Originally Posted by TheBigLebowski
So, we lost to Oswalt. We're used to that. Always sucks to lose but, certainly this was not unexpected.
What I liked about tonight was Kyle Lohse. He was beaten about the face, waist, breast, chest, neck and head in the first inning. In seasons past (think: Minnesota Twins inconsistency), the Kyle Lohse of tonight would have been touched up for 7 runs in 3+ innings.
This is not your non-HD TV's Kyle Lohse.
Kyle battled back tonight; kept his team in the game. He's still the guy that makes one wonder how he hasn't won a Cy Young in one AB and makes yet another wonder how his ERA is not +10.00 in another but, he is showing himself to be a quality #3 starter. That's a lot to be excited about, despite the loss.
I agree. Lohse didn't have his good stuff, but he battled and kept the Reds in the game. In the past, he would have folded up.
I was very concerned about Brandon Phillips when the injury occurred. I thought it was much worse than it turned out to be. Thankfully, he appears to be all right. As for the contingency plan if he were actually to go down with an injury, I think that Ryan Freel would likely move to 2B on a regular basis, with Juan Castro providing late-inning defense as needed. Josh Hamilton would then be the regular CF. Either Mark Bellhorn or Jeff Keppinger would then be called up to to an extra INF off the bench. (Probably the switch-hitting Bellhorn, since he could provide a lefty bat.)