Archive for June, 2008


Reds Drop Game 3, but Take Series

Cincinnati lost the final game of the scheduled 3 game series against the New York Yankess on Sunday, 4-1. The Reds did take the series though winning it 2 games to 1. They now look at a record of 35-42 but still sit at the bottom of the NL Central.

The offense seemed to struggle in the final game after looking good in the previous 2. Ken Griffey Jr. played well for the Reds in game 3 going 1-for-3 getting his 8 homer of the season. He now has his batting average at .249 with a total of 32 RBI. He was the only source of runs for the Reds. Brandon Phillips had a solid game but didn’t get the chance to drive in any runs. He went 2-for-3 and now has a batting average of .271.  Joey Votto also collected 2 hits going 2-for-4.

Johnny Cueto took the mound for the Reds and pitched a solid game. He worked 5 innings allowing 4 hits, 1 run and 7 strike outs. Despite his strong play he failed to get his 6th win of the season. He now has a record of 5-8 with the loss and an ERA of 5.01. The next 3 relievers that came in for work didn’t play quite as well as Cueto. Combinded they allowed 7 hits, 3 runs, and 1 walk. The poor play by relievers closed the deal on the Reds coming back.

Not a good finale for the Reds but a strong series against the powerful Yankees. They will now get a day off on Monday and begin a series against the Toronto Blue Jays.



Dodgers Take All 3 vs. Reds

Cincinnati dropped all 3 games in the series against the LA Dodgers. The final loss of the series makes it 5 losses in a row for the Reds. They now look at a record of  33-41 and continue to round out the bottom of the NL Central.

The offense had a solid game for Cincy but it wasn’t enough. They recorded a 4 run 7th inning to get themselves back into the game but they were already down 6 runs. Brandon Phillips led the way for the Reds despite the losing effort. He went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI. He has his batting average up to .268 with a total of 41 RBI. Paul Bako also chipped in for an RBI going 1-for- with a run scored. His batting average now stands at .241 with 21 RBI.

Aaron Harang took the mound for the Reds and had an okay afternoon. He worked 5 innings allowing 10 hits, 5 runs, all earned, 3 walks and 2 Ks. He was given the loss for his effort bringing his record to 3-10 with a 4.33 ERA. The next 4 relievers that came in had better luck as they only allowed a combined 4 hits, and 2 runs. They struck out 4 as well but were unable to keep the Dodgers down.

A terrible series for the Reds as they once again lose a series. They will now open up a set with the New York Yankees on Friday.



Red Sox Take Weekend Series Over Reds

The Reds dropped the final game of the 3 game series with the Boston Red Sox over the Weekend. The Sox took the series 2 game to 1. The Reds now look at a 33-38 record and continue to sit at the bottom of the NL Central.

Game 3 of the series went to the Red Sox in a blowout victory going 9-0. The offense for the Reds was a complete non-factor only getting half as many hit that the Sox produced. The only effective hitter for the Reds came from  Joey Votto who went 3-for-4 including a his 14th double of the year but he didn’t get any help as none of his teammates could drive him home. On Bostons side they hit 4 homers off Cincy pitching and were pretty much getting anything they wanted. Crisp, Ellsbury, Drew and Pedroia all went deep for the Sox and put the Reds out of the game from the get go.

Homer Bailey took the mound for the Reds and was absolutely dominated by Boston bats. He worked just 2.1 innings allowing 4 hits, 5 runs, all earned and 3 homers. He was given the loss for the game bringing his record to 0-3 with 8.76 ERA. The next few relievers that entered the game didn’t have any better luck as they pitched a combined 8 hits and 4 runs. Josh Beckett took the mound for the Red Sox and dominated the Reds working 7 innings allowing 6 hits, 0 runs and 6 strike outs. His record now stands at 7-4 with a 3.87 ERA.

A series victory over the defending champs would have been nice but the way the Reds have been playing lately we couldn’t have expected much. They will need to get things going if they want to make their mark in the NL Central. Cincy will now open up a series with the  Dodgers on Tuesday after their day off on Monday.

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Reds Take Final Game of Series vs. Cards

Cincinnati took the final game of the 3 game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday 6-2. The Cards did take the series though winnning 2 out of the 3 games. They now look at a record of 32-36 but continue to sit in the bottom of the NL Central.

