Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Paul Janish started at shortstop tonight, to my surprise. I was really expecting Dusty Baker to write Edgar Renteria's name on the lineup card today. Janish was 0 for 3 with a walk, which doesn't sound that great, but I'm pleased with how he played. His first at-bat was fantastic. It was an 11-pitch walk:
Maybe even Dusty was impressed. Janish was due to lead off in the 9th, with the Reds trailing by one run. I wondered if Dusty was going to pinch-hit for Janish, but he didn't. Janish, the hit by pitch expert, was hit by the first pitch.
Unfortunately, the Reds couldn't get him home. Lead runner on, no outs, the team's best hitters due up...and they fell short. Again. The Reds have the worst luck with one-run games this year.
Meanwhile, it's looking more and more like Janish doesn't have to worry about being sent back to Louisville this year. It sounds like Zack Cozart won't be coming off the DL on time. I wouldn't be surprised if his season is done. It sounds like his elbow needs surgical repair. They are hoping he can play with a brace on his arm, then have the surgery in the off-season. But with the Reds now 8.5 games back and in fourth place, they have nothing to play for but the draft picks. Why rush Cozart back? IMO, it would be smarter to let him have the surgery now, so he'll have plenty of time to recover before spring training next year.
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