The Reds were shut down by Bret Myers for most of this game and while they made some noise late, it wasn’t enough in the 4-3 loss. Jay Bruce singled home Joey Votto to put the Reds on the board in the seventh and then Ramon Hernandez belted a two run home run but the Reds had four runs to make up so they just fell short.
Joey Votto is making a late push for MVP and he went three for five with the run and two doubles. Jonny Gomes went two for four and Ramon Hernandez had a single to along with his home run.
Travis Wood was decent but not good enough. He gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits with five strikeouts in six frames. He fell to 5-4 on the season. Jordan Smith also gave up a run in relief while Logan Ondrusek pitched a shutout ninth to finish up the game.
Now it’s on to Milwaukee. Game one is tonight and we’ll see Homer Bailey go up against Chris Capuano. Bailey left his last start after experiencing some dizziness and while Bailey said he felt fine yesterday, Baker was still leaving things a little open so we’ll see who actually steps out on the mound.
Alright, my personal losing streak is over as the Reds won in a big way yesterday against the Houston Astros. Good hitting, check. Good pitching, check. Everyone got in on the action, check. This was an all around good game as the Reds had the lead by the third and were sitting comfortable by the fourth. Jim Edmonds hit his second home run with the Reds and he scored three runs so hopefully he’s working his way out of his slump since joining the team. Ryan Hannigan had three hits and Jay Bruce went deep with his 21st home run of the season. Drew Stubbs also went yard with number nineteen.
Bronson Arroyo gave up an early run but settled down to pick up his 16th win of the season. Arthur Rhodes, Jordan Smith and Jared Burton then threw a shutout inning each to finish up the game. Arroyo gave up just four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six frames although he needed 98 pitches to plow through it.
The rubber game is this afternoon. It’ll be Travis Wood against Bret Myers. And with the Cardinals losing, the Reds magic number is down to eight. They could wrap things up with about a week to go.
Since I started back up, the Reds are 0-2. Am I that important that I can cause a cosmic shift that’s forces a Reds slump? Or are the Reds coasting because their playoff chances are all but assured? Or are they just hitting a rough patch that they have to work through so they can run the table in the playoffs?
The big news was Aroldis Chapman gave up a run finally. In fact he gave up two and gave up three hits and a walk without getting anyone out. At times (and that’s been up to yesterday’s game at the big league level), Chapman looks unhittable but every once in a while, he can’t get a guy out and that’s what happened yesterday. He topped out at 99 mph against Jeff Keppinger. Ironically, that was a single that started the rally.
Johnny Cueto had a decent start. He gave up three runs on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. That’s his fifth straight start going at least six innings and I like that. I’m confident in the Reds pen and if the starters can throw six solid frames, the Reds have a pretty good chance of walking away with the win.
Jonny Gomes had the big hit with a three run blast Joey Votto had a pair of hits including his 32nd double of the season. Outside of that, the Reds didn’t get much done at the plate other then draw walks (which is good, you just have to push those guys home). Votto also stole his 15th base of the season.
Game two is tonight. Bronson Arroyo goes for win number 16 and the Reds hitters will face Nelson Figueroa. It’d be nice to see some more road wins so we can push this magic number down from the 10 it’s sitting at.
I know, this is pretty late to restart a blog, but even though I haven’t been writing, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been following and more importantly, have been excited about the Reds pending playoff entry. Who would have thought after the whole Brandon Phillips/Cardinals sweep that the Reds would have an eight game lead at this point in the season. The magic number is 10 and it could go down to nine because the Reds are beating the Diamondbacks at the moment.
And just as cool is Joey Votto will probably win the MVP. Yeah, Pujols and Gonzalez have good years but Votto has been just as good and he ‘s playing for a winner. I also have to eat some crow because I never thought we’d get to the playoffs under Dusty Baker. I was critical when they brought him in but you can’t argue with the results.
What’s been up with Edinson Volquez? He has five strikeouts through four shutout innings today and he struck out ten in seven shutout innings in his last start. I’ll take it and it’s nice to see him on an upswing as we head into the playoffs.
And how exciting is Aroldis Chapman? The callup might have hurt the Louisville Bats chances for a Governors Cup but you wonder when this guy is going to give up a run. Eleven strikeouts, two walks, 7 2/3 innings, enough said.
On the hitting side, Scot Rolen turned out to be quite the pickup. I criticized this one too but he’s been our second best hitter this year. It’s also nice to see Jay Bruce working through things as well.
And in case you missed it, unless something crazy happens, THE REDS ARE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS.