Rough night for Reds pitchers

The Three Stars from the Reds’ 12-5 loss to the Phillies:

No. 3 star: Jay Bruce — 3-for-3, two RBIs.  Bruce hit a RBI double in the first inning during a big threat against Roy Halladay and added a RBI single in the fifth. I wrote about Bruce pre-game and you can click here to read that.

No. 2 star: Ryan Howard, PHI — 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs. After the Reds had an early 2-0 lead, Howard erased it himself with a two-out RBI single in the first inning and a two-out, solo homer in the third.

No. 1 star: John Mayberry Jr., PHI — 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBIs, 3 runs scored. Mayberry hit a RBI single during the four-run knockout fourth inning. He added a two-run homer inside the left field foul pole off of Jose Arredondo in the sixth.

“The big one was the hanging curveball to Mayberry. We were trying to get a double play on that particular time,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Mayberry’s single.

Click here to read the game story

News and notes:

*The 12 runs were a season high against the Reds pitching staff this season. Baker was particularly bummed because his offense roughed up Halladay, who has had Cincinnati’s number (2.56 ERA lifetime coming in, not including the 2010 NLDS no-hitter).

“It was just a bad night for us and those were the most runs we’ve ever scored off Halladay,” Baker said.

*The Reds are 9-21 all-time at Citizens Bank Park, including 4-18 since 2006.

*The Reds ran themselves out of a more damaging rally in the first inning against Halladay. Chris Heisey had a miscommunication with third base coach Mark Berry as he rounded third and then stopped. Heisey already had a late jump because he thought he might have to tag up on Jay Bruce’s hit. Here’s the full explanation:

“I was making sure, at worst, I was going to get to third if the ball was caught,” Heisey said. “Brandon was right on my heels. Mark had sent me and as I was going by him, he was trying to communicate with Brandon. I heard him say ‘right here, right here, right here.’ It’s probably my fault for not getting a good jump on the ball. I could have put some distance on Brandon and I with a good read but I wanted to make sure I was able to tag. Brandon read it real well.”

*Mike Leake tied a career-high with seven earned runs allowed, to go with his 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings. The Reds bullpen, perhaps still smarting from its heavy use in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader, was not very effective and allowed five runs and five hits. Logan Ondrusek had another shaky outing with two runs and three hits over two innings. In August, he’s given up five runs over 6 2/3 innings (6.75 ERA in that stretch).


Was it me, or did Dusty coach scared? He walked a few guys to pitch around them, and he hasn’t done that much this year. Has he forgotten that Cincy is in FIRST now and the Phils are 19 games out?!?!

Magic Number is down to 34.

Bruce is in another one of his hot streaks. Wish it would last 8 weeks.

Lets give some credit to Dusty. Bruce hot streak started immediately after Dusty gave him 2 days off to clear his head. Since those two days off, Bruce is batting .457 with 4 HR and 10RBI (Thanks for the stats Mark). We all question Dusty from time to time (especially in-game situations) and often for good reason, but he really is starting to get his players and is doing a good job of managing them.

The roster reduces to 24 when player is suspended. In the case with Mesorocco if it happens before the rosters expand, that would leave the Reds without a backup catcher, so if they decided to bring someone up they would have to send someone else down for 10 days.

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