Reds Comedy of Errors Sets Stage For Stubbs Again
Reds Comedy of Errors Sets Stage For Stubbs Againnce Again
by Robb Hoff
July 25, 2012
Four errors by the Cincinnati Reds -- a team that arguably is the absolute best defensive team in the entire major leagues.
Two didn't matter, thanks to another superb effort by Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey, but the last two committed on one play by left fielder Ryan Ludwick and first baseman Todd Frazier put the Reds down by a run headed into the top of the ninth inning.
The comedy of errors capped a seeming managerial blunder by Dusty Baker, who failed to make the pitching change from righty Logan Ondrusek to lefty Sean Marshall when it was most definitely the right call to do so.
Ultimately the decision by Baker to not matchup Marshall with the Astros left-handed hitter Scott Moore may have resulted in a pinch-hitting countermove by the Astros, but as it stood it could've cost the Reds the game as much as the pair of extremely bad judgment errors by Ludwick and Frazier did after the Astros next hitter J.D Martinez also doubled off of Ondrusek, putting the team in the position of a near-loss that should've been a drama-free win to keep the Reds 2-1/2 games in first place ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the N.L. Central.
A leadoff double in the ninth by pinch-hitter Xavier Paul off former Reds closer Francisco Cordero kept the game exciting, but yet another questionable decision by Baker allowed pinch hitter Chirs Heisey to swing away and strike out instead of sacrificing Paul to the third base.
Brandon Phillips drew a one-out walk to put runners on first and second, then shortstop Zack Cozart struck out.
But the comedy of errors got turned around when the ninth-inning hero for the Reds from the night before -- Drew Stubbs -- drove a double off the left-centerfield wall to score Paul and Phillips and give the Reds a 4-3 edge.
The Stubbs double chased Cordero from the game once again before Reds right-fielder Jay Bruce laced a double to score Stubbs and boost the lead to 5-3.
The Reds turned to their Cuban Missile Aroldis Chapman to close yet another win that was a much-needed send-off as the Reds travel to Denver, where they will try to extend their destiny season against the Colorado Rockies.
For the Reds to notch yet another win in such unlikely fashion without their franchise player Joey Votto gives the Reds another surge of momentum as the team steamrolls its way into August with a collision looming ahead between the Reds and the Pirates at Great American Ballpark.