Can’t cash in at CBP

An 8-3 Reds loss gave the Phillies two of three games in the series after Cincinnati took the opener on Friday.

*Since 2006, the Reds have gone 0-7-1 in series at Philadelphia and are 7-21 in those games.

“I don’t know what it is about coming here. We don’t play very well,” outfielder Chris Heisey said.

The game story and plenty of stuff will soon be up on MLB.com/Reds.com.

Items of note:

*Following Devin Mesoraco’s three-run homer in the first inning of Friday’s 3-0 win, the Reds have scored only four runs over their last 26 innings.

*Mesoraco was again the big bright spot offensively with a career-high in hits during his 4-for-4 game. But getting the hits provided less satisfaction without getting the win too.

“I want to win. That’s my first and foremost goal,” Mesoraco said. “I want to drive in runs. I want to score runs. Whether I get a hit or not, it means something to me. If I get a hit and don’t score or drive anybody in, it doesn’t help the team win. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

*Mesoraco has hits in 14 of his 15 games played and RBIs in 10 of those games. Overall, he is batting .500/.541/.870 with four homers and 17 RBIs.

*Tony Cingrani returned from the DL and gave up a career-high three home runs but the reviews were positive overall. Cingrani had his fastball velocity often in the 90-93 mph range.

“A lot crisper,” Mesoraco said. “He was able to carry his velocity throughout the game. He was able to hit that outside corner to righties, which sometimes he struggles with. Today he was able to do it pretty well. It was a step in the right direction and I think he’s going to be stronger and better.”

*The Reds bullpen continues to be a sore spot. Manny Parra, who had been one of the more successful pitchers earlier, gave up four runs and two hits and two walks.

*The NL’s worst bullpen, Reds relievers have a 5.40 ERA. They are almost a full run behind the Dodgers for 14th place.

*Since April 29, Billy Hamilton is batting .333 (13-for-39) with a .381 on-base percentage in 14 games.

6 Comments

 Mark:            When you are behind a few runs and you have TWO men on base in the 7th inning  WITH NO OUTS…

 what would a LITTLE LEAGUE MANAGER call for  (  ONE GUESS )  A BUNT… YOU WIN A TOOTSIE    ROLL,  BOY YOU ARE SO SMART.  How come our ( Pitching Coach )  Manager doesn’t know this.  Mistakes    like this keeps happening,  What do we need a NEW GENERAL MANAGER TO get a knowledgeable manager?

 Our 1st base coach has been at  his post TOO long. Billie Hatcher needs to come to the aid of this team QUICK

 before its TOO late. We will be in LAST PLACE before the ALL – STAR GAME.  That’s right below the CUBS.

                                                           Reds fan since 1953

                                              Jerry Grisham / The Villages, Florida   

 

A bit harsh maybe? Price has done a solid job as manager, not perfect, but much better than Dusty and I can only imagine price getting better with experience

Agree said same thing in prior post. I blame Price but I think he is slowing down his agressive nature. This team needs that aggressive nature, especially with all that speed. That was the perfect time to steal. This team is not trying to hold on to first right now. They are trying to stay in the race while the stars get off the DL. You have to stay aggressive…

I enjoyed seeing Mesoraco’s comments. Right attitude. Hopefully Joey was listening.

Reds Bullpen ERA and NL Rank last three seasons:
2014: 5.40 ERA, 15th(last in NL).
2013: 3.29 ERA, 4th in NL.
2012: 2.65 ERA, 1st in NL.

It’s refreshing to see a couple of young guys excel, especially when they have their heads screwed on correctly. No side-bar bantering, no immaturity, no pointing fingers, no excuses…just hard nose ML baseball. I am referring to Mesoraco and Hamilton; a few pleasant thoughts in a basket full of despair.

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