We may have witnessed the worst relief performance possible. Forget Aroldis Chapman, the Reds just need Jonathan Broxton back. JJ Hoover has been good as a reliable bullpen arm an has worked out of plenty of jams. Tonight he put himself in one and then decidedly did not work himself out of. He came in to close with a one run lead after Brandon Phillips helped the Reds get the lead with a two run shot.
This was his line:
I guess you could say that Joey Votto didn’t help him by going for the double play instead of taking the out at first, but the rest was very bad. Lead off walk, bunt for hit, walk, grand salami. What the f*ck? That is very bad. The Reds love Hoover…as a regular relief guy. Not as the best arm in the bullpen.
Good luck to the Reds as they continue to chase their second win of the season.