Sunday, April 15, 2012

Reds Prevent Nats From Using Brooms

The Reds put a 4-spot on the board early with Ludwick's slam

The Cincinnati Reds (4-6) and the Washington Nationals (7-3) squared off on Sunday afternoon in a game in which the Nationals had a chance to sweep the Reds. The Reds and Nationals needed extra innings for the third time in the four game set and the Reds were looking for a different result than the first three games. The Reds bats were alive early in a game that the Reds took from the Nationals by the final score of 8-5 in 11 innings, thus, preventing the sweep.

Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from the Sunday affair:


The Good:
- Brandon Phillips was finally back in the lineup today. It was nice having a guy that's able to ignite the offense back in the leadoff spot. Brandon did only go 1-for-4 at the plate. 
- Ryan Ludwick had the big blow in the top of the first inning with a grand slam that gave the Reds an early 4-0 lead. Ludwick was 2-for-6 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored. 
- Scott Rolen, although and unlikely candidate, had a stolen base in the game. His first of the season. 
- Aroldis Chapman pitched two scoreless innings while striking out four batters. 
- Jose Arredondo and Sean Marshall each added a scoreless inning in relief with Arredondo picking up the win and Marshall picking up the save. 
- Joey Votto had the hit that put the Reds up 7-5 in the top of the 11th inning with a two run double. 
- THE REDS WON!!!

The Bad:
- Mike Leake gave up five runs (all earned) on five hits in 6.1 innings pitched. He did have 13 groundouts and no flyouts. He earned a no decision. 
- Jay Bruce had a rough day all around going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and also had a fielding error. 

The Notables:
- The Reds, as noted earlier, avoided the sweep!!!
- Up next for the Reds: The Reds will have an off day tomorrow. They will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis starting Tuesday for a three game series. Right hander Johnny Cueto (1-0, 2.25) will match up against right hander Kyle Lohse (2-0, 1.35) in a game time start of 8:15pm EST. 

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