PHILADELPHIA– Tony Cingrani returned from the 15 day disabled list Sunday in Philadelphia. He may be wishing the Reds had left him on the DL after a dismal outing sending the Reds to their second blow out loss in back to back days.
One night after putting up 12 runs on the Reds Saturday night the Philadelphia Phillies answered Sunday with 8 more, blowing out the Reds once again. 9 hits and 8 runs were attributed to Wil Nieves, Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche. Phillies lesser known players came up big for them as they won the series against the Reds.
Tony Cingrani came off the DL Sunday. His 6.0IP, 7H, 4ER were not enough to help the Reds. Combine that with poor offense, poor managing and an awful outing by Manny Parra the Reds had no chance of winning the rubber match of the series.
Parra came in for the 7th inning, he would pitch one inning give up 2 hits, 2 walks and allow 4 earned runs. Parra has been hit or miss this season like the Reds as a whole.
The Cincinnati offense performed Sunday, 10 hits were more than the Phillies had but 3 runs won’t win games. Manager Bryan Price continues to place Devin Mesoraco the hottest hitting member of the club way down in the order. Mesoraco is batting .500 and batting 5th in the lineup. If he were batting 3rd the Reds likely would score more runs. A 4-4 day from Mesoraco resulted in 1 RBI.
Billy Hamilton continues to come into his own as a hitter. A 2-5 day raised his batting average to .256, combine that with his 15th stolen base of the season and Hamilton had a very productive day at the ball park.
Cincinnati’s pitching has been lack luster of late, the bottom of the rotation that is. Johnny Cueto, Alfredo Simon and Mike Leake have all been stout, it is Cingrani and Bailey that have left questions as to their ability.
Either way the Reds travel to Washington D.C. to face the Nationals tomorrow at 7:05pm, Mike Leake (2-3) will be on the mound.