I'll be the first to tell you, box scores are notorious liars. However, every now and then, all you need to do to get the real story is look at the numbers.
Friday night in Cincinnati, the Reds beat the Padres 7-2. They scored more runs because they had more hits, struck out fewer times, and made fewer errors than the Friars did.
Sometimes it is, indeed, a simple game.
Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo allowed one run on four hits, striking out seven in seven innings. The one run came on a Logan Forsythe homer in the 5th inning.
But, Forsythe gave that one back in the bottom half, fielding a routine ground ball at shortstop and throwing it over Yonder Alonso's head at first base to let a run score. Padres starter Andrew Cashner allowed five runs in five innings, but only three of them were earned.
Will Venable drove in the Padres other run with a solo home run in the 8th inning.
Before the game, San Diego officially put OF Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list with a sore knee. The move is retroactive to July 31. OF Jaff Decker was recalled from Tucson to fill the roster spot.
On Saturday, the Padres send Tyson Ross to the mound against Tony Cingrani, and here's where we can go back to those box scores lying.
Ross has an ERA of 2.91. Cingrani has an ERA of 3.05. Ross is 2-5. Cingrani is 5-1.
Ah, the ways I love baseball.