Brewers 5, Reds 3
It sounds like Matt Belisle's spot in the rotation is all but gone.
"I’m not going to sit here and say Matt Belisle is solid in the rotation," manager Pete Mackanin said. “Nobody can think that, including Matt. You have to consistently prove yourself, or we’ll find someone else. It’s all about the team winning."
Mackanin is tired of watching Belisle throw fat pitches.
He used Milwaukee rookie Yovani Gallardo, who limited the Reds to one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings, to compare with Belisle, who allowed four runs on six hits in 3 2/3.
“(Gallardo) doesn’t have any better stuff than Matt Belisle,” Mackanin said. “He just has the ability to make pitches.”
Belisle is no longer surprised by the Mackanin's early hooks.
"Pete's not going to put up with that," Belisle said. "He's made that clear. You've got to earn it."
Michael Gosling pitched three innings of one-hit ball Tuesday. My guess is he starts in Belisle's place the next time out.
The flip side of this is, Belisle would give the Reds a live right-handed arm in the bullpen.