The All Star Game is long gone and now, the games take on even more meaning. The Reds have been sliding, but they got it done in a big way tonight behind a super outing by Bronson Arroyo. He threw seven shutout innings and the win pushes his record to 10-8. Oddly, he’s gotten the decision in all but one of his now 19 starts. He didn’t throw enough shutout innings to get his ERA below five though. Maybe next time. Arthur Rhodes and Francisco Cordero threw a shutout inning each to close out the game.
Edwin Encarnacion led the way for the Reds at the plate. He went four for four with a home run and two RBIs. Laynce Nix went two for four with a run and an RBI and those two guys accounted for most of the Reds offense.
The win puts the Reds three games below .500 and five games back (at the moment) of the first place Cardinals. Fortunately, the Pirates have been even worse then the Reds so there was no slide into last place. Tomorrow, it’s Aaron Harang against Manny Parra. These division games are huge and this is a game where the Reds have the better arm. Plus a win guarantees at least a split in the series.
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Man, this was a tough one. The Reds led as late as the sixth inning and then David Weathers gave up a run in the ninth to lose it. In the end, Homer Bailey’s third straight solid start (I think he’s finally starting to get it) went to waste. he gave up two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings. For Weathers, the loss dropped him to 1-2.
Laynce Nix and Ramon Hernandez both singled and drove in runs in the loss. All six hits were singles as it was another punchless games from the Reds.
The loss once again puts the Reds below .500. It also drops them into a tie for fourth with the Astros. Micah Owings throws tomorrow as the Reds look to salvage a split in the series with the Phillies. The venerable Jamie Moyer throws for the Phillies.
Alright, I don’t know what happened to Johnny Cueto tonight. He saw his ERA go up by almost 75 points as he gave up nine runs on five hits and three walks in just 2/3 of an inning. Two of those hits left the park. Unfortunately it didn’t stop their and the pen proceeded to give up 13 runs the rest of the way.Paul Janish was left to the wolves in the ninth and he gave up six in the eighth. The final was 22-1 against the defending champion Phillies.
Oh yeah, the Reds picked up just five hits. The lone run came on a Johnny Gomes home run in the second inning. Nobody reached base more then once.
It’s Aaron Harang tomorrow and he’ll go up against J.A. Happ. The loss pushed the Reds back below the .500 mark and to throw salt on the wound, the Astros are probably going to move up tonight into a tie for fourth with the Reds.
The Reds did a nice job of pulling this one out despite trailing for most of the game. In fact the Reds never had the lead in this one until it counted. They went down 1-0 and then Chris Dickerson singled home a run a to tie it. Another run was given up in the sixth and then Jerry Hairston, Jr. scored on a ground it in the ninth to send it into extra frames. Then Joey Votto came through with an RBI single in the bottom of the tenth to give the Reds the win.
Aaron Harang didn’t get the win, but what a start. He gave up the two runs on four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in seven frames. Then the sub-2.00 ERA boys came in and pitched a no-hit inning each to close out the game. Nick Hassett struck out one as did Daniel Ray Herrera. Francisco Cordero walked three in the ninth but he got out of his own jam to pick up his first win of the season.
Joey Votto went four for six and he had that big walk off RBI. Ryan Hanigan also had a nice game and went three for three with a walk.
That puts the Reds 2 1/2 games back although the Brewers are losing early to the Cubs so it could be two by the end of the night. The Cardinals come into town tomorrow and Homer Bailey throws in the opener. Joel Pineiro throws for the Cardinals.
It’s even steven once again as the Reds improved to 38-38 behind a very nice outing by their pitchers. Johnny Cueto led the way and he improved to 8-4. He gave up just one hit and four walks with eight strikeouts in six shutout innings. From their, the triumvirate of Rhodes/Weathers/Cordero combined to hold the Diamondbacks to just one hit through three innings and Cordero picked up save number 19.
If you’re a half glass full kind of guy, the Reds picked up nine hits and they only NEEDED one run. That came from Joey Votto, who singled home Chris Dickerson. Votto had two hits as did Ramon Hernandez.
The Reds are back in third. They’re three games back of the first place Brewers and two back of the second place Cardinals. They’re also a half game ahead of the Cubs and one game ahead of the Astros. Their finale against Arizona is this afternoon. Aaron Harang gets the nod against Doug Davis.