The Reds dropped their sixth game in a row on Monday night, 10-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite the losing streak, the Reds have actually made a few rather genius moves in the last couple of days. First, they optioned Edinson Volquez to AAA (about time). Also, Jonny Gomes was benched on Monday in favor of Fred Lewis. Although smart, releasing Gomes outright would be even smarter. Anyway, here are some news and notes from last night’s game:
- Bronson Arroyo took the loss for the Reds. He allowed 9 earned runs on 10 hits in just 2.2 innings. Arroyo has now allowed 23 hits and 17 earned runs over his last 3 starts (15.2 innings) to raise his ERA from 3.68 to 5.28.
- How bad is the Reds’ pitching staff right now? Only two teams in the National League have a worse team ERA than the Reds’ 4.45. Lucky for the Reds, both are NL Central foes – the Houston Astros (4.71) and the Chicago Cubs (4.69). The Reds’ staff also leads the NL in walks with 178.
- The Reds managed only five hits in the game, three of which came off the bat of Jay Bruce. He had all three Reds’ RBI as well, when he took Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels deep in the 4th inning. It was Bruce’s 12th homer of the year which is tied for the NL lead with the Brewers’ Ryan Braun. Thanks to Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen for each adding a single to the Reds’ hit total.
- Does this make sense to anyone? The Reds have two capable left fielders – Chris Heisey and Fred Lewis (they also have Jonny Gomes). Dusty Baker finally benched Gomes, but, instead of starting the right-handed hitting Heisey last night against the left-handed throwing Hamels, he started the left-handed hitting Lewis. It seems if everyone in the Reds clubhouse stinks right now (except for Jay Bruce).
- The Phillies’ 3-6 hitters were a combined 9-for-15 with 4 RBI and 6 runs scored last night.
- Paul Janish was 0-for-4 last night as his offensive struggles continue. Over his last 10 games, Janish is 3-for-36 with a single RBI. His offensive ranks among Major League shortstops: .223 (33rd), 11 RBI (27th), 10 runs (T-29th), 5 BB (T-37th), .257 OBP (39th), .269 slugging % (39th – just ahead of Edgar Renteria). Basically there are back-up shortstops on some teams producing more than Janish.
- More on this game from Elias: The Phillies set a team high for runs scored in one inning this year when they pushed seven men across the plate in the third inning of their 10-3 win over the Reds on Monday night. The seven runs were more than the Phillies scored in any two of their previous nine games, a span over which they managed to score a total of 15 runs, with no more than three runs in any single game.
The Reds look to snap their skid tonight as they battle the Phillies again. Johnny Cueto (2-1, 1.45) will face off against Vance Worley (2-0, 1.13). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.