Sunday, April 29, 2012

Reds Rally Late, Win Series

The Cincinnati Reds (11-11) and the Houston Astros (8-14) faced off at GABP Sunday afternoon in what was the rubber game of a three game series. Mat Latos, the hard throwing right-hander faced off against right-hander Jordan Lyles who was making his first start of the 2012 season for the Astros. It was a game that the Reds were obviously looking to take from the Astros, a team that they should beat.

The Reds did not look great early, but the offense did come alive late in the ballgame giving the guys a much needed 6-5 victory. Most importantly, that gave the team a series victory. Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from today's afternoon affair.

The Good:
- Joey Votto had himself quite a day at the plate. Votto was 2-for-3 with four RBI. He hit a two run home run in the fourth inning followed by a two run double in the seventh inning which tied the game up at five.
- Ryan Hanigan had a quiet 2-for-3 day at the plate, not providing any RBI, but providing some timely hits.
- The big blow came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Jay Bruce hit a home run that landed in the right field seats that put the team on top 6-5 and ultimately turned out to be the game winning run.
- The bullpen, in a word, was fantastic. The combination of Jose Arredondo, Logan Ondrusek, and Sean Marshall combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings while only allowing one hit. Marshall nailed down his fifth save of the season. Ondrusek also picked up his first win of the season.

The Bad:
- Right out of the gate Mat Latos was hit hard. In 6 1/3 innings pitched Latos gave up five runs (all earned) on ten hits. He gave up two home runs and struck out four. One positive to take from the start was that Latos did not walk a batter.
- Brandon Phillips had a rough day at the plate going 0-for-4 with four runners left on base. Key situations where Phillips had a chance to deliver, he failed to do so.
- The team was 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They did come up with a few timely hits that put them on top.

The Notables:
- It was a brisk 57 degrees with bits of sun here and there. There was a nice sized crowd to take in the game of 31,086.
- Jay Bruce has now hit a home run in four consecutive games.
- Up next for the Reds: Off day on Monday. Tuesday the team hosts the division rival Chicago Cubs for the first game of a three game set. The 7:10pm EST start time will feature a pitching matchup of right-hander Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 2.70) and Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 4.13).

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