Reds 6, Indians 4 (box)
Talk about a fall from grace. Two winnable games dropped in the ninth inning followed by a Cliff Lee appearance with actual earned runs. Five of them, to be exact – in only five and two-thirds innings – doubling his ERA to its current level of 1.63. What a bum, right?
And it wouldn’t be an Indians/Reds game without an Adam Dunn home run. His fourth in four games, mind you.
It has to be a bit frustrating that today was our highest-scoring game of the series, and we still leave with the “L” and are now a game and a half out of first place in the Central.
“A bad series,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We didn’t play very well, we didn’t hit very well. You do that, you’re going to get beat. You’re going to get beat like this.”
I’m still waiting for that series where we do hit the ball well. The Oakland series is fully attributed to our pitching. The team is currently batting a whopping .235. One point above the worst-hitting team in baseball, the Washington Nationals.
We may as well add a few positives in to the mixer. Recent addition Michael Aubrey hit his first career home run, always a feel-good story. Yep, that’s about it.
For the series, we left 47 men on base, compared to 36 by the Reds. Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-2, taking his average to .180. And Brandon Phillips? He went 1-for-4 with two more RBI and is batting at a current clip of .293/.339/.524. I continue to loathe his transaction.
At least we finally get a day off…