Archive for May, 2008


11th Inning Heroics Carry Reds to Win

The Reds opened up a 3 game series with the Atlanta Braves on Friday in a 3-2 extra inning win. The win gives the Reds a 26-29 record and once again jump into 4th place in the NL Central above the Pirates.

Young Outfielder Jay Bruce once again showed why he is MLB ready as he had the best game for the Reds by far. Bruce went 4-for-5 wth 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. He scored the most important run of the game in the bottom of the 11th when Brandon Phillips hit a frozen rope that went under the glove of Chipper Jones giving Bruce the opportunity to win the game, which he did. Brandon Phillips came up clutch with the hit, which wasn’t recorded as a hit because of the Chipper Jones error, as it was his 30th RBI of the season. Jerry Hairston also put forth a solid effort for the Reds going 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. The steal is his 10th of the year and the hit gives him a batting average of .345.

Edinson Volquez was given the start for Cincinnati and pitched a solid game. He worked 6 innings giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, all earned, 3 walks and 7 strike outs. Unfortunately he didn’t receive the win because the lead he built was given up in the 7th inning when the Braves tied the score at 2. Kent Mercker did get the win though pitching in the 11th inning allowing just 1 hit. The win brings his record to 1-0 this season with a solid ERA of 3.29.

This is a good way to open up a series against a strong team like the Braves. Late inning wins can sometimes build momentum for the games that follow which will be game 2 on  Saturday in the afternoon.



Reds Drop Final Game vs. Pirates

Cincinnati lost the final game of the 3 game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday 7-2. The Reds did take the series though as they won the first 2 games of the series as the set ends up at 2 games to 1. They now have a 25-29 record and drop back into last place in the NL Central.

The offense really had their struggles in this one as they only collected 4 hits total. The only good game came from Brandon Phillips who hit his 10th homer of the year. He went 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and a run scored. The RBI gives him 29 for the season and his batting average now stands at .295. Jerry Hairston had a good game as well going 2-for-4 with a run scored. There wasn’t much more production from the bats outside of these 2 players. The only other hit came from Adam Dunn who went 1-for-2.

Aaron Harang took the mound for the Reds and had a terrible evening. He pitched just 4 innings but gave up 10 hits, 6 runs, all earned and 1 homer. He was given the loss for the game bringing his record to 2-7 with a 3.81 ERA. Jeremy Affeldt came in for some relief work going 2 innings giving up just 1 hit but it was for a home run. His stat line looked like 1 hits, 1 run, 1 K and 1 homer.

A bad way to finish off a series that the Reds started so well. The bats went cold in this one after the team put together 2 consecutive 9 run innings. They will now open up a series with the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.



Strong 1st Carries Reds to 9-1 Win

Cincinnati took game 2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday in a 9-1 blowout. The win gives the Reds a 2-0 lead in the series with just 1 game to go. Cincinnati now looks at a 25-28 record and jump above the Pirates in the NL Central putting them in 4th place.

The offense came out of the gate swinging putting together 6 runs in the 1st inning taking control of the game from which the Pirates could never recover. Joey Votto had a very good game for the Reds going 3-for-3 with 2 RBI, 3 runs scored and a stolen base. The RBI give him 29 for the year and his stolen base count now sits at 3. Catcher David Ross also had a nice game for the Reds going 2-for-3 with a homer and 4 RBI. The homer is his 1st of the season and the RBI give him 5. Jerry Hairston also had a RBI going 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored. The hitting makes his batting average a strong .338 and his RBI now stand at 9.

Bronson Arroyo took the mound for the Reds and pitched a solid game. He worked 6 innings giving up just 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks and 6 Ks. He earned the win for his ball club bringing his record to an even 4-4 with a 5.29 ERA.

Another good game for the Reds as they collect 9 runs for 2 consecutive games. They will look to continue the hot hitting streak on Thursday as they close up the series with the Pirates looking to complete the sweep.

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Reds Take Game 1 vs. Pirates

Cincinnati took the 1st game of a scheduled 3 game set on Tuesday with a 9-6 victory. The win gives the Reds a 24-28 record but keeps them in the basement of the NL Central now 7 games back from the 1st place Cubs.

The offense had a great game for the Reds as they collected 12 hits. The biggest game came from Adam Dunn who went 2-for-5 with 4 RBI and a run scored. One of the hits was a 3 run homer in the 5th inning giving him 14 for the season. The 4 RBI give him 36 for the season and his batting average now sits at .256. Newly acquired OF Jay Bruce had a good game as well going 3-for-3 with a double 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Not a bad showing for his major league debut. Jerry Hairston also pitched in going 2-for-4 with 1 RBI, a run scored and 2 walks. The RBI is his 8th of the season and his batting average now sits at a strong .320. Ken Griffey Jr. also recorded a RBI along with Brandon Phillips getting their 23rd and 28th of the season.

