The Cincinnati Reds lost another baseball game
Ian Happ hit a home run in the Cincinnati Reds ballpark against the Cincinnati Reds pitch because the Cincinnati Reds haven’t yet found a way to just throw around, over, under, under, above or not at all to his Cincinnati Reds self crush.
It’s the kind of puzzling certainty that seems to help define what we’ve seen as a whole from this organization over the last five years or so – trying the same thing over and over and over again and never working at all. It was much the same in a microcosm on Saturday night at Great American Ball Park, as the Reds fell to the Chicago Cubs 7-2 in a game that wasn’t really that close. .
Aristides Aquino went 0 for 3 with 2K, which means he’s 6 for 32 with 12K since he last returned to the active roster. Nick Senzel actually doubled down, which was weird, and it hit his to bump percentage up to 0.314 over the year. Senzel once again reached 2nd place.
Joey Votto went 0 for 5 which made my bones ache like there was an impending thunderstorm. In a somewhat related event in the northeast, Aroldis Chapman shot an entire round where he never went over 95 mph with a fastball, and I feel old as hell.
Graham Ashcraft – there’s the silver lining, I guess. Against a meager Chicago roster, he gave up just 2 runs in 6.1 IP before being retired, though Ian Happ’s homer against Ian Gibaut in Ian-on-Ian’s crime later that sleeve has added another gain to its ledger. Ashcraft has je ne sais quoi, y’all, even though he’s surrounded by a bunch of people on the active roster right now who don’t.
Both of these clubs will return to work tomorrow with a start time of 1:40 p.m. ET, the targeted start time. Justin Dunn will get another start for the Reds, this time looking to establish himself as a viable play for the future – that’s what it’s really all about around these games anyway.