OK. I know that every team has games like last night. You just shrug your shoulders and come back again the next game. Any other night, and it would be, "Let's just go get 'em next time, boys."
But last night's loss against the Tigers was extra painful for no other reason than it was on national TV in front of a nation-wide audience. And the great irony is that the strengths of this team are what let it down. For the first 3-4 innings, the announcers were very complimentary of the Reds and spoke glowingly of all the positives of the team, including: Brandon Phillip's defense, Joey Votto's bat, the rock solid bullpen, and the untouchable Aroldis Chapman
Homer Bailey pitched better than his final line said. Other than the home run, which arguably was a GABP special, and the double, most the other hits were bloopers.
Despite the scoring decision on the ground ball to BP, when he scooped for the ball, I watched it over and over, and the fact is, that BP made the play more difficult that it should have been. He should have been charged with the error. I kept hearing the announcers say he did the right thing, but regardless, Homer should have been sitting in the dugout without giving up a run. However, nine times out of ten, Phillips makes that play - just not on national TV.
Of all nights for Joey Votto to forget how to hit. Let's face it. Votto probably had four of his worst AB's all season in that game. The one guy in Cincinnati who has created a buzz around baseball with his bat. Perhaps the single most feared hitter in the National League, had what will probably be his worst game all year - on national TV.
Dusty was aggressive in his tag team bullpen game last night. And why not? The bullpen had been outstanding this year. The announcers are buzzing about the great bullpen. Arredondo comes in and he's been terrific - just not on national TV. Marshall comes in to face Fielder. Of course, on national TV, bad Marshall shows up, and Bailey get tagged with another run he should not have been saddled with . Ondrusek comes in and somehow manages to get a K to end the inning. But on national TV, he puts two guys on and no outs in the next inning.
Enter Chapman, who probably has gotten the biggest build-up by the announcers of all. They're going on about how unhittable he is. And Chapman is unhittable - just not on national TV.
Ironically, about the only negative thing the announcers said all night about the Reds was that GABP gave up too many HR's. Of course, on national TV, Cozart and Frazier just HAD to hit GABP cheapie HR's.
All things considered, it was just one loss. But dag-nabbit, that one was embarrassing!