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Cincinnati, I love you but you're bringing me down: Reds Lose 6-2

What the heck is up with Tony Cingrani?

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

You know what, Scott van Slyke went 3-3 with two home runs and two walks. Just give him the damn game ball. It was Ludwick's for his own homerun, but that DP in the 8th was devastating.

Also impressive was Logan Ondrusek's 2.1 innings with 2H, 1BB, and 4K to bring his ERA down under 4.00.

Key Plays

  • Scott Van Slyke hit a leadoff homer in the second inning to put the Dodgers up 1-0
  • In the bottom of the second, Brayan Pena hit a two-out single, followed up by a just-barely wholloped foul ball by Cozart. Zacky eventually got a just-see-em single, and a Haren wild pitch moved them to second and third. Haren then walked Lutz intentionally, and another wild pitch brought in Pena. Cingrani ended the threat with a strikeout, though. Game tied 1-1.
  • Matt Kemp led off the fourth with a double, which will happen. Cingrani through a wild pitch in the course of walking Van Slyke, and a single by Justin Turner just over the head of a pulled-in Donald Lutz brought home Kemp. After a Romak popout, Timothy Federowicz hit a sac fly that Bruce didn't have enough on to get out Turner, allowing the score to become 3-1.
  • In the bottom of the fourth, Ryan Ludwick hit a wall-grazing homer to make the score 3-2.
  • The 5th, well, the 5th happened unfortunately. After two quick outs, Cingrani walked Yasiel Puig. While focused on the man, Cingrani airmailed a pickoff throw to allow Puig to get to second. After walking Kemp, Cingrani gave up a big bad dinger to Scott Van Slyke. All with two outs. Dodgers up 6-2.
  • The Reds got bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th with no outs. Ludwick hit a 1-2-3 double play (really, a pitcher-catcher-firstbaseman double play). Then Pena grounded out to shortstop. There was a moment where I thought I would have to re-write this recap but as it turns out lolno.
Who's Afraid of Fangraphs?

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes
  • Cingrani's line today was 4.2IP, 7H, 6ER, 3BB, 5K. He's looking like a guy who needs to figure things out, and I wish I had a bunch of good reasons on why things aren't going well. I don't. I don't think he does either. Young pitchers, man...
  • I got the feeling, with this offense, that pitchers need to execute perfectly to have a chance. That won't happen every time.
  • Latos pitched wonderfully in Pawtucket, and Votto also batted Vottonianly. Both should be back soon. Good lord, both are needed. I'm running out of positives for this season, and those would be two of them.
  • Ever since Wick inaugurated The Summer Of Bummerpop, here's some new beats.
  • Promo for El-P's new duet also works as euphemism for this season.