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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Padres 3, Reds 2

SAN DIEGO - A bases-loaded walk issued by Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday handed the Padres a 3-2 victory before 23,856 fans at Petco Park.
“Watching it on replay, it could’ve been borderline high,” Reds catcher David Ross said. “It’s the little things that beat us tonight. It can’t come down to that last pitch.”
A pair of singles kicked off the ninth inning and the Padres loaded the bases on catcher Josh Bard’s groundball to the mound. Arroyo fielded the ball and threw low to third baseman Ryan Freel, who was unable to secure the errant throw for a force out.
“I rushed it a smidge because I wasn’t sure how quick the guy was running,” Arroyo said. “Freel was coming from kind of a deep position and that kind of made it worse because he couldn’t get in front of the bag before I threw it. I threw him a sinker that was just too low.”
Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff followed and with the bases loaded and a full count held off swinging at Arroyo’s pitch that home plate umpire Ed Rapuano called ball four.
The walk forced Padres shortstop Khalil Greene in from third base to score the game-winning run.
“I was looking for the, ‘Ha! Ha!’” Arroyo said, “and I didn’t see anything and oh, (no), the game was over.”
The Reds have lost five of the first six games on a nine-game road trip that wraps up with a three-game series against the Indians starting Friday in Cleveland. Wednesday’s loss also was the 12th in their past 15 games.
“I don’t know if I’ve even got words for it,” Ross said. “I’m so mad for Bronson to pitch like he did and us not win.”
Arroyo threw 129 pitches and allowed one earned run on 10 hits, struck out six and walked two.
The Padres tied the game at two in the seventh inning with a run-scoring single by Kouzmanoff. Mike Cameron was on first and was approaching third when Reds left fielder Adam Dunn tried to field the ball and prevent a run.
“It just took kind of a side hop and just kicked over my glove,” Dunn said. “I don’t know. That’s all it did.”
The ball rolled to the left field wall and Cameron scored easily. Dunn was charged with an error.
“I’m sure he would have held up,” Dunn said. “Bronson pitched his (butt) off and some stupid (stuff) like that happens.”


at 10:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lack of faith in the Reds bullpen most likely cost us last night. Under normal conditions Arroyo would have been pulled for a reliever but who can blame Narron when you look down into the bullpen and see Stanton and Coffee warming up, staying with your starter with 120 pitches thrown looks like an easy choice.

at 10:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Narron doesn't expect complete games every night. I would hate to see Narron overuse Harang and Arroyo so that he ruins a good 1-2 combination for years to come. We need bullpen help NOW - someone other than Weathers he can trust.

at 11:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

129 pitches. Enough said. Jerry Morron.

at 12:11 PM Blogger Mark said...

Here's a dumb comment on FSN last night... 'The Reds have won 4 games in May and Jr. has hit a home run in 3 of those games. That tells you what a big part he is of this offense." Ha!!!

Response: Yeah, just think if Jr. wasn't on this club, we would have only won 1 game in May instead of 4.(WOW!) As I look at my calendar, it was May 17th when that moronic comment was made. Either way, whether it's 1 win or 4 this month, it still equals the cellar. Hey Kenneth!The Reds can lose games, like the U2 song goes, "With Or With Out You."

at 1:18 PM Blogger Don said...

The message Narron is sending is clear- his lack of faith in the bullpen forces him to use his starters to throw well over 100 pitches. I don't blame Narron at all. Krivksy needs to get off his butt and bring up more guys, DFA Stanton, and send Coffey down. If Arroyo and Harang blow up at the end of the season, a lot of the blame should rest on the shoulders of Krivksy for putting together this sorry blowpen and then being so slow to address its shortcomings.

at 1:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Reds lost last night was due to poor defense. Dunn's miscue and Arroyo throw to third are the same types of mistakes we have seen in other losts this year.
The poor defensive play and weak bullpen are going to make this a disappointing season for the Reds and the fans.

at 2:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke. There doesn't seem to be any reason for the Reds to be on television - unless it is comedy central. Maybe pathos is more appropriate. Oh well, to quote ten years of Bengals fans, "There is always next year."

at 4:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm....no actually, the Reds lost last night because they could only score 2 runs. Period.

at 10:47 AM Anonymous mikec said...

If Narron starts leaving Harang and Arroyo in too long (I don't think he's doing too bad yet) then he's even worse. The one thing that has made him slightly better than Bob Boone is that he hasn't ruined anyone's career yet. Boone ended Danny Graves and John Riedling by trying to make them starters. They were never the same afterward. And thus began the bullpen woes this team has. Remember when the Reds had one of the best bullpens in baseball??

at 1:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stand the idiots anymore who believe the Reds' dismal performances are somehow linked to Griffey. He has stayed relatively healthy, is one of the few hitters in the everyday lineup to get hot and stay that way, and is one of the top 10 all-time home run hitters in MLB history. I fail to see how errors he doesn't make and pitches he doesn't throw make this losing streak somehow his fault. If it wasn't for Junior, the Reds could oh-for-May.

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