The Reds need to win tomorrow to avoid a losing week but more importantly, they’re tied with the Houston Astros for dead last in the NL Central. Yeah, those Astros that lost their first eight games. If there’s a silver lining, it’s the fact that the Reds are just four games back of first place. They just have a ton of teams in front of them. Right now, the Cardlinas are the only team with a winning record at a mediocre 10-8. You know that’s not going to last long so the Reds can’t bury themselves too early.
Of course getting shut out on four hits isn’t going to help things and that’s what happened today. Ryan Hanigan doubled for the only base hit and to make matters worse, they were caught stealing twice. This wasn’t a pretty day and it was against a Padres pitcher (Wade LeBlanc) who doesn’t have a ton of big league experience.
Johnny Cueto fell to 901 with a rough start. He gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings. Daniel Ray Herrera had a nice outing and he pitched two shutout innings of relief.
The Reds try to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon. It’ll be Homer Bailey that’s hoping to play the stopper. Clayton Richard gets the nod for the Padres.
The Reds blew a 9-3 lead but then scored two in the bottom of the eighth to edge the Dodgers in an 11-9 pitchers duel. The Reds needed just eleven hits to scored their eleven runs and they left just two batters on base. Joey Votto went two for three with a home run and three RBIs. Soctt Rolen also had a nice game and he went three for four with two runs. Votto is now over .300 (.306) and Scott Rolen is getting there. Even though the pitching almost blew this one, it was nice to see the bats break out.
Homer Bailey was knocked around for five runs in 5 1/3 innings and you wonder how much longer he’ll be in the rotation. It probably didn’t help that Edinson Volquez isn’t coming back anytime soon after his 50 game suspension. Nick Masset was also hit hard for four runs over 1/3 of an inning. Mike Lincoln picked up the win although he got just one batter out while Francisco Cordero threw a shutout ninth (two strikeouts) to pick up his fifth save.
It was nice to see the Reds end their five game skid. Now they need to make it a winning streak. Tomorrow it’ll be Aaron Harang against Hiroki Kuroda. This would be a good time for Harang to turn things around.
Wow, the last time I wrote, I talked about how the Reds were just a breath away from first place. Now after five straight losses, their in fifth place sitting at 5-8. Not pretty and three of those losses have come at the hands of the Pirates who while improved, still aren’t contendors yet. Today, Jay Bruce hit a pair of solo home runs but the Reds managed just one run on three hits outside of that. Paul Janish doubled home Johnny Gomes for the other run.
On the flip side, Bronson Arroyo was roughed up and he fell to 0-1. He gave up five runs on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over six innings. Mike Lincoln kept the Reds in it with two innings of shutout relief but the bats never got going.
Offense has been a problem. Jay Bruce brought his average up to .178 with todays game and he doubled his RBI total. Brandon Phillips is hitting .224 and while Joey Votto’s .283 batting average is respectable, it’s still below expectations.
Next up are the Dodgers at home after a day off. Homer Bailey throws in the series opener against Chad Billingsley.
Homer Bailey is tough to figure out. He’s struggled at the big league level but showed some life late last year. When he gets sent down he’ll look mediocre at times but then look dominating at other. Inconsistent is a nice easy label but you have to just wonder why. This year he’s off to a rough start and he fell to 0-1 yesterday. He gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. You just wonder how much longer Dusty Baker will ride Bailey before he puts Micah Owings back in the rotation. It’s too bad because it wasn’t too long ago that Bailey was the top pitching prospect in baseball.
Mike Lincoln had a nice outing with two innings of shutout relief. Unfortunately the Reds comeback fell short in the 5-3 loss. Paul Janish was the hitting star and he went two for three with a two run home run. Brandon Phillips drew a pair of walks.
The finale is this afternoon.
Pitching went out the window as the Reds beat the Marlins 10-8 in eleven innings. Since the Reds 0-2 start, they’ve gone 5-1 since. Me likee. Joey Votto had the game winner with a single in the eleventh and he finished three for five with a run and an RBI. Brandon Phillips went four for five with two runs and two RBIs while Rick Hanigan went two for four with a three run home run. Johnny Gomes also went yard in the game.
Bronson Arroyo was pelted for five runs but he lasted six innings. Micah Owings pitched two innings of shutout relief to improve to 2-0 while Francisco Cordero pitched a shutout eleventh for save number four.
Game number three is tonight. Homer Bailey throws against Chris Volstad. It’s early but the Reds are only a half game back of the Cardinals.
Two solo home runs wasn’t enough for Scott Rolen because he came through for the Reds in the tenth with an RBI single to give the Reds their fourth win. Three hits and three RBIs isn’t too shabby and with Rolen’s solid start, I’m not missing E-squared all that much anymore. Orlando Cabrera also pitched in with a two run home run in the 6-5 win.
Johnny Cueto had a rough start but the pen and the hitters bailed him. He gave four runs in his five innings of work. Nick Massett pitched a shutout ninth and he improved to 2-0 while Francisco Cordero pitched a shutout tenth for save number three.
Game two of the series is tonight. Bronson Arroyo gets the start against former Tiger Nate Robertson. Game time is 7:10.
Alright, chalk a nice one up for the kid. The Reds 2009 first round draft pick, Mike Leake, made his MLB debut yesterday and while he didn’t get the win, he was pretty sharp outside of all the walks. He gave up a run on four hits but he walked seven and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings. He pitched out of some jams and he set things up for the Reds to win it.
Nick Massett threw a shutout eighth and he improved to 1-0. Francisco Cordero pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up save number two.
The Reds did all of their damage in the final two frames. Miguel Cairo singled home Scott Rolen in the seventh to tie the game. Ramon Hernandez drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth for the go ahead run and Johnny Gomes sac. flied Brandon Phillips for some insurance.
Rolen finished two for two with two walks. All seven Reds hits were singles in this one.
The Reds finally hit the road and they head to Florida beginning tonight. Johnny Cueto gets the start against Ricky Nolasco.
Well, you can’t win them all. The Reds season high two game winning streak came to an end yesterday as Arthur Rhodes gave up an eighth inning run that broke up a 3-3 tie. Jeff Baker was the culprit. Aaron Harang had a decent start. He did give up a pair of home runs but he struck out seven in seven.
Brandon Phillips accounted for most of the Reds offense with a two run home run. Chris Dickerson doubled, singled and scored a run in the 4-3 loss.
The rubber game is this afternoon. Mike Leake makes his debut and Tom Gorzelanny throws for the Pirates. Also, Aroldis Chapman makes his debut for the Bats today.
The Reds Minor League affiliates got off to a good start last night. Be sure to check out the coverage over at Reds Minors.
Johnny Gomes belted a solo shot with one out in the bottom of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie in the Reds first win of the season. The Reds combined some mediocre hitting with some awesome pitching to take this one. Bronson Arroyo needed 109 pitches to go eight innings and he gave up just a run on four hits three walks with six strikeouts. Francisco Cordero finished things up in the ninth with two strikeouts in a shutout ninth and he picked up the first Reds win.
Arroyo helped out his own cause with an RBI single in the fifth inning to put the Reds on the board. Joey Votto continued to rake and he went two for three. It’s already his second multi-hit game of the season.
Now the Cubs come to town. Homer Bailey gets the start and a lot of people are going to be watching him closely with his past struggles. Carlos Silva gets the ball for the Cubs.