Heartbreaking loss. Again. It’s hard to stomach a third consecutive extra-inning loss, but as a Reds fan you can’t help but be excited about what Travis Wood did.
Obviously, it’s a shame he was perfect through eight, allowed one hit through nine and got a no-decision. But it doesn’t diminish his dominance of the Phillies in Philly Saturday night.
And to a lesser extent but definitely worth mentioning … Votto’s catch to end the Phillies’ rally in the bottom of the 9th. Outstanding. I’ll be curious to see where it ends up on Web Gems.
One other thing: I may be wrong here or too picky, but did it bug anyone else who watched the TV broadcast that Paul Keels said “And there goes the no-hitter” after Carlos Ruiz’s hit in the 9th and later (during the 10th inning) talked about Travis Wood losing his no-hitter? I know it was also a no-hitter by definition but for the benefit of “those just tuning in” who didn’t watch the entire thing I’d maybe point out that he had a perfect game going through eight – not just a no-hitter. Chris Welsh made mention of it several times but it just struck me as odd when Keels was calling it a no-hitter. Don’t get me wrong, I like Keels … just something really small that caught my attention.
Anyway, how deflating would it be to get swept in Philly after getting off to such a promising start on this crucial road trip? Sunday’s starter for the Phils, Cole Hamels, is 5-0 in six career starts against the Reds with a 1.26 ERA in 43 innings (with only 22 hits allowed). And two complete games, one was a shutout.