Thursday, April 26, 2007
Skip Schumaker Will Kill You, Reds Lose 7-5
On a day where the Reds sit Encarnacion, Griffey [late scratch due to illness] and Dunn, you would figure there would be no way they could lose. Hey, Juan Castro's finally getting an opportunity to hit in an RBI slot, that's great. And we all know Keisler's story, so there's no surprise when the author tunes in and the Reds are up 4-0. Daggum Ross even hit a home run but being the logical man he is, he was careful not to increase expectations, so he struck out with Hamilton on third when they could have possibly put the game away. But then Lohse gave up 15 singles in a row and the bullpen did their job, which appears to be increase any lead by the opposition. If you will turn your attention to the boxscore posted below, you'll see that Pujols, Rolen and Edmonds were 3 for 10 with a run scored and no RBIs. But of course when you've got weapons like Aaron Miles [2 hits], Skip Schumaker [3 hits, 2 RBI], and of course Adam Kennedy [2 doubles] and Scott Spezio, you don't need to worry when the middle of your order doesn't produce. It appears that all of those guys forgot, for one game at least, that they're terrible. Someone needs to remind those guys of their role on the team. Get in there and stink. But tomorrow is another day and a trip to Pittsburgh is almost certainly the cure to an ailing offense [though Ian Snell has been pretty good].