Anyone watch the game last night? It was pretty textbook as far as two star players beating an entire team giving full effort. That two run home run that Albert Pujols hit off Aaron Harang was a line drive that went over 400 feet. There just aren’t many people in the history of the game that can hit like this guy. Oh yea, he added a double that was off the left field wall. I mean he hits screamers all over the park every night and he’s had a career against the Reds (now 37 big flies lifetime against Cincinnati).
Aaron Harang didn’t pitch all that badly. He made two mistakes all game to the best hitter on the planet all while fighting through control and mechanic problems for the entire night. He pitched pretty well. He gave the bullpen a night off. Against a lot of teams without the best player in the world and with a healthy lineup; Harang was good enough to win.
However, the Reds went up against a true ace once again. I mean, tell me another team in the big leagues that have had the face the pitchers this team has. It continues again tonight as Carlos Zambrano will be out there. But they’ve ran the gambit. Chris Carpenter is going to have one of his best seasons as a pro if he can stay healthy. The only scratch on him in this game was a solo home run to Laynce Nix that he surrendered late in the game. Nix is red hot (his 3rd home run in 5 at bats). Carpenter has now allowed 3 runs all season. That was his first home run allowed in 65 innings, the longest streak of his career.
The Reds earn the split with the Cardinals and wrap up the road trip 2-5. The past week was very frustrating. It was one giant missed opportunity. But at the same time you can’t get down on this team. They never quit. None of them. They return home tonight for three against the Cubs before heading to Washington and they’re still just 2 and 1/2 games out. It’s a long season. Any time you’re battling something, you’ll face adversity. You just have to keep running out there every day in life and giving it your all. It sounds cliche but that’s what you have to look at with this Reds club. They’re facing a lot of adversity, and I don’t have to go into exactly how many things right now are affecting this team. But they’re still fighting. That’s why you have to remain strong in their corner.