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Matthews Jr. hitless in first game with Louisville

Jun 27, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

The Reds handed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. a contract last week and stuck him in Triple-A so that he could build some confidence and perhaps help the big league club in the long-run.  That was the plan, at least.

Matthews Jr. made his debut for the Louisville Bats on Saturday and you may be able to guess what happened.  Batting leadoff, he finished 0-for-6 with five strikeouts as the Bats fell to the Norfolk Tides 4-3.  Here’s the box score, in case you’re all in need of a good laugh.

The 35-year-old had a .190 batting average, a .260 on-base percentage and a .241 slugging percentage in 58 at-bats when the Mets released him in June, so the struggles should come as no surprise.  He’s washed up.  A shadow of his former self.  All that jazz.

  1. JimmyY - Jun 27, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    And thank you for that 5 year $50 million deal by the Angels. These teams sure must have money to piss away because anyone could have seen that one coming.

  2. CYGNUS X-1 - Jun 27, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    sounds like dusty has his new lead off man!seriously if it was up to him he would dump any of the young guys he has now like gomes and stubbs,guys who are playing good ball and whose best days are ahead of them for the veteran leadership this washed has been would provide.this is a guy who refuses to sit his starting s.s. who couldn’t field to begin with and now is even worse because of an ankel injury. he was playing because he could hit and now can’t do that,but refuses to play his backup in janish.why is he on the roster if you refuse to play him more than once a month?

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