Three stars, All Nats edition
Super quick recap — two hits, one run and a 4-1 loss for the Reds vs. the Nationals.
Outscored in the three losses: 9-4 Total Reds hits in three losses: 12
Team batting average after nine games: .191
CIN has dropped five of its last six.
No. 3 star: Jayson Werth, 2-for-3, 1 RBI.
No. 2 star: Adam LaRoche: 2-for-3, 2 RBIs. It was LaRoche’s two-run double to right-center field in the third that made it a 3-1 game and essentially put the Reds away.
No. 1 star: Who else but Edwin Jackson? 9 ip, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 92 pitches/67 strikes. He needed only seven pitches in the ninth to complete the game. He retired 16 in a row after giving up two hits and a run in the second inning, and retired 22 of his last 23 batters.
“Flores and I was able to get into the groove early and throught the game,” Jackson said. “They were aggressive. I didn’t have a lot of strikeouts until later on in the game. I’m fine with that as long as I’m getting outs and pitching to contract.”
News and notes:
*Miguel Cairo exited in the second inning because of a strained left hamstring. Cairo’s return status is considered day-to-day by the club. Cairo notched his first hit of the season with a one-out double to left field in the top of the second. Two batters later, Drew Stubbs drove him in with a RBI single to left field. Cairo scored with a slide into the plate.
“When I slid into the plate, I felt a big cramp,” Cairo said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. It feels tight. Hopefully it’s nothing bad.”
“We’re going to hit. There’s not even a doubt in any of our minds. We have good hitters and it’s going to come around. I think I can speak for everybody on the pitching staff that there’s going to be those times when we’re not pitching well and our hitting is going to pick us up. We understand the game and that’s how it goes.” — Homer Bailey
“We’ve never seen him that fine. Usually he has a wild period in there some place but he didn’t have that at all today. I even asked the umpire one time, ‘are we that bad or is he that good?’ He said ‘hey, he was the good.’ He said everything was moving. He was sharp. Everything looked like a fastball and then it would be a breaking ball in the dirt. He made us look badly today.” — Dusty Baker on Jackson.