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Reds Fail to Capitalize on Cardinals’ Woes, Drop Two to Brewers

This happened back when the Cardinals were losing every day.  The Reds just couldn’t manage to win to narrow that lead.  As it stands, the Reds are only 3 1/2 games down but they could easily be closer if they would have closed out some of these games.  Fortunately, the Reds are still on top in the Wild Card with a game and a half lead over the Diamondbacks.

The Reds scored only four runs on Friday, and while that was enough, it was the most they’d score in a game the entire series.  Eric Milton actually threw together a very good start and he improved to 7-6.  Eddie Guardardo earned his paycheck and picked up the save, and Ryan Freel drove home the game winner in the eighth inning.  The three Brewers runs were all scored in the first inning.

Justin Germano made his first career start yesterday and also picked up his first career loss.  He was tagged for four runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.  He did strike out eight though, which is definitely reassuring.  No real hitting highlights but I have to point out that Gary Majewski gave up yet another run.

Aaron Harang was outdueled by Ben Sheets today.  Harang gave up four runs on ten hits with nine strikeouts over six innings.  The Reds made things very interesting by scoring three in the ninth to make it 4-3, but fell just short of the comeback.  Ken Griffey, Jr. went yard and drove in two runs and Rich Aurilia hit a solo shot.  Adam Dunn went two for four and he now has his batting average up to .263.

Next up is three against the Dodgers.  The Dodgers were losing, but now they’re winning.  Hopefully they’ll go back to losing.

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