Reds are tough

Tough loss yesterday.  From Elias Sports Bureau: Doc struck out 10 batters and allowed 13 hits.  He’s the fourth pitcher since 1975 to do that: Steve Carlton (Phillies, 1983); Roger Clemens (Boston, 1991) and Curt Schilling (Arizona, 2001).

Having three regulars on the DL and out of the lineup has an adverse effect on the offense. In the last two games, we’ve had 3-run homers from Schneider, Valdez and Sardinha.  Valdez had one career homer in the majors before this year, Sardinah, zero.

The Reds are a tough team and we get them at home for the last four games before the All-Star Game break, starting on Thursday night.  Before that, three games with the first-place Braves.

July is here (startling revelation, I know).  Last July we were 20-7.  Under Charlie, we’ve been a better second-half team.  We need to continue that trend.

Minor League Notes
**RF Domonic Brown homered last night for Lehigh Valley, his second homer in as many games.

**Clearwater 2B Harold Garcia stretched his hitting streak to 33 games with a first-inning single.  The night before he had a bunt single in his last at-bat of a game halted by rain in the 7th inning.

**Williamsport RHP Eric Pettis and Lakewood RHP Colby Shreve each lost no-hitters in the seventh inning.

**Lakewood won the game on a wild pitch in the last of the ninth, their ninth walk-off victory in 37 home games.




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