Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Reds @ Braves: Game 1 Recap

Delgado deserved better than that. He deserved a little bit of support to augment what turned out to be a very strong start. What he got was the 3-4-5 hitters going hitless. I mean, really? The heart of our lineup doesn't get a damn hit? That's ridiculous coming off a weekend where we averaged 7 runs a game. My friend Ashleigh pointed out that we are not 0-6 on Monday night games, so maybe that's the problem. We have a case of the Mondays. The guy from Office Space needs to smash our fax machine.

Randall Delgado had a gem of a start going 6.2 innings with 4 hits and one run. It was completely wasted by Jonny Venters going one inning with 3 hits and 2 runs. Venters isn't the Everyday Jonny we loved from last year. He's grinding right now, and it's all about the month of May. In April, Venters had a 0.00 ERA after 9 games of work. In May he has a 9.00 ERA in 6 games. He's worked a clean inning once in 6 tries. As such, I'm now worried when he takes the mound this month. He really needs to work on his pitch placement, because he's not walking people. He's simply getting knocked around. That can change over time as he finds the groove again.

The hitting was terrible. One run on 8 hits? Come on, guys. Going 0-5 with RISP, stranding 10 guys on base, and Michael Bourn was the only guy out there who seems to be able to break through. Two innings especially drove me nuts. Bottom of the 4th with runners on 1st and 2nd, only one out, and Jason Heyward pops out to the infield, then Rev raps into an out. No runs. Then, bottom 8th, same situation. BMac can't do a thing, Chipper walks, and Heyward strikes out. Whenever, we had a chance to even move the runners, we didn't. It was like we got fat on Mom's cooking the night before and were lazy at the plate. I hope that doesn't carry over against Cueto, because we made Homer Bailey look like Cliff Lee.

So we go forward to tonight. I will be at the game, and I don't watch losses. You hear that Braves? Ben the CPA is in the building. Bring your best! Also, Mom will be with me so don't make this a sad-late-Mother's-Day-gift! There's a holiday at stake!

Go Braves!

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