Reds lose fourth straight
Second guessing a manager and his bullpen decisions are as old as the existence of bullpens themselves. As for the decision to re-introduce Bill Bray to action with a bases loaded, one-out jam in the sixth inning with a one-run lead?
It wasn’t an optimal situation and no doubt, and Dusty Baker would have preferred not to do it. But my opinion is if you can’t trust Bray to get the job done, then he shouldn’t have been activated in the first place. End of debate.
Here is what Baker said:
“That’s part of his job. We hoped to get him in a less pressurized situation. But you didn’t want to use Marshall that early in the sixth and they had the left-handed hitters coming up there. “
In this case it didn’t work out as Bray walked Denard Span to force home the tying run and then saw the go-ahead run cross on a Ben Revere sac fly. Reds lose, 5-4. That’s four losses in a row, three of them have been by one run. Click here for the game story.
No. 3 star: Scott Rolen, 3-for-4, 2-run HR — Rolen’s shot into the left field seats gave Cincinnati a 4-3 lead. It was his first long ball since returning from the DL. He hadn’t gone deep since April 26.
No. 2 star: Ben Revere, MIN — 4-for-4, 2 steals — Revere was pesky as can be.
“We couldn’t keep the top of their lineup off of the bases, especially Revere,” Baker said. “Revere stayed on the bases. We certainly have to keep him off the bases tomorrow.”
No. 1 star: Ryan Doumit, MIN — 4-for-4, solo HR, double, two runs scored.
“I felt pretty good tonight,” Doumit said. “I’ve played in this park a lot and I’ve played against this team a lot and I’ve faced Bailey a lot. The comfort ability maybe of getting back to a National League park. It was a nice night at the plate and an even bigger night for the team.”
News and notes:
*Here is the story about home plate umpire Jerry Layne, who exited in the fourth in a scary incident. Layne was hit in the head by Devin Mesoraco’s broken bat. Tests at Good Samaritan Hospital came back normal but Layne will miss the rest of the series.
*Homer Bailey was unhappy that he was lifted from the game for Bray with the bases loaded. Bailey had 106 pitches.
“No, I didn’t [want to exit],” Bailey said. “It’s tough to come out of situations like that. But Dusty is the manager and he makes the call.”
“He had a bunch of pitches, especially in the fifth and a bunch of pitches in the sixth,” Baker said. “It’s not how you want to start off. You don’t want to get deep, deep, deep in your bullpen in the first game of 17 in a row. We got already deep as it was. We were hoping to get through the sixth and after that, mix and match, and win the game and save our bullpen at the same time.”