Homestand opens with loss

Three Stars from a 7-4 Reds loss to the Braves:

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No. 3 star: Alfredo Simon: 2 ip, 6 K — Simon struck out all six batters faced. One of the K’s was No. 11 of the night, which provided the loudest ovation on what felt like a blah night. Fans once again were guaranteed free pizza. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Simon’s six consecutive strikeouts are the most by a Reds pitcher since RAaron Harang struck out seven straight in a relief appearance on 5/25/08 at San Diego (you remember that game I’m sure).

No. 2 star: Paul Maholm, ATL — 5 2/3 ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K — Maholm retired his first seven batters in a row until a Derrick Robinson single in the bottom of the third. The Reds didn’t get to Maholm until the two-run fourth inning.

“He did whatever he wanted to do tonight,” Braves catcher Brian McCann said. “He had both sides of the plate working, slowed it down with the curveball, pounded them in with the cutter. When he’s got both sides of the plate working, he’s going to win a lot of ball games.”

No. 1 star: Andrelton Simmons, ATL — 3-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 runs — Simmon took Bronson Arroyo deep for a leadoff homer in the second inning, hit a RBI single in the fourth inning and hit a two-run shot off Logan Ondrusek that made for good insurance in the eighth. It was his first multi-homer game and the four RBIs were a career high.


*Reds pitchers struck out 15 batters in the game, the staff’s third time they’ve reached that number this season.

*Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch for the MLB leading 11th time in the fifth.


Arroyo is on the downside of his career. Time to say goodbye and use him as trade bait… Cingrani is ten times better, younger, longer contract, and best of all left handed

Cingrani is not ready to stay in the bigs.

The Reds are sort of the opposite of Robin Hood: they take from the poor (in wins) and give to the rich (in wins). They need to toughen up against the good teams.

I will say though why do we put up 4 runs in a loss but cant manufacture more than 2 or 3 in a win. It seems like that every time.

Last year this team would regroup at home to win the other 2 games. They did that all year at home. Lets see what they do.

When Bronson isn’t hitting his spots, he is in deep trouble; seldom does his FB reach 90 MPH. He now is averaging anywhere between 85-89 MPH for a game. I have to believe that this is the last season for Bronson with the Reds or MLB, for that matter.
The guy is 36 going on 40; can’t believe any team would pay a guy in his twilight years anywhere near what he is currently making ($11.5M) while throwing 4.30 ERA.
Will say the guy is a workhorse; 8 seasons in a row of 32 GS and 7 of last 8 seasons he pitched 200+ IP. But with all that said, I think Bronson would like to start his 2nd career; growing his hair even longer and trading his glove for a brand new guitar.

This clearly isn’t a problem for the Reds with Cingrani waiting in the wings. Not a bad rotation when you think about it; a healthy Cueto, a more mature Latos, a muscle laden Bailey, a more consistent Leake, and a phenom (that better learn to throw a MLB certifiable 3rd pitch), one Mr. Cingrani. Looks like a very formitable SP group.

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