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Deja Vu All Over Again

Posted by Matt on April 19, 2007

Honestly, no pictures, no cutesy introductions, no flare to this one as the Reds relinquish 5 runs in the top of the 8th inning for the second straight night after a stellar performance from the starter.  The top two pitchers in the rotation, Harang and Arroyo, have to just be beside themselves.  Read my article from earlier today outlining last nights game and it will tell the tale of TONIGHTS game almost VERBATIM, here is the excerpt:

“The Reds lost 7-2 to Houston last night Great American Ballpark. Aaron Harang went 6 innings of 1 run baseball, only to have the Bullpen surrender 5 runs in the top of the Eighth Inning. I cannot begin to imagine how frustrating it is for the Ace of a staff to go out and pitch the lights out, only to have the Bullpen dick it up. That seems to be how the Reds go, however, either the starting pitching shows up and the Bullpen does not; or the Bullpen is untouchable but Eric Milton has already given up 7 runs with 2 home runs; or the bats show up but the pitching does not and the offense cannot continuously score double-digit run totals to win; OR, lastly, the pitching shows up but there are holes in the players’ bats and the Reds lose in a “close one” 2-1. Until the Reds can turn the corner with personnel, they will continue to be doomed by incomplete performances. They are back on the saddle tonight against the Astros as Bronson Arroyo goes against Woody Williams in Great American Ball Park. Can we PLEASE give Bronson some run support? The poor guy is 0-2 in three starts with an ERA of just 3.48. The offense has offered 1 run, 2 runs, and 0 runs in Arroyo’s first three starts respectively. How about we put up a 5-spot tonight in a park known for its big hits and big run totals so that our pride-and-joy, and 2007 Game Day Program cover boy, can get his first win of the season; is that too much to ask?”

Oh the Reds put up a 5-spot for Arroyo like I asked, actually make it six, but they gave up one more than the 7 runs they gave up the night before.  Substitute “Bronson Arroyo” for “Aaron Harang” in the above article from earlier today and you have tonight’s recap, just the same as last night’s recap.  I feel like I am in the ‘Twilight Zone,’ TWO CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS WITH FIVE RUN EIGHTH INNINGS!  I am so mad I cannot see straight, so there is no use for a logical argument to break this one down.  Again, like I said about Wednesday night’s game, until the Reds can turn the corner with personnel, they will continue to be doomed by incomplete performances.

I am going to bed, this is absurd.

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