maybe? vetren guy above average stats and a nice person. think his power bnumbers go up at gabp also?

some thoughts and a couple of questions maybe someone can help me with…
i think we need an extra arm for the time being. and don’t think simon is part of the equation. you have carroll, texeira, fisher and hoover ready to go. valdez can do everything harris can. if phillips can come back by the weekend harris is not needed until we get thru rough patch with pen.
fisher can go more than one inning so that helps.
can valaika play anything other than second base well? can he also spell rolen if need be? just wondering.

Thoughts on Youkilis? I have none. Let’s focus on 2012..only 7 games in thus far. This is a team, especially after the Votto/Phillips signings, that isn’t going to seek a lot of outside the org. high priced players. Valaika can play 2B, 3B, SS.

i agree but who in this organazation is going to hit behind votto for the next ten years to get the most out of the 225 they spent, the best they got is rolen for the rest of the year for ever how long that will be. bruce will never hit forth as a lefthander? this is not a pestamistic question im all for this year my game face will start at 7 o clock!🙂

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