Three stars, Extras, Extras
I can’t recall a Reds road trip quite like this one. Four extra inning games out of five with three of them ending in losses.
On Tuesday, it was a 2-1 defeat vs. the Cardinals that provided the latest sting.
“How many times can your heart get ripped out in a short period of time?” Dusty Baker asked.
The full game story should be up shortly…
The Three Stars of the game….
No. 3 star: Carlos Beltran, STL — 2-for-3, HR.
No. 2 star: Johnny Cueto — 7 ip, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 113 pitches/69 strikes. Cueto had runners in scoring position over the first four innings, but only gave up Beltran’s first-inning solo homer. St. Louis was 0-for-9 RISP with 14 LOB, in large part due to Cueto.
No. 1 star: Kyle Lohse, STL — 7 ip, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Threw 20 of 25 first pitch strikes. Lohse began by retiring his first six batters and 12 of his last 13 batters. He was lifted after only 90 pitches
News and notes:
*The rotation remains winless since Cueto on April 5.
*Jay Bruce was 0-for-4 and set a new career-long hitless streak at 0-for-19.
*The Reds got some bad fortune in the third inning when Drew Stubbs was called out going from first to third on Ryan Hanigan’s single. Replays showed that Stubbs clearly should have been safe.
*Baker chose to hit and run Devin Mesoraco with Brandon Phillips batting in the 10th. Phillips struck out and Mesoraco was nailed going to second base to end the inning.
“With Brandon up, if I don’t run Mesoraco and Brandon hits the ball on the ground – with his leg it’s a double play,” Baker said. “If you run him and he strikes out it’s a double play. You’re between a rock and a hard place.”
*Sam LeCure and Bill Bray pitched the 10th inning, with LeCure’s leadoff walk of David Freese setting up the final rally by the Cardinals. Baker chose to go with those pitchers and not use Aroldis Chapman or Sean Marshall.
“Everybody is getting paid. Everybody has a job to do,” Baker said. “Chapman went two innings two days ago. We didn’t want to go Chapman again.”
“I think when you’re on the road, it’s a little tougher. If you’re in extra innings and the home team wins, it’s always going to be a walk-off. It’s a little more dramatic. We’ve had some really close ballgames lately and unfortunately, we’ve been on the losing end of the stick. We’re competing. Offensively, we’re not having big innings. We’re not stringing stuff together right. Our pitching right now is doing an outstanding job.” — Ryan Ludwick
“We just have to stay right here and right now and not get too panicked about what’s going on.” — Jay Bruce
“We’re playing just good enough to lose right now. We just have to execute better because we practice and practice and preach and talk about things. It’s just not happening right now.” — Dusty Baker