Reds didn't have a chance to know what hit them in 15-3 loss

[Box Score]

Last night was one of those ugly ballgames that there is little you can take from it moving forward. The Reds once again fail to make a statement in front of the home crowd coming off a winning road trip. When the smoke cleared (literally) the score was 15-3 with a position player recording the final 3 outs after being taught a lesson by Prince Fielder.

In all technical purposes this game was over by the 2nd inning, with Bronson Arroyo surrendering 9 runs in an inning of work plus. We could see Ryan Braun’s grand slam leaving the park before he hit it and he didn’t let us down. Everyone gets healthy and improves their numbers against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

As for those aforementioned positives. Well, George Grande had the night off. Other then that, Brandon Phillips hit an upper deck home run with the score already 10-0, and he pimped it with a lean around the bases. C’mon dude. You’re going to show up someone when you’re down ten and point to the crowd on your way into the dugout? That’s horseshit at any level.

Jay Bruce continued to be the consummate pro. Bruce walked, singled to extend his hitting streak (shhh) to 7 games, and hit his 7th home run of the season. It was an opposite field blast off Jorge Julio.

Dusty Baker raised the flag early, pulling out regulars Joey Votto and Willy Taveras to get them some much needed innings off.

The Reds come out tonight and face the Brew Crew again, and they need this win to avoid falling back to .500 for the season. We’d expect Micah Owings to pitch well, since his spot in the rotation should start depending on his quality of starts with Homer Bailey getting everyone out in AAA.