Sunday, March 18, 2012

Reds rally falls just short


The Reds (7-10) snapped a modest 2-game winning streak as a 9th inning rally against the Arizona Diamondbacks (7-9) fell just short. The Reds took an early lead before blowing up in the 7th. A single lost in the wind, and a key error lead to 7 runs in the inning for the D-Backs. Trailing 8-5 going into the final frame the Reds were able to score 2 runs to make it an exciting ending but ultimately lost 8-7.

Here's the good, the bad and the notables from the affair:

The Good:
-Brandon Phillips continued to produce at the leadoff spot by doing a little bit of everything. He scored 2 runs off of a hit, and a walk. He also stole a base.
-Zach Cozart stays hot and collected 2 hits raising his average to .370
-Scott Rolen hit a 3-Run homer in the 4th inning
-Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier both had 2-out RBI's.

The Bad:
- The team went 3-11 with Runners in Scoring Position
-Joey Votto does not get a hit and strikes out as he continues to struggle.
-In 2 at-bats Drew Stubbs strikes out 2 times.
-Clay Zavada only managed to get 1 out, while allowing 3 hits and 3 walks. As a result 6 runs (4 earned) where scored.
-Zavada picked up both the blown save and the loss.
-The Reds allowed 3 Unearned Runs

The Notables 
-Homer Bailey will start tomorrow against the Chicago White Sox. According to Dusty Baker (Via @jimbowdenESPNxm) Bailey, Aroldis Chapman and Jeff Francis are still battling for the 5th rotation spot.
-He needs to improve on his last outing in which he gave up 6 runs.
-Nick Masset will return from injury and is expected to make an appearance in relief.
-16 players were cut/optioned today. Read our post here for details.
-Next up for the team is a bout with the White Sox on Monday at 4:05 PM ET.

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