Monday, June 20, 2011

That Blue Jay Won't Eat Those Seeds, Idiot, Reds 2-1

Reds saved their best performance of the weekend for yesterday, best pitching performance anyway. Arroyo was really good yesterday. Going 8 and allowing only Aaron Hill's third home run of the year in the 5th. Miguel Cairo k'd with runners on second and third with one out in the 8th but that was only because he'd been so effective earlier, hitting the two-run lead giving homer, he didn't want Rolen to think that he was trying to show him up. Because he wasn't. So, that strike out kept everything cool in the clubhouse. Coco pitched an uneventful 9th, which is the best kind of 9th, especially with a lead.

The 2 runs scored yesterday was mostly in line with the performances on Friday and Saturday. Friday, Leake gave up 3 over 7 and took the loss. The offense didn't feel like doing much against Jo Jo Reyes, which doesn't make a lot of sense. Didn't he lose like 30 consecutive starts. I remember when the rumor was the Reds were going to unload Arroyo for Jo Jo and Yunel Escobar when they were both still with the Braves. I think I prefer Arroyo's body of work. Anyway, the offense didn't like what Jo Jo was offering, so didn't bother hitting it, taking the loss. Then they struggled again against Brandon Morrow on Saturday. He has pretty outstanding stuff but has been the opposite of outstanding this year. Instanding, I guess. That didn't stop the Reds from doing nothing against him. It's all part of the learning experience. And Volquez was back to being a liability, at least temporarily.

Now they get to play the Yankees and that national exposure for which they've been hungry. ESPN tonight. Big time. Fortunately Cueto is a big time pitcher and is looking forward to dominating the overpaid New York lineup. Reds schedule a three-day beating at GABP. Plan on attending. Reds! Reds! Reds!

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