Happy Monday? Not quite.
Not a whole lot to like from the Reds on Memorial Day during a 4-1 loss to the Pirates.
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The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Alfredo Simon — 3 ip, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. This is for as much as Simon’s body of work this season as it was for saving the bullpen from wear and tear. Simon has given up only one earned run over his last 17 1/3 innings in 10 games.
“He’s done a great job for us,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Other than that very first outing for us, he’s thrown the ball great. For him to go three innings, that’s what you want your long man to do. He saved our bullpen big time for tomorrow and the next day prior to our off day.”
No. 2 star: Pedro Alvarez — 2-for-4, 2 doubles, 1 RBI
No. 1 star: James McDonald, PIT — 8 ip, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 103 pitches/65 strikes.
“He’s got good stuff but he’s got the right amount of wildness to him,” Chris Heisey said. “He’s got good enough stuff that it keeps you off balance. You can sit on a pitch or location because he doesn’t hit his spots perfectly but has good enough stuff to get away with that. It’s to his advantage almost.”
McDonald has allowed only 2 HR over 65 1/3 innings this season. For the Reds, who have used 20 homers to score 31 of 47 runs while winning the previous 8 of 9 games…this was a big problem.
News and notes:
*The Reds were 1-for-8 RISP in the game, but were 0-for-7 against McDonald. Heisey hit a RBI single in the ninth. The biggest misstep was the top of the third with runners on first and second with no outs. Drew Stubbs didn’t get down a good bunt and it was a fielder’s choice to third base. The rally died from there.
*Bronson Arroyo wasn’t very good today. 4 ip, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K. All of Pittsburgh’s runs came with two outs.