The win was pushed by the strong effort of Brandon Phillips who went 1-for-3 with 3 RBI. He now has his batting average up to .269 with a total of 38 RBI. Bronson Arroyo also had a good game at the plate going 2-for-2 including a homer in the 5th inning. His season total sits at 1 and his batting average is at .176. Griffey also pitched in with an RBI going 0-for-2 with 1 RBI and a run scored. He was also walked twice and he has his RBI total up to 30.

Bronson Arroyo took the mound for the Reds and pitched a solid game. He worked 6 innings allowing just 2 hits, 0 runs and 4 K’s. He didn’t earn the win for his strong effort because even though they were in the lead when he left the game, it was eventually tied in the 7th inning. Jared Burton did receive the win though going 1.2 innings deep giving up just 1 hits and striking out 2. His record now stands at 3-1 with an ERA of 2.62.

Not a bad game for the Reds but it would have been nice to see them get the win for starter Bronson Arroyo. They will now open up a series with the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.

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Back-to-Back Losses vs. Cards

The Reds lost their 2nd game in a row against the St. Louis Cardinals in blowout fashion going down 10-0. The back-to-back losses bring the Reds season record to 31-36 and drops their home record to 19-12.

The offense was completely out of this game from the get go as the Cards produced a 5 run 1st inning and they never looked back. Cincy only recorded 3 hits for the game coming from Bruce, Jannish and Griffey Jr. Griffeys hit was a double giving him 14 for the year and bringing his batting average to .258. The hit Jay Bruce recorded brings his batting average to a strong .381.

Johnny Cueto was given the start and pitced a shaky 5 innings. In that time he allowed 5 hits, 6 runs, all earned, 8 walks and 2 homers. He was given the loss for his effort bringing his record to 5-6 with a 5.42 ERA.  Daniel Herrera came in to get some relief work and also had a rough showing. He worked 2 innings giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned and 1 homer as his ERA climbed up to 9.00.

A very ugly game for the Reds as they were never even in contention for the victory. They will play game 3 on  Thrusday looking to get a win in the final game of the series.



Series Split with Marlins

Cincinnati won the final game of the 4 game series with the Florida Marlins on Monday, 9-4. The win gives the Reds a road victory that they desperately needed making their road record 12-24. They now look at a season record of 31-4 but they continue to bottom out in the NL Central.

The Reds offense is really the force that pushed them by the Marlins to get the victory. Ken Griffey Jr. had a strong game for the Reds going 1-for-4 including a homer with 2 RBI and a run scored. He now has his batting average up to .260 with a total of 7 home runs. Paul Bako had a great gamegoing 2-for-4 with 5 RBI and a run scored. He went deep 2 time once in the 2nd and again in the 9th. His home run total is now up to 6 with 20 RBI. Brandon Phillips also played well going 2-for-5 wth 1 RBI and a run scored. He hit a homer as well getting his 12th of the year.

Edinson Volquez took the mound for the Reds and pitched a very good game. He worked 6 innings allowing 3 hits, 3 runs all earned and 5 K’s. He earned the win for his club bringing his record to 9-2 with a 1.56 ERA. The next 4 relievers that entered the game only allowed just 2 hits and 1 run. They also struck out 3 batters during their time in the game.

A good game for the Reds that gets them back on the winning track. Hopefully they can put together a few more wins to get them at the .500 mark. They will get that chance against the Cardinals on Tuesday.



Road Problems Continue

Cincinnati was on the wrong side of a blowout on Sunday as they lost to the Florida Marlins 9-2. This is the 2nd loss in a row for the Reds and it now makes their road record 11-24, which is near dead last in all of baseball. They now look at a record of 30-34 as they continue to stay in the basement of the NL Central.

The offense once again struggled as they only produced 3 hits against solid Florida pitching. So solid in fact that the Reds struck out a total of 14 times. Corey Patterson came in for 1 at-bat and produced a big one as it was a solo-homer in the 8th inning. The jack is his 5th this season and he has his batting average at a weak .197. The only other RBI came off the bat of pitcher Aaron Harang who went 1-for-2 getting his 1 RBI of the season. Not much else positive to speak of offensively besides the fact that Jerry Hairston Jr. hit his 13th double of the season.

Aaron Harang took the mound for the Reds and really didn’t pitch that well. He worked 5 and 1/3rd innings allowing 11 hits, 8 runs, 7 earned and 2 homers. He was given a loss once again for his effort bringing his record to an ugly 2-9 with an ERA of 4.31. Once again though the relievers did their job stopping the bleeding as they only allowed 2 more hits and 1 more run for the remainder of the game. The problem for the Reds is that it was much too late as the game was already out of reach.