Johnny Cueto pulled out of his slump when he took the mound for the Reds. He work 5 innings giving up 9 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned and 4 strike outs. He earned the win for his ball club bringing his record to 3-5 this season with a 5.40 ERA. Francisco Cordero came in to close out the game and did just that getting his 11th save of the season.

A good win for the Reds against a team that they should beat. Hopefully they can put together a few more victories and pull out of the cellar of the NL Central. They will play game 2 on Wednesday night.



Streak Ends!

Cincinnati ended their 4 game skid on Friday with a 3-2 road win against the Padres. The victory brings the Reds record to 22-27 this season but they continue to stay at the bottom of the NL Central.

Both offenses had a hard time getting things going in this one as they only put together a combined 11 hits. The most important hit though, came in the 9th inning off the bat of Adam Dunn. Dunn hit a solo-homer off Padre closer Trevor Hoffman giving the Reds a 3-2 lead, and eventually the win. Dunn went 1-for-2 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. He brought his homer total to 12 this season and his RBI now stand at 30. Pinch hitting catcher Javier Valentin came in to hit in the 7th inning for pitcher Edinson Volquez. He went 1-for-1 with 1 RBI. The RBI is his 2nd of the season and his batting average is at an ugly .091.

Edinson Volquez got the start for the Reds and had an excellent outing. He worked 6 inning allowing just 2 hits,1 run, 2 walks and 12 strike outs! He didn’t get the win though because his team was still down when he left the game. His ERA did drop to a very strong 1.34 after his outstanding showing. David Weathers did get the win pitching just 1/3rd inning giving up no hits and striking out 1. The win brings his record to 2-3 this season with a 4.91 ERA. Francisco Cordero came in to close the game out and did just that getting his 10th save of the season striking out 2 in the process.

Nice win for the Reds and the best part is that it stops the bleeding. They will now play game 3 on  Saturday at 10pm.

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Reds Drop 4th in a Row, Griffey Goes Deep

The Reds lost their 4th game in a row on Thursday at the hands of the San Diego Padres with a final score of 8-2. The loss brings their record to 21-27 and keeps them in the cellar of the NL Central. Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 598th homer of his career keeping him just 2 away from the big 600.

The offense was really nonexistent after the 1st inning where they collected 2 runs off the bat of Griffey. The homer gave the Reds an early lead but they wouldn’t hold onto it for very long. In the 5th inning the Padres collected 3 runs getting and never looked back. They added 2 more in the 6th and 3 more in the 7th making the score 8-2 which ended up being the final. As said above Ken Griffey Jr. went deep for the 5th time this season bringing his total for his career to 598. In the game he went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. The hit brings his batting average to .253 this season. Adam Dunn also had a good game going 2-for-4 but he didn’t record a RBI or a run scored. As a team the Reds only recorded 5 hits to the 14 the Padres got. That’s just not going to cut it against any team and as we saw in this game, it wont cut it against a bad team like the Padres.

Aaron Harang took the mound for his ball club and had a shaky outing. He work 5 1/3rd innings allowing 10 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks and 2 homers. He was given the loss for the game bringing his record to 2-6 and his ERA to 3.50. Bill Bray pitched 1 inning giving up 1 hit and 1 run. Mike Lincoln had a rough 2/3rds inning as he gave up 2 hits, 2 runs, all earned and 2 homers. His ERA jumped to 6.86 for the season.

Not a very good game for the Reds but at least Griffey got back on the homer track. The Reds will play the final 3 games of the series against the Padres this weekend.



Reds Sweep Indians Over Weekend

The Reds took the series against the Cleveland Indians in a 3 games to 0 sweep in interleague play. The 3 victories bring the Reds record to 21-23.

Game 1 was as close as a game could be as the final score was 4-3. The Reds took an early lead getting 2 runs in the 1st and 1 more in the 2nd making the score 3-0. Cleveland answered in the 6th when they collected 3 runs of their own tying the score at 3. The Reds did take the game though when they scored the final run in the 8th making the score 4-3, which ended up being the final. Brandon Phillips had the best game for the Reds as he went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. The hit he recorded was a 2 run homer in the 1st inning. Adam Dunn also had a nice game going 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. His hit was also a homer that he hit in the 2nd but Dunn’s shot was a solo-homer. The 2 homers give both Dunn and Phillips 8 homers on the season. Johnny Cueto was given the start for the Reds and seemed to get back on the winning track. He pitched 6 inning giving up just 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and 7 K’s. Unfortunately he wasn’t given the win because the game was tied when he left the game. David Weathers did get the win thought as he pitched 1 inning giving up just 1 hit. His record is now 1-2 this season. Francisco Cordero came in to close out the game and did just that getting his 8th save of the season.

