So I went to watch the Bats play the Clippers here in Columbus & to see the fireworks afterwards, and I have a couple observations from the game.
- It troubles me that Edwin was starting at first base, maybe he needs to learn a new position since Aurilia possibly has taken his? Maybe Hatteberg is gonna be traded? Who knows. Edwin didn't have his best day at the plate, I believe he was 1-4 or 1-5 but nonetheless I hope we see him back up soon.
- Justin Germano got ROCKED, especially for the first 3 innings there were balls hit hard all over the place. He did settle down for 2 innings before he got hit hard in the 6th again. It appeared he didn't have his best control as I know he is a control pitcher and he was continuously falling behind the batters. I don't feel too bad though because the last time I went to a game I saw Jeremy Sowers get rocked so the Clippers do have the potential to do that to you.
- Dewayne Wise has a cannon, he should have had two runners thrown out at the plate except that one throw was off line a little and the other throw was cut by Encarnacion (I seem to remember the Reds themselves having this kind of trouble earlier)
- Ryan Jorgenson has some pop in his bat (hit a long HR to left-center), if we ever need another catcher that can hit we can always try him out. However, defense.. not so good there were two or three plays at the plate and he didn't hold on to the ball once. Each time had he held the ball, the runner was out by plenty.
- Chris Denorfia can do anything. He had a runner gunned down at the plate on a basehit but like I mentioned before, the catcher could not hold on to the ball. Another play he made a great running catch in deep center field. I was also amazed at how close he made a play at first when hitting on a chopper to second base.. he can fly.
- William Bergolla has some kind of range. There was a runner on first and the batter hit a grounder that I thought for sure was going in to right and the runner must have thought the same thing. However, Bergolla cut it off, bobbled it so he had no shot at the hitter but then threw the runner out trying to go to third.
- Ryan Wagner got hit hard again. Not that anything different was expected with the way this year has gone for him, but I was hoping that this could be the night he turned it around. He started off the 8th and gave up a grounder to short that Olmedo couldn't quite make the throw in time, the next batter hit a pop up, but for the rest of the inning everything was hit hard off him. He ended up giving up 2 runs, blowing the save, and taking the loss. His velocity wasn't down either as a lot of pitcher's are when they are hurt, he was consistently hitting 92-93. I have no clue what could be wrong with him.
- Mike Venafro was solid for the 1 2/3 innings that he pitched; he helped bail out Germano in the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th. Maybe he could help us up here? Might as well keep throwing stuff at the wall.
All in all, it was a great game to watch. I felt like I was watching a Reds game; send pitchers out there that give up a bunch of runs and have the offense come right back and keep them in the game.