Another game where the Reds offense doesn’t want to get going. They will need to solve this problem before game 4 which takes place on Monday at 7pm and if the Reds win they will tie the series at 2 games a piece.

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Phillies Own Reds in Final Game

Cincinnati lost the final game of the 4 game series against the Philidelphia Phillies on Thursday in a 5-0 shutout. The Philly win gives them the series 3 games to 1. The Reds now look at a record of 29-32 and sit in last place of the NL Central.

Not really much you can talk about offensively when a shutout occurs.  I guess the good news would be that Ken Griffey Jr. returned after missing a few games due to ‘general soreness. He went 1-for-4 in the game getting his 12th double of the year. Jerry Hairston Jr. also went 1-for-4 which was a double as well. In fact all 3 hits that the Reds recorded were doubles but no one was able to drive any home. The final double came off the bat of SS Paul Janish who went 1-for-3.

Homer Bailey got the start for Houston and pitched an okay game. He worked 6 and 1/3rd innings allowing 4 hits, 5 runs, 2 earned, 4 walks and 1 K. He was given the loss for the game bringing his record to 0-1 this season with a 2.84 ERA. I must mention the winning pitcher in this one who pitched a complete game shutout. He goes by the name of Cole Hamels and he was absolutely great going all 9 innings allowing just 3 hits, no runs and 4 K’s. He earned the win bringing his record to a solid 6-4 with an ERA of 3.36.

Not a very good game for the Reds, not a very good game at all. The offense should be embarrased that they couldn’t get anything going even when chances presented themselves. They will now open up a 4 game series against the Florida Marlins on Friday.



Reds Fall in Philly… Again

Cincinnati lost the 2nd game of a scheduled 4 game series on Tuesday to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2. The loss brings the Reds road record to an ugly 9-21 which is near the bottom in the ML. They now look at a record of 28-31 and are now just .5 games from sitting in last place of the NL Central.

Ken Griffey Jr. once again got the night off due to ‘general soreness’ and will have to get number 600 another time. Edwin Encarnacion had the most impressive game for the Reds as he went 2-for-4 including a triple and a homer with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. The homer is his 10th of the season and his batting average now stands at .239. The only other RBI for the Reds came off the bat of pinch hitting catcher Javier Valentin who hit a sac-fly bringing in his 4th RBI of the year.

Aaron Harang took the mound for the Reds and had a mediocre start. He worked 6 inning allowing 8 hits, 3 runs, all earned, 1 walk and 4 K’s. He was given the loss for the game bringing his record to a poor 2-8 with a 3.86 ERA. The other 2 relievers that came in didn’t give up a hit or a run and struck out 4 in the process.

Not a very good game for the Reds as they only collected 5 hits total. They will now continue to slip to the cellar of the NL Central until they find a way to get things going offensively and on the road.



Reds Fall in Game 1 vs. Phillies

Cincinnati lost the first game of a scheduled 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday 5-4. The loss ends the 2 game winning streak that the Reds were building. They now have a 28-30 record and continue to sit in the 5th place spot in the NL Central.

For those of you keeping track of the Griffey homer numbers can take the night off because he did due to soreness. Jay Bruce has come on strong for the Reds and went deep once again. He went 2-for-4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. His batting average is at a ridiculous .577 with 3 home runs. Edwin Encarnacion also went yard going 1-for-4 with 1 RBI and a run scored. His homer gives him 9 for the year and his batting average now sits at .234. Adam Dunn pitched in as well hitting a double and going 1-for-4 with 2 RBI. The RBI give him 39 for the year with 7 doubles.

Bronson Arroyo took the mound for the Reds had a shaky outing. He went 4 1/3rd innings allowing 10 hits, 5 runs, all earned, 2 walks and 3 homers. He was given the loss for the game brining his record to 4-5 with a 5.61 ERA. The good news for the Reds is that the 3 relievers that came in didn’t allow another run pitching a combined 3 2/3rd innings giving up just 2 hits.

Its never good to lose a game especially when you are trying to climb your way out of the bottom but when a young stud like Jay Bruce comes along it makes you feel things might be ‘okay’ soon. He looks to be a great talent and there should be no doubt that he is ready to be a big time performer in the show.

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