Game 2 was also a close one with the Reds getting the win with a 4-2 score. The win is the reds 5th in a row. The Indians took an early lead getting 1 run in the 2nd inning making the score 1-0. The Reds answered in the 6th getting 1 run of their own. Cleveland shot back adding another run to the score making it 2-1. In the bottom of the 9th the Reds rallied for 3 runs and the victory making the score 4-2. Adam Dunn once again came through for the Reds going 1-for-4 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored. The 1 hit was a 3 run shot in the bottom of the 9th that sealed the win for the Reds. The homer is his 9th of the season and it brings his RBI total to 25. Brandon Phillips also had a good game hitting 2-of-4 with 1 RBI. The RBI brings his total to 22 this season. Aaron Harang took the mound for the Reds and pitched a great game going 7 inning deep allowing 8 hits, 1 runs, 1 walk and 5 strike outs. He didn’t receive the win but Bill Bray did going 1 inning giving up no hits as he struck out 2. The win brings his record to 1-0 this season and it also makes his ERA 4.26.

Game 3 was yet another close game that the Reds were lucky to get out of with a victory. The 6-4 final score is the Reds 6th win in a row. Adam Dunn once again stepped up going 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and a run scored. 1 of his hits was a solo-homer in the 4th inning giving Dunn 10 for the season. Brandon Phillips had another good game also going 1-for-4 with 2 RBI. The 2 RBI are his 23rd and 24th of the season. Pinch Hitting 1st basemen Joey Votto hit a 2 run homer in the 6th inning going 1-for-1 with 2 RBI and a run scored. The homer is his 9th of the season. Edinson Volquez pitched another good game getting his 7th win of the season bringing his record to 7-1. He took the mound and worked 6 inning allowing just 4 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and 5 Ks. Francisco Cordero came in to close out the game and did just that getting his 9th save of the season striking out 2 in the process.

Overall it was a very good weekend for the Reds and an even better last 6 games. If they keep up this kind of play they will find themselves with a .500 record and maybe in the race for the NL Central.

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Heading South to See the Reds

One disadvantge of living in Detroit is, I don’t get to see the Great American Ballpark too often. I’m really hoping to get to see the Reds when I’m in Southern Ohio on business near the end of May when they play the Pirates but I also want to make sure I go in style. The Reds box office selection, even for the mediocre Reds was, well, mediocre. I found a much better set of seats by using a baseball ticket broker.

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Game 4 vs. Marlins Postponned

The series finale scheduled against the Florida Marlins for Thursday was canceled due to persistent rain. The game hasn’t yet been rescheduled but as of right now the Reds will move on to play the Cleveland Indians.
Its too bad too because it seemed like the Reds would pull off a 4 game sweep over the Marlins giving them some momentum towards getting to a .500 record. Look for the starters that were ready to play on Thursday to be pushed for the game on Friday.



Reds Take 3 Straight from Marlins

Cincinnati took the 3rd game of the scheduled 4 against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday 7-6. The win is the 3rd in a row against the Marlins and win on Thursday will complete the 4 game sweep. The Reds now have their record at 18-23 and despite the 3 game win streak they still find themselves in last place of the NL Central.

It seemed the Reds had this game in hand when they entered the 9th inning but the Marlins weren’t ready to give away a win. When the top of the 9th came Florida got 6 runs to tie the game and forced the game into extra innings. The Reds finally did win the game in the 10th inning but not before the Marlins put up a major fight. Ken Griffey Jr. had a good game for the club going 1-for-4 with 1 RBI and a run scored. He now has his batting average at a weak .250 and his RBI total is at 19. Adam Dunn also had a good game going 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and a run scored. The hit was a solo-homer in the 6th inning giving him 7 for the season. The best game seemed to come from Jerry Hairston who hit 3-of-4, including a double and a triple, with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. His bating average is at a staggering .357 and his RBI total is now at 6.

Bronson Arroyo took the mound for the Reds and pitched a great game, but because of the 9th inning heroics by the Marlins, he didn’t receive the win. He worked 7 innings giving up 5 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks and 5 strike outs. Jared Burton did get the win however because he was the last pitcher to throw before the Reds scored a run in the bottom of the 10th to win the game. The win brings his record to 2-1 this season and his ERA now stands at 4.58.

It would be great to see the Reds come out of a 4 game series with a sweep. Hopefully wins like that will get them back on the winning track and they can make it a race in the NL Central.  They will try to finish off the Marlins on Thursday night, attempting to complete the sweep.



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