The Cincinnati Reds showed up to play ball this weekend and Brad Penny’s worst start of the season capped off a ho-hum weekend as the Cards lost 7-2 and for the first time since July 30, 2009, fell out of first place. The Reds are 1/2 game ahead after winning two out of three games in the weekend series.
Whether you have a big offense or not, baseball success is always predicated on good starting pitching. I was reading stlcardinals.com and they noted that “Cardinals starters have allowed four or more runs in five of the past six games, and have lost each time that has happened. Over the previous 18 games, no Redbirds starter allowed more than three runs.”
Former Cardinal Scott Rolen put the hurt on in the first inning with a two run homer. Penny then gave up two runs on four hits in the third inning, and and three more runs on four hits in the fifth. Penny struck out seven, but gave up 13 hits in the loss.
Bronson Arroyo took care of the Cards offense giving up a run on an RBI groundout to Tyler Greene in the fifth and a solo homer to Jason LaRue in the seventh.