Well, a win is better than a loss. Right now, the Giants are beating the Dodgers, which would send the Cards to the wildcard game, but it’s a one-run game, and not particularly close to being over.
Overall, this puts the Reds and the Cardinals at an even 7-7 record on the year, so tomorrow’s game will decide once and for all, who wins the head-to-head matchup in 2012. Since the we’re not tied in any other shape or manner, it’s completely irrelevant. Hurrah!
Mat Latos was a bit more impressive today than Arroyo was yesterday. He had some minor problems in the first inning, allowing a leadoff double to Jon Jay, who would eventually score on a sac-fly. But that was all the Cardinals could muster. Latos would allow three more hits in his five inning, one of them another double, but would sneak out of trouble everytime. Latos would come out with the win, thanks to some excellent work by the Reds bullpen, once again. Lecure, Marshall, Broxton, and Chapman, came in for some lefty-righty-lefty-righty action, and pitched 4 innings combined, allowing only 2 hits, and one walk.
The bats, meanwhile had a slightly better day today, mostly on the strength of old man Rolen, and back-up back-up catcher Dioner Navarro. Meanwhile, Stubbs went back to the depths of the horror that has been Stubbs-2012. I really like Drew. I want him to do well, but it looks bad for him.
Tomorrow’s goal? Make the game last 25 innings, preferably while using minor league callups and Todd Redmon in extras.