Red Sox paint the town with the blood of Cincinnati pitching, beat the Reds 16-5

Well, that sucked.  The main story of the game is the pitchers inability to get anyone out.  They spent most of the game against the Sox backup guys, and even though the Reds didn't bring an elite staff on the road trip, they put up a pretty terrible effort.  The lowlights:

  • Nick Masset is digging himself a pretty deep hole to make this rotation, and is putting Walt in a tough spot.  4 ER in his one inning of work and a throwing error isn't turning any heads.  If early indications mean anything, Owings or Bailey will likely be the 5th starter, and Walt will need to decide whether to keep Masset on the team because of his options or give him the DFA in favor of another guy who can help the bullpen.
  • Also not helping their cause: Jeff Kennard (1 IP, 3 R) and Sam LeCure (2 IP, 3 R).  Enjoy Carolina, guys.
  • I think we were all looking forward to seeing Stubbs lead off tonight, but got a disappointing late addition to the lineup when Taveras got the nod instead.  It's probably tied to Taveras going to the WBC, so don't fret, we'll most likely be seeing more of Stubbs here in the next week or so.  That being said...
  • Taveras: 0-3, Stubbs: 1-2, 2 RBI.  Just sayin'.
  • Votto's been hitting well, adding two more hits tonight.  Hopefully he can pick up right where he left off last year and put up another solid season.
  • Burton, Fisher, Fultz, and Pettyjohn all pitched scoreless outings.

Other than that, not much else to get excited about.  Let's put this one behind us by beating the Yanks tomorrow.

Joe Nuxhall Honorary Memorial Star of the Game

The Red Sox' Brad Wilkerson.  His 2-run shot off of Manuel in the 2nd inning started the rally that put the Reds down 10-0 after two, sealing the deal for the Red Sox.  He gets New England clam chowder for two at Montgomery Inn.

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