The long weekend would have been better for the Reds if it were just a normal weekend.
After taking two of three in Philadelphia, they were crushed last night in Toronto, 17-2.
Two guys who obviously don't belong in a major-league rotation right now (if ever) were the main culprits.
Bandaid starter Lisalverto Bonilla struggled with his control before giving way to disappointing former top prospect Robert Stephenson in the third inning. They combined to to allow 12 runs, including a grand slam by Troy Tulowitzki, the first batter Stephenson faced.
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And yet… the Reds are only 2.5 games out of first place (and a game away from being in last place) as the Cubs continue to scuffle and everyone else in the division looks thoroughly average at best.
You can still be optimistic at this point without feeling completely insane because the rotation just might stabilize if it can get some of its injured veterans back.
Homer Bailey pitched two innings of a simulated game yesterday, and Tony Cingrani started for the Dayton Dragons as part of a rehab assignment.
There are big doing’s in Dayton as the Dragons are a game out of first place in the Midwest League Eastern division.
They were also part of a benches-clearing brawl with first-place West Michigan on Sunday.
It was especially noteworthy because a Whitecap threw a ball at a Dragon in the fracas.
The Dragons lost that game, but they beat the Whitecaps yesterday to split the series.
Tonight they begin a home series against the third-place South Bend Cubs that could be pivotal in deciding who makes the playoffs.
There were no NBA games over the weekend because the people who run that league are dumb, but numerous sports things happened:
Has-been golfer Tiger Woods was arrested for DUI in Florida.
I don’t know what types of things he is going through, but I hope he gets them worked out.
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The defending champs prevailed despite getting only 12 shots on goal. Has Pekka Rinne turned back into a pumpkin? He’s still very tall.
Ohio State lost the lacrosse national championship to Maryland apparently.
People on social media got pretty excited about it for a few minutes.
And Bryce Harper continued to endear himself to old-school baseball diehards by dishing out some frontier justice when he was hit by a pitch from Hunter Strickland.
You’d think a guy who graduated from a high school in Vegas would know more about fighting, though.
Last, but not least, there were conflicting reports about former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire has settled on Florida for his landing spot as a graduate transfer.
That will still require the SEC to rescind a rule that prevents the Gators from taking a grad transfer this year.