Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Redlegs Squeeze Out Win in Extras

Francisco Cordero locked down his 37th save of the year
 The Reds (79-82) outlasted the host Mets (76-85) 5-4 in 13 innings at Citi Field on Tuesday. The win for Dusty Baker's club ensured their first road series win since taking two out of three at St. Louis earlier this month.

Here's the good, the bad, the notables and the Hard Hat winner from Tuesday.

The Good:
-The much-maligned Paul Janish each had a pair of singles.
-Drew Stubbs fell a homer shy of the cycle. He also walked and laid down a successful squeeze bunt to plate the go-ahead run in the 13th.
-Jay Bruce launched his 32nd homer of the year (a 2-run shot), doubled and singled.
-Joey Votto took one step closer to a 30/100 season by delivering a solo homer. The reigning MVP now has 103 RBI for the year.
-Bronson Arroyo gutted out eight innings of 9-hit, 4-run ball.
-Juan Francisco smoked a clutch double in the ninth to help tie the game at 4-4.
-The Reds improve to 12-5 in extra inning games this season.

The Bad:
-Brandon Phillips left the game in the bottom of the seventh with a strained left quad.
-The Reds whiffed 13 times against New York pitching.
-The Cincinnati 5-7 hitters combined to go 2 for 16 with 5 strikeouts.
-The Mets have won five of six over the Redlegs in '11.
-Jose Reyes singled, stole a base, & hit two homers to give him three over the last two nights against the Reds.

-If Phillips is not able to go in the finale tomorrow, he will become the first Reds second basemen to finish a season with a .300 average or better since Bret Boone in 1993 (.318).
-Drew Stubbs took over sole possession of third place on MLB's all-time single season strikeout list with his 205th K on Tuesday.
-Arroyo's bid for a seventh straight 200+ inning season came to a halt at 199.

The Hard Hat:
For his all-around good play on Tuesday, the Hard Hat for this Reds victory goes to Stubbs.

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