Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Reds rally for third straight victory, beat Giants 4-2


Scott Rolen got the Reds rollin' to victory on Wednesday.

The Reds made it back-to-back at home and three wins in a row as they knocked off San Francisco in come-from-behind fashion, 4-2, at Great American Ballpark on Wednesday night. With the win the Reds move back to .500 at 9-9.


The Good
- Scott Rolen showed that there’s still some life left in his bat with his first home run of the season. That got the Reds on the board and truly seemed to energize the club, leading to a four-run inning that completely changed the outlook of the game.
 -It appears as though baseball karma is finally swinging the Reds' way a bit. After Rolen homered to cut the Giants lead to 2-1, the Reds later took the lead thanks much in part to a throwing error and a wild pitch before…
 -Joey Votto looked like the Joey V we all know and love with his RBI missile to center in the seventh to give the Reds some much needed breathing room late.
- Reds pitching showed great control on the night, walking only two batters while striking out seven.
- The bullpen was lights out. Newcomer J.J. Hoover, Jose Arredondo (2-0), Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall combined for four shutout innings of relief. Just imagine if they can get Bill Bray and Nick Masset healthy.


The Bad                   
- Bronson Arroyo had a poor start as he lasted just five innings, allowing nine hits and two runs, although only one was earned. He walked one and struck out two. It should be noted, though, that Arroyo didn’t give up much in the way of hard-hit balls and was pulled after only 80 pitches for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth. It is a great sign that a two-run outing from Arroyo can be considered "bad," though, after his year last season.
- Brandon Phillips appears to still be favoring his hamstring, and seemed to aggravate the injury on the play in the field during the fifth inning. He stayed in the game, however, until the late innings when he was lifted for a defensive replacement.
- For reasons unknown to the masses, Willie Harris continues to be Dusty Baker’s first pinch-hitting option off the bench. Tonight, the .103-hitting Harris popped up on the infield with the tying run at third and no outs in the seventh.

The Notables
- The Reds have now won three straight games for the first time this season.
- Hoover made his major league debut. Hoover, who was picked up right before the beginning of the season from Atlanta in exchange for Juan Francisco, pitched a scoreless sixth inning. His welcome to the big leagues moment was a big swing and a miss by Emmanuel Burriss on a high fastball.
- Zack Cozart didn’t get the start as Wilson Valdez started in his place. Cozart entered the game late as a defensive replacement.
- Valdez tied the game with a sac fly in the seventh inning.
- The Reds go for the series sweep as Homer Bailey (1-2, 3.86) takes the hill against Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 3.38) for a 12:35 p.m. start on Thursday afternoon.

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