The Reds’ winning streak is over at 6, and I’ll say nothing short of that it should have continued on last night, and in a stadium (Chavez Rivine) that they typically do not win many games. Los Angeles is where the Reds season typically goes to die.
Adam Dunn homered off Brad Penny, this was the 5th straight ballgame in which Dunn has homered; and he has driven in an RBI in 8 straight ballgames. This is the kind of run producer we envisioned Dunn at one point in his young career. We need it to continue all season if we’re going to get back in this thing and possibly to keep Dunn in Cincinnati. It’s peaks and valleys with Dunn and hopefully he can just keep it going a while longer. When he’s white hot like this, he can carry a club.
Other than Dunn, the offensive highlights had to be Brandon Phillips, who collected 4 hits including a triple.
In the end, damning errors by Paul Janish and Jerry Hairston Jr. cost the Reds mightily. Bronson Arroyo also failed to pitch effectively with a lead as he surrendered 5 runs–3 earned, on 9 hits. His ERA is over 6 for the season.
Takashi Saito picked up the win to improve to 2-1. Blake Dewitt got the game winning hit off of Dave Weathers in the bottom of the 9th after the Reds were forced to load the bases up with just 1 out.
Tonight, Matty Belisle takes the hill. If you’re a fan of the long-term health of the Reds; please root for Belisle to get his tits lit tonight. Yes it does make sense. We’re never going to compete with schlups like Belisle trotting out there every 5th day to throw fastball and changeup cock-pieces right down the heart of the plate. He’s got only a hope in the bullpen.