We have done our waiting… Twelve days of it… In Cincinnati!
Thanks to a stellar performance by the pitching staff, and I use that term loosely, the Cincinnati Reds were able to hit just enough to squeak by the Colorado Rockies 2-1 in game two of the three game set.
However, while I use sarcasm in this article, there must be credit where credit is due. Reds starter Michael Lorenzen was the sole reason why the Reds were able to pull away. Seven innings pitched of one run ball would be good enough to win for most teams. Shy of his two walks, there was nothing really to be upset about.
In terms of the remaining factors of the team, there were some bright spots, but some areas still remain a major concern.
Jay Bruce has seemingly turned the corner on a terrible 2015, but we all know how long that may last. Joey Votto continues with May struggles with a Batting Average that is plummeting to the low .280’s
Billy Hamilton was able to drive in his second run in as many days, which leads us to the “bucking of the trend” part of the article. The Reds this season had been 0-10 coming into tonight, when Billy Hamilton hits anywhere beyond the number one spot in the line up. And for those who are wondering, yes; the Reds have a winning record, 18-16 in the number one spot.
Just some food for though. Now back to the game. After the Rockies Nick Hundley homered in the fifth inning, the feeling of, “here we go again” set in for the next four innings. Things got really dicey in the back end of the game, especially when Jumbo Diaz and Aroldis Chapman came in.
While both relievers remained clean in their respective innings, they both got into trouble. Between the two of them, they allowed three base runners, which in a tie game is too close for comfort.
So you may ask who the Hero of our Losing-Streak-Snapping-Game is tonight. It is none other, than much criticized journey-man, Skip Schumaker. With one-out and a runner on second, Schumaker was able to poke a ball past Nolan Arenado at Third Base, and percolate it into shallow Right Field. Marlon Byrd came around third and headed home just in time for Marty Brenneman to say, “..and this one belongs to the Reds”.
But with all this being said, it is one game. The rubber match will be tomorrow. And for the Reds who may be lacking in confidence, Lou Brown has some words for you.