SEVEN OF THEIR LAST TEN, CAN SCOTT ROLEN'S REDS BEAT THE COLD?
GET YOUR SH#T TOGETHER!!!
AFTER LOSING SEVEN OF
THEIR LAST TEN, CAN SCOTT ROLEN'S REDS BEAT THE COLD?
Aaron Harang did
everything he could to help the Reds avoid a sweep by the Seattle Mariners
on Sunday. Harang went six innings for the Reds allowing only one run on
three hits. Aside from Harang's start against Houston on
May 29 (7IP, 1ER, 4H) when his team supported him with twelve runs, it
was his best game of the season. Harang received the loss as his team's
offense remained cramped in Seattle. On Sunday, the Reds
lost 1-0 to the Mariners for the second time in three days. Only one run
was scored by the Reds during their three day stay in Seattle.
“It was a nightmare weekend,”
Dusty Baker said.
“We couldn’t buy a run. It was a tough weekend, a very tough weekend.”
On Friday against the Mariners, Johnny Cueto also pitched well enough to
receive the victory. Cueto pitched only 5.2 innings, but allowed just one
run on four hits. Once again, the Reds' offense failed to score as Cliff Lee
pitched a complete-game shutout (6H, 7K)
to defeat the Reds 1-0.
Sam LeCure started for the Reds on Saturday. Outside of
one ugly pitch that propelled a four-run sixth, LeCure pitched dutiful.
Scoring their only run of the series in the fourth inning, the Reds' offense
failed to supply Lecure with an anchor. Felix Hernandez hurled a
complete-game (5H, 9K) as the Mariners
beat the Reds 5-1.
During their three game series with the Mariners, the Reds stuck out 23
times and collected only 14 hits. Joey Votto and Scott Rolen combined for
half of the Reds' hits against the Mariners as Brandon Phillips, Jonny
Gomes, Jay Bruce, and Orlando Cabrera only had one hit a piece the entire
There is no bright side of being swept by the worst team in the AL West and
falling 1.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals, but the performance of the
Reds' pitching staff over the weekend was nothing short of concrete. The
Reds' bullpen set aside their recent struggles and combined for 8.1
scoreless innings of relief allowing only three hits. A Reds' offense that
currently leads the NL in runs (337), hits (650), homeruns (83), RBI (327),
slugging percentage (.449), and average (.276) should have capitalized, but
didn't. The Reds' pistons have trouble when it comes to collective firing.
"It was a tough
series to swallow,"
said Aaron Harang.
"We have to look forward to going down to Oakland and turning things
The Reds have lost six of their last seven games inspiring some of
their followers to remember Junes of the past. The next three games in
Oakland will be a true test for the Cincinnati Reds. They have played hot,
and stayed hot, many times this season. It is the reason they are five games
above .500 and only 1.5 games out of first place. Teams will always go cold
during a tedious 162-game season, but only the good teams rise to the
occasion and stop the bleeding. The leadership and determination of Scott
Rolen, Joey Votto, and Brandon Phillips will be closely monitored as they
attempt to overcome. Go Reds!
MONDAY: Mike Leake (5-1, 3.02) vs. Gio Gonzales (6-5, 4.21) at 10:05pm
TUESDAY: Bronson Arroyo (6-3, 4.53) vs. Dallas Braden (4-6, 3.78) at 10:05pm
WEDNESDAY: Johnny Cueto (6-2, 4.30) vs. Vin Mazzaro (2-1, 5.22) at 3:35pm
will Leake get shut down?
time for Reds in Seattle
solid in losing effort
the Reds playing over their heads?
PETER C. BJARKMAN
remains no joke