Editor’s Note – Specific Topic Alert. Move along if you’re not interested…
(AP) Cincinnati, OH – The Cincinnati Reds had much to cheer about in the 14-inning victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, who continued their slide and who also have lost 21 of their last thirty games and whose pitching staff has been woefully inept. “Yeah, we just went out there and did our thing,” said Reds’ star Joey Votto.
Votto struck out right before Ryan Ludwick scored on a sharp grounder to the Pirates’ short-stop, then before that Wandy Rodriquez pitched 6 solid innings before being replaced by Jared Hughes, who is from Stamford, CT. That hit drained through the glove of Chase D’Arnaud, who had 2 at-bats during the game, and Chase d’Arnaud was called up earlier this week from minor league Indianapolis to give the struggling Pirates a spark.
“Yeah, it’s just tough,” said Bucs manager Clint Hurdle. After the game, Hurdle seemed to deflect statements that the team is in a free-fall out of the playoffs because the Pirates offense has been so dismal including McCutchen and Garrett Jones and Pedro Alverez, who are batting .341, .284, and .244 respectively and have left several runners on base and whose on base percentages have been falling.
In the fourth inning, Mat Latos looked shaky as he let McCutchen’s single run home run ball leave the park and into the stands for a home run. But before that, he looked solid, retiring several batters. Then something unrelated happened. Then I’m going to jump back and recap something from before and leave you with some information. Now how about a quote?
“Yeah it’s just nondescript, vaguely humble, platitude that could be said after any game ever played on earth,” said a guy who’s name catches your eye because you’ve heard of him before.
Short final sentence.
Notes: Something obscure happened at the stadium last night, like someone was the first something to hit a ball off of a something. Attendance was a number that seems smaller than it should be. Minor league player who desperate fans want to come up to the major leagues had stats from a game that reinforce their opinion. And a player who is always hurt, remains hurt.