Don’t look now, but the Reds have a winning streak. Jeff Keppinger and Ken Griffey, Jr. both went yard and they combined to drive in five of the Reds eight runs in 8-2 win. Brandon Phillips also chipped in with three hits while Corey Patterson went two for five with a run and an RBI.
Edison Volquez (not Arroyo like I originally though) had a nice start as he made his Reds debut. He gave up just a single run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Pretty good pitching all the way around in this one as the Phillies managed just seven hits.
The final game of the series is tomorrow afternoon. A three game winning streak sure would look nice and it’ll be Bronson Arroyo (for real this time) who gets the ball.
This time it was Paul Bako with an assist from Corey Patterson. The Reds were down 3-2 in the eighth when Patterson hit a solo jack to tie it. Then in the ninth, Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion drew back to back walks before Bako drove home Ryan Freel (running for Dunn) to win it.
Aaron Harang put together a nice solid start. He gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in seven frames. Francisco Cordero picked up the win with a perfect ninth inning.
Bronson Arroyo will try to help the Reds make it two in a row. Cole Hammels will be the starter for the Phillies in the afternoon contest.
So much for the Josh Fogg era. The former Rockie was knocked around for six runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in just four innings. Jared Burton was the star of the pitching staff although it didn’t matter too much. He threw two shutout innings and he struck out four in a nice outing.
Ken Griffey, Jr. brought the big bat. He went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run. Brandon Phillips was the only other hitter with two hits.
Aaron Harang gets the ball this afternoon and he’ll be looking for his first win of the season. Adam Eaton will start for the Phillies.
Move over Reds starers, there’s a new man in town. Johnny Cueto made his major league debut this afternoon in grand fashion with a ten strikeout, one hit performance over seven innings. The lone hit was a solo blast off the bat of Justin Upton in the sixth inning. Francisco Cordero did his job as well with a shutout ninth and he earned his first save as a Red.
Jeff Keppinger was the hitting star. He went two for four with a solo homerun. Adam Dunn walked three times and Ken Griffey, Jr. went one for two with two walks and a run.
Next up are the Phillies. This is where the rotation begins to get dicey. Josh Fogg makes his first start as a Red and he’ll go up against Kyle Kendrick.
WALK OFF THREE RUN BLAST!!! Yeah, baby. Edwin Encarnacion came though in a huge way as the belted a three run walk off homerun to push the Reds to a 6-5 win. Brandon Phillips and Adam Dunn led off the inning with back to back singles and with nobody out, E-squared went yard to win it for us. Corey Patterson and Brandon Phillips belted solo shots while Jeff Keppinger had a team high three hits to go along with his one run.
Bronson Arroyo had a tough start but not tough enough. He gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five innings. Jeremy Affeldt got into trouble in the ninth inning but he got out of it and he ended up with the win.
Johnny Cueto makes his major league debut tomorrow. Doug Davis gets the nod for the Diamondbacks. A series win sure would be a nice way to kick off the season.