11 walks, end of win streak
You knew the winning streak would end at some point but I did not think it would be on Monday with a 11-5 Reds loss to the Padres. After all, Cincinnati was off to a quick 3-0 first inning and seemed to firing on all cylinders like in Houston and Colorado.
A five-run top of the second inning came immediately vs. Mike Leake and he got a quick hook after a career-short start of 1 2/3 innings. Read the rest of the game story by clicking here.
On to the Three Stars of the Game:
No. 3 star: Jay Bruce — 2-for-3, HR. Bruce hit homer No. 21 in the bottom of the third inning.
No. 2 star: Yonder Alonso, SD — 4-for-5, 3 doubles, 1 RBI.
No. 1 star: Will Venable, SD — 2-for-4, triple, 4 RBIs.
News and notes:
*Devin Mesoraco was ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes with HP umpire Chad Fairchild, and is likely looking at a suspension for both touching Fairchild’s chest and going around Dusty Baker and making contact during the heated argument. Fans have pinged me saying Fairchild instigated the contact but I didn’t see it that way after watching the replay four times. Even if the chest touch was accidental, and likely was, Mesoraco went around Baker to keep arguing and bumped the ump — and that is the big no-no. Contact with the umpire like that is never OK.
*Reds pitchers combined for 11 walks, smashing the previous season high of seven. It was the staff’s highest total since they walked 12 batters on 5/16/09 in a 16-inning game at SD (16 innings) and their highest total in a nine-inning game since they walked 11 vs. the Cubs 9/27/04 at Wrigley Field.
*Alfredo Simon, who had been so good and came in with a 1.41 ERA, gave up five runs over 2 1/3 innings. He hadn’t allowed an earned run over his previous 14 innings.
*Bill Bray gave up three walks to load the bases in the fifth but got out of it and worked a 1-2-3 sixth. Bray has 14 walks and six strikeouts in only 8 2/3 innings this season.
“It definitely didn’t go the way that we planned. I think you want to get that early lead and go out there and throw strikes and get some easy outs that next inning. After a team scores, that’s a very big inning for a pitcher. You want to shut them down the next inning and keep the momentum going for your own team.” — Devin Mesoraco