Not too many people would have picked the Marlins against the Reds even with rookies Tony Cingrani and Jose Fernandez on the mound. The Reds tagged Fernandez for 5 runs through four innings and then they decide to send John Maine in. John Maine did not pitch well. here is what he did in the 5th:
Here’s the talley: 3 singles, 4 walks, and 1 wild pitch. It was about to get really ugly, but Joey Votto grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning. On the intentional walk him almost hit Devin Mesoraco in the head twice…impressive. The core was 5-1 before the 5th and 9-1 after. You’d think that’d be it for Maine. Nope. They ran him back out for the 6th inning. He still did not pitch well.
This isn’t as bad, but a walk and a home run put another 2 on the board for the Reds. He did strike out the side though. Just a little hiccup in between. I get that the Marlins were saving their bullpen, but these were two brutal innings.