May 24th, 2013 at 10:47 PM
By Cody Dalga
Joey Votto, Ryan Hanigan, and Brandon Phillips all launched home runs in the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark.
Chicago, who had lost five of the last six to the Reds this season looked to turn things around early in the game. They plated three runs in the second inning off of Reds starter, Bronson Arroyo.
Luis Valbuena led off the rally with a one-out double. Dioner Navarro then singled to put runners on the corners. Darwin Barney hit a deep fly ball to Shin-Soo Choo that scored Valbuena from third. Scott Feldman, who started on the mound for the Cubs, then helped himself with a two-run homerun to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
It was just a matter of time before the Reds offense showed up.
In the fourth, the fireworks started. After Zack Cozart struck out, Joey Votto stepped in and smacked his eighth home run of the year, a solo shot to left center field.
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May 22nd, 2013 at 4:28 PM
By Cody Dalga
Mike Leake went seven innings of three hit baseball in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the New York Mets. It was Leake's second consecutive scoreless outing and it lowered his ERA to 3.25.
Offense was few and far between for both teams. Cincinnati plated three runs in the first inning thanks to a miscue from the Mets defense. With the bases loaded, Todd Frazier hit a groundball to David Wright at third. He was unable to field it cleanly and two runners scored. After a soft single by Donald Lutz, Devin Mesoraco walked to bring in a run and give the Reds an early 3-0 lead.
Leake looked strong all day. He retired the Mets in order in three of his seven innings. He also pitched out of the few jams he got himself into. In the fourth, he allowed a walk and a double with two outs, but managed to induce a ground ball to end the threat.
Mesoraco added an insurance run in the ninth inning when he blasted his second homerun of the season, a solo home run to left. Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 20th, 2013 at 10:46 PM
By Cody Dalga
After scoring three first inning runs, Jay Bruce launched a solo home run in the sixth inning that eventually held up to be the game-winner as the Reds took game one of the three game series against the Mets, 4-3.
Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a walk. Following a flyout to center, Joey Votto, who was recently named National League Player of the Week, singled to right. He was awarded second base after an interference call on Mets first-baseman Ike Davis. Brandon Phillips plated Choo and Votto with a single to right. Bruce, who came into the game with a ten-game hitting streak, then doubled home Phillips to give the Reds a quick 3-0 lead.
Johnny Cueto made his first start since his injury in early April. Other than the three-run homerun he gave up to Marlon Byrd in the third inning he pitched rather well.His outing lasted only five innings but he only allowed three hits and three earned runs. He did walk four batters but also struck out eighth on the afternoon.
Bruce came up big again in the sixth. On the first pitch of his at-bat he launched the Shaun Marcum changeup into the right field seats to give the Reds a 4-3 lead. Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 19th, 2013 at 9:08 PM
By Cody Dalga
Its been a series of highs and lows for the Cincinnati Reds; Friday's game was a heartbreaker as the Philadelphia Phillies plated two runs in the eighth to down the Reds 5-3, and the 10-0 beating the Reds put on Philadelphia Saturday was payback. However, today the Phillies launched back-to-back homers in the bottom of the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman to defeat the Reds 3-2.
"Rarely do you see back-to-back homers to end a game," Baker said. "We were thinking Galvis has power from the left side. We were thinking Kratz was really the only guy that could hurt you at the bottom of the order. I guess it shows that anybody with a bat is dangerous. That's a tough one to lose."
Heading into the road trip, Chapman was a perfect 8-for-8 on save opportunities. He blew his first save on Thursday night against the Marlins and today was his second consecutive blown opportunity.
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"I don't see any problem," Chapman said using a translator. "I've been hit. Everybody gets hit, why not me? I'm going to get hit, as well."
May 19th, 2013 at 11:29 AM
By Cody Dalga
A day after the Cincinnati Reds six-game winning streak ended, they wasted no time starting another one as they took down the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0. Bronson Arroyo pitched seven and two-thirds innings allowing only five hits and did not allow a single run.
Cincinnati got the offense going early. After a scoreless first inning for both clubs, the Reds plated three runs in the second. Todd Frazier and Donald Lutz had back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Ryan Hanigan then hit his first home run of the year over the left field fence.
Arroyo threw his best outing of the year. Only 1 base runner reached second base on Arroyo, and he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
"Everything worked today," said Arroyo. "I didn't think anything was outstanding, but everything collectively was a good mix against this lineup. It's been so tough for us to win over the years in this ballpark, it's nice to nail one down with good run support and keeping them off balance all night."
The offense plated another run in the sixth. Ryan Hanigan was hit by a pitch and Arroyo advanced him on a sacrifice bunt. After a flyout, Zack Cozart doubled to score Hanigan to extend the lead to 4-0. Read more... Join the Conversation...